Group 2 UAE Derby [sponsored by Emirates NBD]winner Rebel’s Romance is among the Godolphin trainees who have arrived in Dubai ahead of the new UAE racing season.
The winner of the UAE 2000 Guineas Trial on his local debut, the gelded son of Dubawi is among 18 horses who arrived at Godolphin’s Marmoom Stables on October 1st. They include Desert Peace, winner of a mile dirt handicap at Meydan Racecourse in March before running second on US debut in an Allowance Optional Claimer at Belmont Park in June.
Appleby, who saddled 17 winners from 65 runners during the 2020/21 UAE season, has sent over a strong band of three-year-olds. Among them is Group 1 Vertem Futurity runner-up One Ruler, as well as another son of Dubawi; Quintillus, a winner on his most recent start at Newmarket in August.
La Barrosa, winner of the Group 3 Tattersalls Stakes at Newmarket as a two-year-old, has also joined the Dubai team as has Group 3 winner Volkan Star as well as Listed winner Wirko, gelded since finishing fourth in the Group 3 Chester Vase in May. Naval Crown, winner of the Listed Meydan Classic in February, is another who made the trip. The three-year-old Dubawi colt finished eighth in the G1 Prix Jean Prat at Deauville in July.