Cavalryman makes debut for Godolphin at Meydan
Cavalryman, last seen finishing third behind Sea The Stars in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, will make his debut for Saeed bin Suroor at Meydan today.
Formerly trained by Andre Fabre, the four-year-old had previously won the Grand Prix de Paris and the Prix Niel before getting to within two and a quarter lengths of the wonder horse. He will run in the Group Two Maktoum Challenge III, over the same 10-furlong Tapeta course as the Dubai World Cup, and will be joined by stablemate Allybar.
"Cavalryman is a horse I like and he is working well, but we need to see him race on the surface to decide his big-night target," said Bin Suroor of Frankie Dettori's mount. "Allybar is still improving, he likes the Tapeta surface."
Taking the Godolphin duo on are the Mike de Kock pair of Lizard's Desire and Mr Brock, which have both won twice at the Carnival already. Vodka, winner of the Japan Cup and last year's World Cup runner-up Gloria De Campeao are also in the field.
Godolphin's Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner Vale Of York reappears in the Listed Al Bastakiya, taking on De Kock's impressive UAE 2,000 Guineas winner Musir, while James Eustace and John Best saddle War Artist and Sir Gerry respectively in the Group Three sprint.
War Artist won a similar race in impressive fashion on the Tapeta surface last month. Sir Gerry was fourth that day and has scored once in four Meydan starts.
Perhaps the most interesting runner of the evening is Godolphin's Skysurfers, which hacked up on his Dubai debut. He will face Forgotten Voice and Brian Meehan's Cat Junior in the Burj Naahar. Forgotten Voice was second to Gloria De Campeao on his Meydan bow for Jeremy Noseda.