Mahmood Al Zarooni: saddles Music Chart and Lovely Pass in Listed racePICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Trial heroine Music Chart bids for Guineas glory
Report: UAE, Thursday 4.25pm GMT (Live on Sky)
Meydan: UAE 1,000 Guineas (Listed), 1m, Tapeta, fillies
MAHMOOD AL ZAROONI saddled Music Chart to win the trial for the UAE 1,000 Guineas and she will bid to emulate stablemate Gamilati, who won both races last season.
She has been drawn widest of all in ten but that should not be too much of an issue.
Stable companion Lovely Pass won two of her four starts in Britain, including at Ascot when Music Chart was fourth.
Richard Mullen partners the David Simcock-trained Go Angellica, who will be having her first UAE outing, as will the Mark Johnston-trained Pure Excellence, the mount of Kieren Fallon.
Ireland is doubly represented by My Special J'S and More Than Sotka, who both ran in the trial.
What they say:
Tadhg O'Shea, rider of My Special J'S
"She ran well enough in the trial under her penalty and meets those who beat her on level terms this time. It is a stronger race but she is in good form."
Mike de Kock, trainer of Emotif
"The plan had been to run in the trial but she had a setback and missed that race so we are straight here without a run. She won her only start well."
David Marnane, trainer of More Than Sotka
"Hopefully she has improved since the trial. She should appreciate the extra furlong."
Richard Mullen, rider of Go Angellica
"I have not sat on her but she is a Listed winner at home and David knows the type of horse to bring out here."
Saeed bin Suroor, trainer of Shuruq and Mar Mar
"Shuruq will relish the extra furlong and Mar Mar is hard to gauge as she shows little at home."
Mahmood Al Zarooni, trainer of Lovely Pass and Music Chart
"Music Chart won the trial very nicely and has improved since. The extra furlong will be ideal and I am expecting her to go close. Lovely Pass's English form is good but she should improve from whatever she does today."
Kieren Fallon, rider of Pure Excellence
"Her British form is decent and she was impressive winning the last time. She should handle the surface and give a good account."