Track notes from Dubai about five of the 12 UAE Derby entries.
Dice Flavor – Dice Flavor galloped on the main track under the watchful eyes of trainer Paddy Gallagher’s wife Sabine. “He’s happy,” she said as the horse galloped by over the Meydan Tapeta surface. “We’ll keep galloping him up here at the main track to give him as much opportunity to adapt to his surroundings. It’s hard to say (where the horsed fits). He won up north (on Tapeta at Golden Gate), but I’m not really sure of the level of horse he beat there.” Trainer Paddy Gallagher is expected from California on Wednesday.
He's Had Enough – He’s Had Enough jogged on the training track Tuesday morning under exercise rider Antonio Romero rather than making the long walk to the main Tapeata surface at Meydan. “Leandro (Mora, assistant to trainer Doug O’Neill) said to keep the horse back here the last couple of days,” Romero said. “He’s doing well and he seems to be happy here.” Romero indicated that He’s Had Enough would again gallop on the training track on Wednesday and that Mora, who will supervise the remaining of the horse’s training up to Saturday’s UAE Derby, will arrive in Dubai either later Tuesday or Wednesday morning.
Keiai Leone – Japanese invader Keiai Leone worked on the all-weather track at Meydan Tuesday morning. Exercise rider Shoichi Nishiura commented, “He is superfit. He has been really settled, even with the big change around him. He is like a lead horse. He is eating and drinking very well. Actually he has had some steady canters before leaving Japan, so he does not need a lot of strong works.”
Lines of Battle – The Aidan O’Brien-trained 3-year-old is due to arrive in Dubai early morning Wednesday and will not be eligible to train on the main track until Friday. The colt has not run since finishing seventh behind stablemate George Vancouver in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf at Santa Anita.
Law Enforcement – The progressing 3-year-old saw the main track for the first time under Richard Hannon's stable rider, Pat Dobbs, when he followed Wigmore Hall around one circuit at a gentle canter. "He feels great," Dobbs said. Hannon's assistant, Steve Knight, was upbeat about the son of Lawman. "Everything seems fine," Knight said. "He was a bit quiet after he travelled, which is why we let him have a little canter round, and that seems to have done the trick. Law Enforcement is expected to shake out the cobwebs when exercising on the main track Thursday under jockey Richard Hughes.