An enthralling contest which will offer an insight into the thinking of trainer Mike De Kock. Musir gave a very impressive display when landing the R 1 of the Maktoum Challenge here two weeks ago on the tapeta surface. He powered home winning easily with the tank gauge still on full. You would have thought the obvious target would have been the big one on World Cup night. Mike has other thoughts for Musir though. His 6 previous runs at Meyden have all been on the artificial but now the trainer wishes to open up turf options, should a Duty Free target emerge then the question of what Mike has for the World Cup is the big intrigue. Musir certainly coped well in Turkey on turf when winning the Topkapi Trophy but this is a step up on this surface and questions marks remain after being well beaten in the Hungerford Stakes last year at Newbury by Excelebration.
There’s no such question marks regarding the surface for Presvis however there is a whole lot of other question marks. Last year he turned up here breaking from the widest gate dropping in detached before coming through the pack to win comfortably by 4 1/2L. That came after a break since the previous Royal Ascot and he followed up by taking the Duty Free. Big money pots were chased after Dubai in Hong Kong and Singapore where things didn’t go his way and he’s had a similar rest as last year. He’s fresh but is he interested? Notoriously difficult to train Luca like the rest of us will have to wait for the last half furlong to know the answer. This horse has a pet hate, jockeys. He has one love Ryan Moore. Guess who’s back in the plate.
Rajsaman is imported from France to join local trainer Ali Rashid Al Raihe having left Freddie Head’s stable. There is a line of form through Excelebration when Rajasman finished 2L in arrears in the Moulin . On the book he has 4L on Musir who finished 6L behind Excelebration in the Hungerford but be mindful the Moulin was run on very soft which won’t be the case here. He won the Daniel Wildenstein on good over the Arc weekend and then a trip east for the Hong Kong Mile where he finished well in a muddling race to be 2 1/2L off Able One.
City Style comes off a handicap win not having run since last years carnival where he also won on the tapeta. The year off certainly did him no harm and Mahood Al Zarooni must be pleased with him for the step up in class. Win For Sure was also a handicap winner last year though on turf. It’s a first start since R 3 of the Maktoum Challenge last year where he was 4 1/2L short of Twice Over.
Questions. Musir gave the impression of being top class last time out but will he repeat it on the turf? Rasjaman has him on the book but can he make it count on the track? Will Previs be Previs?
With so many questions it’s best to feel the love. Presvis for Ryan.
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