ZABEEL STABLES’ boss Satish Seemar is relishing the prospect of his star pair Secret Ambition and Behavioral Bias turning up in carnival mile contests as they bid to land spots on the Group 2 Godolphin Mile roster on Dubai World Cup night. Tenth behind Heavy Metal in last year’s Godolphin Mile, Secret Ambition turned in a superb performance when winning the Group 3 Jebel Ali Mile on 25 January in a run that proves he is happy to get back to winning ways. Behavioral Bias, another under the care of Seemar, finished a game third in the same 1600m affair. Seemar could not have been happier as he said: “Secret Ambition was very impressive and Behavioral Bias is a heck of a horse.
“If I had him a couple of weeks or a month before he arrived, I think I would have been very bullish about him winning the Jebel Ali Mile, to be honest. He is quite a cool horse. “He had never raced around that tight, right turn or up the hill and he did both very well. I am hoping to divide them and we won’t run them together on purpose, they just both fit the races they’re in. From here, we will look at the Firebreak Stakes and other options during the carnival.” The $200,000 Group 3 Firebreak Stakes is slated for 14 February over 1600m and is a natural stepping stone to both the $350,000 Group 3 Burj Nahaar over the same distance on Super Saturday, 9 March, and the Godolphin Mile on 30 March.
Other options include a 1400m handicap on 21 February and 1600m handicap on 28 February. In 2016, Doug Watson-schooled One Man Band used the former en route to victory in the Godolphin Mile. Formerly trained in Louisiana and Kentucky by Al Stall Jr and owned by Brittlyn Stables, Behavioral Bias has been a consistent performer, winning thrice and placing in 11 of 14 career starts so far. In his only previous Graded start he was fourth to Warrior’s Club in the Grade 3 Commonwealth Stakes over 1400m at Keeneland last April. Yulong Warrior, winner of the 2018 Listed Al Bastakiya, is also expected to arrive in Dubai for the second half of the carnival.
Yulong Warrior was sent to the Californiabased stable of Godolphin Mile winning conditioner Doug O’Neill last summer. “I’ve been keeping tabs on his training in the quarantine over there and getting videos,” Seemar said. “He arrives on 11 February and the plan is to run him during the carnival. We will make sure everything is okay with him and that he’s on form, accordingly. Hopefully he comes around.”