David O'Meara is charged with two chances on Saturday in Dubai.
Meydan’s Saturday card is the first of two upcoming World Pool days at Meydan with the feature race being The Group One Al Maktoum Challenge.
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Yorkshire based trainer David O’Meara has a duo stationed in the United Arab Emirates with both Lord Glitters and Summerghand set to run this weekend.
Lord Glitters returns to contest the Group One Jebel Hatta after coasting to victory in last year’s race. O’Meara reports him to be in great stead after winning last time out in the Singspiel Stakes, “Yeah he came out of that great, he seems to like that track. He’s in good form ahead of Saturday.”
“We did consider taking him to Saudi Arabia but I do feel the track at Meydan suits better, it’s got a longer straight.”
The nine-year-old will line up for his 45th start under rules on Saturday and has gathered quite the following over his illustrious career. With numerous amounts of black-type to his name, including two Group Ones, the veteran has been at the pinnacle for over four years.
O’Meara gave his thoughts on why many racing fans have gravitated towards the grey, he said: “His colour isn’t doing him any harm.
“Through the years we’ve had horses like the great Desert Orchid and One Man - flashy greys. They will always attract a following and the fact he's been around for so long, I suppose in flat racing it's not that common.”
Lord Glitters made the move to Willow Farm in 2017 after a stint in France as a three-year-old. O’Meara cited some key characteristics as to why he has been successful even in his older age, He said: “The key to him is the horse himself.
“He’s got a great constitution and a very big appetite for racing - he really enjoys it.”
Revival Mission for Summerghand
Like his stablemate Lord Glitters, Summerghand has also made the middle-east home since the turn of the year with two runs at Meydan over the past two months.
The eight-year-old drops back to six furlongs to contest the Nad Al Sheba which looks quite at hot renewal, O’Meara shared: “He’s better at six furlongs but the six at Meydan doesn’t always play to his strengths.
“It’s a very fast, flat six. His best tracks are kind of Ascot, Newmarket - ones that have a bit of a hill finish.”
The former Group Three winner was tailed off in his last start and failed to threaten in his prior engagement but O’Meara is confident he can find a return to form before the summer, he said: “His last run in Meydan was better than his first run, which was terrible all together.
“He tends to do this; he can run himself out of form and back into it. If he could run himself back into form by Royal Ascot I'd be delighted.”
If the spark is lit with a promising performance this weekend in Meydan, Summerghand will have a busy summer ahead. O’Meara revealed: “He’ll target all those big handicaps again - the Workingham, Stewards Cup and races like that.
“He’s won the Hopeful Stakes and the Abernant Stakes before. If he came back into form again we would consider the Abernant.
“The usual Heritage Handicaps, Listed and Group Threes are his thing.”
Preparations are well underway for the Lincoln
David O’Meara’s last triumph in the Lincoln was in 2017 with Bravery, he also saddled Lord Glitters in the 2018 renewal, where he was a runner up to subsequent Group One winner Addeybb.
With three potential candidates to send there this year, O’Meara gave us updates on their build-up to the Doncaster meeting.
“Orbaan is grand. I wouldn't be sure if he’ll get in. I'll get him ready for the Lincoln, he's a bit behind where I’d like him to be. I’m not certain he’ll go there.”
“He’s been running well there on the all-weather. He’s won this season but I'd be surprised if he’s high enough to get in the Lincoln to be honest.”
“Another horse we bought from France, He has some good form there. He’ll be fit and ready, not sure whether he’ll make the cut or not.”