Dubai Hero Arrogate Is Just Unbelievable
There was plenty of top action at Meydan at the weekend with the impressive Arrogate winning the Dubai World Cup. He is just an unbelievable horse.
Dubai World Cup
The vast majority of dirt type horses are trained in America and maybe the switch to dirt has suited them, but if the right one comes along there’s no reason why a European horse can’t go close again in the Dubai World Cup.
Jack Hobbs took the Sheema Classic and is a very good horse. He was a great three-year-old who ran well in both derbies, winning the Irish version. With the blinkers on, he seemed to improve from his runs at the back end of last year.
It looks like he’ll be a force to be reckoned with all year.
Irish Flat Season
I had an interest at Naas on Sunday in the shape of Circus Ring as the Irish Flat Season got under way, but he didn’t run very well and was caught a bit wide. The ground was soft and he didn’t like it so with a bit of nice ground hopefully he’ll be competitive again.
My sister Ana had better luck with a double and I’m delighted with that, she had two very good rides and Orderofthegarter in particular quickened up very well.
It’s five weeks until the Guineas and Intricately will probably have a run out before that. It’s something we don’t have to look at just yet but we’ll see what things are like the next three weeks and go from there.
Motherland has also been entered in the Group races early doors and he’ll probably go to Navan next, while Reckless Gold has and an entry in Tattersalls Gold Cup. He’s had a few little training issues but…
…when he’s right he’s got a great engine so hopefully we’ll get a clear run at it.
Mortal will more than likely run at Limerick on Thursday in the bumper. He is a well bred horse, the first foal out of Willie Mullins’ Pomme Tiepy. We’ll find out a bit about him but he’s been doing plenty of work at home and is ready to go so hopefully he will run a good race. Anything he does in his bumpers will be a bonus as he’ll want to go three miles eventually.
Katnap will be our most likely runner at Aintree but we’ll know more when the weights are released on Wednesday. We may give him a pop over similar fences at home before going to Liverpool, but he’s a very good jumper so there will be no concern there.