Charlie Fellowes is confident Mia Tesoro has the right qualities as she bids for Group Two honours in the Cape Verdi at Meydan on Thursday.
Fellowes reports the six-year-old mare, a regular in Pattern company for the past 15 months, to have taken a shine to Dubai.
Winner of the Listed Nottinghamshire Oaks in June, she disappointed on her final start in 2018, but Fellowes has excused her that and reports she is ready for action.
“She travelled over great, she’s in great form, she’ll love the track,” said the Newmarket trainer.
“Eight furlongs is just on the sharp side for her, but she’s not short of speed.
“You can put a line through her last run at Newmarket – that wasn’t her. She was too fresh and didn’t get home over 12 furlongs.”
He hopes he has found the perfect starting point for Mia Tesoro’s campaign.
“It’s not the strongest Group Two in the world,” added Fellowes.
“One thing she has got massively in her favour is that she’s tough. If she reproduces her Nottinghamshire Oaks performance or her Dahlia Stakes run, when she was fourth behind Wuheida, then she’s got a massive chance.
“She’ll love the ground – she’s got a good each-way chance.”
Mia Tesoro has to overcome the might of Godolphin, whose colours have been carried to victory in this race six times in the last eight years.
Sheikh Mohammed’s operation are represented by Charlie Appleby’s Poetic Charm and the Saeed bin Suroor-trained pair Asoof and Victory Wave.
“Poetic Charm showed a good level of form out in France last season – but things didn’t go right for her in Keeneland, where she was drawn very wide,” Appleby told www.godolphin.com.
“She has done well out in Dubai and will be a major player if she brings her French form to the table.”
Asoof and Victory Wave are both stepping out of handicap company for the first time, while the latter has had the benefit of a run at Meydan earlier this month.
“Victory Wave has come on for her first run of the year and has been working well,” said bin Suroor.
“This is a step up, and she is coming up against some nice fillies, but I am looking for a good run.
“Asoof has done very well since coming out to Dubai. She is a small filly, but has been working really nicely.
“The drop back to a mile will not be a problem, and I am hoping for a decent performance.”
David Marnane is hoping Settle For Bay can put behind him a disappointing run two weeks ago – on his first start since he lifted the Hunt Cup at Royal Ascot – when he reappears in the Azizi Mina Handicap.
“He was a bit fresh, as he was entitled to be on his first run for a long time, and he was trapped wide,” said Marnane.
“We worked him on Saturday morning, and he worked really well. We were delighted with him, and I’m pleased he’s secured a good draw in three.
“I’m looking forward to getting him back and seeing how he gets on.
“We found nothing after the race to warrant not running, so we just have to draw a line through it and hope that he was just a bit fresh. Things didn’t go right.”
Opposition includes three from bin Suroor’s yard – Bedouin’s Story, Desert Fire and Race Day – and the Mike de Kock-trained pair of Suyoof and Fire Away.