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No Track Concerns For Chrome

Monday, 23rd March 2015

California Chrome's trainer Art Sherman has dismissed suggestions by Hamdan Al Maktoum that the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner will not handle the dirt track at Meydan in Saturday's Gr1 Dubai World Cup, reports racingpost.com. Sheikh Hamdan said last week the surface in Dubai was different to the US tracks and that California Chrome would find it tough against proven local runners. However, Sherman said he isn't anticipating any problems after California Chrome worked well on the Meydan dirt on the weekend. "He seemed to like the surface," Sherman told The National.ae. "Willie [Delgado, work rider] said he glided right over it this morning. Of course, galloping in the morning is different to running in a race, but at this stage I don't think there will be an issue." Saturday will be the 20th running of the Dubai World Cup, and Sherman is hoping California Chrome can emulate the deeds of the great Cigar who arrived from the US to win the inaugural running in 1996. "I think I have watched every Dubai World Cup," he said. "Cigar was just an amazing horse and showed that you've got to bring the right horse over." He added, "They have got to have the right mind and the right constitution, and Cigar had it. We think Chrome does too."California Chrome is a 7-4 favourite for Saturday night's US$10 million Gr1 Dubai World Cup.

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