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Mendip wins the Al Bastakiya at Meydan 04.03.2010

Mendip: connections are hoping four-year-old can continue Meydan form

  PICTURE: Dubai Racing Club/ Andrew Watkins  

Mendip set for Al Maktoum Challenge

Preview: UAE, Thursday 6.15pm GMT, (live on ATR, RUK and Sky Sports 1)

Meydan: Al Maktoum Challenge RI (Group 3) 1m, AW, 4yo+

What they say

Saeed Bin Suroor, trainer of Mendip and Colonial

"They are both in good form but certain to come on for the run. Mendip won twice on the Meydan Tapeta last year; he has had only four career starts and is a horse we have always really liked. He had a small setback after the UAE Derby and we have given him all the time he needed but I am hopeful of a big run. He is an exciting prospect and one we are really looking forward to.

"Colonial is improving all the time and I am very happy with him. He handles the surface in his work but needs to prove himself on it."

Herman Brown, trainer of Fencing Master

"He is a horse who I really like - he has form in some top races in Europe - but we are going to find out a lot about him as he is very lazy in his work. He is a great horse to work with and handles the surface in his work. I'd like to think he's a potential World Cup horse - he won at Dundalk, which is a similar surface but we will see how he goes here before deciding whether to revert to turf."

Mike de Kock, trainer of Mr Brock, King of Rome and Imbongi

"All three are going to improve fitness-wise from their runs and, ideally, we would be further ahead in their training. Imbongi won the Zabeel Mile and was an excellent third in the Dubai Duty Free on World Cup night, but he was badly in need of his comeback and looks like he will need this also.

"Mr Brock was a revelation on the surface last year - he was beaten just under three lengths in the World Cup - and King Of Rome also enjoyed it. This looks a wide-open contest though."

Mubarak bin Shafya, trainer of My Indy

"This will be his first start for us and he has been off since this race last year, having won it in 2009 on dirt. He is working well enough and Pat Cosgrave is happy with him."

Mahmood Al Zarooni, trainer of Frozen Power, Sea Lord and Storm Ultralight

"Obviously it is the first meeting so we are going to get a good idea where we are with regard to the horses' fitness. Frozen Power was a big horse for us last summer and proved himself on the Meydan Tapeta last year - I hope he might be one to follow this year as he is going very well at home.

"Ahmed Ajtebi has been pleased with Storm Ultralight and Sea Lord is going nicely but both have wide draws which is not ideal. Sea Lord is an exciting new horse for us as he has won on the Polytrack as well as turf. He's a real nice type, very tough."

Stef Higgins, trainer of Mac Love

"He has been a great servant to the yard and is in great form and absolutely bouncing. He may not be getting any younger but he is fresh and well.  He has won at Kempton, is working nicely on the Tapeta and is used to a similar surface at home so that should not be an issue. He is our first Dubai runner and it is great to be here."

Doug Watson, trainer of Green Coast

"Obviously he did not fire on his comeback but he has been working well since and we know he handles the conditions. He has run well in this race in the past and that was a great second in the Godolphin Mile last year. It is a competitive renewal but we have to be hopeful of a good rungiven some luck."

Luca Cumani, trainer of Mabait

"The horse is in good shape and has been pleasing us since he arrived. He is in good form and we were hopeful of a good run but have been done no favours by the draw with either of our runners on the first night.

"We will need luck in running from out there but he worked well in a gallop over the weekend and looks set for a bold show so longas the surface isn't a problem with only two of the entries (Mr Brock and Sea Lord) having a higher official rating than he has. That's not to say reaching a place will be easy as there looks to be a fair amount of strength and depth tothe race."


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