AS we get nearer to the Dubai World Cup, it was frustrating watching the racing last week as I felt a few jockeys panicked and ended up losing out instead of keeping their cool and winning.
Jockeys shouldn’t be panicking, but it’s been that way all through the Carnival. Maybe it’s because there’s big prize-money out here, but the riders who have kept cool and ridden sensible races have done best – and that will always be the case.
Confidence makes a huge difference as well and you only have to look at William Buick to see a jockey riding with confidence and making all the right decisions. He’s a top jockey and he rides the track brilliantly.
We’ve got a lot of confidence in our Dubai World Cup contender Thunder Snow, who is being readied for the Al Maktoum Challenge on Super Saturday next weekend.
He’s flying at home and I have no doubt that he’s a better horse this year than last year. He’s a bigger, strong, better horse and his work is superior too.
We took him to Meydan last week for a look around and I was worried he might be a little nervous after his experience at the Breeders’ Cup. Instead, he strolled around like he owned the place. We’re so happy with him.
He’s been disappointing this horse, no two ways about it. I rode him work around Meydan when he first came out here and we went so well I thought he’d go well in the UAE 2,000 Guineas, but he’s not produced on the course. He’s down in trip and this looks an easier race, so that’s to his advantage. He does have ability so you couldn’t rule him out.
This should be a penalty kick for Brundtland. The lads at Charlie Appleby’s think he’s going to be running in really good races this season so he should be too good for the rest of them. We have Bin Battuta and Red Galileo in the race, and I prefer the latter. He was a good second last time to Mountain Hunter when he got a good ride from Rowan Scott. Red Galileo looks great and is consistent, so I can see him coming second but Brundtland is the one in this.
He looks potentially thrown in this horse. Richie Mullen, who is the top jockey out here, rides and he’s a very clever rider. This horse is a front runner and there is no pace in this race, so I would expect him to control things and make the most of that advantage.
I don’t think this little horse has had any luck at all during the Dubai World Cup Carnival and it was the same last week. I’ve got to give him another chance and hopefully he’ll get the breaks this time around. Kevin Stott, who rode a winner at Meydan last week, takes over in the saddle and I think he’ll suit the horse a lot.
I put this horse up as one to watch in my very first blog, so I was delighted to see him get his head in front last time. He’s not drawn great, but he needs to be ridden forward or on the pace so if he breaks well being drawn wide might force the rider to go forward. If he gets into the right position there’s still more to come from him.