Godolphin’s Emotionless set for dirt debut on Dubai World Cup Carnival opening night

Charlie Appleby is pinning his hopes on the dirt pedigree of Emotionless ahead of the opening round of the Al Maktoum Challenge at Meydan on Thursday night.

Emotionless, left, will make his dirt debut at Meydan on the opening night of Dubai World Cup Carnival. Alan Crowhurst / Getty Images
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Charlie Appleby is pinning his hopes on the dirt pedigree of Emotionless ahead of the opening round of the Al Maktoum Challenge at Meydan on Thursday night.

Emotionless showed in Europe as a juvenile that he was Classic material by taking victory at Doncaster Racecourse in September 2015.

He suffered an injury in the Dewhurst Stakes, one of the key juvenile contests of the British season, and then failed to build on that promise in the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot in June and a Group 3 at Goodwood in July.

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Emotionless is by Shamardal, the dual French Classic winner, but his dam is Unbridled Elaine, who won the 2001 Breeders’ Cup Distaff.

The Godolphin four year old has been in Dubai since November at Appleby’s Marmoom Stables and the trainer hopes his charge’s debut on dirt will not be an problem.

“He has thrived since he arrived,” the trainer said of William Buick’s mount.

“He has been working really well on our dirt surface at home and we could not be happier.

“His pedigree offers every hope dirt will suit him and he is a very happy horse at the moment.

“He had problems last year and can hopefully bounce back.”

In contrast, the impressive Dubai Creek Mile winner Fitzgerald is improving rapidly on the dirt. Ahmad bin Harmash has got the best out of the American-bred gelding, who trounced the smart Farrier by just over five lengths at Meydan last month.

Antonio Fresu is once again on board and Bin Harmash is hoping for further improvement in what will be the five year old’s first start in Group company.

“He has won his last two starts well and again takes a step up in class,” the trainer said. “He has continued to work well and deserves to take his chance. “We will find out how much he has improved in the process.”

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