Well Armed on road to Dubai World Cup
UAE: WELL ARMED will have a couple of races in Grade 2 events at Santa Anita before attempting to improve on last year's third in the Dubai World Cup on March 28.
Trainer Eoin Harty reports the six-year-old runner to be training sharply as he prepares for his third visit to the Dubai Carnival.
Well Armed: 'training really well'PICTURE: Edward Whitaker
In his most recent workout, Well Armed flashed through 6f at Santa Anita Park on New Year's Day in 1m12.60s, second fastest of seven moves at the distance.
"I just couldn't be happier with him," Harty said. "He's going to run in the San Pasqual Handicap on January 10 and then probably the San Antonio Handicap (on February 8), and then we'll take him to Dubai."
Last year Well Armed finished second in the San Pasqual and won the San Antonio prior to his brave effort behind Curlin and Asiatic Boy in the Dubai World Cup.
Well Armed returned to America to the States to win the Grade 2 San Diego Handicap in track-record time at Del Mar before finishing second in the Pacific Classic and then capturing the Grade 1 Goodwood Stakes.
Harty was puzzled when Well Armed, who started his career with Clive Brittain, did not run up to his usual standard when he finished ninth in the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile.
"We just gave him a little break after that," said the trainer. "He's really training well now and I'd be surprised if he doesn't run back to his old form."