I think he'd have a better shot at winning the Dubai World Cup than he would winning the Dubai Turf also, but his strongest chance may actually be in the Godolphin Mile.
@Byrnzz, The only way I could see them bypassing the Dubai World Cup in favor of the Godolphin Mile would be if his connections truly believe that 2000 meters/10f is a bridge too far for Mshawish? But like I said above, he ran in the Donn like a horse that wouldn't have a problem at all staying another furlong, IMO.
Been a fan of this horse since the first time I saw him race on turf in France back in 2012 when he was still being trained by Mikel Delzangles. Mshawish rarely ever runs a bad race. He's got some quality form on turf in Europe, Dubai, and in America, but for all the good work he's done on turf throughout his career, I think he may be even better racing on conventional dirt. He currently holds entries for 3 different races on world cup night at Meydan in the G2 Godolphin Mile, G1 Duba Turf, & G1 Dubai World Cup. I'd really like to see them go for one of the races on dirt with him this year because the Dubai Turf is likely to have a really loaded field with the likes of Solow & Maurice both headed to Dubai. Mshawish stayed 9f easy enough in the Donn, and didn't at all look like a horse that would have problems staying 10f, IMO, if they decide to take a crack at the Dubai World Cup with him.
Frosted rolls home an impressive winner of the G2 Al Maktoum Challenge Rd. 2 for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin and Godolphin with William Buick aboard.
James Doyle rides Very Special to an easy win of the G2 Cape Verdi for trainer Saeed bin Suroor and Godolphin.
From the Racing Post web-site: Trainer Saeed Bin Suroor has paid tribute to Halling, who died at Dalham Hall Stud in the UK on Tuesday at the age of 25 due to the infirmities of old age. "It's very sad news" said Suroor. "Halling did a great job for both Godolphin & Darley." "He won 5 G1's for us. 2 in his first year with Godolphin and 3 more in his second year." "He was a great stallion too." Suroor added, "Everyone loved Halling at Godolphin & Darley and so did Sheikh Mohammed. "He was one of our best, and it's like losing a friend, but he lived a long and happy life and there's still some babies of his to look forward to." Halling was retired to stud in 1997 and sired such leading performers as Jack Hobbs, Cavalryman, Cutlass Bay, & Empoli.
I could see Air Vice Marshal coming stateside, but I'll be very surprised if Aidan O'Brien and the Coolmore mafia send Air Force Blue with him almost certain to go to post as favorite for the G1 English 2000 Guineas at Newmarket on the exact same day that the Kentucky Derby runs. Wouldn't surprise me though if O'Brien talks Evie Stockwell into running the BC Juvenile Turf winner, Hit It A Bomb, in the Ky. Derby though. Hit It A Bomb is also sired by War Front out of the Sadler's Wells mare Liscanna.
@Pebbles, Air Vice Marshal is being pointed at the G2 UAE Derby in late March by Aidan O'Brien, and that's over 9-1/2f on conventional dirt. So should he run well at Meydan I think it's possible he could be at Churchill Downs on the 1st Saturday in May. But I think he'll have to run a big race for Coolmore in Dubai first for it to even be considered, IMO.
A battle of Mike de Kock trained South African stars, as Forries Waltz holds off former G1 Cape Derby winner, Ertijaal, by just over a length to win the G2 Al Rashidiya at Meydan.
According to a story filed earlier today on the Racing Post web-site, G1 Mile Championship & G1 Hong Kong Mile winner, Maurice, will likely make his 2016 debut in the G1 Dubai Turf over 1800 meters at Meydan on world cup night. Now if we can just get trainer Freddie Head to send Solow back over to defend his title, we'll have arguably the 2 top international turf milers in the world right now going head to head at Meydan on March 26th!
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