Issue 750

18 ISSUE 750 - THURSDAY 20 JANUARY 2022 GROUP TWO winner Real World, a 5yo entire homebred son of Dark Angel, reportedly pleased his trainer Saeed bin Suroor in an important piece of work last week and is being aimed at the $20 million Group 1 Saudi Cup in February. Having won the Royal Hunt Cup at Royal Ascot in June, he followed up in Listed company at Newbury before he added the Group 3 Strensall Stakes to his CV, prior to signing off last season with a narrow victory in the Group 2 Prix Daniel Wildenstein at ParisLongchamp. “He worked really well, he’s in good order and I’m very happy with him,” said Bin Suroor. “The target with him is to take him to Saudi, but I would like to give him a race first at the end of this month. I will judge him when he works next week and see when I think he is ready for a race and then we’ll make a plan. “We probably don’t need to run him on dirt before Saudi. “I’ll run him on turf, we’ll switch to dirt in the Saudi Cup. “When we took him back to Newmarket he grew and simply became a better horse. “That is why I want to run him on turf first, to get him ready for the Saudi Cup.” SAUDI CUP NEWS Saudi Cup target for Real World LAMBOURN TRAINER William Muir issued an upbeat bulletin on the condition of stable star Pyledriver last week when the trainer indicated a clash with Mishriff in the world’s richest race, the $20 million Saudi Cup, next month was not set in stone. The 5yo’s primary objective could instead be one of the Saudi Cup’s support races instead. Muir, who trains in partnership with Chris Grassick, entered Pyledriver in the Saudi Cup, which is on dirt, and the Neom Turf Cup, a Group Three that also takes place at Riyadh on 26 February. The trainer was always keen to make the trip in advance of March’s Dubai Sheema Classic at Meydan, but is favouring the turf event, which has a prize fund of $1.5 million and may be a more suitable target for the son of Harbour Watch, who was last seen finishing second in the Group 1 Hong Kong Vase last month. “He goes to Saudi and is in great shape,” Muir said. “It’s a prep for the Sheema Classic because otherwise, since Hong Kong, he’s had a few months of doing very little. “The turf race is a mile and two and a half furlongs, whereas the Saudi Cup is a mile and one furlong. I’m thinking of the best thing for the horse, but that’s not to say he definitely won’t run in that. “He has an invitation for both races and we could look at the Saudi Cup closer to the time when the field is clearer and think a little differently.” Pyledriver, who was third in the 2020 St Leger provided Muir his very first top level success in 30 years of training when landing the Coronation Cup at Epsom in June, but a groin injury disrupted the horse’s summer and autumn. “He’s thriving, absolutely thriving,” Muir added. “I hope, at five, he’s reaching his peak and this could be a strong year for him.” Saudi en route to Sheema Classic for Muir’s stable star