Aussie's ready for Dubai Duty Free
Australia’s Dubai Duty Free representatives Niconero and Tuesday Joy have drawn barriers four and 11 respectively for the $US5 million Group One feature to be run in the early hours of Sunday morning (AEDT).
An outstanding final field of 16, including 10 Group One winners, has been assembled for the Duty Free (1777m) on World Cup night at Nad Al Sheba.
Niconero enjoyed a change in his trackwork routine on Wednesday with a leisurely gallop around the Tapeta track at the new Meydan establishment.
“It’s a great surface and we thought the change in scenery would keep him bright,” trainer David Hayes’ stable representative Lizzie Jelfs said.
“He can be a bit difficult on the track but fortunately he’s been relatively settled this week.
“He’s travelled well and eaten well which is a good sign. It’s a tough race but he’s in it to win it.”
The Gai Waterhouse-trained Tuesday Joy also enjoyed an easy morning with two laps on the grass at Nad Al Sheba.
“She has settled in a treat now. She’s fantastic. I think she’s in career-best form,” travelling foreman David Meijer said.
Highly-rated UK galloper Paco Boy, the winner of seven of his 10 starts including a Group One victory in France, drew wide in barrier 13 while last year’s winner Jay Peg faired poorly with gate 15.
The Dubai Duty Free will be run at 2.55am (AEDT) on Sunday.