Nayef, left, and Mubtaker worked in company at Nad al Sheba Thursday.

Nayef, left, and Mubtaker worked in company at Nad al Sheba Thursday.

Trevor Jones

Nayef Fastest Among World Cup Card Workers

Edited press release from Dubai World Cup
Hamdan al Maktoum's Nayef worked six furlongs on turf in 1:13.40 at Nad al Sheba Racecourse Thursday in preparation for Saturday's $2-million Dubai Sheema Classic (UAE-I). The 4-year-old son of Gulch bred in Kentucky by Shadwell worked in company with stablemate Mubtaker as he posted the fastest time of the morning for the distance.

Als Thursday, Royal Tryst and Keltos were the only two contenders for the $6-million Dubai World Cup going through their final workouts.

Royal Tryst was timed in 1:22.23 for six furlongs, but he got the final three-eighths of a mile in 35.83 seconds. Keltos was clocked in 38.08 for his three-furlong work.

Also out on the turf were Europeans Golden Silca, Tamburlaine and No Escuse Needed, the three English contenders for the Dubai Duty Free.

Golden Silkca, fourth to Fairy King Prawn in last year's Dubai Duty Free and 10th to Rhythm Band in the race the year before, worked the best of that trio, her 48.79 for a half mile, a shade better than the 49.21 recorded by Tamburlaine.

No Excuse Needed, who defeated Tamburlaine in the Celebration Mile at Goodwood last August, finalised his preparation with half-mile gallop in 49.43.

French filly Terre a Terre, a last start third to Agnes Digital and Tobougg in the Hong Kong Cup at Sha Tin, worked with Jim And Tonic over a half mile on the turf.

Terre A Terre had slightly the better of Jim and Tonic, her 52.01 better than his 53 seconds.

Palace Line, a contender for the UAE Derby, again worked brilliantly, the 3-year-old working down the straight chute over four furlongs in 48.18 seconds.

Other Derby contenders also out this morning were Total Impact, who worked over a half mile in 50.10 seconds while the Mark Johnston-trained pair Leo's Luckyman and Scottish River worked over three furlongs, the former being ridden right out to record 35.34 to his companion's 35.94.

Champion Hong Kong trainer David Hayes was also on hand to watch Helene Vitality complete his preparation for the Dubai Sheema Classic, the horse recording 49.50 for a half-mile on the dirt surface.