Can Helmet Silence Critics? – 2012 UAE Derby

2011 Caulfield Guineas winner Helmet has a chance to silence the critics this weekend when he lines up in the 2012 UAE Derby.

After chargning on to the scene last Autumn with wins in the Group 1 Inglis Sires’ Produce Stakes and the Champagne Stakes, the hype continued when the form continued last Spring as a three year old in the Caulfield Guineas.


Helmet faces a tough ask to win the UAE Derby from barrier 14 this weekend

On the back of last year’s results, big things were expected for the Exceed And Excel colt in 2012 but he has so far failed to live up to the hype.

He finished fifth in the Group 3 CS Hayes Stakes before running twelfth in the Australian Guineas despite starting as one of the favourites.

Trainer Peter Snowden earlier this week defended the colt, saying he had been treated unfairly following his failures this year.

β€œHe blew the start in the Australian Guineas at his last start and first-up he got cluttered up on the inside which made it very difficult for a horse that likes to free roll,” Snowden said.

The 1900 metre UAE Derby at the Meydan track in Dubai this weekend will see Helmet tested against horses from all over the world and it will be an extremely impressive performance if he can take top honours.

Helmet’s chances were dealt a blow earlier this week when he drew barrier 14 for the fourth race on the exciting Dubai card which includes the $10 million Dubai World Cup.

Helmet is currently paying $12.00 in the market to take out the UAE Derby.

Another Snowden trained horse set to run in Dubai this weekend is Sepoy who will contest the Golden Shaheen.

The four-time Group 1 winning colt will start as second favourite ($4.00 – behind Rocket Man who is currently paying $3.10.

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