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Sir Gerry

Sir Gerry: won at Meydan last year when with John Best

  PICTURE: Mark Cranham  

Watson hopeful of good show from Sir Gerry

Preview: UAE, Thursday 3.55pm GMT  (live on ATR, RUK and Sky Sports 1)

Meydan: Dolce Vita Handicap 7f, turf, 3yo+

Doug Watson, trainer of Sir Gerry

"We have a wide draw but he is working very nicely and is ridden with restraint normally anyway so hopefully that will not be too much of an issue. He has to give weight away but has really pleased us since arriving and we are hopeful."

Richard Hills, rider of Munaddam

"He is a proven carnival performer and very capable on his day. He is not getting any younger but we have a good draw and he can go well."

Saeed Bin Suroor, trainer of Ashram

"He has plenty of useful UK form and he is very well - he has been showing us plenty of speed at home so hopefully he will run a big race from a good draw."

David Marnane, trainer of Dandy Boy

"We were held up with the snow and he will definitely come on for the run but the carnival has been his target since the summer. A few people have been successful running them off the plane so that's what we aim to do. We don't have the best draw but he should be competitive throughout the carnival."

Richard Mullen, stable jockey to Satish Seemar, trainer of Escape Route andMcCartney

"The horses have been running well all season and our two finished one-two in a Listed race at Abu Dhabi last time so they are clearly in good form. Harry Bentley again rides McCartney and can claim his allowance this time but Escape Route was denied a run at a crucial stage and I hope for a big run. However, it looks ultra competitive."

Wayne Smith, rider of Atlantic Brave

"This is a lightly raced, progressive horse who comes here in great form. He has a low draw which should be an advantage but he has to prove himself on turf as it will be his first race on it."

Jailani Siddiqi, assistant to Ali Rashid Al Raihe, trainer of Happy Dubai and Il Grande Maurizio

"It was not an easy choice for Royston Ffrench as we expect big runs from both. He was pleased with Il Grande Maurizio last time and the return to turf should suit, whereas Happy Dubai has yet to win on grass."


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