Cajun Beat Impresses in Golden Shaheen Workout
Updated: Wednesday, March 24, 2004 3:14 PM
Posted: Monday, March 22, 2004 2:57 PM
By Jason Ford
Photo: Associated Press
Cajun Beat, working out at Nad Al Sheba.
Stephen Margolis' Cajun Beat, who will surely start a warm favorite for Saturday night's Golden Shaheen (UAE-I) at six furlongs on the Dubai World Cup card, impressed all when working on the track at Nad Al Sheba on Monday evening.
Pulling onto the track as the lights started to take proper affect, the 4-year-old son of Grand Slam, winner of the Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) last October, was taken quietly down the straight but returned at a fair rate of knots, without appearing to overexert himself. He really 'grabbed' the dirt and looks in great order for Saturday's race and his connections were certainly pleased while onlookers were equally impressed.
The same would not necessarily be said of Myra Mora's Tour of the Cat, who was given a few serious reminders by Stanley Chin as he worked up the straight track. The gelding's form would not suggest he was a natural sprinter and this appearance under the lights would certainly strengthen that argument.
Neil Drysdale-trained From The Sky did all that was asked of him in his workout as the Argentinian group 1 winner prepares to make his debut for the trainer, while stable companion Sarafan looked in good order when pulling away from a decent yardstick of local trainer Erwan Charpy, who was ridden by the UAE's leading jockey Richard Mullen.
It was definitely Cajun Beat who caught the eye though as these American raiders accustomed themselves to the conditions they will experience on the big night.
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