Dubai Sheema Classic Notes, March 23: Flintshire, Main Sequence To Renew Rivalry

by | 03.23.2015 | 11:12am
World traveler Flintshire will head to Saratoga for the G1 Sword Dancer Aug. 29

Designs on Rome (IRE) – Trainer John Moore said: “He arrived safe and sound and he's eating up well. I was a bit anxious about how he would travel but it seems he has coped with it well. He will be out on the turf track every morning from Tuesday and I'll be there to see him for myself on Wednesday.”

Dolniya (FR) – Dolniya, trained by Alain de Royer-Dupre, came onto the main track at Meydan on Monday morning together with stable companion Cladocera and fellow French-trained Solow. Dolniya did a slow canter for about 600m and then cantered for 1200m.

Antoine Creton, travelling head lad for the yard, said: “Dolniya is in good form and we are very happy with her.”

Flintshire (GB) – Richard Lambert, travelling head lad for the Andre Fabre yard, was watching Flintshire work on the grass track at Meydan on Monday morning. He said: “Flintshire cantered on the grass track over 1400m. He has traveled well and is in good form.”

Harp Star (JPN) – The winner of the 2014 Group 1 Japanese 1000 Guineas (Oka Sho) did an easy canter on the Meydan dirt track on Monday.

The assistant trainer Tsuyoshi Matsuda said: “I asked her to run at the pace of 15 seconds each 200m yesterday, so I put her in an easy canter this morning. I would like to say thank you for all the help from Dubai Racing Club, everything went well so far, and she fits very well.”

Main Sequence (USA) – Main Sequence, the Eclipse Award-winning victor in the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Turf at Santa Anita Park in November, has adapted well to his surroundings at Meydan, according to Alice Clapham, longtime assistant to trainer Graham Motion.

“He took to the flight well and has been training well. We've been keeping him to the training track,” Clapham said.

“Graham gets in this afternoon and we'll decide if we will do something more with him. If we do anything (with regard to more serious work) it will be tomorrow. We may bring him over to the main track on Wednesday to gate train.”

One And Only (JPN) – The 2014 Japanese Derby winner cantered easily for a lap on the Meydan dirt track on Monday.

Assistant trainer Shinsuke Hashiguchi said: “We drove him a bit strongly on the home stretch yesterday, so we just stretched his legs this morning.

“He keeps his good condition, as he is at home. Everything went smoothly including the travelling. He has not lost any weight. This will be his first race since last December, but there is no concern about it. He will gallop on Wednesday.”

Sheikhzayedroad (GB) – Runner-up in the Group 2 Dubai City Of Gold sponsored by Emirates Skycargo on March 7, the six-year-old cantered for one circuit on the main dirt track. “He's fine,” said trainer, David Simcock. “He has become a stable favourite and his last run was good.”

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