Trinniberg tries Tapeta in Golden Shaheen
Also shipping in are Group 1 Prix de la Foret victor Gordon Lord Byron, an easy winner of a prep on Dundalk's Polytrack; Reply, twice Group 1-placed for Aidan O'Brien; Hong Kong's Frederick Engels, runner-up in the Group 1 Chairman's Sprint Prize and Group 1 Centenary Sprint Cup this season; and Taisei Legend from Japan.
Mental brought top Australian form with him into his Godolphin debut for Mahmood al Zarooni in the Group 3 Al Shindagha Sprint. Originally trained by Peter Snowden Down Under, the Lonhro gelding traded narrow decisions with the classy filly Sea Siren in a pair of Group 1s last year. Mental couldn't quite catch her in the Manikato, but did collar her in time in the Victoria Racing Club. He successfully transferred his game to the Tapeta with a relentless late run in the Al Shindagha over this same about six-furlong trip, and a similar performance would make him tough to beat.
Krypton Factor was one of the surprising story lines of the 2012 Carnival, when the Fawzi Nass runner made remarkable progress culminating in a 2 1/4-length upset of the Golden Shaheen. The gelded son of Kyllachy made an encouraging return to Meydan when third to Mental in the Al Shindagha Sprint, but he failed to build on that tightener when a disappointing second in the Group 3 Mahab al Shimaal. Krypton Factor was beaten four lengths by the handicapper Reynaldothewizard that day, dealing a blow to his reputation ahead of this title defense.
Reynaldothewizard, who has turned over a new leaf with the addition of blinkers, looks to prove himself at a higher level. Also exiting the Mahab al Shimaal is third-placer Balmont Mast.
Kavanagh, runner-up to Mental in the Al Shindagha, flattered him by coming back to take a turf sprint handicap. The Mike de Kock charge reverts to synthetic here and warrants respect as a Group 1-caliber performer at home in South Africa.
Other U.A.E.-based hopes are United Color, an Italian Group 3 scorer who took a course-and-distance handicap in his latest, and Tamaathul, who broke the six-furlong course record on turf earlier at the Carnival.
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