MIKE de Kock and his team at Blue Stables in Dubai have been training 2017 Vodacom Durban July runner-up Al Sahem for a couple of weeks and De Kock on Tuesday described the son of Silvano as “a lazy work horse”.

A Sahem makes his desert debut in the Gr2 Al Rashidiya over 1800m on turf at the fourth Meydan Carnival meeting on Thursday and De Kock said: “I’ve spoken to Al Sahem’s previous trainer Sean Tarry about this. Al Sahem doesn’t show all that much work, he reserves his best for the racetrack.

“He has been a nice horse to work with, he is doing very well and while he will need the run, I’m expecting a forward showing.  We’ve given Pat Cosgrave the ride, I’ve left Christophe Soumillon on Light the Lights because the horse is in a good space, in good form.

“We’d like to see them both run well!”