Very seeking Special return at Meydan

Very Special will attempt to maintain her fine record at Meydan on Thursday when she has a first start for 202 days.

Very Special: Runs at Meydan on Thursday (Dubai Racing Club // Andrew Watkins)

Saeed bin Suroor's mare is a dual Group Two winner at the track and bids for another significant prize in the Cape Verdi over a mile.

The five-year-old daughter of Lope De Vega was last seen finishing second in the Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket last July, having previously finished sixth in the Dubai Turf.

Bin Suroor said: "Very Special is a very tough mare.

"She won twice out in Dubai last year before running well at Group One level, including at Newmarket on her latest start.

"She has been working nicely and I am looking for another good effort from her."

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Very Special takes on nine rivals, three of whom – Opal Tiara, Realtra and Muffri'Ha – are also trained in England.

The latter is particularly interesting as she bids for a fourth win on the bounce for trainer William Haggas.

Bin Suroor and Godolphin are also represented in the other Group Two on the card – the nine-furlong Al Rashidiya – by Promising Run.

Her trainer told "Promising Run tries really hard in her races.

"She had done well out here and I have been very pleased with her condition.

"Dropping back to nine furlongs will not be a problem and I hope she can run well."

Richard Fahey runs gallant eight-year-old Gabrial, while David Elsworth saddles Master The World.

The Mike de Kock-trained Light The Lights, a Listed course-and-distance winner on January 5, looks the one to beat.

A big field has been declared for the UAE 2000 Guineas Trial, with the Bin Suroor duo of Best Solution and Top Score joined by fellow Godolphin inmates Fly At Dawn and Van Der Decken, trained by Charlie Appleby.

Mark Johnston gives Masham Star the chance to shine, with David Simcock also involved with Good Omen.

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