WA Chances At Dubai World Cup Meeting
WA will have strong representation at Saturday’s fabulous Dubai World Cup meeting.
Balmont Mast and Trade Storm, by Balmont and Trade Fair, are being kept safe in the market at 14/1 as they take on some of the world’s best.
Balmont Mast, prepared by Irish trainer Eddie Lynam and to be ridden by Ryan Moore, is engaged in the Group 1 Golden Shaheen (six furlongs). He was a close second in this race last year.
He has been prepared with three races at Meydan and was fourth to United Color in the Listed Dubawi Stakes (six furlongs), fifth to Russian Soul in the Group 3 Al Shindagha Sprint (six furlongs) and fifth to Rich Tapestrey in the Group 3 Mahab Al Shimaal (six furlongs).
Trade Storm, prepared by English trainer David Simcock and to be ridden by Jamie Spencer, is engaged in the Group 1 Dubai Duty Free (nine furlongs).
He won the Jaguar XF Trophy (nine furlongs) and Group 2 Zabeel Mile at last year’s Dubai carnival before finishing an unlucky fourth in the Dubai Duty Free.
Trade Storm has also been prepared with three lead-up races at Meydan. He was 10th to Mujaarib in the Group 2 Al Rashidiya (nine furlongs), second to Mshawish in the Zabeel Mile and fourth to Vercingetorix in the Group 1 Jebel Hata (nine furlongs) when beaten less than two lengths.
After supervising Trade Storm’s final work on Tuesday, Simcock said:
“He looks especially well and should be suited by the way the Dubai Duty Free will be run.
“Taking on the better horses will suit him as they should carry him into the race but whether he will be good enough to beat the Japanese horse Just A Way is open to question. He is very impressive.
“Meydan is a track at which you invariably need luck, and that makes the racing very open.
“The pace of the races, when they go quick then steady up, can lead to horses experiencing bad luck in running.
“But the one thing about mine is that he’s in good order and I’m hopeful.”