By Jim Cornes
Workout Report from Dubai
Kinky Afro and Gallic Star
After weekend rains, the Meydan turf courses are in perfect condition, and trainers James Moore and Mick Channon joined forces to gallop their 4-year-old fillies on the grass. With Moore’s Kinky Afroon the inside and Gallic Staron the outside, each was only allowed to extend their stride late in the stretch.
They both finished with good energy, wanting to do more, and were on even terms. Kinky Afro, who is stakes-placed in England, Germany, and Turkey, ran evenly to finish sixth in the $200,000 Cape Verdi (UAE-II) Jan. 20. The daughter of Modigliani is being pointed to the $200,000 Balanchine (UAE-II) at 1,800 meters Feb. 18. Channon’s plan for Gallic Star, an English stakes-winning daughter of Galileo last seen finishing seventh in the E.P. Taylor Stakes (Can-I) at Woodbine Oct. 16, is a race Feb. 10.
Meydan Training Tracks, Jan. 25 and 26:
After having finished second with a tremendous effort in a 1,000-meter (about five-furlong) handicap Jan. 13 following nearly a four-month layoff, Monsieur Joe appears to truly be enjoying his stay in Dubai. The 4-year-old turf sprint specialist returned to work shortly after his race and has trained well on the Meydan turf training track and the Tapeta training track, looking very relaxed and focused.
This gelding by Choisir, who won five of 15 previous starts, all in England, seems very confident with the footing on the tracks and we will see his best effort in the very near future. Monsieur Joe is trained by former top European jockey Walter Swinburn, best known as the rider of the legendary Shergar and of 1983 American Horse of the Year All Along.
A former trainer, Jim Cornes is a racing official in the United States during the summer months following his duty as the International Stable coordinator during the annual Dubai International Racing Carnival. He has worked for more than a decade in Dubai, first as an assistant to four-time champion trainer Kiaran McLaughlin and then as an official with the Dubai Racing Club. Cornes, who assisted the late Hall of Fame trainer Woody Stephens and who often cites Stephens’ wisdom about horses, also is the official clocker at Meydan.