Fiddes hopes Moviesta will have leading role in Dubai

Paul Mulrennan
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It could be a very happy birthday for Ripon part-owner Ritchie Fiddes if Moviesta is successful in the Group One Al Quoz Sprint at Meydan on March 28.

The Bryan Smart-trained five-year-old is set the travel to Dubai on Saturday and the Ripon-based entrepreneur, who turns 35 just eight days prior to the big sprint on World Cup night, reports him to be in great order.

“The plan is to run him in the Group Three sprint on Super Saturday and then the Al Quoz on World Cup night,” said Fiddes.

“His regular rider Paul Mulrennan is over the moon with him and says he has matured well and is very relaxed.

“He ran some massive races for us in defeat last year, so we’ll go all guns blazing and the ground should be to his liking as well.”

The 2013 Glorious Goodwood winner, who counts former QPR manager Harry Redknapp among his owners, will spend a couple of days in quarantine on arrival but will then get chance to acclimatise to his new surroundings before contesting the Meydan Sprint on March 7.

Fiddes added: “I would expect him to come on for whatever he does in the Group Three at the Super Saturday meeting, but he won’t be using it as a prep run for the main event and will be there to win the race.

“He’ll have a break when he gets back and the main sprints we have in mind in the UK are the King’s Stand at Royal Ascot and the King George at Goodwood.

“Who knows, he’s a Group One sprinter and it would be a perfect birthday present if he could cross the line in front in the Al Quoz.”

More Of That will not defend his Ladbrokes World Hurdle crown and will miss the rest of this season.

More Of That had been on the comeback trail but it emerged two weeks ago that he had bled following a piece of work, putting his Cheltenham Festival participation in doubt.