Top-rated Mshawish is a doubt for Dubai Turf with foot injury

Jockey Frankie Dettori. Satish Kumar / The National
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Mshawish’s participation in tonight’s Dubai Turf at Meydan Racecourse hangs in the balance.

The five-year-old bay did not attend morning track work on Thursday and Bradley Weisbord, the US adviser for owners Al Shaqab Racing, reported that last year’s fourth-place finisher would miss work yesterday because of a foot bruise.

Mshawish is trained in America by Todd Pletcher, was not in Dubai early in the week, and assistant trainer Ginny Depasquale and exercise rider Nick Bush handled the horse at least through Thursday night.

A decision whether to run in the US$6 million (Dh22m) race over 1,800 metres will be made this morning.

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Weisbord said Mshawish “walked shed row this morning sound”, in a statement released by the Dubai Racing Club.

He said that the plan “is to go to the track tomorrow and to gallop if he continues to do well” and he will run “only if 100 per cent. Wish we had a few more days but we don’t”.

Mshawish appeared to be Frankie Dettori’s best mount of the night, as the former Godolphin jockey seeks his first win at Meydan after 21 attempts since he left the organisation in 2012.

Mshawish is one of four Group 1 or Grade 1 winners in the small but select field of 10, but competition for British raider The Grey Gatsby seemed to fall by the wayside yesterday when Alain De Royer-Dupre delivered a downbeat report on French challenger Cladocera.

Cladocera seeks a third win at Meydan after impressive victories in the Cape Verdi and Balanchine but her campaign in the UAE may have taken its toll. “She arrived a long time ago and I’m not sure she is so well as she was before her two other races,” De Royer-Dupre said yesterday.

“She’s lost weight and is a little more anxious but she is OK. She could produce a good performance but I’m not sure.”

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