Balada Sale: could run in the UAE Derby at Meydan on March 31PICTURE: Marcelo Sarachi
Argentine star joins Bary with Meydan in mind
TRAINER Pascal Bary, who tasted World Cup success two years ago at Meydan with Gloria de Campeao, has high hopes for another South American import bound for Dubai in Balada Sale.
The winner of the Guineas and Oaks double in Argentina last year, Balada Sale was purchased by Katsumi Yoshida in December.
Originally the daughter of Not For Sale was reported to be joining Mike de Kock but after a change of plan he has now travelled to Chantilly to be trained by Bary.
"She arrived here on Tuesday and if everything goes to plan with her she could run in the UAE Derby on March 31," said Bary.
Balada Sale has not raced since trouncing her rivals by 11 lengths in the Gran Premio Seleccion (Argentine Oaks) in November, but Bary anticipates going straight to the Group 2 contest on World Cup night.
Freddie Head: no Dubai runnersPICTURE: Edward Whitaker
"I don't think she'll have a prep run," he said. "I expect her to be my only runner at the carnival this year."
Freddy Head will be without any representative at Meydan following the sudden departure of owner Saeed Nasser al Romaithi's horses from the stable.
Rajsaman landed his second Group 2 success of the season for Head when denying Rio De La Plata by a short neck in the Prix Daniel Wildenstein, but will now be campaigned in Dubai by Ali Rashid al Raihe.
Grand Prix de Chantilly winner Silver Pond only joined Head following his purchase by al Romaithi at the Arc sale in October.
Having dead-heated for third in the Hong Kong Vase on his only start for Head, the five-year-old son of Act One will now be trained by Doug Watson.
Marinous had already departed France to continue his career in the United States with trainer Peter Walder, while the remainder of the Gulf-based businessman's string has been divided between Bary and Sandrine Tarrou.