03/26/2010 11:32AM

Meydan: For Peslier, Dubai is just part of busy week


Jockey Olivier Peslier has already had an active week in the Middle East.

Thursday, the French jockey rode Arabian races in nearby Qatar. Saturday, he is booked to ride the Dubai World Cup program in Dubai, including Vision d'Etat in the Dubai World Cup and Buena Vista in the Sheema Classic.

Vision d'Etat's participation was thrown into doubt on Friday when the Dubai Racing Club said their chief veterinarian would inspect the condition of the four-time stakes winner on Satuday before determining whether he could start. Further information on Vision d'Etat's condition was not available.

Buena Vista is an intriguing starter in the Sheema Classic over about 1 1-2 miles on turf. The 4-year-old filly has won 6 of 11 starts and $5,972,600, winning such races as the $1.6 million Japanese 1000 Guineas and $1.9 million Japanese Oaks last spring. She has never been worse than third, and won a Group 2 race over about 1 3-8 miles on turf at Kyoto, Japan, on Feb. 20. The Sheema Classic will be her first start outside of Japan.

"She's a very good filly," he said. "There is a common line to Red Desire."

Peslier was referring to a positive connection to Red Desire, who starts as a well-regarded contender in the Dubai World Cup. Buena Vista beat Red Desire in the Japanese 1000 Guineas and Japanese Oaks last year.