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03/01/02 Dubai Still a Chance for Northerly
r7northerly.jpg (16745 bytes)The owners of champion Western Australian galloper Northerly are still looking toward a run in the world's richest race, the Emirates Dubai World Cup in March.

Trainer Fred Kersley has confirmed that the son of Serheed has returned to the stables and his first major target will be the Australian Cup at Flemington.

"He has been back here in work for a week," Kersley told Sport 927's Adam Hamilton this morning.

"During the break he put on some weight, but because he hasn't been out that long since the Railway it shouldn't take us too long to get him right again," he said.

Kersley and his wife Judith, one of the gelding's part owners will travel to Dubai later this month to inspect facilities as they decide whether contesting the rich race on dirt should be a target.

r7damien&fred.jpg (16509 bytes)"The owners are very keen for him to race in Dubai, but there's a few things we need to clear up first," Kersley said.

A direct flight from Perth to Dubai would be "ideal" according to Kersley and he needs to verify if this is possible before a final decision is made.

Kersley also said the uncertainty about racing on the dirt track is a query with the Cox Plate winner.

"Because he has never raced on the dirt he must be a query. Some horses handle it while others really do prefer the turf," Kersley added.

A trip to Singapore to contest one of that country's feature Group One events in May is also a possibility.

"At this stage he is an early nomination for Singapore as well," he said.

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