Rich Tapestry's trainer barely made it, Amber Sky's trainer didn't quite, but David Hall and Tony Cruz were giving off good vibes about Bundle Of Joy and Peniaphobia at the "Breakfast With The Stars" session at Meydan in Dubai.

The horse is enjoying himself. I couldn't be happier and I'm pretty sure he'll turn up
David Hall on Bundle Of Joy

Not that there were many stars at the well-attended breakfast - in fact, there were more guitars than horses - with many Dubai World Cup entries having worked earlier and a few all week staying back in the lavish quarantine facilities to exercise away from the media or public eyes.

There was no sign of Ricky Yiu Poon-fai's imminent arrival as Amber Sky did his jogging work and left, while Michael Chang Chun-wai - apparently still in his suit from the Sha Tin races - turned up just in time to see Rich Tapestry return to the stables after his light workout. Joao Moreira was also a no-show after riding at Sha Tin on Wednesday night and John Moore will get him to jump on Designs On Rome this morning instead.

But trainer Cruz was saying encouraging things about Peniaphobia, who has put his weight loss into reverse, and David Hall was happy to give Bundle Of Joy a good first look at Meydan.

If I'm right and the straight 1,000m is his specialty, we might look at the King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot
Tony Cruz on Peniaphobia

"His condition's first class. He had a trot and a swim down at the quarantine track and I brought him up today to really familiarise himself with the grass track and, obviously, how daunting the straight is with that big grandstand," Hall said. "He was having a bit of a look around. It wasn't about him running time, but a matter of him having a look.

"The horse is enjoying himself. I couldn't be happier and I'm pretty sure he'll turn up. Fortunately, the inside draw isn't as cut-throat as the Hong Kong straight course - Joy And Fun and Eagle Regiment have run well from low draws - and Bundle Of Joy's runs in 1,000m races at home give you a bit of confidence he isn't out of his depth."

Peniaphobia, a possible Al Quoz favourite, was one traveller who lost weight dramatically in his flight to Dubai, but Cruz says his turnaround has been just as dramatic.

"Paul Robinson, my stable vet, flew with the horse and said he was very calm and didn't do anything wrong but he lost a lot of weight," said Cruz. "Then again, he's put on a lot of weight quick - he's put on 30 or 40 pounds."

Although Peniaphobia has been good at 1,200m, Cruz believes the straight 1,000m could be his niche and a barren programme this month in Hong Kong has allowed him to explore the theory.

"He's won at 1,200m, but I think he's better at 1,000m and his UK wins were straight 1,000m races too," said Cruz, whose best prior result in Dubai was a World Cup third with Bullish Luck.

"We thought about the Golden Shaheen, but now the track has been changed to dirt and he hasn't been left-handed with me so we've played it safe.

"In Hong Kong right now, there are no places for him to run and it's easy to run here and still be back for the sprint at the end of April. If I'm right and the straight 1,000m is his specialty, we might look at the King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot."

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