MASTER of Hounds (photo), the stable’s hopeful for Saturday’s $US10 million Dubai World Cup, received some grooming from assistant trainer Trevor Brown during the week.
Mike de Kock has yet to win the spectacular Group 1 race, though has saddled both Asiatic Boy and Lizard’s Desire to finish second. This yearMaster Of Hounds, a winner on Super Saturday in the Group 1 Jebel Hatta (1800m turf), will carry the flag.
Second in last year’s UAE Derby for Aidan O’Brien, Master Of Hounds filled the same berth behind stable companion Musir in Maktoum Challenge I and was then third in both Maktoum Challenge II and the Group 2 Al Fahidi Fort.
His Super Saturday victory was only the second of his career and Mike said: “The Dubai World Cup was the target when we bought him and his first run in the opening round of the Al Maktoum Challenge was very pleasing. His next two runs were ok and that was a good win last time. With Bold Silvano disappointing on Super Saturday Master Of Hounds is the obvious one to take his place in the big race. He has come out of Super Saturday well and should be capable of a good run in what looks an open renewal.”
(Photos by Amanda Zetterholm).