Dubai hopefuls limber up at Dundalk for Aidan O'Brien

Fri 9 Mar 2018

Dubai-bound Lancaster Bomber and Idaho were among a team of 10 horses Aidan O'Brien put through their paces before racing at Dundalk on Friday evening.

Ryan Moore rode Lancaster Bomber and Donnacha O'Brien was aboard Idaho as they worked over 10 furlongs as part of their preparation for the Dubai Turf and Dubai Sheema Classic respectively at Meydan on March 31.

War Decree and Deauville were also among those who exercised over a mile and a quarter, while sprinters Declaration Of Peace, Washington DC, Fleet Review and Intelligence Cross covered five furlongs.

"Idaho is in to go to Dubai in the mile-and-a-half (Sheema Classic) and Lancaster Bomber for the mile-and-a-furlong (Dubai Turf)," said O'Brien.

"Obviously Idaho and Lancaster Bomber haven't run so this is to get an away day into them before they go away.

"The sprinters aren't in Dubai, if they got invited obviously they'd go but at the moment they aren't in. It's competitive over there and it's hard to get in.

"War Decree worked very well, but at the moment he's not in. If he was to run he'd probably run in the mile-and-a-furlong race. Deauville went well also, but he isn't invited at the moment."

O'Brien revealed he brought up the stable's own American-style stalls as part of the experience.

"If they go abroad they will be the stalls they are jumping and racing from. It's good experience for them," said the Ballydoyle handler.

"This is a great facility and it's great to have it. It's a lovely surface.

"That should bring them on a good bit and we're happy with what they've done."

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