Wigmore Hall: will be partnered by Ryan Moore in the Dubai Duty FreePICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Bell optimistic about Wigmore Hall's chances
CONNECTIONS of globetrotting star Wigmore Hall are hoping the six-year-old can gain a deserved World Cup night success under Ryan Moore when the pair combine in Saturday's Dubai Duty Free at Meydan.
Moore, who has an impressive book of rides that is headed by last year's third Planteur in Saturday's big race, replaces regular partner Jamie Spencer on the Michael Bell-trained ace as Spencer will be on board David Simcock's Trade Storm under the terms of his new retainer for Sheikh Fahad Al Thani.
Wigmore Hall, a top-priced 25-1 chance, has finished in the frame in the last two runnings of the Duty Free, in addition to winning at the Carnival two years ago and subsequently scoring back-to-back wins in the Grade 1 Northern Dancer Turf Stakes at Woodbine, Canada.
Moore enjoyed a getting-to-know you spin on Wigmore Hall at Lingfield last week, and Bell is hoping it will be a case of third time lucky on Saturday night.
Bell said: "Ryan rode him at Lingfield last Wednesday and he worked really nicely. It was the first time he had sat on him and he was really happy with him.
"He had a good feel of him, working nine furlongs behind a lead horse, and a trip to the racecourse was just what was wanted. It will hopefully put an edge on him. Ryan probably won't sit on him again now until Saturday night.
"Wigmore Hall often runs well off the plane - he perks up when he travels abroad. He has a good record in the race and hopefully it will be his turn now."
Besides Wigmore Hall and Planteur, Moore is booked to ride Red Jazz for Charlie Hills in the Godolphin Mile, Imperial Monarch for Aidan O'Brien in the Dubai Gold Cup, Lines Of Battle for O'Brien again in the UAE Derby, and the Japanese-trained Taisei Legend in the Dubai Golden Shaheen.