Really Special has Classic chance

Saeed bin Suroor's Really Special is out to live up to her name in Thursday's UAE 1000 Guineas Trial at Meydan.

Saeed bin Suroor

Winner of both her starts in Britain – a maiden at Chelmsford and a Listed race at Newmarket – she looks one of the brightest prospects for Godolphin in 2017.

Out of top stallion Shamardal and a Listed winner Bin Suroor trained himself in Rumh, she will be ridden by Christophe Soumillon.

"She has been doing very well in Dubai and won two nice races in England," said Bin Suroor.

"She's been working well and is now really ready for her first race. At the moment she looks a nice filly for the future.

"The key is how she handles the dirt. After that we can start making a plan. At this stage it is our intention to treat her as a Classic filly for Europe."

On using Soumillon, Bin Suroor said: "He's not an official (retained)

jockey for us. There are so many good ones to choose from in Dubai now and we just use the best available. Christophe is obviously one of the best in the world.

"The Carnival is getting stronger every year. More horses, owners and jockeys are coming out each year. It's great."

Also lining up is Richard Fahey's Rajar, third in a Listed race at Chantilly when last seen.

"She's been really enjoying herself out here," said Fahey. "She obviously needs to up her game to get involved, as some have achieved a fair bit more than here.

"The big question is the dirt, she's been working on it and doesn't seem to mind it, but it's a whole different ball game when they come to race on it with the kick-back."

Charlie Appleby's Calare, a Listed winner at the Curragh, also runs for Godolphin.

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