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Meydan 27.03.2010

Meydan: first meeting of the Dubai Carnival takes place on Thursday

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Burridge aiming for fast-start at Carnival

UAE: Singapore-based trainer Steven Burridge hopes to make a fast start to this year's Dubai World Cup Carnival when he saddles both Benji's Empire and Freezemaster on the opening night of racing on Thursday.

Benji's Empire holds entries in 7f handicaps on the turf and all-weather at Meydan and also in the 5f turf handicap, which features the likes of Temple Meads, Humidor, Invincible Ash and Inxile from Europe.

He said: "Benji's Empire has had seven wins for 39 starts and has really started to come good over the last season. He'd done a few things wrong but over the last 12 months he's come into himself and become really consistent in his racing."

Burridge plans to be represented by Devil's Cut and ex-Irish Tiger Stripes over the coming weeks of the carnival.

"Devil's Cut is definitely the one that I'm most looking forward to," said Burridge."He's only lightly raced, he ran second on his first start but he didn't jump well and was a really green so we put him away for a few months. When we got him back to the track he won first up and then he won his second start back, so he's an exciting prospect."

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