Local Time Leads UAE Oaks Challenge
Time/Date - 19.55hrs local time/Thursday, February 26, 2015
Racecourse/Country - Meydan/UAE
Surface/Distance - Dirt/1m 1f 110y
Local Time, Good Place and Yodelling meet again in the Group Three UAE Oaks Sponsored By Saeed & Mohammed Al Naboodah Group over nine & a half furlongs at Meydan, UAE, on Thursday, February 26.
The three-year-old fillies lined up at the same course in the mile Listed UAE 1000 Guineas Sponsored By Nova An IPIC Powered Company, also on dirt, on February 5, when Local Time powered to an impressive win over Good Place, with Yodelling back in fourth on her seasonal return.
Local Time (Saeed bin Suroor/James Doyle) and Good Place (Saeed bin Suroor/William Buick) finished first and fourth in the UAE 1000 Guineas Trial Sponsored By DP World UAE Region over seven furlongs on January 15.
Yodelling (Charlie Appleby/Richard Hughes) posted a pair of decisive wins on Polytrack at Kempton Park, UK, last season including a three and a quarter length success in a mile conditions race in October.
Saeed bin Suroor said: "Local Time is unbeaten in two starts so far this year and won the UAE 1000 Guineas well. She has been working well, heads into this in fine form, and I am hopeful of another good run.
"The step up to nine and a half furlongs should suit Good Place and she has been doing very well recently."Charlie Appleby commented: "I am hoping that the step up in trip will see a bit of an improvement from Yodelling. She is fit and well but we have a bit to find on Local Time and Good Place from the UAE 1000 Guineas."The Godolphin fillies take on three rivals - Shahrasal and Runner Runner, who were third and fifth in the UAE 1000 Guineas, plus UAE 1000 Guineas Trial fifth Icecapada.Godolphin has won the UAE Oaks 10 times, thanks to Laoub (2001), Imperial Gesture (2002), Danuta (2003), Satin Kiss (2005), Cocoa Beach (2008), Devotee (2009), Khawlah (2011), Falls Of Lora (2012), Shuruq (2013) and Ihtimal (2014).