With only 4 days until the Dubai World Cup and racing fans from all over the world pouring into the city, excitement is certainly mounting.

Australian World Cup hopefuls in SEPOY and HELMET appear to have both settled into their new environment, and both pleased their trainer Peter Snowden at track work yesterday morning. Both horses will run under the colours of Sheik Mohammad’s Godolphin Stable, and both horses are also being touted to run at Royal Ascot in July.

Sepoy, ridden yesterday morning by jockey Kerrin McEvoy, worked from the 1,000 metres mark and picked up the pace from the 800 metres really impressing his trainer Snowden.

“He really finished off well, breaking 22 seconds for the final 400 metres which suggests to me he has really made significant improvement. He worked as well as at any time he has at home “, Snowden said.  Sepoy starts in the Group 1 Dubai Golden Shaheen on Saturday and faces stiff opposition with Australian bred star ROCKET MAN and THE FACTOR tipped as his main dangers.

The trainer also felt a bit more confident of Helmet’s chances this weekend as he seems to have adapted better than Sepoy to the all weather Tapetal surface. Helmet has drawn outside barrier 14 in the 1800m Group 2 UAE Derby with a prize purse of $2 million.

“At least if he does not miss the start as he did at Flemington at his last start, he should be able to keep out of trouble,” the trainer said.

Tomorrow morning at 6 breakfast with the stars is on the agenda and will be the final hit out for most horses prior to the big raceday on Saturday.

American trainer Bob Baffert is recovering in a Dubai hospital having suffered a heart attack early on Monday morning. Only 24 hours after having 3 stents inserted Baffert was keen to walk out of hospital and resume his training duties! However doctors have insisted he can train from his hospital bed for a little longer. Sheik Mohammad, accompanied by his bloodstock manage Alex Feggusson visited Baffert in hospital yesterday.

Caught up with Nick Hay for drinks at Le Royal Meridian last night which was fun. Our present accomodation is luxurious to say the least – situated right on Jumeirah Beach where all the really swish resorts are.Up early to hit the gym this morning – I’ve taken a liking to the rowing machine (think I may have just missed my calling in life!) and then spent a leisurely 2 hours over lunch eating more than my fair share of beautiful fresh fruit and reading the local papers (yes they do print an English edition). In fact most people here speak English quite proficiently.

Noticed that ELADONI (Ladoni – Elva) ran a good third over 2400m at Sandown today. He is on the comeback trail after 12 months spell recovering from stem cell treatment.


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