British hoping for further reward at valuable Emir's Sword festival
There will be a strong British turnout in Qatar this weekend, when a feature of the Emir's Sword festival is the $250,000 Al Biddah Mile, won last year by Tip Two Win.
Tip Two Win is a very hard act to follow as he went on to finish an excellent second to Saxon Warrior in the 2,000 Guineas, but Ours Puissant, Concierge and Global Spectrum at least look to have strong claims against the locals.
Ours Puissant was in action on the Al Bahathri before his departure and Hugo Palmer's hope has already been on his travels having finished second in a Listed contest at Deauville last time.
Palmer said: "Ours Puissant has travelled out to Qatar well. The temperatures are in the low 20s I believe, so lower than Dubai. The plan is for Oisin Murphy to ride."
Of the British trio, Concierge has the advantage of local knowledge having won the Al Rayyan Stakes at the Doha circuit in December. George Scott's runner is to be ridden by James Doyle.
Scott said: “Everyone involved with the horse had a wonderful trip to Qatar when he won the Al Rayyan Stakes – we were extremely well looked after.
"The only question mark would be how he'll cope with the step up to a mile. I think he won with a bit in hand last time and saw the seven furlongs out well so I'm fairly confident he'll get the longer trip, especially on such a sharp track.”
Global Spectrum breezed through his latest exercise under Daniel Muscutt on the Al Bahathri Polytrack last Friday, but is to be ridden at Doha by Gerald Mosse, retained jockey to owner Johnny Hon.
A son of Dutch Art, the Gay Kelleway-trained Global Spectrum is unbeaten in two starts on Polytrack over seven furlongs at Kempton, most recently when defying a 7lb penalty in a novice event this month.
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