The Eye of the storm fast approaching Dubai

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Champion Japanese mare Almond Eye stretched her legs over the turf course this week looking as good as ever.

“We just wanted her to get acquainted with the track before we breeze her Wednesday,” trainer Sakae Kunieda said. “She has relaxed into her Dubai surroundings very well. The grass here is a bit long, but I think she will like it.”

Almond Eye will breeze again Wednesday morning under regular rider Christophe Lemaire, who flew to Dubai early in order to ride the filly in her last major workout in preparation for the USD$6m Dubai Turf sponsored by DP World (G1).

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Meanwhile, Deirdre also cantered a lap and a half around the Meydan dirt track first thing in the morning.

“Everything she has shown us lets us know she is very happy despite the long trip to Dubai,” said her work rider Yuta Komiyama. “I am glad that she is in really good form.”

The Harbinger mare will breeze up again before Saturday.