Thrice Dubai Gold Cup winner Vazirabad may not be heading to defend his title on Dubai World Cup night but, on the evidence of a fine comeback, France will once again be strongly represented in the shape of Call The Wind. Last season’s Group 1 Prix du Cadran hero ran on strongly to take second over an inadequate 1m1½f trip, chasing home Trais Fluors under a penalty in the Prix Darshaan on the all-weather at Chantilly. “I expected him to run well but not necessarily to that level and I loved his attitude,” said trainer Freddy Head. “He showed he has some pace as well as stamina and, while he was a little caught out when they sprinted, I really liked the way he finished off and he doesn’t seem to have had a hard race.”
Call The Wind is a 5yo gelded Frankel half-brother to Group One winners We Are and With You and Head added: “He is not just a stayer, he has some class and he heads to Meydan all being well.” In 2015, Head saddled Solow, who would taste Dubai Turf success on his next start, to win on this card. Meanwhile, Alain de Royer-Dupre had announced the previous week Vazirabad would not be ready in time for Dubai and will instead make his comeback much closer to home, at ParisLongchamp to be prescise, at the end of April in the Prix de Barbeville.