Gronkowski Returns in Meydan Listed on Thursday


Gronkowski | Sarah K. Andrew

MG1SP Gronkowski (Lonhro {Aus}) will make his long awaited return to the races in the Listed The Entisar over 2000 metres at Meydan on Thursday. The Phoenix Thoroughbreds III runner, trained by Salem bin Ghadayer, failed by only a nose to Thunder Snow (Ire) (Helmet {Aus}) in the $12-million G1 Dubai World Cup at Meydan on Mar. 30. Also runner-up in Triple Crown hero Justify (Scat Daddy)'s GI Belmont S., the dark bay is joined by Phoenix Ladies Syndicate colourbearer Talento Puma (Arg) (Equal Talent {Arg}), a recent acquisition, in the contest.

“He's doing well and his training is going just right,” Bin Ghadayer said of Gronkowski. “He's going the right way and, at the end of the day, this is going to be a prep race for him. I'm happy with him. I would say he is about 80-85% ready and he's fit for this kind of race. I am not scared about the distance off the [layoff]. This is a first race for him. He'll be in form. He's a sound horse and the only thing I can say is that he can be a bit naughty at the starting gate. Hopefully he does well with that.”

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