Hayes sprinter begins Dubai raid
SMART sprinter Faatinah will begin his Dubai campaign for Lindsay Park when he starts in a $170,000 1200m turf sprint at Meydan early Friday morning (3.50am).
On hand to watch him will be co-trainers David and Ben Hayes.
Ben Hayes said that Faatinah was being aimed at the Al Quoz Sprint on March 31 on Dubai World Cup night.
Fellow Australian sprinters Ortensia (2012) and Buffering (2016) won the $1.25 million sprint.
Hayes said Faatinah had settled in well in Dubai but form would determine whether he ran in the Al Quoz Sprint.
"I'm really pleased with his condition," said Ben Hayes, who will spend the majority of his time in the United Arab Emirates supervising a small Lindsay Park team until World Cup night on March 31.
"He looks well. We were really pleased before we travelled him over and his work was excellent back home. From what I've seen, he's been working the same over here. He's a horse with a fantastic fresh record."
Co-trainer Tom Dabernig said they had also taken useful sprinter Shaf to Dubai.
He said three-year-old gelding Mutameyal was headed there at the end of the month.
"We took Tashbeeh there three years ago and Sheik Hamdin was keen for us to come back," Dabernig said.
Faatinah is a dual Group 2 winner in Australia who finished second in last year's Oakleigh Plate. He hasn't raced since finishing second at Flemington over 1100m on Melbourne Cup day.
He will be ridden by Jim Crowley in Dubai.