By Dubai Racing | Media Press
X Y Jet—Rockingham Ranch and Gelfenstein Farm’s X Y Jet will make his third appearance in the Dubai Golden Shaheen sponsored by Gulf News on Saturday night. The 7-year-old Kantharos gelding finished a desperate second on both occasions, losing by a neck to Muarrab in 2016 and by a short head to the late-closing Mind Your Biscuits a year ago. With Mind Your Biscuits now retired to stud duty, trainer Jorge Navarro said the prominent X Y Jet has to be considered among the leading contenders in this year’s renewal.
“He’s showed up here two times. What Mind Your Biscuits did here last year after stumbling out of the gate was out of this world. That was a super horse. Take him out of the race and now where do you put my horse? He has to be right there,” Navarro said.
X Y Jet was out on the Meydan dirt track just after 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday for light training followed by a successful gate schooling session.
“He’s doing great this morning,” Navarro said. “We just sent him out for an easy gallop. Anthony Cruz, an ex-jockey, is on him in the mornings and he’s been our go-to guy for Dubai for the last few years. He knows what I like.”
With a talented field bursting from the starting gate, including fellow American raiders Imperial Hint and Roy H, Navarro said that post position will be a key factor in the 1200m spectacle.
“I’d love to have something from the four to the seven, but if we get inside he’s fast enough,” Navarro said. “His second step is faster than his first step. He’s not the fastest out of the gate, but his second step is when he gathers up and takes off.”
Photo DubaiWorldCup Racing Club | Erika Rasmussen