Abdullah plans to run Twice Over and Byword in Dubai ride

OWNER Khalid Abdullah plans to have two major players in Twice Over and Byword at the Dubai World Cup meeting at Meydan in March.

The Henry Cecil-trained Twice Over will attempt to put the record straight in the big race itself after not being beaten far in 10th place in the world's richest race in 2010.

He did make amends in style, notching up successes at the highest level in the Coral-Eclipse and the Emirates Airline Champion Stakes.

The Dubai Duty Free is the likely target of the Prince of Wales's Stakes winner Byword, trained in France by Andre Fabre.

"Twice Over is an absolute favourite of Warren Place and Juddmonte. He's done us so proud – I wish we had 10 like him," said the owner's racing manager Teddy Grimthorpe.

"Twice Over stays in training, as does Byword.

"Twice Over would head for the Dubai World Cup and Byword will go for the Duty Free."

Another Abdullah star who will be flying the flag again next year is Midday.

The Cecil-trained filly will attempt to add to her five Group One wins.

"She's just progressed tremendously well throughout the year," Grimthorpe revealed yesterday.

"She wasn't quite ready at York, but Henry gave her the time and she came through for us.

"She had an exceptionally good year and she stays in training."

Meanwhile, Stonemaster will stick to hurdling for the rest of the campaign before being switched to fences for the start of next season.

Trainer Dessie Hughes believes it will be tough this term for the five-year-old and it is better to wait a bit longer before sending him over bigger obstacles.

Fourth to Reve De Sivola in the Champion Novice Hurdle at Punchestown in April, Stonemaster made a pleasing return to action when runner-up to Rigour Back Bob in the Grade Two Tara Hurdle at Navan.

"He's come out of the race well, but there wasn't much for him at Leopardstown over Christmas," he said.

"He's a second-season horse so he might go to Limerick for a two-mile-and-six hurdle, if it's on.

"We didn't go over fences with him this season because he's only five so we'll give it a miss for the moment.

"It won't be easy for him this year but we don't mind.

"We'll just chip along with him and we'll go over fences with him next season."