Stable tour: O'Neill details his 11-strong Dubai shedrow

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Teacher Doug O’Neill has lengthy been one of the vital pioneers of the collective American coaching colony, and this yr he takes that to every other stage via sending 11 horses for the Dubai International Cup Carnival.

On Monday morning, the winner of 38 Grade/Crew 1 races, two editions of the Kentucky Derby, 5 Breeders’ Cup races and a Godolphin Mile (G2), walked the shedrow and mentioned the set — one who makes historical past as the primary bona fide American string ever all over the 10-week, $12.eight million world exhibit.

“Knock on picket—all have traveled effectively, we don’t have any temps in any respect they usually all have nice appetites,” O’Neill stated. “They appear nice and we’re actually glad about the whole lot. In most cases we convey one or two for International Cup, so it’s so other with 11, however I love it.

“It took me a pair days, however I’m adapting effectively to the jet lag, similar to the horses, and entering a regimen,” O’Neill persevered. “A large number of this is due to Frank Gabriel (govt director of racing), John (Nicholas, quarantine supervisor) and Stephanie (Cooley, world racing liaison). They’ve actually helped us have a easy transition and we couldn’t be happier.”

Here is a nearer take a look at O’Neill’s Dubai string:

BLITZKRIEG (rated 110) (pictured) leads the struggle this week as one in all 3 O’Neill runners and assistant Leandro Mora will get started contemporary off the aircraft on Thursday. A winner of 5 from 15, the well-bred son of Battle Entrance has labored his approach up at school and was once an excellent winner of the San Francisco Mile (G3) at Golden Gate closing April.

Blitzkrieg then was once 7th at the filth within the Gold Cup at Santa Anita (G1) over 2000 meters earlier than a seven-month layoff. He returned closing out within the 1,100-meter Joe Hernandez (G2) on turf, ultimate admirably to be fourth in a blanket end astern Al Quoz Dash hopeful Texas Wedge. He strains up in a extremely aggressive version of the $250,000 Al Fahidi Fortress (G2) over 1400 meters on turf — a difficult project, indubitably.


O’Neill:
 “I needed to freshen him up after {the summertime}. His closing race was once a paid exercise and a sharpener. We have been very inspired. He was once ultimate in down the lane going 5½ furlongs, which is undoubtedly no longer sufficient distance for him. We entered him for the Crew 2 Al Fahidi Fortress and the seven furlongs shall be nice for him. He’s a skilled horse and we’re thinking about him and seeing what he can do right here. If he remains injury-free and helps to keep doing effectively, he’s a Dubai International Cup evening roughly horse for us. The American citizens appear to do absolute best within the turf sprints, however we’ll let him let us know.”

PRODIGAL SON (98) strains up in Thursday’s $175,000 Dubai Sprint over 1000 meters on turf and should run a instantly direction for the primary time. Owned via Reddam Racing, one in all O’Neill’s long-time purchasers (and proprietor of Godolphin Mile winner Spring at Closing), the son of Sq. Eddie is available in off two superb performances in allowance corporate, together with a victory closing out over 1110 meters on turf. He closed his ultimate 250 meters in 17.20 seconds, successful for the 3rd time in 11 begins.

O’Neill
“We entered him within the Dubai Sprint over 5 furlongs and he’s a snappy horse. I feel he’ll do exactly nice with the instantly direction. Being a son of Sq. Eddie — they’re in order that truthful. He’s coming off a pleasant win at Santa Anita round a bend and I don’t assume the gap or setup right here shall be a subject for him.”

PARSIMONY
 
(100) is a tall, well-built gray son of Dominus who has a lone victory from 20 begins, however has completed moment seven instances. He’s the 3rd of the Thursday triad and can glance to double his win rely within the $135,000 Jebel Ali Port over 2000 meters — his first check out on the American vintage filth distance. Whilst it took him 18 begins to wreck his maiden, the Reddam Racing-owned colt chased one of the absolute best 3-year-olds of 2019, together with a far off moment to champion Sport Winner within the Los Alamitos Derby (G3). A veteran of 3 different graded stakes, he was once a nice moment within the 1800-meter Cinema Stakes at the turf and a cast fourth on filth in a 1400-meter allowance tournament over Santa Anita’s Breeders’ Cup weekend.

O’Neill
“He’s one we’re dreaming about for the International Cup. I do know his shape doesn’t display it, however he’s one of these gifted horse. He’s been actually unfortunate and we’re hoping to get fortunate over a mile and 1 / 4 on Thursday. He ran moment to Baffert’s Sport Winner at Los Al. For a split-second there, he gave him a scare and us a thrill. He has proven us within the mornings that he has Grade 1 skill, we simply haven’t noticed it in a few of his afternoon races. We’ve noticed him do particular issues within the morning and I’ve were given a sense he’s going to convey his American morning shape to the evenings right here in Dubai. I feel getting over right here, you’ll be able to inform they’re all playing it. The arrogance and quietness come in combination within the mornings for nice horses and you notice it, however the power of the afternoons in The united states can zap their power slightly. I’ve watched (the environment) right here the closing couple days — it’s one of these Eu, tranquil and horse-friendly setup. I’m actually excited to look how this man plays with that.”

FIGHT ON
 (105) is a superbly bred 5-year-old son of Into Mischief with 4 wins from 20 begins. Owned via C T R Stables and Steven Keh, he was once a $340,000 Keeneland acquire who’s lower than $4,000 from returning his sale worth. A stakes winner closing spring in a aggressive renewal of the 1700 meters 5th Season at Oaklawn Park, he has completed within the most sensible 4 in 8 of his previous 9 begins, together with a fourth closing out in the back of Dubai International Cup hopeful Present Field within the 1700-meter San Antonio (G2) at Santa Anita.

O’Neill: “He’s a dream horse for the Godolphin Mile and can run, I imagine, on Jan. 30 over a mile at the filth ($175,000 90+ handicap). He’s an Into Mischief whose large declare to reputation was once successful a stakes at Oaklawn. He’s a groovy horse who needed to clean up and had a dash comeback race. He’s additionally a difficult horse who will have to be in a position to run a nice 1600 meters right here.”

FORE LEFT
 (105) is a promising Reddam-owned 3-year-old with a number of seasoning at this level in his profession. A son of emerging sire Twirling Sweet, he has gained 3 from 8, together with the Tremont at Belmont Park and Sunny Slope at Santa Anita — each sprints. He was once 5th within the 1400-meter Del Mar Futurity (G1), 7th within the 1700-meter American Pharoah (G1) towards one of the most sensible of his technology and enters off a deficient appearing on turf within the 1600-meter Cecil B. DeMille (G3).

O’Neill: “He’ll cross within the (UAE) 2000 Guineas (G3) at a mile at the filth. He’s our actual dream for the UAE Derby. The space is an actual query mark, however he trains like he can stretch out and the gap wouldn’t be an issue, however I do know his shape says the other. He gained well at Belmont and Del Mar. He beat Robust Charter, who’s an actual runner. I feel he’s going to do effectively and he has super gate velocity that can get him into place early within the race and we’re excited to look how that works out. I suppose we’ll see on Feb. 6.”

WILDMAN JACK
 (98) is a thrilling sprinter via Goldencents, one of the vital most sensible younger stallions within the U.S. O’Neill skilled Goldencents, who was once owned via Wildman Jack’s proprietor, W.C. Racing. From 5 begins, the homebred bay 4-year-old gelding has completed within the most sensible 3 in all, together with a handsome victory closing out over 1100 meters on turf on Dec. 1. Velocity determine aficionados will admire that he has the very best Equibase Velocity Determine (112) of any of the O’Neill 11.

O’Neill: “He’s a different horse, however he doesn’t wow you in individual. He’s speedy and gifted, however he presentations it at the monitor. He’s given us 110% and he’s actually been nice right here. He loves the home windows right here within the stalls and searching round at Meydan. We’re thinking about him. We may check out him at the filth — he’s been coaching actually effectively on it — within the ($200,000) Al Shindagha Dash (G3) on Jan. 30.”

OCEAN FURY
 (97) is an making improvements to son of Stormy Atlantic who, like lots of his sire’s offspring, has long gone effectively on turf. 7th closing out within the Mathis Brothers Mile (G2) at Santa Anita, he was once 3rd within the Let It Experience Stakes and gained an allowance in attention-grabbing taste on Sept. 27, 4 races again, over 1600 meters. Ocean Fury is owned via Abbondanza racing, Neil Haymes, Mark Schlesinger and assistant teacher Leandro Mora. He has gained 3 of his 11 begins and just about $40,000 greater than his $75,000 sale worth, whilst additionally proudly owning an excellent 109 Equibase Velocity Determine.

O’Neill
“He’s most likely going within the 90-105 1600 meters turf handicap on Jan. 30. He’s a nice allowance horse who has knocked heads with some nice horses again house. He’s most probably one in all our lower-rated horses, however he’s a actually truthful horse. He hasn’t run at the filth and we have been in truth excited about working him within the 1600 meters on filth, however we’re most probably striking Struggle On in there and holding this man at the grass for now. He even has the glance of a mud horse; very muscular. Perhaps we can check out him on it (in a while).”

ONE FLEW SOUTH
 (95) has had hopes held prime via his connections for fairly a while, together with coming into the Arkansas Derby (G1) after most effective two begins. Owned via Zedan Racing Stables, he was once 6th within the Santa Anita Dash Championship (G1) astern Omaha Seaside and Dubai Golden Shaheen hopeful Shancelot, after which completed a tight 3rd 13 days later in a turf dash astern of well-regarded stablemate Carnivorous. By way of Massive’s Causeway out of more than one stakes winner Sky Haven (Sky Mesa) and with most effective six begins, the Gabriel Duignan, William Duignan and Tranquillity Investments-owned 4-year-old is the epitome of unexposed.

O’Neill: “He gained impressively first-time out at Turfway and we purchased him after which he went up towards some tricky horses. He was once a little rushed, however he had time after that. Although his present shape won’t glance nice, I feel he’ll outrun it. He’s probably a 1600 meters roughly horse and we’re searching on the two turf sprints (1200 meters $175,000 Indexed Dubai Dash and 1400 meters $135,000 90-108 handicap) on Feb. 6 with him to get began.”

TRUCK SALESMAN
 (93) seems to be one in all O’Neill’s favorites, primarily based only at the tone with which he describes the swift son of Can the Guy. First or moment in seven of 12 begins, the 4-year-old Alejandro Mercado-owned gelding has been clashing with tricky California dash allowance fields, together with completing runner-up on Nov. 29 over 1200 meters in a race the place Parsimony completed fourth, 2¼ lengths in the back of. He’s pointing towards the 1200-meter filth handicap for horses rated 90-108 at the 7th evening of the DWC Carnival.

O’Neill: “Truck Salesman is a quick horse we introduced over excited about the filth sprints. His first race, if all is going effectively, goes to be on Feb. 13, I imagine. I’m searching ahead to seeing how he does right here.”

TOROSAY
 (93), like a couple of of O’Neill’s 11, has a number of room (and time) for development and has proven abundant velocity briefly order, together with breaking the 1100-meter turf direction document (1:01.49) at Santa Anita, which was once eclipsed closing weekend. 2d to Prodigal Son closing out in a turf dash, he stocks an possession with Truck Salesman and may be a son of Goldencents. Raced most effective 4 instances, he has one win and two seconds — each in his earlier two begins earlier than transport. The primary of the ones runner-up finishes was once astern well-regarded Bob Baffert trainee Velocity Move on Dec. 7 over 1200m.

O’Neill: “He’s a skilled son of Goldencents who may well be any type. The landlord has been super-patient with him and letting him expand. We’re searching on the ($135,000) Feb. 13 handicap (90-105) at 1000 meters at the turf for him. He’s 4 now and this shall be his 5th get started. I feel he may give us a nice season this yr. He’s frivolously raced, nonetheless can toughen and was once simply beat via Prodigal Son closing time. He’s owned via W.C. Racing’s Glen Sorgenstein, who has been a super-patient, nice gentleman to paintings with.”

I WILL NOT
 (85) is a Reddam-owned son of Sq. Eddie who has a sole victory from 4 begins, however is a full-brother to the immensely fast Discovered Cash. A sophomore, he broke his maiden over 1200 meters and exits a 3rd in allowance corporate over the similar travel at Del Mar on Nov. 30.

O’Neill
“He’s a 3-year-old son of Sq. Eddie who has proven skill. We’ve introduced him and Fore Left with UAE Derby desires. We’re going to check out him within the Meydan Vintage Trial at seven-eighths at the grass.”

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