Deirdre in Good Form Prior to Middle East Trip

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Deirdre | Racing Post

Deirdre (Jpn) (Harbinger {GB}), a winner of the G1 Nassau S. last summer, will compete on the Saudi Cup day undercard on Feb. 29 or Dubai in March, Racing Post reported on Monday. Fourth in the G1 Longines Hong Kong Vase in early December, the 6-year-old mare returned to trainer Jane Chapple-Hyam’s Abington Stables shortly thereafter. Chapple-Hyam is filling in for Deirdre’s regular trainer, Mitsuru Hashida.

“Deirdre flew back here after Hong Kong rather than going home and you could say she is now a ‘Newmarket Sheila’, Chapple-Hyam told Racing Post. “She first came here last May and has never been away. She’s wintered very well and has been out on the Al Bahathri Polytrack in the last couple of days. I think the plan is to run her in the Gulf at either Saudi Arabia or Dubai in the coming months, but we’ll know more nearer the time. It’s great to have her around and very sporting of the owners to keep her in training.”

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