Hukum in great shape after Sheema Classic effort | Race News

Owen Burrows felt Hukum achieved a personal best at the Dubai Sheema Classic and gave the five-year-old an easy week before his plans materialized.

The May 13 Yorkshire Cup is a possible target for all of Sea The Stars, who were beaten just a length and three-quarters when seventh against Shahryar at Meydan on Saturday but won group two Dubai City Of Gold three weeks earlier.

“He came back on Monday and he hasn’t done much since, but he seems to be fine. It’s still a bit early to tell, but early signs show he’s fine,” Burrows said.

“As far as timing goes, the Yorkshire Cup is quite nice, mid-May, but there won’t be anything concrete at the moment. We’ll give him a quiet week and come back with him next week and see where. we are.

“He won the John Smith’s Silver Cup on that trip last year. I don’t really see him as a Cup horse – a two mile – but he has twice proven in the Geoffrey Freer that he is effective over nearly two furlongs further than a mile and a half, that gives us a few more options.

Reflecting on Hukum’s performance in Dubai, Lambourn’s coach said: “If you had told me we were going to be beaten by a length and three quarters, I would have thought we would have finished third or fourth at worst. Finishing seventh is probably the best of a lifetime It was a solid Group One.

“A slightly better draw and faster pace would have suited us much better, but would have suited other horses as well. I was very pleased with his run. He acquitted himself very well.”

Burrows previously signed up Minzaal for the 1895 Duke of York Clipper’s logistical holdings on the Knavesmire.

A winner of the Gimcrack Stakes on the same six furlongs in 2020, Minzaal has missed most of his three-year campaign through injury. However, he returned in the fall with two excellent efforts – finishing third in the British Champions Sprint at Ascot.

“I’m very happy with him throughout the winter. He was injured for the last time out of season and we didn’t get him back last year until the end. He still ran a blistering race in the sprint of champions, now we can have a good clear run with him,” he said.

“I planned to start him at York, everything is fine, then Royal Ascot, the July Cup and all those high level sprints. He proved last year that he is on top. I looking forward to it.”

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