The only horse to have bested American Pharoah last season, Keen Ice has traveled to the Meydan Racecourse to take aim on the Dubai World Cup on March 26. The Dale Romans trainee will be the star attraction of this Saturday’s third round of the Al Maktoum Challenge, and top international jockey Ryan Moore is scheduled to be aboard, according to The National.
The Group 1 race is likely to also feature Mubtaahij, the 2015 winner of the UAE Derby trained by Mike de Kock. Probables for the race also include Kiaran McLaughlin’s Watershed, Hong Kong-based Gun Pit, and local horse Faulkner (trainer Doug Watson).
Keen Ice took advantage of a pressured pace in the Travers Stakes to pass American Pharoah in the late stages, and finished fourth to the Triple Crown champion in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. The son of Curlin then finished fourth behind Effinex in the Clark Handicap. Following a winter layoff, Keen Ice returned to run sixth over a speed-favoring track in the Donn Handicap last month.