Gentildonna: set to contest Sheema Classic on Dubai World Cup nightPICTURE: Masakazu Takahashi
Gentildonna being readied for Meydan
Japan: Gentildonna, 2012 JRA Horse of the Year, will challenge for the Group 1 Dubai Sheema Classic on Dubai World Cup night and has been quarantined at Ritto training centre.
She will depart to Dubai on March 22 from Kansai International airport with the other Japanese contenders for Dubai World Cup night; Keiai Leone who will run the UAE Derby and Taisei Legend who will run the Dubai Golden Shaheen.
Gentildonna came back to trainer Sei Ishizaka's yard at Ritto in the end of January, and has been working well under regular jockey Yasnuari Iwata. She will complete her final piece of work next Wednesday.
Trailblazer, who was only 11th in the Maktoum Challenge Round 3 at Meydan earlier in the month, will challenge for the Dubai Sheem Classic on turf because connections felt he did not suit the Tapeta surface.