Sushisan makes his 2008 debut

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NICCI GARNER<br />
SUSHISAN will be making his 2008 bow in Race 4 at Nad Al Sheba on Friday night and his trainer Herman Brown is expecting him to feature in the finish.<br />

<p>Sushisan, who Brown has entered for the Sheema Classic on Dubai World Cup night, last ran in the QEII Cup in Hong Kong last April when he stayed on well for fifth behind Viva Pataca. “He hasn’t run for a while and will probably need the outing. But he’s not far off his peak. His work has been good and I’m expecting him to run a good race,” said Brown.</p>
<p>Brown has four other runners on Friday night and four at Thursday’s Nad Al Sheba fixture, including Classy-Lady in the Cape Verdi. Classy-Lady will be knocking Sun Classique, who Brown rates the one to beat.</p>
<p>“Sun Classique is a top filly and, even though she’s been given 61.5kg, I don’t believe she’ll have much trouble in this field. Godolphin`s horse, Many Colours, looks her danger. If my filly runs third or fourth I’ll be happy.</p>
<p>“She’s a little filly. She’s improved from her first run in Dubai. I’ve opted to run her on the grass, rather than in the Fillies Guineas, but this is a very hard task for her.” Brown?s comments on his other runners:</p>
<p>Thursday, Race 2: Grand Vista ran a good race in his first start in Dubai – he finished fifth behind Drift Ice after a slow start and was only beaten three lengths. He galloped very well on Saturday morning. There’s not one horse in the field that you can say is outstanding so I’m expecting Grand Vista to finish in the money.</p>
<p>Thursday, Race 3: Notturno Di Chopin is not showing me anything at this stage. He’s had some problems and is now ready to run. His previous trainer indicated that he is better in races. We’ll have to see. Lavarone is working very well, for him. I think we’ve got him probably the best we’ve had him. It’s a competitive race, but I think he could finish in the money. The opposition? Mike de Kock’s Frosty Secret is a nice little horse and I think he?ll run well.</p>
<p>Friday. Race 1: Longville is having his first run for us. He finished a good third behind Book of Music after leading for most of the way over 2400m on 24 January and this looks a nice race for him. He’ll run well, but we’re expecting he’ll have to make his own pace again in this small field.</p>
<p>Friday, Race 3: Yorokobi has been battling and we’re trying him again on the dirt. I’m hoping for the best. If he runs a place, it would be great.</p>
<p>Friday, Race 5: Diamond Quest is having his first run after a long layoff (he hurt himself in a feature race in England last year) but is coming along nicely. He’s not 100% fit. This 1600m is too short for him, but this is a preparatory run. Lucky Dance is really well. He was a bit unlucky last Thursday. I’m expecting him to place.</p>
<p>Brown was disappointed by Jay Peg’s effort in the Al Rashidiya at Nad Al Sheba last Thursday night. His charge was the hot fancy but could only manage to finish sixth and Brown said yesterday: “I thought he was fitter. He was too keen and should improve from here.</p>
<p>“He’ll run again on 21 February. He’s difficult to place, being a Grade 1 winner in South Africa with a merit rating of 112. Most races are to 110 and he gets a 3kg penalty for the G1 win. I’m having to scheme out which would be the best race for him.”</p>
<p>Brown has entered Jay Peg in three races on Dubai World Cup night – the Godolphin Mile, Dubai Duty Free and the Sheema Classic – and at this point is pondering whether the Godolphin Mile might not be the best race for him.</p>
<p>“The way he races, his speed, I think he might go well on dirt. He has American bloodlines and if he is invited to participate in the Godolphin Mile, I don’t think I’ll be disappointed. But we’ll try him on the dirt at Nad Al Sheba before we decide.”</p>

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