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Dangerous to ignore Midge

Brian Meehan arrives in Dubai to oversee Classic preparations

Last Updated: 23/03/11 10:30am

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Dangerous Midge is a contender for the Dubai Sheema Classic.

Dangerous Midge is a contender for the Dubai Sheema Classic.

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Brian Meehan has flown into Dubai to oversee the final preparations of Dangerous Midge, his contender for the Dubai Sheema Classic.

The five-year-old, who was last seen winning the Breeders' Cup Turf at Churchill Downs in November, arrived at Meydan in company with stablemate and UAE Derby hope Mantoba on Monday morning.

Frankie Dettori guided Dangerous Midge to his American triumph but, as the Italian will be riding Rewilding for Godolphin this weekend, Martin Dwyer comes in for the ride on Meehan's big hope.

"Both horses are well and seem to have settled in nicely," said the Manton handler.

"I might take them to the main track tomorrow to have them stretch their legs or maybe I'll just let them walk to the track and back. I'll decide tomorrow morning."

Rewilding was third behind Workforce in last year's Derby at Epsom and his trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni is hopeful for Saturday's Group One contest.

"He is very well, healthy and ready to run," said Al Zarooni.

"He worked well on Saturday, he looks happy and he likes to run fresh."

Laaheb is set to become Roger Varian's first official runner since taking over from Michael Jarvis.

Dawn Robbins, who looks after Laaheb, said: "He just walked and trotted this morning at the quarantine yard.

"He has never travelled before and has never spent a night away from home. He is more relaxed now than yesterday and we are happy with him."

The Barry Hills-trained Redwood arrived in Dubai on Tuesday morning but the earliest he will appear on the track is Thursday.

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