The big day has arrived - Royal Intervention runs in the 1351 Turf Sprint in Saudi

Today is a massively exciting day as Royal Intervention lines up in the 1351 Turf Sprint at the inaugural Saudi Cup meeting and I am enormously impressed with the show that has been put on. Royal Intervention is a very talented filly who did unbelievably well as a 3yo sprinter, which we all know can be a tough time for sprinters, especially fillies, so I am hoping that she can improve again as a 4yo now that she is bigger and stronger. This is a very valuable race and looks like a UK Group 2 standard race. My main concern is the distance, but it is a very flat, sharp track and very fast ground so I hope she can last home. She is already a winner in Listed, Group 3 and Group 2 company so our aim through the summer will be to build her Group 1 profile and she will be aimed at all the big sprints, I wouldn't be suprised if she were to come back to 6f and possibly even 5f at some stage this year. We are all praying that she gets off to a great start today in what will hopefully be a very good year for her.  Kajsa Lindsjo and Gary Plasted have been out here with her all week and are doing a tremendous job, as are all the team at home slogging it out in the wind rain and snow. 

Unfortunatley our Dubai adventure/experiment of running horses on dirt did not quite work out, although both horses did us proud and covered their costs at the very least, so nothing ventured nothing gained. Matty Hicks is taking good care of them and enjoying the last bit of sunshine before all of our horses and staff return to home soil early next week.