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Century Dreaming in Dubai

8 Mar 2019

This weekend I’m over in Dubai once more on what promises to be a decent evening of racing in the desert.

I ride Century Dream for Simon Crisford in the Group 1 Jebel Hatta. He ran well the other day in Meydan, though obviously he was beaten by Charlie Appleby‘s horse who won very well. He’s sure to come on for the run after a break. It looks to me as though he has a real chance to be honest. He’s got a good draw too, which will make getting a good position a little easier for myself.

His form in context to this race looks good; his excellent third in the QEII Stakes on Champions Day behind my horse Roaring Lion, and I Can Fly reads very well. If he puts his best foot forward, and I can’t see why he wouldn’t, he’ll have a great chance on Saturday.

I also ride Prince Of Arran who ran extremely well finishing third in last year’s Melbourne Cup. He’s had a bit of a break since, so I’m not 100% sure how fit he’ll be on Saturday. You’d imagine they might view this as a good race to prepare him for Dubai World Cup night, but he’ll have a decent chance nonetheless. Charlie Fellowes is very good at travelling his horses abroad as demonstrated with his Melbourne Cup bid.

Horse To Follow: Mootasadir

Hugo Palmer’s colt won well for me last Monday, he’s improving and I think this horse will continue to progress again next time out.