Seventh in the Grade1 Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream Park, True Timber is set to join teammate Bravazo in Dubai. While Bravazo, trained by D Wayne Lukas, has been confirmed for the $12 million Dubai World Cup, True Timber, the charge of former Dubai-based handler Kiaran McLaughlin, is to take a shot at the Group 2 $1.5 million Godolphin Mile. Bravazo and True Timber are both owned by Calumet Farm. True Timber is Grade 1-placed and has tackled some of the best dirt horses in the world and ships to the UAE now, where he will join Bravazo who was fourth in the Pegasus World Cup Invitational behind City Of Light. Confirming True Timber’s Dubai sojourn, former UAE Champion Trainer McLaughlin said: “We are planning to run him in the Godolphin Mile and he’s doing really well.
“He’s training great and we will breeze him weekly before we ship in. He’ll be based at Meydan with the rest of the American horses. “He came out of the Pegasus in good shape. He’s probably better at a mile and I’m happy to try him back at one there. He’s a very nice horse and other than the Pegasus, he has been running really well. He was very wide the other day and that really hurt his chances.” True Timber is a four-time winner from 18 starts and has been consistent, no matter the level, in his career. He has placed in four graded stakes, including a fine second in Grade 1 Cigar Mile at Aqueduct in November over a similar one-turn trip as the Godolphin Mile.
McLaughlin is no stranger to success in Dubai. He owns five wins on Dubai World Cup night, including a victory in the main event with Invasor in 2007. Winless in the Godolphin Mile, his seven runners have accounted for a pair of runner-up efforts, Fahim (1997) and Jarah (1999), and a fourth from Marking (2016). But he remains positive of his current charge, adding: “(True Timber) is the right kind. “We’re excited about coming with him. I came back a couple years ago and I’m excited about it, myself, as well. I spent 10 years there, so Dubai is like a second home.”