The Factor, Giant Ryan face tall order against Rocket Man

by | 03.30.2012 | 9:53am
The Factor wins San Carlos

Singapore's remarkable sprinter Rocket Man bids to defend his crown in this 1,200m all-weather contest, having also finished second in the race in 2010.

Trained by Patrick Shaw, he certainly appears the one they all have to beat and it is hard to make a strong case for many of his 11 rivals who are, arguably, headed by the only three-year-old in the race, Sepoy.

Australian Peter Snowden will saddle Sepoy for the final time before he joins Godolphin and his jockey Kerrin McEvoy will be sporting the all blue of Godolphin on Saturday.


He arrives in the UAE on the back of a defeat in his native Australia but for the world's best three-year-old sprinter, that was only the second time he was beaten in 12 career starts and he already has four Group 1 victories to his name.

Frankie Dettori will ride Soul for Godolphin trainer Saeed bin Suroor. Formerly a stable companion of Sepoy, he won well on his sole UAE start in a 1,000m turf handicap. That form has worked out well and it is interesting he runs here and not in the Group 1 Al Quoz Sprint, sponsored by Emirates NBD.

Dubai World Cup Carnival form is well represented with both Hitchens and Krypton Factor having Group 3 course and distance victories to their credit.

Trained in the UK by David Barron, Hitchens beat Krypton Factor in the Al Shindagha Sprint before the latter, owned and trained by Bahrain's Fawzi Nass, gained his revenge in the Mahab Al Shimaal on Super Saturday.

Iver Bridge Lad and Inxile also represent England but appear to face a stiff task, as do the locally-trained pair of Happy Dubai and Russian Rock.

The Americans use to win this race regularly on the Nad Al Sheba dirt and are seeking a tenth success in the race. Giant Ryan and The Factor are their two challengers but they would appear to have a bit to find against the likes of Rocket Man.

Lucky Nine, from Hong Kong, completes the field but his draw, in 12, makes his task very difficult but on form he has definite each-way claims.

  • Tiznowbaby

    Wow, The Factor was all but dismissed in this press release. I hope he runs his race, as well as Giant Ryan.

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