Dabirsim may yet run at Newmarket

Updated: January 9, 2012

Dabirsim could yet take his chance in the Qipco 2,000 Guineas after trainer Christophe Ferland admitted he hasn’t decided between the British Classic and the French version two weeks later.

The colt won the Prix Morny at Deauville and the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere at Longchamp on Arc day. Ridden by Frankie Dettori, he showed a tremendous turn of foot on both occasions and if he stays the mile at Newmarket he will be a serious contender.

Dabirsim is currently a best-priced 10-1 for the classic behind Camelot.
The International Federationof Horseracing Authorities is due to choose a champion two-year-old when the 2011 World Thoroughbred Rankings are announced in London on Tuesday and the French colt is rated 1lb superior to Camelot on Racing Post Ratings.

Speaking to French racing broadcaster Equidia, Ferland gave an upbeat report on his dual Group 1 winner.

“Everything is going well and he’s in magnificent shape,” he said.

“He hasn’t grown an enormous amount because he was already a big horse at two, but I’m delighted with him. I think he’s put on weight and he’s got stronger.”

“We’ll look at the Prix de Fontainebleau then the Poule d’Essai [des Poulains] or the Djebel and the Guineas,” he explained.

“It’ll be one or the other, we haven’t come down on a preference yet, but obviously if we choose the Guineas over a straight mile it will be the Djebel first, while the Poule d’Essai is round a turn so the Fontainebleau would be his prep for that.”

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