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Birmano makes his second start for Touch Gold this evening at Meydan, and returns to the grass as he goes in the 6f handicap on Saturday. Tadhg O’Shea takes the ride, with Zabeel having a number of other entries.

A 360,000AED purchase at the Racing In Dubai Sale in September, he was held on his first run on the dirt last month, though really needed that outing. He most certainly will go back on the dirt at some point, but we’re still learning with him and this looked the logical next step.

He boasts some useful turf form from his days in France when trained by Andre Fabre, and on pedigree the faster surface he’ll encounter here should really suit him. Ultimately he is one who will come into his own next year though, so his campaign this season is very much geared towards that.