Trainer Peter Snowden has confirmed that his two star three-year-olds Sepoy and Helmet will contest the world’s richest race day in Dubai next year.
Golden Slipper winner Sepoy will target the $2 million Golden Shaheen on Dubai World Cup night at Meydan Racecourse on March 31 next year, while Helmet will be aimed at the $2 million UEA Derby on the same night.
It is unknown whether Sepoy will have another start in Australia, with Snowden admitting the Commands colt may well be placed in one or two barrier trials to prepare him for his overseas trip.
Helmet, on the other hand, is likely to have as many as two runs in the autumn carnival before he begins his international career in March.
The Exceed And Excel colt is expected to have his final Australian run in the Group 1 Australian Guineas on March 3, 2012, at Flemington.
Snowden said he was thrilled to have the opportunity to accompany the two lucrative stallion prospects to Dubai to oversee their race starts.
“It’s a wonderful opportunity for me to take these two colts over there and I feel very privileged,” Snowden said.
“It’s with a lot of anticipation and a lot of excitement that I get to train these two very good horses for such important races on such a big night.”
However, it will be the final time Peter Snowden will train the pair, with both Helmet and Sepoy being transferred to their new home at Newmarket in England almost immediately after the race.
There they will be trained by leading Godolphin trainer Saeed Bin Suroor.
“I’ll train them there on that night, they’ll race in the Godolphin colours and then after that night they’ll go to their new trainer,” Snowden said.
It is there that Sepoy could possibly line up against Australia’s super mare of racing, Black Caviar, for a clash at Royal Ascot.
Black Caviar, who is currently unbeaten over 16 starts in Australia, has been targeted towards an English campaign following her autumn preparation next year.
Sepoy has presently won ten of his 11 race starts, with his only defeat being a second in the rain in the Group 2 Todman Stakes at Rosehill in March.
Royal Ascot was initially expected to be Sepoy’s first overseas destination; however the transfer of the Group 1 Golden Shaheen to Dubai World Cup night has resulted in his international campaign being brought forward.