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Seachange Stable Confident For Gr1 Dubai Duty Free
In Dubai, connections of Queenslander Dick Karreman's 7-time Gr1-winning 5YO mare & current NZ Horse-Of-The-Year Seachange (Cape Cross-Just Cruising, by Broad Reach) confidently "warned racegoers to expect a very different horse on Dubai World Cup night (March 29) to the one that finished 6th on her UAE debut on March 6" (in the Gr2 Jebel Hatta Stakes over 1777m on turf) reports the Dubai Racing Club. Seachange will line up for the US$5 million Gr1 Dubai Duty Free (also 1777m on turf at Nad Al Sheba) & Karreman's racing manager Rick Williams declared: "She has improved a lot as we expected she would & we anticipate she will run really well on the big night. She will be much fitter & hopefully we will get a better draw than what we had in the Jebel Hatta (when she drew the extreme outside barrier 16). She had to use a bit of gas at the start of that race to overcome the draw, but she ran on well until she gave out in the final 100m. She came into the race after a 4-weeks break, which is not ideal for her as she's a horse that needs to run every 2 weeks. We would have preferred to run her over 1400m 1st-time-up to get her fitness back, but she has come out of the race well & is training up a storm in the mornings." Likely opponents in the Gr1 Dubai Duty free include French Gr1 Prix du Moulin winner Darjina, dual English-Irish Gr1 1000 Guineas winner Finsceal Beo, Japanese hope Vodka & Godolphin's multiple Gr1-winner Ramonti. But Williams warned: "We appreciate some of the best horses in the world will show up, but we expect her to be competitive. All indications are that she will be ready to give her best this time round: expect a very different horse on Dubai World Cup night!" Seachange won the NZ Gr1 Waikato Draught Sprint (1400m) at Te Rapa in Hamilton on February 9 & overall boasts 14 wins (also including January's Gr1 Telegraph Handicap over 1200m at Trentham, plus both 2006 & 2007's Gr1 Stoney Bridge Stakes over 1600m, both 2006 & 2007's Gr1 Mudgway Partsworld Stakes over 1400m, 2007's Australian Gr3 Mannerism Stakes over 1400m & 2005's Gr1 NZ Bloodstock 1000 Guineas over 1600m) & 6 placings (including 2007's Gr1 Captain Cook Stakes over 1600m & Gr1 Telegraph Handicap over 1200m, plus Australia's Gr1 Futurity Stakes over 1600m, as well as both 2006's Gr1 Kelt Capital Stakes over 2040m & Australia's Gr1 Myer Classic over 1600m) from 25 starts.