Photo: Dubai Racing Club//Andrew Watkins
A quieter and less spectacular card than the past two weeks, the feature race on this Thursday's Meydan card does not lack in quality, with fourteen considerably talented rivals all entering the Al Fahidi Fort with realistic chances of glory.
Last seen winning the Dolce Vita Handicap on opening day on the tapeta, Fulbright reverts back to the familiar turf surface in this Group 2 affair and, when taking into account the strong manner at which his trainer has hit the ground running at this season's carnival, it would be folly to write off Fulbright from backing up once more in this contest.
Anaerobio has returned to Meydan a blossoming force to be reckoned with, whom is beginning to show the potential that Mike De Kock and his team once hope he harbored. His victory on the opening day of carnival showed the benefits that can be reaped when stabling a Carnival star in Dubai during the off season, as the seven year old son of Catcher In The Rye powered away from the consistent, Carnival stalwart Iguazu Falls.
Iguazu Falls reopposes his new foe in this Group 2 contest, as do the third and fourth placed finishers from that race, Dafeef and Roi du Vitesse. Mike de Kock has also chosen the Al Fahidi Fort as the ideal starting point for the recently purchased Gale Force Ten. The winner of the GII Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot when under the care of Aidan O'Brien, Gale Force Ten is an exciting prospect for De Kock through this season's carnival. One of the more intriguing runners at this Thursday's Carnival is Sean Tarry's Heavy Metal. The winner of last season's Durban July figures to feature heavily for Tarry in Group contests further on in the Carnival, but like the majority of the South African imports at the carnival whom have had to go through a lengthy quarantine process en route to shipping to Meydan, he figures to be another who is sure to come on for their first run. Frankie Dettori is also on hand at Meydan on Thursday, as he partners the Sheikh Joaan Al Thani owned runner Mshawish. The ex-Godolphin retainer rider was back in action on Wednesday at Lingfield, riding a double from three booked rides on his first action back in the saddle for three months.