The Touch Gold team have made a promising start to the 2019/20 UAE season, with 1 winner and another 6 making the frame from just 8 runners.
The star has been Au Coeur who made a fine winning return after over a year off at Jebel Ali last month. It was his first try over 6f and under Zabeel’s new claimer Sean Kirrane, he made virtually every yard to beat some very useful opposition off an official mark of 85. He will return to Jebel for another handicap, before hopefully getting the opportunity to run for some of the bigger pots up the hill later in the season.
Pop The Hood, having switched yards over the summer, made a very promising return when second at Meydan. He bumped into a former Group winner that day, the form which has been franked already by that one finishing second in a listed race next time. Currently off a mark of 86, the aim will be to get him back up the weights so he’s eligible for Carnival races after the New Year.
Majestic Thunder has been unlucky not to get his head in front, finishing second on both his starts in maidens. On each occasion he hit the front before idling, the first at Jebel Ali where he bumped into a subsequent next-time-out handicap winner, while last time at Meydan over 1m he got caught in the final few yards after travelling strongly. He’s shown more than enough ability to win a maiden and then go on to be competitive in handicaps.
Touch Gold stalwart Speedy Move has returned in typically good form, finishing third in a pair of Meydan handicaps and again picking up good cheques. He found the race coming too soon last time and will have a small break now. He’s sure to continue to give a good account.
Warburton missed last season due to a small injury, but he made a respectable return when fourth in a 6f maiden. That was his first start on dirt and after 19 months off, so he’s entitled to improve for it. He has plenty of options, including on turf after the New Year.
Finally The Song Of John was due to make his return at Jebel Ali in a 3yo only conditions race this week, however the meeting has been postponed. He’s been training well and the race looked an ideal starting point for him in what is a restricted calendar for his age group.