The second Bahrain International Trophy officially presented its Post Position Draw (PPD) today at the Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay.
The PPD involves a random selection process to determine which position each horse will take in the starting gates.
Although it is preferable to draw low rather than high; the 2,000m (10 furlong) distance of the outing means it will be anyone’s race, due to the significant run to the first bend.
Adrian Beaumont, director of International Racing Bureau (IRB), said: “Everyone is very excited and the PPD starts to get the pulse racing. We can’t wait for Friday.”
As reported by GDNonline preparations are in full swing at the Rashid Equestrian Horse racing Club (REHC) for the big race
John Gosden saw Turgenev finish second in the inaugural race in November last year and will be hoping to go one better with Global Giant, who will be ridden by Frankie Dettori for owner Shaikh Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa.
Japanese mare Deirdre (Mitsuru Hashida), whose big wins include last year’s Nassau Stakes at Glorious Goodwood head the group one winners.
Also in the frame are 2019 Irish Derby hero Sovereign and last year’s Queen Anne Stakes winner Lord Glitters represents David O’Meara, dual Canadian International Stakes winner Desert Encounter runs for David Simcock – and Saeed bin Suroor calls on 2019 Jebel Hatta victor Dream Castle, a G1 winner in Dubai for Godolphin.
Also in the line-up is Desert Encounter. Andrew Balding and King Power Racing were sixth with Pivoine in 2019 and are back this year with Bangkok – while Lady Wannabe (Fozzy Stack), Certain Lad (Mick Channon) complete the European challenge.
Another contender is dual group 2 Dual scorer Loxley (Charlie Appleby/William Buick) who recorded a decisive victory in the UK earlier this month.
Four spots in the field are guaranteed for Bahraini-based contenders and are confirmed as Port Lions, Simsir (Fawzi Naas), What A Welcome (Hesham Al Haddad) and Coolagh Forest (Haider Ebrahim).
The Bahrain International Trophy is sponsored by Batelco, Bapco and the EDB.