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  • 16:40 Dubai Duty Free Sponsored By Dubai Duty Free 1m 1f

  • (Group 1) (Turf) 18,312,885 added 3yo+ 14 ran
  • Winner 10,476,801 2nd 3,962,910 3rd 1,968,637 4th 900,992
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Off time: 16:41:47

Simcock duo lead Dubai Duty Free charge at Meydan on Saturday

Last Updated: 29/03/13 1:59pm

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I'm A Dreamer: Connections are confident

I'm A Dreamer: Connections are confident

David Simcock has two bright hopes of another major international success in Saturday's Dubai Duty Free - but his pair must break from opposing sides of the track.

Simcock already claimed a Grade One with I'm A Dreamer when Hayley Turner came with a power-packed finish in the Beverly D Stakes and she also ran well at the Breeders' Cup.

I'm A Dreamer is in stall two, but the in-form and shorter-priced representative of Trillium Place, dual Carnival winner Trade Storm, is in 14.

"It's a wide-open race, and it is difficult to know how it will be run, so we're open-minded about the tactics," said Simcock.

"I cannot believe it will be a race without pace, so that should suit us because both I'm A Dreamer and Trade Storm come from behind.

"I would rather not have drawn 14 for Trade Storm, but both horses are in good nick and will be ridden by very capable jockeys. You can't ask for more."

Turner is excited about being reunited with I'm A Dreamer, and said: "I had a sit on her last week and she seemed in great order. I think she's going there with a really good chance.

"I know it's a Group One but there isn't one to pick out, it's quite an open race. Trade Storm is a course and distance winner and has the benefit of being acclimatised. We haven't had a prep-run, but I think I'm A Dreamer is a class act."

Breeders' Cup Turf winner Little Mike failed to set the world alight in his prep on the Tapeta and jockey Gary Stevens is pleased to be returning to grass.

"He's best on turf, although his last run was on the synthetic here at Meydan, so that's what he's going back to in the Dubai Duty Free," said the decorated veteran jockey.

"The trainer (Dale Romans) has said he'll go from the front, and that will be Plan A."

Giofra landed the Falmouth Stakes and was runner-up in Hong Kong but has not had an in ideal build-up.

"The preparation was difficult as we had terrible weather in France and didn't do all we had to do," said trainer Alain de Royer-Dupre.

"She improves every day and looks much better but she's a very difficult filly to train.

"She has the quality to be competitive in this kind of race and she was second in the Hong Kong Cup. There was not so long between the two races."

French Fifteen, second to Camelot in the 2000 Guineas, did not progress last term but made a pleasant comeback at Chantilly.

Trainer Nichols Clement was not thrilled with his draw in 13 and said: "It is not an ideal stall. You need to have pace to get into the race, and he has a turn of pace but we must avoid using it too early. Otherwise I am very happy.

"The distance is fine, and the going should be ideal."

Experienced traveller Wigmore Hall has taken third and fourth in two previous tries in the race and trainer Michael Bell said: "We've changed the routine this year, coming in late instead of giving him a prep race in the Dubai World Cup Carnival.

"He's done all his serious preparation at home, including giving him a work-out on the Polytrack with Ryan Moore at Lingfield last week.

"Ryan was particularly bullish, which was a really good sign.

"It's a big call, because it's such a big race, but it's a question of how brave we want to be. We either ride him as normal, from off the pace, where he may run into trouble, or we be more positive."

A fascinating runner is the New Zealand star Ocean Park, who won Australia's premier weight-for-age race, the Cox Plate, last October.

"He has got brighter every day, he lost a bit of weight coming over, but he's a settled horse and he's very relaxed," said trainer Gary Hennessy.

"He won four Group Ones in a row in the spring and his last start (won Group One at Ellerslie) shows he's right on his mark for an autumn campaign. He loves top of the ground and has a huge turn of foot."

Hennessy has booked Johnny Murtagh, and said: "We're heading for the Northern Hemisphere and going on to Ascot and probably Ireland and to be able to draw on the experience of someone like Johnny is great."

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