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Contest in powerful Dubai prep
by Geir Stabell / Globeform
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Lingfield Park, 10 Jan: With the Dubai International Racing Carnival just days away, this weekend offers the last chances for a prep run on home soil for English horses shipping out for the valuable meeting.

Wintry conditions, in stark contrast to what awaits in the desert, and strong opposition did not stop the five-year-old Contest from going off to Dubai on a winning note. He scored in great style in a Conditions Stakes over 6 furlongs on the Polytrack.

“He will be competitive out there”, said trainer David Simcock, with reference to Contest’s upcoming tasks at Nad Al Sheba.

“I did not know quite where I had him”, the Newmarket trainer continued, “but he did that well. This run will have tightened him up nicely. I heard the time was 1.10, which is good around here.”

The trainer explained that Contest, a son of Danehill Dancer owned by the Tick Tock Partnership, will get his first run at Nad Al Sheba in a 110-handicap on Thursday, January 22. Contest was a game winner here, beating the veteran Turn On The Style, who he had been chasing from the outset. The winning margin was 1 ¼ lengths but Contest was going away at the finish and he was carrying 7lb more than the runner-up, who beat Admiraloftefleet to win a valuable sprint handicap at Nad Al Sheba last winter.

Contest joined Simcock at the end of last season from David Wachman in Ireland, who trained the entire to win the Cork Stakes (LR) over 6 furlongs last May (beating Tax Free). Contest has now won 4 of his 12 races and there should be more to come. He changed hands for 32,000 (approximately $52,000) at the Tattersalls Sales in October. Contest was backed down from 25-1 to starting price 9-1 in the last minutes before his win.

Last update: 2009-01-10 10:50:33 (First published: 2009-01-10 10:32:17 )

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