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Cigar on a slow burn

CIGAR, the American-trained favourite for this week's Dubai World Cup, has his first full workout on the Nad Al Sheba racecourse tonight, just days before Wednesday evening's $4m desert showpiece. The five-year- old's trainer, Bill Mott, arrived on Friday in time to conduct his first session with the horse yesterday morning, but unseasonal weather in the Gulf put a halt to any serious action on the rain-soaked track.

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Cigar on the mend

Cigar, who is making excellent progress after bruising a foot last month, is on course for the Dubai World Cup on 27 March.

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Cigar's heat subsides to allow training

Cigar's trainer, Bill Mott, believes that America's Horse of 1995 will be able to resume training tomorrow after bruising his off-fore foot in Florida last week.

Bailey steers Cigar to 13th consecutive victory

Cigar extended his winning sequence to 13 with a comfortable win in the Grade One Donn Handicap at Gulfstream Park, Florida, on Saturday. The topweight, making his first appearance of 1996, settled in third place behind Flying Chevron and Star Standard before rider Jerry Bailey made his move entering the turn for home.

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