SAME TARGET, different approach. New Trails’ handler Ahmad bin Harmash has it all charted out for the 5yo son of Medaglia D’Oro, who will start his season in this Thursday’s Listed The Entisar at Meydan. Tenth in last year’s Dubai World Cup behind Thunder Snow, New Trails started last season earlier (1 November) and built up well during the course of it after debuting with victory on Meydan’s opening night. On his subsequent run in the Listed The Entisar, he was a distant second behind Cosmo Charlie and later improved to nick a Dubai World Cup Carnival handicap in impressive fashion. He followed those runs with a second and fourth placing in the Group 2 Al Maktoum Challenge R2 and Group 1 Al Maktoum Challenge R3 respectively before running tenth in the Dubai World Cup.
However, Bin Harmash has opted to go a different route with him and is keen on giving him a less taxing schedule. The Emirati conditioner said: “He is doing very well and will run over 2000m in The Entisar. “Last year we started with him on the lower side and worked our way through handicaps and Listed races because we knew he was very talented, but still improving. He was a handicap horse last year and he raced and trained a lot until the big day. “This year, we are taking a totally different approach, as he is already rated 109 and we can get started in the Listed race and not rush him. “From there, we will stay long with him, going to the Group 2 Al Maktoum Challenge R2 on 6 February and then the Group 1 Al Maktoum Challenge R3 on Super Saturday, 7 March. I think he is a very good horse. We’re going to see how much he has improved this year.”