Tommos World of Racing
Intilaaq will represent HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashind al Maktoum in the world 's richest race the Dubai World Cup after working well under the floodlights at the Chelmsford City racecourse in the UK!
Trained by Roger Varian in Newmarket - who also has the King George winner Postponed in the Dubai World Cup meeting in the Sheema Classic - is a very interesting British challenger who won 3 of his 5 races last year on the turf.
Richard Hills who himself is a Dubai World Cup winning jockey rode the 4 year in a 10 furlong workout with a couple of stable companions and did enough to persuade his connections to suggest he is certainly worth his place in the star studded line up.
Intilaaq had a couple of gallops on the fibresand surface at Southwell to help adapt him to the racing surface at Meydan and his gallop after racing at Chelmsford City will have got him used to racing under floodlights.
It will be a big ask for this Group 3 winner to step up at Meydan at the end of the month where he'll take on the likes of California Chrome and Frosted but nothing ventured nothing gained!
" We're looking forward to it" said Varian " and if things go to plan over the next couple of weeks it will be very exciting to have a couple of big guns ready to go on a night like that!"
Many Clouds who won last years Grand National became favourite to win this years race when running away with the Totepoolliveinfo.com Premier Chase at Kelso in Scotland on Sunday.
The 9 year old who was rerouted to this race rather than run in Friday's Cheltenham Gold cup dominated the race and if he follows up at Aintree next month will become the first dual winner of the world's greatest steeplechase since Red Rum back in the 1970's!
The Cheltenham Gold cup which will be run on Friday has attracted the best looking field for a long time and will round off what has been a fantastic National Festival that got under way on Tuesday.
The 4 days which carries over £4,000,000 in prize money spread throughout 28 races will have been watched by nearly 250,000 race goers!
Over 6,000 staff have been employed at the racecourse this week which includes over 350 chefs Who will have prepared nearly 50,000 sit down meals and over 800 members of the press have been reporting on it in the media and press!
I have been busy interviewing all the winning jockeys for BBC Radio 5 Live all week and there have been some incredible stories but who will I be interviewing after the Gold Cup itself on Friday?
Ruby Walsh has the choice of either Vautour who ran second in the King George over Xmas or Djakadam who was second in the Gold Cup last year - both are trained in Ireland by the champion Willie Mullins.
The drying ground at Cheltenham could help him make up his mind but I hope he chooses the right one!
Don Poli who beat Many Clouds at Aintree in December and Don Cossack who has won 15 of his 26 races merit the highest respect but the one who could make them all go is the big English hope Cue Card.
Trained near Wincanton by Colin Tizzard who is also a farmer Cue Card beat Vautour in the King George at Kempton and if he wins he will collect a £1,000,000 bonus for winning the 3 big steeplechases this season that is similar to the Triple Crown on the flat.
He seems to be better than ever this season and would be a very popular winner but there is also the flying grey Smad Place who turned the Hennessy Gold cup into a procession and if he sets off in front again he could take some catching!
The Gold cup looks wide open but in the following race - the Cheltenham Foxhunters- On The Fringe is a strong selection.
He has won 9 of his 18 races including this last season and will have the services of lady rider Nina Carberry who is as good as any professional male jockey!
Marito who once finished 2nd to the legend Hurricane Fly in a race a few years ago could well be a danger but On The Fringe will take the world of beating!
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