Godolphin America president Jimmy Bell: ‘I wish we could have brought a lot more over’

Ahead of Saturday’s Dubai World Cup, Bell explains to Geoffrey Riddle how his organisation contributed to this year’s Dubai World Cup Carnival and how they fit into the vision of Sheikh Mohammed for the organisation.

Ahead of Saturday's Dubai World Cup, Godolphin America president Jimmy Bell explains how his organisation contributed to this year's Dubai World Cup Carnival and how they fit into the vision of Sheikh Mohammed for the organisation.

Opportunity

“When Meydan went to dirt we knew there would be an opportunity to go through our horses at Godolphin America to see which ones would work here.

“Kiaran McLaughlin [the race trainer] spent a lot of time over here and he learnt very well what horses can and cannot do here.”

Positive

“Kiaran has a great team here and we are trying to build upon that. Having them based at Marmoon has been a great success and the reviews from our guys about the track surfaces there have been nothing but positive.

“We are delighted by how the horses we have brought over have trained and how they have performed.”

Goal

“I wish we could have brought a lot more over and we are looking forward to bringing over more horses down the line.

“Our ultimate goal is to participate on World Cup night but obviously we have a lot of horses that would do quite well at Meydan and we hope to have a very good presence at the Carnival in the future.

Assignment

“I wish we could have brought a lot more over and we are looking forward to Part of our assignment is to sort out what type of horses go well at Meydan.

“We have Marking, who runs in the Godolphin Mile, Confrontation, who is in the Dubai Golden Shaheen and Frosted who is in the Dubai World Cup.

“I think they are all very live chances and I am very excited that we are bringing over horses like this.”

Motto

“I think you have seen what is in the works. This was directed and dedicated and a lot of times you shoot and you don’t hit the target.

“Sheikh Mohammed’s motto is to always learn and to try and if you are not learning you are probably not trying.”

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