Richard Hannon: runs Law Enforcement in UAE DerbyPICTURE: Getty Images
Hughes out to enforce the law in UAE Derby
RICHARD HUGHES believes that Law Enforcement has a live chance of giving Richard Hannon a first UAE Derby winner at Meydan on Dubai World Cup night on Saturday.
The 1m1½f Group 2 has been dominated by Saeed Bin Suroor and Mike de Kock, with the duo winning the race 12 times between them since its inception in 2000. Aidan O'Brien broke the stranglehold last year with Daddy Long Legs, and Hughes has high hopes for his mount.
The three-year-old is already a Group 1 winner, having landed the Gran Criterium in Italy last October, and Hughes was pleased with the feel the colt gave him during work.
Speaking on Hannon's website, Hughes, who was crowned Stobart Flat Jockey of the Year by his peers at the Lesters on Thursday, said: "Law Enforcement was mad fresh, and that is just the way we want him. The journey out here is equivalent to two bits of fast work, but the horse has freshed up real good and he was like an elastic band out there this morning.
"We did not too anything too strenuous, but I asked him to stretch out up the straight when I rode him Wednesday morning, and he really impressed me. He seems to love this Tapeta surface, which is a big plus, and he also has a great draw, so we are getting quite excited about his chance on Saturday.
"Sure, it is easy to pick holes in the form of his Group 1 win in Italy last season, but I have had a good look at the opposition we wil face in the UAE Derby and it does not exactly have me running scared."
Law Enforcement is second in the market for the UAE Derby at 11-2, with Secret Number the 2-1 favourite to give Saeed Bin Suroor his eighth winner in the race.