Dynamic Blitz a test case for Dubai sojourn
It may have been forced upon them to some extent, but connections of Dynamic Blitz have taken the sensible path with the sprinter by going to Dubai's international carnival and his results may seal that same road as a fixture for the future.
It has long been the case that talented all-weather performers quickly run out of opportunities here and Dynamic Blitz will not be the first to roll the dice in the desert.
Sean Woods took the bold step with Watch What Happens several seasons ago when that horse was looking well above average on the artificial surface, albeit without success. In fairness, Watch What Happens was not the ideal horse to take to a new environment, given his hot-headed temperament, a factor which has seen him tough to win and saw him destroy any chance he might have had running in minor events in Dubai.
But key in the future directions for all-weather stars here could be the switch of the sand for Tapeta at Meydan. Lucky Quality was unbeatable on the all-weather at Sha Tin, but found himself calling for a lifeguard by halfway when he contested the Golden Shaheen in Dubai. Likewise, Multidandy went there with a hollow 10-length win - admittedly in Class Three - at Sha Tin to his credit on the dirt but was in trouble almost as soon as he hit the ground in Dubai.
One World's competitive effort on the Tapeta last year was a decidedly positive encouragement that the new track might make a better comparison with the Sha Tin all-weather and Dynamic Blitz will provide more evidence next week.
If it is the right sort of evidence, Dynamic Blitz might be able to graduate to a more serious horse on artificial surfaces and his connections could have more reasons to stay overseas. For other good dirt performers to come, it could be a reason to head to Dubai each year from January to March and contest an array of races worth US$100,000 and upwards rather than float about waiting for the two Class Ones at Sha Tin.