• · WinStar Three-Broad in World Cup
• · Suave Richard Units Sights on Sheema
• · Bravazo World Cup-Sure
• · Meydan Dash Step One for Blue Level
• · Watson Chats Kimbear, Muntazah & Pop the Hood
• · Good Curry Spices Up Thursday Card
• · Poetic Allure Able to Disarm
WINSTAR THREE-WIDE IN WORLD CUP
Whereas Godolphin and Coolmore are the reigning superpowers of worldwide racing and breeding, Kenny Trout’s WinStar Farm is just not far behind as far as affect. The Versailles, Kentucky, operation is rising alongside a lot of the identical strains as the 2 aforementioned titans, with a strong racing operation, far-reaching breeding program and a 22-stallion roster that anchors on confirmed, world-class horseflesh reminiscent of Tiznow, Speightstown, Pioneerof the Nile and Distorted Humor.
With a slogan of “Assume Huge: Breed WinStar,” it isn’t a shock
that racing ‘massive’ can also be on the docket—and that’s simply what President,
CEO and Racing Supervisor Elliott Walden has confirmed relating to this
yr’s $12 million Dubai World Cup sponsored by Emirates Airline (Group
1). The operation plans to probably begin three horses on the earth’s
Candidates embrace Invoice Mott-trained Yoshida (pictured above), Jerry
Hollendorfer-trained Battle of Halfway and Todd Pletcher-trained Audible.
Yoshida, a G1 winner on turf and dust, was fourth in November’s
Breeders’ Cup Basic (G1), ending a stride shy of passing 2018 Dubai
World Cup winner Thunder Snow. Breeders’ Cup Filth Mile (G1) winner
Battle of Halfway exits a recreation win within the San Pasqual (G2) over McKinzie,
a horse many have been already planning to make the early favorite for the
Dubai World Cup earlier than stated upending. Audible is a G1 winner who has gained
his final 5 begins on dry filth, however was third within the 2018 Kentucky
Derby (G1) behind Justify and fifth final out within the Pegasus World Cup
Invitational (G1)—each over sloppy surfaces.
“We’re taking a look at (operating) all three,” Walden confirmed. “(Yoshida
and Battle of Halfway) are particular. I’ll converse to Todd (Pletcher,
coach) after Audible works this weekend.”
Whereas WinStar, alone, is a strong proprietor, which was by no means extra
evident than when its Properly Armed introduced the curtain down on Nad Al
Sheba within the 2009 Dubai World Cup sponsored by Emirates Airline (G1),
aligning itself with energy gamers corresponding to China Horse Membership, Starlight
Racing Sol Kumin and Don Alberto Stables has allowed the burgeoning
operation to persistently be a part of the classics, in addition to different
high-profile occasions like Royal Ascot, Breeders’ Cup and Pegasus.
WinStar, China Horse Membership, Kumin’s Head of Plains Companions and Starlight
have been additionally the 4 house owners of 2018 Triple Crown winner Justify and
collectively personal each Yoshida and Audible.
Elliott, himself, is not any stranger to doing properly in Dubai. In his
earlier profession as a coach, he began 4 on Dubai World Cup night time,
together with Victory Gallop (third, 1999) and Ecton Park (fifth, 2000) within the
Dubai World Cup, in addition to Guess Me Greatest (third, 2000 Dubai Golden Shaheen)
and Mr. John (sixth, 2003 Godolphin Mile).
SUAVE RICHARD SETS SIGHTS ON SHEEMA
One factor already seems to make sure for the turf races on Dubai World Cup night time: Japan will doubtless maintain a scorching hand. With the successes of such luminaries as Admire Moon, Gentildonna and Simply A Method within the previous, it’s no shock that the Japanese will not be afraid to throw some of their greatest inventory this manner to be able to take house a piece of the mixed $12 million in purses between the Dubai Turf sponsored by DP World (G1) and Longines Dubai Sheema Basic (G1).
Suave Richard is probably not a recognized identify outdoors of Japan, like his
pleasant rival Rey de Oro, however he’s more likely to be a part of stated champion within the
gate for the $6 million Longines Dubai Sheema Basic on Mar. 30.
Coach Yasushi Shono confirmed with Japanese media representatives that
the 2410m turf race was the goal for the Nicks Co. Ltd.-owned son of
2006 winner Coronary heart’s Cry.
Rated a lofty 121, Suave Richard was a rousing winner of the Osaka
Hai (G1) over 2000m in April and has confirmed to be one of many extra
versatile runners in Japan, together with third-place finishes within the 1600m
Yasuda Kinen (G1) and 2400m Japan Cup (G1). His different victories embrace
wins within the 2000m Kinko Sho (G2) and 2500m Copa Republica Argentina (G2)
inside a 5-for-13 profession that has earned him roughly $Four.eight million.
BRAVAZO WORLD CUP-BOUND
The sector for the $12 million Dubai World Cup sponsored by Emirates Airline (G1) of 2019 continues to develop in depth. In previous renewals, superstars similar to Arrogate, Dubai Millennium and California Chrome dominated the headlines, however this yr the race seems to be wide-open and ripe for a brand new celebrity to be topped.
One other throwing his proverbial hat into that ring is Bravazo, who
would characterize a primary Dubai runner for iconic American conditioner D.
Wayne Lukas. The four-time U.S. champion coach has circled the 2000m
occasion as his subsequent goal for his Grade 2-winning son of Superior Once more
and seems to have the horse coming into the race in prime type.
Lukas confirmed with Oaklawn Park media officers that the Dubai
World Cup is the plan for the bay Four-year-old colt and that he’ll practice
at Oaklawn in Scorching Springs, Arkansas—his winter base—till he ships to
the UAE in mid-March.
Carrying the colors of probably the most prolific possession in U.S. racing
historical past, Calumet Farm, Bravazo has knocked heads with a number of the prime
filth horses in America during the last yr and exits a fourth-place
end within the $9 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) at
Gulfstream Park. Beforehand, he was second within the Clark Handicap (G1),
third within the Breeders’ Cup Dust Mile (G1) and positioned in three different
Grade 1 occasions, together with coming inside a half-length of defeating
Justify within the Preakness Stakes (G1).
MEYDAN SPRINT STEP ONE FOR BLUE POINT
The very best-profile horse declared to race on Thursday night time at Meydan Racecourse, Godolphin’s Group 1 winner Blue Level headlines the Group 2 $250,000 Meydan Dash over 1000m on turf, a race during which he was second final yr to the late, nice Ertijaal. The well-regarded son of Shamardal is trying to make amends this yr—not just for stated runner-up end, but in addition for a Dubai tenure that by no means really reached its potential, because of a subsequent veterinary scratch on the gate of the next Al Quoz Dash sponsored by Azizi Developments (G1).
One yr later, a lot has occurred for the Charlie Appleby trainee.
After his Al Quoz quagmire, he completed down the sector within the Chairman’s
Dash Prize (G1) in Hong Kong after delivery in subpar style.
Criticism naturally started to come up that the bay cost was an overrated
type—however that was shortly quelled when he stamped out a few of the prime
turf sprinters on the planet in Royal Ascot’s King’s Stand Stakes (G1)
over the identical distance he’ll sprint on Thursday night time.
Final seen ending a considerably disappointing third within the Nunthorpe
Stakes (G1) in the course of the Yorkshire Ebor Pageant, Blue Level will begin
his marketing campaign with the Al Quoz Dash on Dubai World Cup night time in his
sights as soon as once more.
“He has been coaching properly,” Appleby stated. “He was disappointing in
the Nunthorpe and got here up with a unclean scope afterwards. We knew then
that his future can be in Dubai through the Carnival.”
Thursday’s race seems to be a neater activity for the six-time winner. A
small subject, together with the David Hayes-trained Australian a number of
Group 2 winner Faatinah, will oppose. Appleby thus expressed confidence
in his runner’s possibilities.
“His preparation for the race has gone nicely,” he concluded. “He
ought to come ahead off the race like he did final yr, although. He’s
eight kilos away from the others within the subject, is a Group 1 winner and
doubtless the horse to beat. We’re very happy with him proper now.”
WATSON CHATS KIMBEAR, MUNTAZAH & POP THE HOOD
Doug Watson is aware of what it takes to win the $1.5 million Godolphin Mile sponsored by Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Metropolis—District One (G1), having tasted success with each Second Summer time and the lately retired One Man Band. This week’s $200,000 Firebreak Stakes (G3) sees the reappearance of two of the main coach’s headline horses who every hope to earn their approach to the 1600m affair: Sheikh Rashid bin Humaid Al Nuaimi’s Kimbear (pictured above, middle) and Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s Muntazah.
One other son of Dubawi who’s proving to be efficient on dust,
Muntazah confirmed means in England throughout stints with Barry Hills and
Owen Burrows. This included a 3rd within the Royal Lodge (G2) as a
2-year-old. Second within the 2018 renewal of the Godolphin Mile (G2) to
Heavy Metallic (his first run on dust), Muntazah completed a promising third
behind fellow Dubawi offspring North America within the Al Maktoum
Problem R1 on Jan. 10. The 6-year-old held an entry for final week’s Al
Maktoum Problem Spherical 2 (G2) however was not declared.
“He acquired slightly steadfast (tied up) on declaration day final week,”
Watson stated. “It was delicate; he simply acquired overly excited behind horses
cantering, feeling actually good. It was unusual, nevertheless it occurred.
Hopefully it doesn’t occur once more.
“We had needed to run him within the (1900m) Maktoum Problem, however this
is the subsequent logical spot, since he’s run so nicely at 1600m in Spherical 1 and
was second within the Godolphin Mile final yr,” Watson continued. “The
good factor is he’s in an excellent type. He’s come again and labored actually
nicely. We’d attempt him (going 2000m) within the (Group 1 Al Maktoum
Problem Spherical three on Mar. 9), however what we’ll probably do is enter
him in each races if he will get to Tremendous Saturday (together with the Group three
Burj Nahaar over 1600m). I feel he can keep the journey. Some say he
didn’t keep in England, however he ran some large races towards some very
good horses there.”
Kimbear is due a stakes success at Meydan and can probably be
well-fancied racing over the identical course and distance as his victory in
final yr’s Burj Nahaar (G3). The 5-year-old son of Temple Metropolis has
completed out of the cash solely twice in seven runs at Meydan and was
second forward of Muntazah within the Al Maktoum Problem R1 (G2) on Jan. 10.
He seems to be to go one higher this time round.
“He ran an amazing race final time and North America is clearly an
distinctive horse, however we thought that despite the fact that he was second, we
have been anticipating a much bigger run,” Watson defined. “The subsequent day, we discovered a
quarter crack and he had overreached badly. His foot has grown a bit
awkwardly, so that may make him just a little weaker there. Since then,
although, we’ve had a pleasant clear run with him and clearly we expect so much
of him. It’s a troublesome race with horses like Secret Ambition (above,
left) and Heavy Metallic (above, far proper), so we gained’t take something for
Thursday’s undercard has some aggressive contests and Watson has
Contact Gold Racing’s intriguing Pop the Hood entered within the $135,000
Handicap over 1200m, having his second run within the UAE.
“He’s a really quick and gifted horse and we expect extremely of him,” he
concluded. “Final out, it was his first run shortly and the whole lot
that would go flawed, went incorrect. He stumbled out and didn’t get the
cleanest of journeys after that. He ought to transfer ahead, hopefully, right here.
The race seems fairly open.”
GOOD CURRY SPICES UP THURSDAY CARD
Some of the widespread horses in Turkey is about to make his native bow on Thursday, the amusingly named Good Curry. Taking over some (appropriately) salty rivals within the $135,000 1200m handicap, the three-time Group 1 winner has been coaching properly regionally beneath Turkish jockey Ismail Koyuncu. Named after American skilled basketball participant Stephen Curry II, the Bayram Kocakaya-trained horse will probably be dealing with robust rivals in twin Grade three dash winner Switzerland, Contact Gold Racing’s Pop the Hood, Godolphin’s Victory Wave and the properly handicapped Lavaspin.
“He’s a really variety horse and you may ask him to do something,” stated
proprietor Ismail Hadioglu by way of a translator. “In the mean time, he’s match
sufficient. He simply had round 50 days of relaxation earlier than he got here right here. Perhaps he
has a bit situation, however a 1200m race I feel he can win. The primary
goal shall be on the ninth of March (the Mahab Al Shimaal (G3)). After
the ninth, we’ll go for the (Dubai Golden) Shaheen (G1) if there’s a
probability. It’s his first time (right here), he must get round after which we
will determine. In Turkey, he was racing the other method (right-handed).”
The son of Sharp Humor has raced over numerous distances, notching
a number of Group 2 wins over 2000m on the filth and all climate in his
native Turkey. Nevertheless, he rose to fame by profitable on the highest degree
over 1500m 3 times, posting a mean profitable margin of about three
“He’s a really quick horse; likes to go ahead,” Hadioglu stated. “Right here
in Dubai, this can be a totally different monitor. I can’t determine precisely. We’ll see
(how he’s positioned early). The jockey (Halis Karatas) could be very
skilled and is the champion jockey in Turkey. He’ll determine on the
greatest tactic. Something can occur and alter on this race.”
Koyuncu has additionally been aboard Peri Lina, an immensely in style Turkish
filly who will tackle a tall order within the Group 2 Balanchine on
Thursday. She exits an off-the-board end within the Group 2 Cape Verdi
towards most of the similar foes. The transfer up in distance by 200m might
help the Hasan Boyraz-trained filly, who has posted Group 1 victories
over 2100m twice, in addition to making her mark as a Group 1-winning miler.
“Peri Lina is excellent,” stated common rider Ismail Koyuncu. “She’s
reached an excellent level at Meydan. The (Cape Verdi) was a really robust race
for her. She has began to turn into recent and is a lot better now.”
Displaying a contact of character when taking her time to load, the
four-year-old filly jumped away from the remaining when the gates flew open
throughout her final begin.
“She’s okay now,” Koyoncu continued. “We train her every single day. We take our
time and check out to not rush her. She has grow to be used now (to the
environment). We now have already finished some education. She’s a lot better
now, I can say that.”
Racing in counter-clockwise course for the primary time, the Peri
Lina may have gained expertise and a health edge from her mile
outing. Cape Verdi victress Poetic Allure will search to make it a Cape
Verdi-Balanchine double, achieved by Promising Run final yr, however the
additional furlong will go well with her Turkish challenger.
“Within the winter time we couldn’t discover any races for her,” Koyuncu
stated. “They run the Group races in the summertime. This time I really feel she will
do a lot better. She likes longer distance, that was a mile and it was
her first outing.”
POETIC CHARM READY TO DISARM
Godolphin’s Charlie Appleby-trained Poetic Allure towers over her fellow fillies and mares in Thursday’s $250,000 Group 2 Balanchine and appears to emulate her overpowering four-length native debut within the Cape Verdi (G2) over 1600m final month. The half-sister to Teofilo earned her second win over a mile within the course of and will probably be trying new territory when stepping as much as 1800m for the primary time in her profession.
“She’s been doing properly,” Appleby stated. “She hasn’t achieved a lot work
since her win and has been taking it straightforward. We believed the mile to be
her optimum journey, however she galloped out properly within the Cape Verdi. 9 to
10 furlongs is unknown territory, so we’ll attempt to see what occurs.
Hopefully it’s going to open up some choices.”
A small area will go to submit for the Balanchine, with Poetic Appeal
the highest-rated runner within the area with Cape Verdi runner-up Asoof
and a number of G1 winner Furia Cruzada re-opposing. Victory on Thursday
could have connections dreaming of larger issues to return, with turf
riches luring the royally bred daughter of Dubai to return to Europe.
“The Balanchine area consists of the identical horses she beat on her
first outing right here,” Appleby concluded. “We expect she is going to do nicely. This
might be her final run right here after which she is going to possible return to
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