Ballydoyle Meydan runners – Aidan O’Brien’s comments

Dubai Gold Cup-Gr.2
Ernest Hemingway – He’s never run over two miles before but we’ve always thought he’d get the distance. He appreciates really fast ground and although it’s his first run of the year we’re hoping for a good run.

UAE Derby-Gr.2
Giovanni Boldini and Sir John Hawkins – Giovanni Boldini has twice won on the polytrack at Dundalk and was a good second in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. He has plenty of speed and we’re hoping the step up in trip won’t be a problem. He doesn’t do a lot in front but is in good form and we’re happy with him. Sir John Hawkins has done well since last season and we think the tapeta surface will suit him.

Dubai Sheema Classic-Gr.1
Magician and Festive Cheer – We saw in the Breeders’ Cup Turf that Magician stays a mile and a half when ridden to get it. He loves fast ground and is in good form. Festive Cheer is having his first run since finishing third in the Irish Derby and is another who appreciates fast conditions.

Dubai World Cup
Ruler Of The World – He has done well since last year. It will be his first time racing on the tapeta and he is drawn towards the outside (12 of 16) but he seems well and we’re happy with him.

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