Ghaiyyath

Ghaiyyath heads the Charlie Appleby team set to contest the Dubai Carnival, which gets underway at Meyday on Thursday.

The five year-old put in a sensational performance when routing his rivals in a German Group One in September, but disappointed in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at ParisLongchamp, the following month.

Ghaiyyath has arrived at Appleby’s winter base at Marmoom Stables in Dubai and will be aimed at the Dubai Sheema Classic on World Cup night.

Appleby told The Racing Post: “We’ve no standouts like Blue Point for the Carnival this year. But we have a good team of older horses such as Cross Counter, Old Persian and Ghaiyyath, as well as some promising three-year-olds, some of which will be in action on the opening night.”

Speaking specifically about Ghaiyyath, he continued: “History shows us he goes well fresh and he puts in a big performance off a layoff but we also now think that he doesn’t like soft ground. It was perfect for him in the d’Harcourt but it was much too soft when he was turned over in the Ganay.

“He was very impressive on good, fast ground in Germany but it was a different story in the Arc, where it was slow and he just couldn’t quicken through it.

“Hopefully the good ground at Meydan will suit him perfectly and the plan is to take him straight to the Sheema Classic.”

Last year’s Champion Two Year Old, Pinatubo, has not made the trip to Dubai and is wintering in Newmarket, having won all six starts, culminating in his Dewhurst Stakes victory.

Appleby commented: “After discussions with his highness Sheikh Mohammed we’ve decided to leave Pinatubo in Newmarket for the winter.

“He’s progressing well physically at the moment and once we’ve got the festive period out of the way it will be full steam ahead for the 2,000 Guineas. We’ve decided to do what’s best for the horse and we’ve had a relatively mild winter in Newmarket until now, hopefully it stays that way.”