Rising to the Surface: American ‘Lag’ at Meydan Due to Tapeta?
A recent article in Abu Dhabi’s The National questioned whether America’s relative lack of success in the Dubai World Cup meeting since its move to Meydan (one win in 25 runners since 2010) is connected to trainers’ unwillingness to prepare horses for the Tapeta surface at Meydan.
In fact, that single American winner was Kinsale King, who won the 2010 Palos Verdes at Santa Anita on Pro-Ride before training at Golden Gate Fields over Tapeta.
“It is hardly rocket science,” author Geoffrey Riddle writes. “American trainers appear to have learnt their lesson and they have brought with them horses better suited to the challenge this year.”
Riddle predicts that Animal Kingdom’s training time on Fair Hill’s Tapeta, and Dullahan’s prep race over Meydan’s Tapeta may turn the tides for American runners this year.
Read more at The National