Meydan preview: Gold Town sets a high standard for UAE 2000 Guineas

Thu 15 Feb 2018

By staff

Gold Town heads a three-pronged assault in the Godolphin colours as Sheikh Mohammed's operation goes for an eighth victory in the UAE 2000 Guineas at Meydan on Thursday.

The son of Street Cry emerged as a leading fancy for the Dubai feature when running out a convincing winner of the Trial over seven furlongs three weeks ago from Roland Rocks and Roy Orbison.

Trainer Charlie Appleby believes Gold Town is the one to beat.

"We were impressed with Gold Town's first appearance on dirt in the Trial and I am hopeful that the step up to a mile will suit," he told

"A repeat performance of his last run will see him take all the beating."

Appleby also saddles Last Voyage, who made a winning debut at Windsor in May and ran respectably in defeat in his two subsequent races.

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"Last Voyage won on his first start and brings a decent level of European form to the table," he said.

"He should be fine on the dirt based on his pedigree and his preparation has gone well. This is his first try over a mile, which we feel should suit him."

Godolphin's other runner is Racing Country, who bids to give his trainer Saeed bin Suroor a seventh success in this race on the back of an under-par effort just a week ago.

Bin Suroor is two-handed in the Range Rover Sport Handicap over two miles with Natural Scenery and Red Galileo.

They are among seven hopefuls, as is the Charlie Fellowes-trained Prince Of Arran.

"He ran a blinder first time out in Dubai last month over a slowly-run mile-and-three-quarters, which would not have suited him," said the Newmarket handler.

"He has taken it really well and he has thrived in Dubai, the travelling has clearly reignited him. That quick ground on a flat track is what he loves.

"Hopefully he will run well and that will guarantee a place in the Dubai Gold Cup."

Fellows has set his sights on sending Prince Of Arran over to Australia for a tilt at the Melbourne Cup.

"At the moment I have plans in my head to go to Australia with Prince Of Arran in November for the Melbourne Cup," said Fellowes.

"I think he is tailor-made for that race as it will be on quick ground on a flat track with a fast pace. He wants rattling quick ground, which he will get out there, as he is a beautiful mover."

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