BRITISH TRAINER Charlie Hills says things are looking bright with A Momentofmadness, who he feels has settled in well ahead of the 2020 Dubai World Cup Carnival that starts at Meydan Thursday night. Hills has established himself among the elite when it comes to the young conditioners in Britain and is widely regarded as one of the best when it comes to schooling turf sprinters. In the eight years since he acquired his trainer’s licence, taking over from his father Barry, Hills has won Group One races in five countries with top speedsters like Battaash and Muhaarar part of his yard at Lambourn. And Hills will be represented on the opening night of the DWC Carnival at Meydan by 6yo Elnadim gelding A Momentofmadness, who is expected to take his place in the 1000m handicap down the Meydan straight turf sprint track.
Hills was happy with what he learned from A Momentofmadness’ first look at Meydan last week and said: “I’m obviously looking forward to running A Momentofmadness during the carnival. “It’s the first time he’s ever travelled and I’m pleased with the condition he’s in over there. He had his first canter Thursday morning and we’re happy with him and looking forward to the handicap over 1000m.” A winner of eight of his 38 starts, A Momentofmadness has proven a reliable type, finishing in the top three in half his starts, including a good third in the 2018 Group 2 Prix du Gros-Chene and enters the DWC Carnival unraced since 14 September, when second in a field of 22 for his Portland Handicap defence at Doncaster. A Momentofmadness is currently rated 97 and Hills added: “He has a good record at Doncaster and I think he bumped into a really good horse that day.
“Dubai has always been the aim since then and I think the track should suit him; he likes 1000m and fast ground.” Another sprinter from the Lambournbased yard set to arrive late Saturday for the DWC Carnival was Juddmonte Farms’ homebred Equilateral, a Listed winner who has held some lofty company in 2019. Rated 105, the 5yo gelded son of Equiano is a hopeful for the 1200m $175,000 handicap on 9 January and the 90-105 handicap over the same distance on 16 January.