DUBAI: Arguably the best card thus far of the 2019 Dubai World Cup Carnival will take place on Thursday night at Meydan Racecourse, including a top-class field assembled for the evening’s co-featured Group 2 $250,000 Al Fahidi Fort. Chief among the competitors is Australia’s Comin’ Through, who exits a run in the Hong Kong Mile (G1) at Sha Tin on Dec. 9 for Sir Owen Glenn’s Go Bloodstock and is one of the few horses to have the misfortune of facing both Winx and Beauty Generation in the past year.
A Group 1 winner in his native country, the son of Fastnet Rock will be the first Dubai starter for trainer Chris Waller, who famously also trains Winx. He has won seven of 23 starts, including a pair of stakes in 2018—the Group 1 Doomben Cup over 2000m and Group 2 Tramway Stakes over 1400m. He returns to the latter distance for Thursday’s Al Fahidi Fort and faces a field that includes G1 winner Marinaresco and multiple G2 winners Championship and Janoobi. The winner of last year’s renewal, Jungle Cat, went on to win the 1200m Al Quoz Sprint sponsored by Azizi Developments (G1), as well as Australia’s Sir Rupert Clarke (G1). (read more…)