Watch Valedictum race in Dubai

Valedictum kicked-off his Dubai campaign last night with a solid 6th in the Intikhab Trophy at Nad Al Sheba over 1500m on turf.

Ridden by Ted Durcan, six-time Dubai champion rider, Valedictum settled just worse than midfield in the 14-horse event before working home evenly under his 59.5kgs.

He finished around 5-lengths from winner Summit Surge who came with a powerful burst from the rear of the field under fierce riding from Johnny Murtagh in the $US120,000 event.

Trainer Danny O’Brien was happy with the run given it was only the eight-year-old’s second start this campaign.

“His run was quite competitive and he still has much improvement left in him, so we are happy with how is progressing,” O’Brien said.

O’Brien has a handful of options with the Umatilla-gelding including races over 1500m and 1600m in two weeks time at Nad Al Sheba.

To view Valedictum’s race thanks to the Dubai Racing Club click here then select Race 2

Photo by Bruno Cannatelli, to view Bruno’s website click here