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US$10M DUBAI WORLD CUP 2013 NOMINATIONS

Igugu - South Africa
Igugu - South Africa

South African supermare, Igugu

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$10 MILLION DUBAI WORLD CUP (Group 1)

Meydan, All Weather, 2000m

30 March 2013

Defending champion, Monterosso heads a star-studded list of nominations for the US$10m Dubai World Cup on March 30, which also includes Kentucky Derby winner, Animal Kingdom, Pacific Classic star, Dullahan and South African supermare, Igugu.

The 18th running of the world’s richest race has attracted 272 nominees, from 11 countries at closing of the free nominations. Among them are 184 from the UAE, 27 from the USA, 18 from South Africa, 11 from Japan, seven from Great Britain, four from Hong Kong and two from Singapore.

From the US is the Eclipse Award-winning Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic and Beldame Invitational heroine, Royal Delta. The Dale Romans-trained duo, Dullahan and 2012 Breeders’ Cup Classic victor, Little Mike, have also been nominated and are expected to have runs on the 9 March Super Saturday card en route to Dubai World Cup day. Like many Dubai World Cup nominated horses, both also hold nominations for the Dubai Duty Free, sponsored by Dubai Duty Free and the Dubai Sheema Classic, presented by Longines.

Following on from the memorable victory of Victoire Pisa in 2011, there is strong Japanese representation in the Dubai World Cup day nominations, headed by four-time Grade 1 winner, Gentildonna in the Dubai Sheema Classic and high-class sprinter, Lord Kanaloa, who holds a nomination for the Dubai Golden Shaheen, the third leg of the 2013 Global Sprint Challenge.

Igugu, Mike de Kock’s highly-anticipated champion mare is one of 18 Dubai World Cup nominations from the South African. She has also been nominated for the two Group 1 US$5m turf races, the Dubai Duty Free, which has attracted 304 nominations and the Dubai Sheema Classic, which has 266 nominations, including 2011 Melbourne Cup and 2012 Caulfield Cup winner, Dunaden. Also in the Dubai World Cup running from the South African’s stable are a number of Ballydoyle graduates including 2012 Jebel Hatta winner and Dubai World Cup eighth, Masterofhounds, Juddmonte International third, Await The Dawn, Group 2 winner, David Livingston and 2011 Irish Derby and US Secretariat Stakes winner, Treasure Beach and 2012 UAE Derby winner Daddy Long Legs.

Hero of Argentina’s 2012 Premio Classico General Belgrano and the Breeders’ Cup Marathon, Calidoscopio, trained by Guillermo Frenkel, holds nominations for the Dubai World Cup and the Dubai Gold Cup, sponsored by Al Tayer Motors.

Indian filly, In the Spotlight, has also been handed a Dubai Gold Cup nomination.

A number of familiar names have once again been nominated to the nine-race card which represents the most valuable day of horseracing in the world. Dubai World Cup Carnival star, Barbecue Eddie, trained by Doug Watson, who has now won four on the bounce, has been nominated to the Godolphin Mile, sponsored by Etisalat, a race that he had to be withdrawn from in 2012 after suffering a fever in the preceding days.

“In 2002 we had 87 horses nominated for the Dubai World Cup at the free nominations stage, this year we have 272,” said Martin Talty, International Manager, Dubai Racing Club. “The nominations shouldn’t be used as an assessment of the quality of the ultimate field, but the large increases over the years do serve to demonstrate the status that this flagship race, and indeed all the races on the Dubai World Cup day, has attained all over the world. A total of 23 countries are represented in these nominations for our programme of six Group 1 races, two Group 2s and one Group 3 outing worth a combined $27,25 million in prize money. I look forward to following the progress of all the nominated horses as we draw nearer to the big day on March 30.”

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2013 Dubai World Cup Nominations

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MONTEROSSO LANDS DUBAI WORLD CUP FOR GODOLPHIN

Monterosso wins Dubai World Cup
Monterosso wins Dubai World Cup

Click above to watch Monterosso winning the Dubai World Cup (G1)…

(Image : Virendra Saklani/Gulf News - Footage : Dubai Racing Meydan)

US$10,000,000 DUBAI WORLD CUP (Group 1)

Meydan, All-Weather, 2000m

31 March 2012

Master of Hounds (Kingmambo) won the World Cup break from the inside stall, but was quickly passed by Transcend (Jpn) (Wild Rush), the 2011 runner-up, as Capponi (Ire) (Medicean) loomed up to make the Japanese raider work on the engine. So You Think (NZ) (High Chaparral) slotted in perfectly and enjoyed the run of the race from third, as Monterosso (GB) (Dubawi) was three wide in fifth, but in touch. Game On Dude (USA) (Awesome Again), expected to be a pace presence, was a touch slow to begin and was given rein from jockey Chantal Sutherland to run up into contention outside Monterosso midway up the backstretch. Capponi wrested command from a spent Transcend as they reached the second turn and it was soon clear that Godolphin blue would dominate, as Monterosso crept a bit closer going ominously well. The two 5-year-olds raced on even terms approaching the final furlong, but Monterosso was always doing the better and won comfortably from Capponi, Planteur (Ire) (Danehill Dancer) and So You THink (NZ) (High Chaparral), with the recently retained jockey Mickael Barzalona standing up straight in the irons to salute the crowd. “I couldn’t believe when no one was coming after me. This is a dream,” the 19-year-old Barzalona commented. “I have no words to describe what I feel right now.” And how about his celebratory pose, similar to the one following his Epsom Derby score last year? “I just had to. I had no choice.”

Home-bred but raced by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed al Maktoum and trainer Mark Johnston at two and three, Monterosso landed the G2 King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot in 2010 before a fourth to Cape Blanco (Ire) (Galileo) in that year’s G1 Irish Derby. Unplaced in two subsequent runs, he was transferred to Godolphin last season and made two starts at the Carnival, defeating stablemate Cavaldos Blues (Fr) (Lando) in the G2 Dubai City of Gold Stakes. That event serves as a prep for the Sheema Classic, but Monterosso was re-routed for the World Cup and took third, beaten 3/4 of a length for the whole pot. He went missing the balance of 2011 and resumed in the G1 Maktoum Challenge Round 3, coming home fourth to Capponi in a race he was certain to need.

Some 11 years ago, Sheikh Mohammed watched as Dubai Millennium (GB) (Seeking the Gold) spread-eagled the World Cup field at Nad al Sheba. Yesterday, he shared a robust embrace with bloodstock advisor John Ferguson and wasn’t immune to a few fist pumps of his own following the win. “We’re absolutely delighted,” Ferguson offered. “You couldn’t get much better than that, could you? It’s wonderful for everybody. The trainer’s a rising star and the jockey, and the owner’s good too. This horse was third in the DWC last year so he was legitimate. Personally, it was a question of whether he needed another race to be ready.” The parentage of the winner is also not lost on connections. Admitted Racing Manager Simon Crisford, “Being a grandson of Dubai Millennium is massively important. Our greatest moments in horse racing with Godolphin were with Dubai Millennium so it’s fantastic.”

Extract from Thoroughbred Daily News

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THE WAR IS OVER, BUT THE WAR IS ON

Dubai World Cup 2012 Television Commercial
Dubai World Cup 2012 Television Commercial

Click above to watch the 2012 Dubai World Cup TVC..

(Image and Footage : Dubai Media)

DUBAI WORLD CUP

“We’re all in for a helluva night.”

Racing fans around the world must’ve been bewildered when, about eight years ago, Dubai’s Ruler, Sheikh Mohammed announced through his deputies that he and his brothers would no longer be patronising the stallions of their arch rivals, John Magnier’sCoolmore group, nor buying their progeny at the yearling sales. Although no official reasons were given, the grapevine had it (strongly) that the Sheikhs’ noses were out of joint because the Irish seldom, if ever, bought the progeny of their stallions, and especially because they were said to have snubbed (or plainly put, “boycotted”,) the Dubai World Cup meeting by not sending their horses there. And when they did send one, exception was made that it was accompanied only by “the secretary.” If you know Tammy Twoomey, you’d hardly call her “the secretary.

Of course, it happened when Coolmore were riding high, and sweeping all before them, and whilst their dominance wasn’t quite at the level it is today, (mainly because, at the time, the Arabs still possessed some competitive Coolmore-sired horses in their own armoury,) it was true that you seldom found a horse in the colours of any one of the Coolmore partners, Susan Magnier or Michael Tabor at the World Cup.

If you spoke to the Irish though, they’d proffer a simple explanation. Their horses were programmed for the European and North American seasons, and they needed a break. The winter was the perfect time. The Dubai World Cup, on the other hand, was something of an imposition on the racing programme, as it came late in the day in the traditional affairs of our sport, and we don’t like change, you know. But to be fair, it filled a great gap for racing fans all over the globe, because March happens to be a quiet time, particularly if you’re not European or North American. Besides, it injected a massive flow of funds into the game, to be welcomed no matter where it slots, and the lure of these riches is evident in the fields for this weekend.

There are five Group Ones and two Group Twos in Saturday’s World Cup extravaganza, and Coolmore have come to the party. Aidan O’Brien’s intent is especially evident in the Sheema Classic (Gr.1) ($5 million over 2410m), where he has engaged his two stars, Treasure Beach and St Nicholas Abbey. In the Duty Free, (also for $5 million over 1800m) he has Giant’s Causeway’s capable son, Await The Dawn, while he’s named his number one horse of last year, So You Think, for the $10 million World Cup itself. O’Brien has obviously decided to make a meal of the day with Wrote in the $2 million UAE Derby, and the team has another ticket in Mike de Kock’sViscount Nelson in the Godolphin Mile.

What is evident though, is that things have either thawed between these two leviathans of the game, and Coolmore have taken the practical route, or it may be a case of “cash in while there is war and we have the cattle.” Of one thing there’s little doubt: the Irish are there for the dough as much as the sport, and we’re all in for a helluva night.

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MASTER OF HOUNDS DRAWS WORLD CUP POLE POSITION

Master of Hounds
Master of Hounds

Mike de Kock trained Master of Hounds wins the 10 March Jebel Hatta (Gr1)

(Photo : The National)

US$10,000,000 DUBAI WORLD CUP (Group 1)

Meydan, All-Weather, 2000m

31 March 2012

Mike de Kock-trained Master Of Hounds drew pole position of the 14 runners in the ballot for barrier positions for the world’s richest race, the $10-million Dubai World Cup, over 2000m on the synthetic track at Meydan on Saturday.

It is an ideal draw for Master Of Hounds, who was caught late in the UAE Derby at last year’s Dubai World Cup meeting when trained by Irishman Aidan O’Brien. Master Of Hounds led virtually throughout on the turf on Super Saturday at Meydan recently in his dress-rehearsal for the big night.

The connections of the horses did the draws for their runners at a function on Wednesday and Yousuf Al Sayegh, racing manager for owner Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum, said: “There was only gates 1 or 14 left (when our name was pulled) and we preferred to be inside.”

Not so fortunate in the draw was fancied USA challenger Game On Dude, whose trainer Bob Baffert suffered a heart attack in Dubai earlier this week. Game On Dude, runner-up in the Breeders’ Cup Classic last year, was the last horse out the hat and the only remaining starting gate berth was No 14, the outside draw in the field. But his connections were far from dismayed.

Owner Bernie Schiappa said: “Perfect position. Lanni (part-owner of Game On Dude who passed away last year) was born on 14 March, so 14 is a special number for us. It’s perfect. The outside is fine with me. I can’t repeat what Bob said on the phone.” (Baffert is recovering rapidly in a Dubai hospital.)

Chantal Sutherland, who will ride Game On Dude, added: “It’s fine. Whatever happens, I’ll deal with it. He has a tendency to sometimes break slow and if he was to do that, it could put us in a bit of a predicament on the rail, so on the outside we have more options.”

Sutherland will become the first woman to ride in the Dubai World Cup when she partners Game On Dude in Saturday’s contest. Another USA challenger Royal Delta, who many pundits are tipping to win, got the ideal draw in No 7 stall. Her trainer Bill Mott said: “It’s the middle of the field. She’ll get a good look at the field from there and number seven has been our lucky number. We’d love for her to win. The reason we’re really here is to see if we can win. I can’t predict the outcome but she is doing really well - well enough to win a race like this.”

Royal Delta has all the credentials to become the first female runner to win the World Cup. She packs loads of ability and has won on both dirt and synthetic surfaces.

Comments from the connections of the other runners about the barrier draws:

Eishen Flash (Post 2) - trainer Hideaki Fujiwara said: “Actually I wanted to take the middle part of the gate, but those posts were all taken. I decided at the stage between the 2 and 9, and took 2. This horse showed good performance from the inside at home, so it’s okay.”

Zazou (Post 3) - owner Werner Heinz said: “I would have preferred to be more in the middle, but those places were taken. I think No 3 is very good. I think you’re better off inside than outside.”

So You Think (Post 4) - Keith Dalton, representing trainer Aiden O’Brien, said: “I was on the phone to Aidan and he chose the fourth position, so I guess we’re happy.”

Smart Falcon (Post 5) - trainer Ken Kozaki said: “It is an ideal draw. It is not too inside. It was what we wanted to draw.”

Planteur (Post 6) - owner Ahmad Al Falasi said: “We wanted somewhere between 4 and 7 so I was happy that 6 was available.”

Monterosso (Post 8) - Godolphin’s racing manager Simon Crisford said: “We talked to all of our jockeys in the race and they felt from stall 8 outward is the place to be. It can get very tight on the inside, especially if the pace is slow. If you miss the kick, you’re likely to be in trouble. The pace looks likely to come from Game On Dude in stall 14, which has panned out well for us. Monterosso can sit handy, he finishes his races well.”

Silver Pond (Post 9) - trainer Doug Watson said: “The gate is good. He can push on from there and hopefully travel around midfield. He doesn’t have the greatest turn of foot, so the idea will be to be just behind the pace and kick off the turn.”

Transcend (Post 10) - owner Koji Maeda said: “No 10 is what I wanted to draw because we can watch the other runners inside of us.”

Capponi (Post 11) - Crisford said: “Being on the outside is preferable to being on the rail. Capponi just needs a handy position to be out of trouble and to have a clear run. He likes to start building on it from the home bend and he should have his chance to do that from his draw. The question remains whether he is good enough but (jockey) Ahmed Ajtebi has built up a good rapport with the horse, who fully deserves his chance.”

Prince Bishop (Post 12) and Mendip (Post 13) - trainer Saeed bin Suroor said: “I spoke to Frankie Dettori before the draw and he said he would prefer between (stalls) 8 and 12 for Prince Bishop and we’ve drawn 12, so I’m happy with that. I wanted him to be relaxed and happy, so I think being out wide is best for him. Mendip would also be best being out wide and I’m happy with his position.”

Extract from Mike de Kock Racing

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DUBAI WORLD CUP 2012 : FINAL FIELD

Master of Hounds
Master of Hounds

Mike de Kock trained Master of Hounds wins the 10 March Jebel Hatta (Gr1)

(Photo : The National)

US$10,000,000 DUBAI WORLD CUP (Group 1)

Meydan, All-Weather, 2000m

31 March 2012

FINAL FIELD

#

Horse

Kg

OR

Jockey

Trainer

1

MASTER OF HOUNDS (USA)

57.0

115

Christophe Soumillon

Mike de Kock

2

EISHIN FLASH (JPN)

57.0

120

Christophe Lemaire

Hideaki Fujiwara

3

ZAZOU (GER)

57.5

118

Oliver Peslier

Waldemar Hickst

4

SO YOU THINK (NZ)

57.0

126

Joseph O’Brien

Aidan O’Brien

5

SMART FALCON (JPN)

57.0

118

Yutaka Take

Ken Kozaki

6

PLANTEUR (IRE)

57.0

122

Ryan Moore

Marco Botti

7

ROYAL DELTA (USA)

55.0

119

Jose Lezcano

William Mott

8

MONTEROSSO (GB)

57.0

121

Mickael Barzalona

Mahmoud Al Zarooni

9

SILVER POND (FR)

57.0

117

Jonh Murtagh

Doug Watson

10

TRANSCEND (JPN)

57.0

121

Shinji Fujita

Takayuki Yasuda

11

CAPPONI (IRE)

57.0

122

Ahmed Ajtebi

Mahmoud Al Zarooni

12

PRINCE BISHOP (IRE)

57.0

116

Lanfranco Dettori

Saeed bin Suroor

13

MENDIP (USA)

57.0

115

Silvestre De Sousa

Saeed bin Suroor

14

GAME ON DUDE (USA)

57.0

122

Chantal Sutherland

Bob Baffert

Correct as at 27 March 2012

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DUBAI WORLD CUP : DE KOCK LOOKS DOUBLE HANDED

Mike de Kock Trainer in Dubai
Mike de Kock Trainer in Dubai

Mike de Kock

(Photo : Tab Online)

Your thoughts on the Dubai Racing Carnival…

We’ve had any number of mails from every conceivable quarter of the world after Igugu’s big win in the J&B Met Saturday. One of our regular correspondents from America, ‘Green Beret’ is an avid Dubai-watcher, and he knows the form there as well as anyone we know. These are his thoughts (what are yours?).

Dear Summerhill Stud,

Thanks a heap for uploading the replays of Igugu’s wins in the G1 Durban July and again today in the G1 J&B Met!! This filly really looks special to me. To take down both the Durban July and J&B Met is no feat, because there’s some top class, middle distance turf horses racing in South Africa these days!! With the Dubai Carnival in full swing right now, I’m rooting hard for the Mike De Kock horses, as I always do every year!! Musir looks really at the top of his game right now!! But I’m keeping my fingers crossed that maybe Mike De Kock and Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Maktoum will decide to ship this filly over as their #1 entry for this year’s G1 Sheema Classic on March 31st?? As badly as I hate saying this, it’s the one race De Kock looks like he’s lacking for a top class horse on cup night. He’s got Bold Silvano and Master of Hounds for the DWC. Musir and River Jetez for the Duty Free. But to my knowledge, he only has Irish Flame and possibly Mahbooba as his Sheema Classic possible’s at the moment? I know Irish Flame was a G1 winner of the Daily News 2000 in South Africa back in 2010. But for whatever reason, he just hasn’t been able to reproduce the same level of form in Dubai that he produced in South Africa? Mahbooba’s a talented filly, also. But I think the Cape Verdie showed us she’d likely be vulnerable against the worlds top 12f turf horses in the Sheema Classic? But if he sends Igugu? Whole new ballgame!! This filly could level the playing field for Mike De Kock chances to win the Sheema in a heartbeat if she shows up?? Any filly capable of winning the Durban July and J&B Met back to back would definitely have a legit shot at winning the Sheema Classic, too. IMO.

Mick’s reply to Green Beret :

Good Morning to you.

Many thanks for your comments on Igugu. You are right, she is quite special. We’ve had comments from around the world, and there are several Australians suggesting that she and Black Caviar are the two best racemares in the world right now. Whether that’s right or not, remains to be seen, but it’s some kind of compliment to what she’s achieved. Unfortunately, our exports have been temporarily suspended through a farcical provision in our protocols with the EU, and that means Dubai will not see Igugu this year. She’s better than everything you’ve mentioned in your note, with the possible exception of Bold Silvano, the extent of whose true talent is as yet uncovered. There is a suggestion here that there might be political issues behind the unwillingliness to remove the export restrictions, so Dubai will be the worse for not having her.

On a line through some of our internationally-campaigned horses, it’s clear Igugu would be an enormous factor if they’d let her loose.

Green Beret’s reply :

Dear SummerhillStud,

Being from America, I wasn’t aware of the political issues with EU being factor for her getting to race in Dubai, and that’s a real shame, IMO. Because with the possible exception of

Snow Fairy

when she’s at her dead level best

, I think you’d be hard pressed to find a middle distance filly or mare anywhere in the world that’s as good as Igugu. But the advantage she has on Snow Fairy is that she’s still very lightly raced, and still has a huge scope to improve from where she already is. Snow Fairy, though really brilliant at times, has pretty much reached her peak potential, IMO. Also very much agree with you about Bold Silvano!! Another that it’s really unclear how good how could really be? He was my pick to win the

Dubai World Cup

last year until the injury that sidelined him after winning the

Al Maktoum Challenge Rd. 2

. My comments and opinions about different horses are only my own, so if they end up sparking a lively debate, so be it!! LOL. As for

Bankable

, I’ve loved that horse since I saw him race

early on in his career. I used to call Bankable the “

Rodney Dangerfield

” of racing, because he never quite got the level of respect he truly deserved. Thanks so much for your reply, and best wishes and regards to all at

Summerhill Stud

.

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2012 DUBAI RACING CARNIVAL KICKS OFF TODAY

2012 Dubai World Cup Promo
2012 Dubai World Cup Promo

Click above to watch the 2012 Dubai World Cup Promo…

(Image and Footage : Meydan Racecourse)

DUBAI INTERNATIONAL RACING CARNIVAL

5 January 2012 - 31 March 2012

The 2012 Dubai International Racing Carnival gets under way at Meydan today with the Al Rashidiya Trial Presented By Longines taking centre stage and culminates with the running of the 17th Dubai World Cup on March 31.

US$ 125,000 Al Rashidiya Trial Presented By Longines

Meydan, Turf, 1800m

5 January 2012

The nine-furlong turf prize sees Ali Rashid Al Raihe’s prolific course winner Derbaas (USA) make his return to action. The six-year-old landed with last year’s Group Two Al Fahidi Fort before finishing last of 16 on his final appearance in the Dubai Duty Free on World Cup night. His jockey, Richard Hills, said: “He was a revelation last season and improved throughout. I have not sat on him so far this season but the trainer tells me the horse is in very good form and expects a big run. I am sure he will come on for the outing but we have to be hopeful. The bottom one looks the big danger.”

The horse Hills is referring to is Mike de Kock’s talented filly Mahbooba (AUS). After signing off a successful Carnival last year with a fine third in the UAE Derby, the five-year-old went on to compete in Britain, where she won a Newmarket Listed race by six lengths. South African champion trainer De Kock said: “She did well at the Carnival last year (on Tapeta) and then really pleased us over the summer on turf. She has been going well in her work and is ready for a race so this looked the ideal starting point.”

Godolphin trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni enjoyed a spectacular first season training in Britain, saddling numerous Group One winners and tasted Classic success with Blue Bunting in the 1000 Guineas. He is back in his homeland and saddles Sea Lord (IRE) and Laajooj (IRE) in today’s feature. “Sea Lord was a bit disappointing at last year’s Carnival so we gave him the summer off,” said Al Zarooni. “He seems in really good form now and we think he has a good chance, as does Laajooj. He won two in England but has been freshened up since June. He has pleased us in his work and it is nice to have two big hopes in the race.”

US$ 120,000 Longines Column Wheel Chronograph

Meydan, Turf, 1000m

5 January 2012

Seven of the 11 declared sprinters for the five-furlong Longines Column Wheel Chronograph Handicap hail from Europe. Frankie Dettori rides Humidor (IRE) for George Baker, while Internationaldebut (IRE) lines up for Yorkshire trainer Paul Midgley. “It’s our first runner outside England and it’s exciting stuff,” said Midgley. “The horse did ever so well for us last year, winning at York, Doncaster and Beverley. He looks great at the moment and he’s in great form. The people who’ve been with him tell me his preparation has gone to plan. The horse has been here a fortnight and he normally runs well fresh, so fingers crossed. The only negative would be that the race is over five furlongs rather than six. I’m just hoping they go fast, almost too fast to be honest, and then they come back to us in the last furlong. We’ll see how he gets on but if he looks to be enjoying it and he runs well, then the horse will hopefully be staying here for a while. There’s good prize-money on offer.”

Ireland are represented by Mick Halford’s Invincible Ash (IRE) and Nocturnal Affair (SAF) from David Marnane’s yard.

Extract from Sporting Life

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THE POTENCY OF PEDIGREE

Victoire Pisa wins the Dubai World Cup
Victoire Pisa wins the Dubai World Cup

Victoire Pisa - Dubai World Cup (Grade 1)

(Photo : AP Photo / Kamran Jebreili)

NORTHERN DANCER, MACHIAVELLIAN

AND DANEHILL

Pedigree students and readers of these columns will recall our various pieces on the “Machiavellian Factor”, and the strategic reasoning behind our introduction to the Summerhill genetic fold of the influences of Northern Dancer, Machiavellian and Danehill. We are not going to regurge all that now, other than to say there was a purpose behind it, and that the events which unfolded as the Japanese swept the Dubai World Cup on the weekend, have served to reinforce the course we embarked upon.

Victoire Pisa’s nation-building victory in the world’s richest race, added credence to another pillar of our thinking, with the introduction of the Sunday Silence element into the debate. Besides the fact that the continent of Africa was bereft of the influence of this, one of the world’s greatest strains, we had in mind the alchemy which the Halo tribe (from whence Sunday Silence descends) has displayed in combination with the descendants of both Machiavellian and Danehill.

Followers of these things know Andrew Caulfield, and they know him as one of racing’s most astute commentators on pedigree. He wrote thus in Friday’s Thoroughbred Daily News.

Way back in 1970, Sir Michael Sobell’s homebred filly Boulevard showed considerable potential in winning her first three races, notably defeating Hecla and Super Honey in the Princess Margaret Stakes at Ascot. Hecla went on to give the peerless Mill Reef a hard time in the Imperial Stakes, while Super Honey later found only the triple Classic winner Altesse Royale too good for her in the 1000 Guineas. Whereas her rivals flourished, Boulevard failed to build on her excellent start after being transferred to France.

Her chances of making amends as a broodmare weren’t helped when this half-sister to the top-class Sun Prince produced only four foals for Ballymacoll Stud.

However, each of her two daughters has exerted an influence on no less a race than the Dubai World Cup. Boulevard’s younger daughter, the Classic-placed Riverman filly Waterway, is the second dam of the impressive 2002 World Cup winner Street Cry. And now her elder daughter, the Nassau Stakes third Silken Way, ranks as the second dam of Neo Universe, sire of the hugely welcome 2011 World Cup hero, Victoire Pisa.

Victoire Pisa has proved admirably tough and versatile. Officially ranked joint-third among the Japanese 2-year-olds of 2009, when he won his last three starts, he received the top ranking of 121 among the Japanese-raced turf 3-year-olds of 2010, just ahead of his old rival Rose Kingdom and the outstanding English filly Snow Fairy. Now, he is unbeaten in two 4-year-old starts, one on turf and one on Tapeta.

His impressive record stands at eight wins from 13 starts.

In winning last year’s Satsuki Sho, he provided Neo Universe with his second successive winner of this Japanese equivalent to the 2000 Guineas, following the success of Unrivaled in 2009 - a year that also saw Logi Universe, another colt from Neo Universe’s first crop, land the Japanese Derby. To come up with three Classic-winning sons in his first two crops represents a considerable achievement on Neo Universe’s behalf, even allowing for the fact that these crops totalled more than 300 foals.

I first pointed out the stallion’s potential in these pages in December 2008, writing : “Keep an eye out too for Neo Universe, who provided Sunday Silence with his fifth victory in the Japanese Derby in 2003, when he also won the 2000 Guineas. Neo Universe’s first 2-year-olds raced in 2008, and he appears to have an excellent prospect in Logi Universe, an unbeaten winner of two Japanese Group 3 events, including the Radio Nikkei Hai Nisai Stakes three days ago.”

I went on to make an observation which has taken on more significance since the emergence of Victoire Pisa : “An interesting aspect of Neo Universe’s pedigree is that he is by a son of Halo and his dam Pointed Path is a granddaughter of Boulevard. Street Cry is another hot young stallion out of a granddaughter of Boulevard and he, too, has Halo in his pedigree, as the broodmare sire of his sire Machiavellian. It looks as though Logi Universe’s breeders were intent on strengthening the links between Neo Universe and Street Cry, as the youngster’s second dam is by none other than Machiavellian (creating 3x5 to Halo).”

Victoire Pisa has a high-class daughter of Machiavellian as his dam, so he is inbred 3x4 to Halo, America’s champion sire of 1983 and 1989 (thanks to the Kentucky Derby triumphs of his sons Sunny’s Halo and Sunday Silence).

In addition to Logi Universe and Victoire Pisa, another with two lines of Halo is the exciting young stallion Shamardal, who is out of Street Cry’s sister Helsinki. Shamardal, who has Halo is his fifth and fourth generations, was represented over the weekend by Dunboyne Express, winner of the G3 Leopardstown 2000 Guineas Trial. Others inbred to Halo include the high-class Australian filly More Joyous (3x3) and the major Japanese winners Asakusa Den’en (a half-brother to Victoire Pisa, inbred 3x4) and Danon Chantilly (3x3).

PEDIGREE

VICTOIRE PISA (JPN), Colt, 2007 

VICTOIRE PISA (JPN)

Neo Universe (JPN)

Sunday Silence (USA)

Halo (USA)

Wishing Well (USA)

Pointed Path (GB)

Kris (GB)

Silken Way (FR)

Whitewater Affair (GB)

Machiavellian (USA)

Mr Prospector (USA)

Coup de Folie (USA)

Much Too Risky (GB)

Bustino (GB)

Short Rations (GB)

Extract from Thoroughbred Daily News

Japan Thoroughbred Breeding
Japan Thoroughbred Breeding

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DUBAI WORLD CUP : VIVA JAPAN

Admire Main by Sunday Silence
Admire Main by Sunday Silence

Admire Main

(Photo : Summerhill Stud)

“IGNORE THE JAPANESE AT YOUR PERIL”

If ever a country needed a morale booster, it was the Land of the Rising Sun, and nothing could’ve been more timely than the closing burst of Victoire Pisa in the dying strides of the world’s richest horse race, the Dubai World Cup, on Saturday evening. Sensing a crawler of a pace, jockey Mirco Demuro sent his horse to the head of affairs, where he joined his fellow countryman, Transcend, and it was going to take a very good horse to beat these two once they turned for home, as they were bound to have plenty in reserve when it mattered most. In the wake of the tsunami which hit Fukushima earlier in the month, here was a country desperate for good news, and the son of Neo Universe could not have served up a better tonic for his ailing people.

The spectacular victory of the Crusaders over the Sharks at Twickenham on Sunday evening, was another telling example of the impact natural disasters have on the spirit of a nation. Featured as a home game for the men from Canterbury, the New Zealanders delivered their greatest ever performance to take the laurels 44-28, and they did it against a Sharks side that was just as valiant in defeat.

There were some good horses behind Victoire Pisa on Saturday, not the least of whom was the highest rated middle distance horse in Europe, Twice Over, who’d put up such a blinder in the third round of the Al Maktoum Challenge, a few weeks before, and looked a cinch for the laurels with the scratching of South Africa’s Bold Silvano. Twice Over was not alone among the vanquished however; they included American Grass Champion, Gio Ponti, Irish Derby winner, Cape Blanco and Japanese Champion, Buena Vista.

“The image of Japan has recently been darkened, and the people have been put down, but, thanks to the invitation of Sheikh Mohammed, we were able to come here for the Dubai World Cup and give some smiles to the Japanese people,” trainer Katsuhiko Sumii said through an interpreter of his troubled homeland.

We’ve said it often enough, but you ignore the Japanese at your peril. They’ve cornered the market in quality stamina horses, entering the gap the Europeans and the British were once famous for, when they eschewed those that had traditionally forged their breed. These were the horses that could stay the true test of a properly run mile and a half, in the wake of was popularly known as the “American invasion”, headed by the likes of Sir Ivor and Nijinsky in the 1970’s. Since then, Japanese horses have run proud the world over, and this was by no means the first time they’ve shone at the Dubai World Cup meeting.

Pedigree pundits will ask themselves who the hero’s sire, Neo Universe is, and the answer is axiomatic. He’s yet another Japanese Guineas and Derby winning son of the legendary Sunday Silence, which provides South Africans with of an idea of the source of our enthusiasm for our own Admire Main.

Victoire Pisa’s breeder, Shadai Farm, is the founding property of the celebrated Yoshida family’s remarkable turf holdings on Hokaido in Northern Japan, and while our affiliations with the family come via Katsumi Yoshida’s Northern Farm, Admire Main himself is a graduate of the Shadai Stallion Station.

Japan Thoroughbred Breeding
Japan Thoroughbred Breeding

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VICTOIRE PISA LEADS DUBAI WORLD CUP 1-2 FOR JAPAN

Click above to watch Victoire Pisa winning the Dubai World Cup (Gr1)
(Footage : Dubai Racing)

US$10,000,000 DUBAI WORLD CUP (Group 1)
Meydan, All-Weather, 2000m
26 March 2011

FINAL RESULT

# Margin Horse Kg OR Dr Jockey Trainer
1 0.00 VICTOIRE PISA (JPN) 57.0 121 6 M Demuro Katsuhiko Sumii
2 0.50 TRANSCEND (JPN) 57.0 116 9 S Fujita Takayuki Yasuda
3 0.25 MONTEROSSO (GB) 57.0 115 2 M Barzalona Mahmoud Al Zarooni
4 0.25 CAPE BLANCO (IRE) 57.0 126 4 J Spencer Aidan O’Brien
5 0.75 GIO PONTI (USA) 57.0 121 5 R Dominguez Christophe Clement
6 1.00 GITANO HERNANDO (GB) 57.0 118 8 J Murtagh Marco Botti
7 0.50 MUSIR (AUS) 57.0 117 7 C Soumillon Mike de Kock
8 0.50 BUENA VISTA (JPN) 55.0 121 13 R Moore Hiroyoshi Matsuda
9 1.25 TWICE OVER (GB) 57.0 125 12 T Queally Henry Cecil
10 0.25 PRINCE BISHOP (IRE) 57.0 117 3 A Ajtebi Saeed bin Suroor
11 2.25 GOLDEN SWORD (GB) 57.0 117 14 K Shea Mike de Kock
12 0.50 RICHARD’S KID (USA) 57.0 119 11 R Mullen Satish Seemar
13 12.00 FLY DOWN (USA) 57.0 123 1 J Leparoux Nicholas P Zito
14 1.25 POET’S VOICE (GB) 57.0 122 10 L Dettori Saeed bin Suroor

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A KING'S RANSOM... AND A BIT MORE

Gitano Fernando
Gitano Fernando

Gitano Hernando

(Team Valor International)

“An excellent example of what one rich man

will pay to beat another one.”

The Dubai World Cup on Saturday is the richest day in racing. All told, just short of $30 million (at yesterday’s exchange rate, more than R200 million) will be dispensed to the lucky connections of the days participants. The big race itself is worth $10 million (just about double its nearest pursuer in global money terms,) and that amount to just short of R70 million, which would buy you 14 good sized, up-and-running farms with implements and even some stock, in our district.

If you could scoop just the first prize in the World Cup itself, (more than R40 million) you could instantly become the biggest farmer in our district, and that illustrates what it is to own a good horse.

When you think we live on some of the finest and most productive agricultural land on the planet, that we have one of the most reliable climates, and that our way of life is incomparable, winning the World Cup or any one of its subsidiary races, is something every horseman dreams of. And considering how little is needed to get there (Lizard’s Desire, beaten a whisker last year and the beneficiary of more than R20 million in prize money for that effort alone, cost R40,000) and Bold Silvano (the morning line favourite for the event until his scratching on Sunday, cost a tad over R200,000), you begin to get an idea of the value South African thoroughbreds represent in the international market.

Another illustration of value, is the sale yesterday by Summerhill client, Team Valor, of their American Group One winner, Gitano Hernando, to Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov for a figure said to be of the order of $4 million (almost R30 million). If the betting is anything to go by, he’s no Bold Silvano, but it’s an excellent example of what one very rich man will pay to beat another one.

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BOLD SILVANO OUT : THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY

Bold Silvano winning the Vodacom Durban July in South Africa
Bold Silvano winning the Vodacom Durban July in South Africa

Click above to remember Bold Silvano’s win in the 2010 Vodacom Durban July (Gr1)

(Image : Gold Circle - Footage : SABC 3)

DUBAI WORLD CUP

26 MARCH 2011

We may have had a good weekend at the Cricket World Cup, victory over Bangladesh ensuring we top our group, but South Africa suffered a helluva blow in the equine version of the World Cup, scheduled for this weekend. The news filtered through about mid-day Monday, that Mike de Kock’s big World Cup hope, Bold Silvano, had injured himself in a training accident, and was to be withdrawn. He was probably the biggest chance we’ve had at winning the race, (remember, we were a whisker second last year, with Lizard’s Desire, and Summerhill graduate, Paris Perfect, was a commendable third the year before,) but Bold Silvano stood out as the 22/10 betters’ choice, ahead of the European champion, Twice Over (who’s now the “chalk” in international markets). “He worked well Sunday, but seems to have tweaked or pulled something. We cannot actually put our finger on it immediately but it is enough to rule him out. It’s a great shame as he is a genuine World Cup horse. It has not been easy with him this season but we will be back next year. At least we have back up in the shape of Golden Sword, who will take his place”, lamented De Kock.

In another major defection, Ed Dunlop’s European Champion filly, Snow Fairy, has been pulled out of the Sheema Classic (Gr1,) where she was bound to have started favourite.

We had just posted the anticipated fields for the World Cup and the Sheema Classic when we got the news, and we were on the point of mentioning that the cards had pretty much stacked up as we had anticipated, despite all the rumours to the contrary. As we saw it, Bold Silvano and Musir were to be South African’s big hopes in the World Cup, with Golden Sword aimed at the Sheema Classic. River Jetez was our choice for the Duty Free along with stable companion, Raihana and Herman Brown’s Bankable, while Mahbooba and Reem take on the colts in the UAE Derby.

Our own man, Imbongi (third in last year’s Duty Free,) has always been slated for a shot at the Godolphin Mile on the more forgiving tapeta surface, where De Kock tells us he’s a money chance. The other outstanding South African slated for the evening is J J The Jet Plane, who just doesn’t seem to like synthetic tracks, so Lucky Houdalakis has no choice but to go for the Al Quoz Sprint, as opposed to the Golden Shaheen.

Our best shots at the number one slots now rest with River Jetez and J J The Jet Plane, it seems, but what an extraordinary blow for a little country like ours, to lose a candidate of Bold Silvano’s calibre, when the eyes of the world are upon you.

Never mind, we’ll be back, and it might just turn out that it will be in both versions of the World Cup. That’s the way of our world.

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DUBAI WORLD CUP 2011 : FINAL FIELD

Musir
Musir

Musir - Mike de Kock

(Photo : Gold Circle)

US$10,000,000 DUBAI WORLD CUP (Group 1)

Meydan, All-Weather, 2000m

26 March 2011

FINAL FIELD

#

Horse

Kg

HR

Dr

Jockey

Trainer

1

CAPE BLANCO (IRE)

57.0

126

0

J Spencer

Aidan O’Brien

2

FLY DOWN (USA)

57.0

123

0

J Leparoux

Nicholas P Zito

3

GIO PONTI (USA)

57.0

121

0

R Dominguez

Christophe Clement

4

GITANO HERNANDO (GB)

57.0

118

0

J Murtagh

Marco Botti

5

GOLDEN SWORD (GB)

57.0

117

0

K Shea

Mike de Kock

6

MONTEROSSO (GB)

57.0

115

0

M Barzalona

Mahmoud Al Zarooni

7

MUSIR (AUS)

57.0

117

0

C Soumillon

Mike de Kock

8

POET’S VOICE (GB)

57.0

122

0

L Dettori

Saeed bin Suroor

9

PRINCE BISHOP (IRE)

57.0

117

0

A Ajtebi

Saeed bin Suroor

10

RICHARD’S KID (USA)

57.0

119

0

R Mullen

Satish Seemar

11

TRANSCEND (JPN)

57.0

116

0

S Fujita

Takayuki Yasuda

12

TWICE OVER (GB)

57.0

125

0

T Queally

Henry Cecil

13

VICTOIRE PISA (JPN)

57.0

121

0

M Demuro

Katsuhiko Sumii

14

BUENA VISTA (JPN)

55.0

121

0

R Moore

Hiroyoshi Matsuda

* South African Connections Highlighted

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DUBAI WORLD CUP NIGHT : NOT JUST A FEW FINGERS

South Africa Racehorse Trainer Mike de Kock
South Africa Racehorse Trainer Mike de Kock

South African Trainer, Mike de Kock

(Image : Summerhill Stud)

DUBAI WORLD CUP NIGHT

26 March 2011

Mike de Kock’s stranglehold on the Dubai Racing Carnival’s trainer’s championship over the past decade has thrust him into the conjecture of horsemen across the globe, as to whether he is not the reigning king among racehorse conditioners. As complete as his dominance has been in the past several years, it’s an arguable proposition that this year he has a fistful of even better prospects for World Cup night.

Ask any group of Super Fifteen franchise coaches, and they’ll tell you it’s a long haul to the finals, and that as much as you might have a skilled team on your hands, you still need to have a minimum of interventions. Injury can lay the best plans to waste, and Mike de Kock will need all the elements on his side going into the grande finale, but on the face of what we’ve seen so far, he’ll have as formidable a hand as anybody’s ever had.

Bold Silvano must surely top his list of hopefuls for the $10 million Dubai World Cup itself, and it’s probable he will be backed up by Musir in that line-up.

From what he told us last week, and on the evidence of his showing on Friday evening, Golden Sword has put his hand up in no uncertain terms, with options for both the World Cup and the Sheema Classic (over 2400m, a distance at which he’s already excelled in Europe). While he’s been a hard knocker as a stallion in Europe, his sire High Chaparral is as hot-as-hell in the Southern Hemisphere, where he’s been represented by the likes of So You Think and Shootout in Australia, and Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifah Al Maktoum and Mary Slack have a proper sire prospect on their hands.

Any trainer would count himself happy with those three alone, but that’s not the end of Mike de Kock’s retinue. Raihana has already booked her place for the Duty Free, while River Jetez staked an enormous claim with her closing burst in Friday’s Balanchine (Gr.2). She looks to be in the form of her life, (yes, even better than on J&B Met day, when she put down the charge of her illustrious full brother, Pocket Power), and she would obviously have options in both the Duty Free and the Sheema Classic (she won the Gold Circle Oaks over the trip).

Dare we mention it, but our own Imbongi, third in last year’s Duty Free, must be a big runner in the Godolphin Mile, given his liking for the tapeta surface. He’s getting on a bit now, and has a bit of mileage on those wheels, so Mike thinks he’s a better prospect on the forgiving tapeta, as opposed to the turf. That means he probably won’t be defending his title in the Super Thursday edition of the Zabeel Mile (Gr.2), but he’ll be out there doing his stuff, either way. His younger brother Mahubo was a fast closing second on Thursday evening, and he’ll be squeezed back into the programme somewhere along the line, “Inshallah” (as they like to say in Dubai).

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DUBAI WORLD CUP 2010 FINAL FIELD

Well Armed wins the 2009 Dubai World Cup
Well Armed wins the 2009 Dubai World Cup

Click above to watch Well Armed winning the 2009 Dubai World Cup

(Image and Footage : HKTV)

$10,000,000 DUBAI WORLD CUP (Gr1)

Sponsored by Emirates Airline

Meydan All Weather 2000m

27 March 2010

#

Horse

Age

OR

Weight

Jockey

Trainer

1

ALLYBAR (IRE)

4

114

57.0

A Ajtebi

M Al Zarooni

2

GITANO HERNANDO (GB)

4

120

57.0

K Fallon

M Botti

3

RED DESIRE (JPN)

4

116

55.0

C Soumillon

M Matsunaga

4

GIO PONTI (USA)

5

125

57.0

R Dominguez

C Clement

5

GLORIA DE CAMPEAO (BRZ)

6

120

57.0

T Pereira

P Bary

6

VISION D’ETAT (FR)

5

123

57.0

O Peslier

E Libaud

7

LIZARD’S DESIRE (SAF)

4

116

57.0

K Shea

M de Kock

8

FURTHEREST LAND (USA)

5

115

57.0

J Leparoux

M Maker

9

CROWDED HOUSE (GB)

4

118

57.0

J Velazquez

B Meehan

10

RICHARD’S KID (USA)

5

119

57.0

G Gomez

B Baffert

11

TWICE OVER (GB)

5

123

57.0

T Queally

H Cecil

12

MASTERY (GB)

4

117

57.0

L Dettori

S bin Suroor

13

MR BROCK (SAF)

6

117

57.0

R Moore

M de Kock

14

AMOR DE POBRE (CHI)

5

113

57.0

A Gryder

J Barton

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THE DUBAI DUTY FREE, SA CLASSIC AND SA FILLIES CLASSIC

imbongi with sheikh mohammed bin khalifa al maktoum
imbongi with sheikh mohammed bin khalifa al maktoum

Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum, Yousaf Al Savegh and Sheikh Ahmed

with Christophe Soumillon and Imbongi following the Zabeel Mile

(Photo: Andrew Watkins / Mike de Kock Racing)

IMBONGI TAKES ON THE WORLD WHILE PIERRE JOURDAN AND FISANI

TAKE ON THE CREAM OF SOUTH AFRICA.

It’s official now. Imbongi runs the $2 million Dubai Duty Free (Gr.1) at the Dubai World Cup meeting next Saturday, and in the process he takes on some of the best in the world. It’s a big weekend for us, as our Triple Crown aspirants Pierre Jourdan and Fisani, will be re-engaging the might of the three-year-old crop in Johannesburg, for R2 million and R1 million respectively in the Colts and Fillies Classics on the same day. They will be joined in their endeavours by fellow Summerhill graduates Smanjemanje,HavashaandNyakatho, in what can be some of the defining moments in any farm’s history.

There are only two horses left in the country with a chance of becoming Triple Crown winners this year, and they are Pierre Jourdan and Fisani. You can bet your life there’ll be at least a thousand souls on this property praying for deliverance!

R2 MILLION SA CLASSIC (GRADE 1) 1800M TURF

TURFFONTEIN 27 MARCH 2010, 2ND LEG OF SA TRIPLE CROWN

FINAL FIELD

#

Horse

Kg

MR

Dr

Jockey

Trainer

1

PIERRE JOURDAN

57.5

109

14

D David

Gary Alexander

2

GALILEO’S GALAXY (AUS)

57.0

103

7

A Marcus

Charles Laird

3

HAVASHA

57.0

103

11

P Strydom

Mike de Kock

4

ANCESTRAL FORE

57.0

101

9

F Coetzee

Mike de Kock

5

FLYING TRISTRAM (AUS)

57.0

100

15

J Geroudis

Charles Laird

6

BULSARA

57.0

99

5

B Smith

Gavin van Zyl

7

IWANNADANCE

57.0

99

13

S Chambers

Roy Magner

8

SMANJEMANJE

57.0

99

12

S Khumalo

Tyrone Zackey

9

NYAKATHO

57.0

98

8

S Brown

Ernie Anderson

10

SERVICE ACE

57.0

98

1

G Lerena

Mike Azzie

11

IRISH FLAME

57.0

97

6

A Delpech

Mike de Kock

12

ORBISON

57.0

95

4

R Danielson

Herman Brown

13

ILIAD

57.0

90

10

G Wrogemann

Robbie Sage

14

HAPPY VALLEY (ARG)

57.0

88

3

C Orffer

Mike de Kock

15

WITTENBERG

57.0

87

16

R Hill

Gavin van Zyl

16

CAPTIVE WIND

57.0

80

2

M Odendaal

Weiho Marwing

R1 MILLION SA FILLIES CLASSIC (GRADE 1) 1800M TURF

TURFFONTEIN 27 MARCH 2010, 2ND LEG OF SA TRIPLE TIARA

FINAL FIELD

#

Horse

Kg

MR

Dr

Jockey

Trainer

1

FISANI

57.0

99

14

G Lerena

Mike de Kock

2

ALDERRY

57.0

98

1

J Geroudis

Mike de Kock

3

GENEROUS ANNA (AUS)

57.0

98

15

A Marcus

Charles Laird

4

JET TRAIL

57.0

97

12

B Smith

Alec Laird

5

QUALITY ALONE (AUS)

57.0

96

10

P Whitmore

Charles Laird

6

ALL AFIRE

57.0

93

5

P Strydom

Alec Laird

7

HERE TO WIN (BRZ)

57.0

93

9

A Delpech

Mike de Kock

8

SPICED GOLD

57.0

93

16

M Van Rensberg

Stuart Pettigrew

9

LAVERNA

57.0

92

4

F Coetzee

Mike de Kock

10

GOT PERSONALITY (ZIM)

57.0

88

3

*D Mansour

Mike de Kock

11

SWEETIE PIE

57.0

86

2

C Orffer

Mike de Kock

12

AUTUMN SPLENDOUR

57.0

83

13

D David

Alec Laird

13

BUTTONWWOD TREE

57.0

81

7

*JP vd Merwe

Mike Azzie

14

SALITA

57.0

80

8

G Wrogemann

Sean Tarry

15

REINE DU VICTOIRE

57.0

72

6

M Odendaal

Gary Alexander

16

CYCLONE BARBARA

57.0

71

11

G Figueroa

Wallace Tolmay

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Kiaran McLaughlin scoops Asiatic Boy and Honour Devil

kiaran mclaughlan (michael nefdt)

Kiaran McLaughlan
(Photos : DRC/Nafips)

 

Asiatic Boy and Honour Devil are likely heading for the tracks of the US where they will join the stable of Kiaran McLaughlin.

 

Reigning champion trainer of South Africa, Mike de Kock, saddled both of Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum’s runners to victories in the UAE Derby, with the former taking the event in 2007 and the latter winning a year ago.


Asiatic Boy is coming off a disappointing result in the Dubai World Cup (Gr1), where he finished back in 12th, from the field of 14.

“We will assess options for Asiatic Boy when we see how he has come out of Saturday, as he had a hard race,” Mike de Kock told The Racing Post from Dubai, adding that Asiatic Boy returned from the race coughing. “However, it is quite likely he (Asiatic Boy) and Honour Devil will go to Kiaran McLaughlin for the New York summer season. Asiatic Boy will probably then retire to Argentina and Honour Devil come back, hopefully for a World Cup bid. Saturday was disappointing. Asiatic Boy had won well on Super Thursday, but a slow start and traffic problems in the World Cup soon had him in trouble. He is obviously far better than that and came back coughing and just was not able to show how good he is, which is a shame. But that’s racing, and he will have another big day, I am sure, in America.”

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“PARIS” almost PERFECT in Dubai

Paris Perfect (Muhtafal)
(Photo : Robin Bruss/Summerhill)

For all the big race action back home, the performance of the weekend, at least from a Summerhill perspective, belonged to Muhtafal’s son, Paris Perfect, in the Dubai World Cup (Gr.1) proper. In stark contrast to earlier years, his 3rd to Well Armed in the richest race on earth was a powerful tribute to his sire as well as his breeder, Gail Fabricius, not to mention the exertions of the Bruss brothers, Robin and Neil, who got him there for Prince Faisal of Saudi Arabia.

Astonishing isn’t it, that a little fellow who started out life on a farm 10kms outside the shabbiest little dorp in the Midlands, then earned his laurels in comparatively modest Port Elizabeth, should stand up when the heat of battle calls, and say “count on me”.

As we’ve so often said, “if we were going to war, Muhtafal would be our general”.

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MUHTAFAL : The General Has Spoken

MUHTAFAL
“WHEN THE GENERAL SPEAKS, THE TROOPS STAND TO ATTENTION”

We’ve always said, if we were going to war, Muhtafal would be our man, and no statement could be more emphatic than his leadership, once again, of this season’s Stakes winners log.

As dependable a “getter” of Black type runners as any stallion in the nation, Muhtafal’s enduring occupation of the top echelons of our sires’ ranks, is a tribute to a horse who’s only just getting the opportunities he deserves.

Bottom line: Get in before they get out of reach.

 

LEADING SIRES BY STAKES WINNERS 2009

MUHTAFAL 4*
NATIONAL EMBLEM 4*
WESTERN WINTER 4
STRIKE SMARTLY 4
JET MASTER 3
AL MUFTI 3
JALLAD 3

Figures : Sporting Post 22 March 2009
* Made it at Summerhill


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DUBAI WORLD CUP 2009 - WELL ARMED

Dubai World Cup (Gr1) 2009
2000m Dirt
28 March 2009
Nad Al Sheba, Dubai

Results :

1st: Well Armed (Tiznow)
2nd: Gloria De Campeao (Impression)
3rd: Paris Perfect (Muhtafal)

Time: 2:01.01