De Kock ex­pects big things from Mub­taahij

7 Days in Dubai - - SPORT -

With two pre­vi­ous se­cond-placed fin­ishes in the $10 mil­lion Dubai World Cup, South African trainer Mike de Kock will be hope­ful of fi­nally land­ing the big one when Mub­taahij races at Mey­dan on Satur­day.

De Kock has 12 pre­vi­ous win­ners on Dubai World Cup night - se­cond only to Godol­phin’s Saeed bin Suroor - but in the world’s rich­est race he has seen Asi­atic Boy and Vic­tory Moon fin­ish se­cond.

Both horses were four-year-olds and win­ner of the pre­vi­ous year’s UAE Derby so De Kock is fol­low­ing a tried and al­most tested route with Mub­taahij - last year’s win­ner of the UAE Derby.

De­spite not fir­ing in two starts this year, De Kock ex­pects big things from Mub­taahij this week­end.

“First time, in the Fire­break Stakes, we kept telling ev­ery­body he was 80 per cent fit and tack­ling a 1,600m trip too sharp for him,” said De Kock.

“Su­per Satur­day was, on the face of it, dis­ap­point­ing but the more you look at the race, all the dirt races on that day even, there seemed a def­i­nite bias to­wards those on the pace.

“I can say he is spot on for Satur­day and we ex­pect him to run a big race.”

Mean­while, newly-crowned UAE cham­pion trainer Doug Wat­son is look­ing to add to his 56 vic­to­ries when Po­lar River races in the UAE Derby on World Cup night.

He said: “She is in great form now and should run a mas­sive race.”

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