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Mastery to Claiborne Upon Retirement

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 


Mastery | Benoit photo

Undefeated Grade I winner and ‘TDN Rising Star‘ Mastery (Candy Ride {Arg}–Steady Course, by Old Trieste), injured following a dominant performance in the GII San Felipe S., will stand at Claiborne Farm in Paris, Kentucky upon his retirement, according to a press release issued by the farm Tuesday morning. The 3-year-old colt is a perfect four-for-four in his career, with wins in the GI Los Alamitos CashCall Futurity, GIII Bob Hope S. and the San Felipe.

Following his seven-length win in the San Felipe, his first start of the season, Mastery was quickly pulled up by jockey Mike Smith and subsequent X-rays revealed a condylar fracture in his left front leg. The bay underwent successful surgery Mar. 13, according to the press release, which quoted Baffert as saying he was “back at the barn and looking good.”

“He’ll stay there for at least a month,” Baffert continued. “We’ll just wait. It takes like 90 days for that to heal up, and then we’ll decide (if he’ll race again). Right now our main concern is to make sure he’s comfortable and happy.”

Said owner Everett Dobson, “It’s possible for horses to come back from a condylar fracture, but he’ll have to be 100% to go back into training. He’s a very exciting stallion prospect; he showed brilliance on the track. If he does retire, he’d retire undefeated, and by a very hot sire with a very good pedigree, so that’s the positive side. We look forward to him standing at Claiborne Farm upon retirement, whenever that may be. Given their tradition and reputation in the marketplace for making top stallions, we felt it was a great fit for Mastery.”

“Clearly, his pedigree and race record make him an exciting stallion prospect,” said Claiborne’s Bernie Sams. “He’s in good hands and has a bright future no matter what.”

Accorded Rising Star status for his six-furlong debut at Santa Anita Oct. 22 (video), Mastery led throughout to annex the Bob Hope in his next start Nov. 19 (video), then romped by better than seven lengths when trying two turns for the first time in the CashCall Futurity (video). Mike Smith was merely a passenger in the San Felipe, as the duo cruised home 6 3/4 lengths to the good of GII San Vicente S. hero Iliad (Ghostzaper) (video), an effort good for a 105 Beyer Speed Figure, the highest recorded by any 3-year-old thus far in 2017.

Mastery was bred in Kentucky by Stone Farm from Steady Course, a winning daughter of MGSP Steady Cat (Storm Cat) and closely related to GSW & GISP Jump Start (A.P. Indy). Stone Farm’s Arthur Hancock paid $20,000 to acquire Steady Course, not in foal at the time, at the 2009 Keeneland November Sale. Mastery was purchased for $425,000 by Cromwell Bloodstock, agent, at the 2015 Keeneland September sale, and is a half-brother to stakes winner Clear Sailing (Empire Maker).


Second-Crop NA & EU Sires by YTD NA & EU Earnings

There’s a new number one on the Leading Second-Crop NA & EU Sires by YTD Earnings list! After ‘TDN Rising Star’ Malagacy’s thrilling victory in the GII Risen Star S. on Saturday his sire, Shackleford, gets top billing and becomes the first second-crop sire to hit $1 million in progeny earnings in 2017. Fellow Darby Dan stallion Dialed In moves to the second spot on the list, followed by Lane’s End’s Union Rags, Crestwood’s Get Stormy and Darley’s Helmet (Aus)–the only stallion standing in Europe to crack the top five. 
fonte : TDN

Dubai World Cup 2017 , Trackwork Notes, March 21, 2017

Trackwork Notes from our team of journalists, with updates on and build -up to all nine races to be held Dubai World Cup Day March 21, 2017

Group 1 US$10m Dubai World Cup sponsored by Emirates Airline – 2000m (Dirt)

Special Fighter (IRE) – Maria Ritchie, trainer, said: “To have a Dubai World Cup runner, one who was fourth in the race last year, is very exciting having only had a licence a month and he ran well on Super Saturday.

“He needed that first run of the season and we just have to hope for a kind draw on Wednesday.”

Furia Cruzada (CHI) – Antonio Fresu, jockey, said: “She won well in the Al Maktoum Challenge Round 2, when she needed the run, and would have been closer on Super Saturday with a smoother passage. She stays well and we are looking forward to a big run from her.”

Mubtaahij (IRE) – Jockey Christophe Soumillon said: “He travelled very strongly on his one run this year and I was not hard on him under a big weight after a long break. He was an excellent second in this last year and seems in similar form in another strong renewal with Arrogate looking the one we have to beat.”

Long River (USA) – Jockey Mickael Barzalona said: “We were not surprised when he won on Super Saturday; we knew he was capable of that kind of performance but he will need to raise his game again on Saturday.”

Gold Dream (JPN) – Went two easy laps around Meydan’s dirt course early on Tuesday morning. Assistant trainer Mitsuhiro Horibe said: “He is training as he normally does. We schooled in the paddock today as well. He seems to be handling this dirt surface just fine.”

Arrogate (USA) – A day after he breezed about 800m at Meydan, Arrogate spent a peaceful morning on Tuesday in the quarantine barn area.

“They just walked and it was nice and cool for them, which was great,” said trainer Bob Baffert, referring to Arrogate and his stablemate and fellow Dubai World Cup contender Hoppertunity (USA). Baffert added that he plans to send both horses out to gallop on Wednesday morning prior to the draw for the Dubai World Cup.

Dana Barnes, an assistant to Baffert who has been riding both horses in their morning work, reported that Arrogate was “just perfect” in his brief drill on Monday. “He was a little aggressive early on, so I kind of geared down on him a little, but Bob told me (via a radio connection) to pick it up a little. I was afraid to pick it up too much because he can go from zero to 60 pretty quick,” she said with a laugh.
Arrogate moved superbly over the Meydan dirt and seems to be thriving prior to Saturday’s race.

“His stride is just unbelievable. I’ve never ridden him on any track that he didn’t handle, and he was just beautiful yesterday,” Barnes said. “And he bounced back to the barn – he doesn’t usually do that on the way home, but he was bouncing yesterday.”
Hoppertunity (USA)—Joining his stablemate Arrogate, Hoppertunity enjoyed a leisurely Tuesday morning in the quarantine barn area, venturing out for a quiet walk a day after he worked an easy 800m at Meydan. 

“Both are doing great. They’re eating everything and they are just doing perfectly,” Baffert said.

Hoppertunity, who finished third in last year’s Dubai World Cup, “was very happy” during his Monday workout and “just loves it here” in Dubai, said exercise rider and assistant trainer Dana Barnes.

“He and Arrogate both love the big windows in the back of their stalls. They look out those windows and watch everything. They are really doing great,” she said.
Keen Ice (USA)—Arriving shortly after 5am and followed the daily plan trainer Todd Pletcher has designed for his three Dubai World Cup programme contenders by galloping about 2200m. By going out during the earliest training time slot for international runners, he also gained the experience of conditions similar to race night by seeing the track under bright stadium-style lighting. 

 “Keen Ice is doing unbelievable,” said exercise rider Nick Bush. “He’s hitting the ground really well.”

Keen Ice can be a challenge to ride, reported Bush, who explained that he can try to grab hold of the bit and take off with his rider.

“He’s so big, he can run off with you,” he added. “But if you give him his head, he’ll relax, and he’s totally chilled out over here. He gets over this track so easy and so well.”

Since Keen Ice has handled the journey to Dubai and his training at Meydan so superbly and also thrives over the 2000m distance of the Dubai World Cup, Bush is optimistic about his chances in the race.

“There should be no excuses – no reason that he shouldn’t show up,” he said.
Neolithic (USA) Galloped about 2200m on Tuesday morning with his ears pricked most of the way.

“He’s blossoming,” said Nick Bush, who rode the colt during the 7am training slot for international runners at Meydan and also has ridden his two Todd Pletcher-trained stablemates at various times this week.

“He feels good and I like him a lot,” Bush added of Neolithic. “It seems that he likes the surface here.”

The major question about Neolithic, Bush said, will be how he handles the final part of the 2000m Dubai World Cup since he weakened somewhat in the latter stages of the Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes over about 1800m that was won by Arrogate on January 28 at Gulfstream Park.
All three Pletcher trainees were scheduled to school in the Meydan parade ring on Tuesday evening.

Lani (USA) – The 2016 UAE Derby winner, who competed in all legs of the Triple Crown in the USA last year, cantered two laps over the dirt course.
Assistant trainer Katsuyuki Kido said: “Everything has gone well as planned.”

Awardee (USA)- The Mikio Matsunaga-trained seven-year-old cantered two laps over dirt.

Assistant trainer Katsuyuki Kido said: “He has not been familiarised with the new surroundings, so he worked behind Lani and ran along with him to have him concentrate more. Once Awardee came up with Lani, he launched himself a bit and moved nicely.  Jockey Yutaka Take will gallop tomorrow.”

Group 1 US$6m Dubai Turf sponsored by DP World, 1800m (Turf)

Zarak (FR) – With stable companion Vazirabad (FR), they followed their lead horse onto the main track before they jogged and then did a slow canter. 

Antoine Creton, travelling head lad for Alain de Royer Dupre. was on board the leader.

“He said: “We just jogged and then I led them once round the track in a slow canter. The trainer is coming tomorrow.” 

Heshem (IRE) – Trainer Christophe Ferland arrived on Tuesday morning in time to see Heshem come out onto the track.

Ferland said: “The horse did a little canter over about 1000m. It was just a little jogging to put him right. I think we will canter him properly tomorrow and then maybe give him a lung opener, which should put him right for the big night.”

Heshem will be Christophe Ferland’s first starter on Dubai World Cup night and he added: “I’m surprised how well he has travelled over here. He lost very little weight and the weight he did lose, he has already put back on, so it’s all good.”

Opal Tiara (IRE) – Lesley White, trainer Mick Channon’s long-serving travelling head groom, said: “He did the same as yesterday, just cantered for 1600m. We’ll go on the main track tomorrow for a bit of a blow, then lob along Thursday and Friday and keep our fingers crossed for Saturday.”

Mutakayyef (GB) – William Haggas’s charge looked in good shape as he appeared on the grass training track just after 8am. Colm Sharkey was in the saddle as the six-year-old had a canter with a lead horse and Sheihzayedroad (GB).

Vivlos (JPN) – Circled the dirt course once, with a 400m brisk canter once in the stretch. Assistant trainer Shinji Yasuda said: “We didn’t have a lot of time to work this morning since we wanted to school in the paddock, but since her major work is tomorrow, she didn’t need much more. She is all set for her final gallop. She is in great shape.”

Debt Collector (NZ) – Cantered on training track. Trainer Cliff Brown said: “He’s settling in better. At first it was all a bit new to him. He’s a young horse and it was a change to the routine. But he’s eating up well and his bodyweight is in the range that he would race at back home.

“He’s the best horse in Singapore but this is a very strong race and that is the main problem we face. It’s like he’s moving from the goldfish bowl to the wide open ocean.” 

Ribchester (IRE) – Again an early-starter and repeated Monday’s routine, clocking in at shortly after 5am with a steady canter round Meydan’s main dirt track. William Buick takes the ride on the Godolphin-owned four-year-old, having been in the saddle for his two 2016 wins, as well as two narrowly-beaten places in the 2,000 Guineas and Queen Elizabeth II Stakes.
Mondialiste (IRE) –  Landed valuable prizes for Yorkshire trainer David O’Meara in the US and Canada since September 2015 and continued his low-key preparation for his first outing in Dubai. He completed a leisurely, one-circuit canter on the turf training track.
Decorated Knight (GB) cantered two circuits of the dirt training track at a very steady pace, as he prepares for his second outing over course and distance at Meydan. He broke through into Group 1-winning company earlier this month with a neck victory under Saturday’s rider Andrea Atzeni.

Group 1 US$6m Longines Dubai Sheema Classic, 2410m (Turf) 

Postponed (IRE) – Trainer Roger Varian is due in on Wednesday, and preparation on the all-weather training track was overseen by his assistant, Will Johnson.

“He just had a nice blow, very much in line with what he did yesterday,” said Johnson.

“He’s nice and alert. It depends on the weather, but he’ll either do a faster piece of tomorrow or Thursday once Roger and Andrea Atzeni are in town.”

Highland Reel (IRE) and Seventh Heaven (IRE) – Arrived safely from Ireland at Meydan’s international stables early on Tuesday morning, spearheading the biggest Ballydoyle team at the meeting. Trainer Aidan O’Brien will be represented in five races as he mounts an all-out attempt to build on a record of three winners from 22 previous runners. The nine-strong party flew from Shannon and having travelled in two horseboxes from Dubai airport, were familiarising themselves with their new surroundings by 8am, ahead of the obligatory 48-hour period of quarantine.

Sounds of Earth (JPN) – Cantered over the dirt course. Assistant trainer Masaoki Nakata said: “My horse has been getting relaxed and felt great.  He had some piece of work in Japan and I didn’t give him too much to do over the turf course, so we would be working him entirely on dirt through the week.”

Group 1 US$2m Dubai Golden Shaheen sponsored by Gulf News, 1200m (Dirt)

Dundonnell (USA) – The gelding did not appear on the main track.
“I just kept him in the trotting ring and he just had a nice trot back around there for about 30 minutes,” trainer Caspar Fownes said. “Everything’s alright with him.
“His level of fitness is good. His last two runs have been pretty respectable efforts so we’re hoping if we get a good gate there’s a chance he could pick up a cheque again. The competition’s going be tough for the big night but his form’s pretty good and he looks well. He seems to handle the surface pretty good.”

Reynaldothewizard (USA) – Richard Mullen, jockey, said: “It looks a strong race but you know he will give his best and should be staying on in the straight.”

Cool Cowboy (USA)  - Pat Dobbs, jockey, said: “Reverting to sprinting has suited him this year and, unlike most, he does not mind the kickback so the draw is not so vital with him.”

My Catch (IRE) – Sam Hitchcott, jockey, said: “Granted a low draw he can run a big race so fingers crossed we get a nice gate on Wednesday.”

Morawij (GB) – Chris Hayes, jockey, said: “He is tough and the 1200m is ideal for him at Meydan. We had the worst possible draw when third last year but a better one when he won on Super Saturday. Hopefully we get a decent gate again in which case he will make them go.”

Muarrab (GB) – Jim Crowley, jockey, said: “Holding him up on Super Saturday did not suit him so I imagine we will ride him positively so, hopefully, we get a draw to help with that. He looked good winning this last year and can hopefully.

“It looks a strong race but you know he will give his best and should be staying on in the straight.”

St Joe Bay (USA) – Walked the shed row at the quarantine facility at Meydan and is expected to breeze on Wednesday, with trainer Peter Miller scheduled to arrive in Dubai on Tuesday evening.

Dios Corrida (JPN) – The three-year-old had a two-lap maintenance work over the Meydan dirt course. Assistant trainer Yoshinori Unoki said: “We went for a two lap canter today over the dirt course, our usual work routine, setting him up for his fast work tomorrow morning. Tomorrow we will go 1200m.”

Notlistenin’tome (AUS) – Remained in quarantine trotting ring. Assistant trainer George Moore said: “We stayed in the trotting ring. I have nothing much to report but I guess that’s what you want. He is eating and drinking well. The plan is that he will do a lap and a half of the main track tomorrow.”

Imperial Hint (USA)—After a small amount of fluid was detected in his right lung during an ultrasound examination on Monday afternoon, he was withdrawn as he had to be treated with medication for what was apparently a minor infection.

Trainer Luis Carvajal Jr was greatly disappointed by the development but is glad that the four-year-old is expected to recover quickly.

“This was like a one in two million chance for me to be here this year, so I don’t know when my next chance will be. It would be a miracle to come again,” said Carvajal. “I’m really sad not to be able to participate.”

Imperial Hint arrived in Dubai with a slight fever, which is not unusual in horses being transported over long distances.

“This can happen to any horse,” Carvajal said, adding that treatment became important when the fluid was detected in order to avoid the danger of pneumonia developing in the lungs.

“We’ve got to be very careful about this. It seems that he will have enough time to recuperate and go back home on March 29 with the rest of the (American-based) horses. It’s very good that the horse will be fine. Everything will be alright but it will be bittersweet to be here and watch the races.

“This was a wonderful opportunity to come here to Dubai and be a part of this beautiful festival, and I wish it would have been a different scenario.”

Stallwalkin’ Dude (USA)— Galloped 1200m on the dirt course Tuesday at 7am. In attendance was assistant trainer Howard Jacobson, son of head trainer and co-owner David, who will be supervising the dark bay gelding’s conditioning through the race. 

“He galloped well today and yesterday,” Jacobson said. “He’s a great horse with a lot of class and heart and we’re happy to be here with him. 

“We’re sticking to the routine and are going to let him run his race,” he continued. “We’re going to breeze him on Thursday or we might even do that tomorrow. His training hasn’t really changed since the day we got here.

“He’s a closer, so hopefully there will be pace,” Jacobson said. “With Imperial Hint out, St Joe Bay has to be the pace in there. We hope someone goes out with him.”

The Jacobson yard has sent only one other runner to Dubai in the past. In 2015, Salutos Amigos (USA) ran eighth in the Dubai Golden Shaheen, while also co-owned by his conditioner. 

“My father’s experience before definitely helped,” Jacobson said. “Knowing which horse to send is obviously key and knowing the track and the routine out here is very important. It was a good experience for my father last time and he wanted me to experience it here this time. Everything is world class here. It’s amazing.”

Mind Your Biscuits (USA) – Put his final serious track work to bed on Tuesday morning in advance of Saturday’s race. The chestnut came out at 5am amid rain showers and blew out 400m down the dirt course’s home stretch with trainer Chad Summers looking on from the grandstand. The Grade 1 winner then galloped out strongly around the bend.

“That’s why we bring our team out with us these days,” Summers said. “You want everything to go perfectly and it did. He blew out with (400m) in (22.20 seconds) to the wire. He galloped out in (37.40 seconds for 600m) and 52 (seconds for 800m). Everything was perfect. We put some air in his lungs and now we know he likes the track. Now we just wait for the draw tomorrow and keep our fingers crossed.” 

Group 1 US$1m Al Quoz Sprint sponsored by Azizi Developments, 1200m (Turf)

Ertijaal (IRE) – Jockey Jim Crowley said: “I am really looking forward to Saturday and he is working very well indeed. The distance is not going to be a problem and he has won over 1400m as well. He must have a great chance of going one better than his second of last year.”

Final Venture (GB) – Paul Midgley, trainer, said: “He just had a canter on the training track. He’s fit and ready to go so we don’t need to do much more with him.”

Long On Value (USA) – Had a 400m “blow-out” through the Meydan stretch under exercise rider Megan Johnston for a second straight morning.
“Yesterday we thought he was just a little bit lackadaisical,” said Riley Mott, assistant to his father, trainer Bill Mott.

“I attribute that to him being on his own; usually he breezes in company. He was looking around and didn’t exactly know what he was doing so we felt like we’d come back and do it again and we’re happy with how it went. It was just something to brighten him up a little bit and he was moving well.
“It’s kind of an old-school move and the boss is pretty old-school. But it’s not anything we haven’t done in the past.”

The Right Man (FR) – Came out onto the main track, ridden by Mickael Mingant, who confirmed: “The track was a bit wet, so this morning we took it slowly. We jogged three quarters of the track and then went a bit quicker in the final quarter. If it doesn’t rain tomorrow, he will go back to his routine canter.” 

Finsbury Square (FR) – Fabrice Chappet was on the track to oversee a slow canter once around the track. He said: “This is only his second day on the track, seeing that he only arrived last week. He looks like he is well acclimatised and just did his usual routine of a slow canter. I’m very happy with the rain.” 
Richard’s Boy (USA) – Walked the shed row Tuesday morning at the quarantine facility.  He will be back on track Wednesday morning for a light breeze.  

“He’s super fresh and ready to go,” said exercise rider Jesse Sauder.

Amazing Kids (NZ) – Cantered on main dirt track. Work rider David Mo said: “He has settled in well. He had some easy work again for him today. My boss (trainer John Size) is here tomorrow morning and he will decide the programme then.”

Group 2 $US2m UAE Derby sponsored by The Saeed & Mohammed Al Naboodah Group, 1900m (Dirt)

Cosmo Charlie (USA) and Bee Jersey (USA) – Trainer Doug Watson said: “The draw, in 15, was not kind for Cosmo Charlie which was very disappointing. Bee Jersey is in seven which is better but, overall, the draw has done us no favours.”

He Runs Away (ARG) – Trainer Ricardo Colombo said: “He came out early this morning and everything is going well. He only did a slow canter, very slow.”

Qatar Man (IRE) – Trainer Marco Botti’s wife Lucie is looking forward to Saturday’s race. The three-year-old was out on the main track at 5.15am and afterwards she said: “He just had a little stretch around the track and was very relaxed, which is just what you want to see.  All is good with him.

“He’s drawn in one which is a very good draw and he is next to the American horse (Master Plan) so should be able to follow the speed. Hopefully he can do the same as he did in his last run.”

Epicharis (JPN) – The colt stretched his legs, cantering one lap around the dirt course. Trainer Kiyoshi Hagiwara said: “After a brief maintenance gallop we schooled him in the paddock. He is moving quite nicely.”

Adirato (JPN) – Worked a brief lap and a half over the dirt course. Assistant trainer Shingo Nomiyama said: It was a good easy canter. We didn’t want to overdo it before his main work tomorrow but we traced the same course he will run during the race.”

Vettori Kin (BRZ) – The Brazilian Group 1 winner appeared on the dirt track for another morning of light exercise around 7am.

Master Plan (USA) – Bradley Weisbord, US advisor to co-owner Al Shaqab Racing, was on hand for the 2200m gallop on the main track and laughingly referred to the entry of the promising colt as “a crazy decision.”

“It would be great to get Al Shaqab’s first Dubai World Cup night win – that would be special. It all made sense in the end, and the purse is a very interesting piece of the puzzle.”

If Master Plan wins, the Kentucky Derby could be an option for him since he will acquire the necessary eligibility points for entry. Weisbord said a strong performance in the 1900m race could indicate Master Plan might be a good candidate for the 2400m Belmont Stakes.

Group 2 US$1m Dubai Gold Cup sponsored by Al Tayer Motors, 3,200m (Turf)

Zamaam (GB) – Jockey Jim Crowley, said: “I won the big race at Abu Dhabi on him on Sunday which earned him a late invitation so he is backing up quickly but he stays well and Erwan Charpy has done a great job with him.”

Vazirabad (FR) – Came onto the main track together with stable companion Zarak, who runs in the Dubai Turf. Well used to the training regime, he appreciated the rain and his rider was very happy with him. Vazirabad followed his leader, as he cantered down the back stretch and in front of the stands. Antoine Creton, travelling head lad for the HH the Aga Khan yard, confirmed: “He is well. All is good.”

Wall Of Fire (IRE) – Miguel Clement, pupil assistant to Hugo Palmer, said:  “We took him to the training track and he just did a normal canter on the grass. He’ll just keep doing that this week.”

Trip To Paris (IRE) – “He just did a lap of about 1600m, a normal canter,” said Robin Trevor-Jones, travelling head lad to trainer Ed Dunlop, watching from the grass training track.

“We’ll keep monitoring his weight, if he’s putting weight on then he might need to do a bit more later in the week but he’s pretty straight.”

Big Orange (GB) – Denied by a neck in the 2016 edition, he is seeking redemption in Saturday’s running.

“He’s a bigger, stronger horse this year,” said exercise rider Jill Dolman after she cantered the enormous bay on the training track.

“He’s grown into himself. He has such a big stride.”

Heartbreak City (FR) – Cantered on the turf track in the training area.  
Trainer Tony Martin said: “He doesn’t need much work and the reports are that he is well. I travelled to see him gallop in Dubai under Tadhg O’Shea a week ago last Sunday and I was happy with that. It is a good race but the two I would be most fear are Vazirabad because he won last year and I would say he would improve a lot for his first run back and also Kingfisher because Aidan (O’Brien) trains him.”
Sheikhzayedroad (GB) – Cantered on the training track. Trainer David Simcock said: “He is very well. He is very experienced and he’s good as gold. He needed that first run back as he long break after winning at Ascot on Champions Day and will improve a lot for it. This is a very strong race, however. It’s a Group 2 in name only. It is a Group 1 field but I think he is up to being in the finish as he is just so consistent.”
Quechua (ARG) – Cantered on the training track. Trainer Ricardo Le Grange said: “He is very good shape and seems to enjoy it here. I have no complaints with how he has travelled. I’ve always thought that he would do well over a long distance like this trip of 3200m. The longest distance we have in Singapore is 2200m, so that’s why we raced him in the Hong Kong Vase over 2400m. The first two horses in that race (Satono Crown and Highland Reel) are world-class and they pulled a long way clear, but our guy was staying on and was not beaten far by the third horse.

“The people in Argentina who bred him said he should stay 3200m on pedigree and the way he raced at Sha Tin suggested the same, so I hope he can pick up some share of the prize-money with a little luck.”

Group 2 US$1m Godolphin Mile sponsored by Meydan Sobha, 1600m (Dirt) 

North America (GB) – Richard Mullen, jockey, said: “He is an exciting horse and the whole team are really looking forward to Saturday. Drawn seven is not the end of the world and, with a bit of luck in running, he should be very competitive.”

Le Bernardin (USA) – Jockey Tadhg O’Shea said: “These are his optimum conditions as he has shown winning Al Maktoum Challenge Round 1 twice. The draw is good and he seems in great shape so should run well.”

Stormardal  (IRE) – Jockey Adrie de Vries said: “He needed his Super Saturday run, after a setback in his prep, so we were pleased with him but we would have preferred a lower draw on Saturday.”

Ross (IRE) – Following a day spent at the Quarantine yard after he had worked on Sunday, Ross was back out on the training track on Tuesday morning. Ridden by Patrick Gibson, he was very relaxed as he cantered once round the track and his rider confirmed: “He is in great form. He feels fresh and I’m happy with him.” 

Gifted Master (IRE) – Miguel Clement, pupil assistant to Hugo Palmer, said: “He just did his usual round canter on the main track. He did quite an aggressive piece of work last Wednesday so we’ve just been keeping him ticking over.”

Sharp Azteca (USA) – Bounced onto the main track just after 7am and jogged twice around.
“It was an easy morning,” said trainer Jorge Navarro. “I overslept and when I got to the barn at 6.15am they were already walking him. I was like, ‘What are you doing? You’re supposed to wait for me!’ And they said, ‘No, Jorge, we had to take him out, he was on his toes.’”
Navarro said of his draw in stall six: “The jockey (Edgar Zayas) was the one who texted me and told me we got number six and that’s exactly the one he wanted. But he’s so ready it doesn’t matter anyway. We’ve done everything right and he’s done everything right; it’s all up to him now.”
Navarro nearly won on the card last year when X Y Jet led the Dubai Golden Shaheen sponsored by Gulf News with less than 100m remaining but was caught in the final strides.
“This is a cleaner horse,” Navarro said by way of comparison. “X Y Jet had issues and we had to baby him but this horse we can really train him how we need to.”

Kafuji Take (JPN) – Cantered one lap over the dirt course. Assistant trainer Hirofumi Yamamoto said: “He was in a good mood and moving well and there was no schooling today. Tomorrow he will have a gate schooling with the jockey (Yuichi Fukunaga) after work probably. The jockey said he wanted to be there for it.  The dirt feels very soft with a good cushion when compared to the dirt in Japan.”

Group 1 (Purebred Arabians) US$1m Dubai Kahayla Classic empowered by IPIC, 2000m (Dirt)

RB Burn (US)/RB Dixie Burning (US) – Trainer Eric Lemartinel, said: “They have both been running and working well in training so hopefully all goes well with them on the big day.

“They have both drawn OK which is good but, obviously, there a lot of good horses to beat.”

RB Madymoiselle (US)/AF Al Hazer (AE) – Trainer Ernst Oertel said: “Hopefully RB Madymoiselle is up to the standard required. We received her a bit late but she has been training well and if she runs her race then you never know with her but she definitely has good pedigree.

“AF Al Hazer had an injury before and had two years off but this year we’ve been trying to bring him back and our aim was to try and win the Kahayla with him. He ran a very good race in the trial, where he finished third, and I think he will be much better for the race.

“The draw is not ideal but we have a proven jockey under these conditions in Adrie de Vries.”

Faucon Du Loup (FR) – Trainer Elise Jeanne said: “Our horse has been doing very well, seems to be feeling very good in himself and has been training very well. We all hope for the best and let’s see what happens on the night but it is very exciting for all of us in a small yard.

“He knows he is a good horse and won very well in the Maktoum Challenge, but here he will be up against some very good horses and even though he’s run against a few of them he will have to be at his very best on the day.”

AF Mathmoon (AE) & AF Maqayes (AE) – Ali Rashid Al Rayhi, trainer, said: “There have been a lot of changes since he was transferred to our stable so he has had to deal with new staff, trainer, riders and new feed so it was natural it would take him a bit of time to adjust.

“However, he is a very good horse and there’s no doubt about the fact that he will perform well as he has shown before he is cut out for good races like the Kahayla Classic, which he won last year.

“I am very happy with the way he has been performing over the last few days and expect a big run.

“AF Maqayes is primarily a 1400m or 1600m horse but we will try and stretch him out on Saturday – we received an invitation with him and were certainly not going to decline the chance.”

Sniper De Monlau (FR) – Helal Al Alawi, trainer, said: “He went to Qatar and had a very rough race so was unlucky there, but this is the race we have aimed for and we expect him to run the race of his life. 

“He was a bit unlucky, in the last few races but I believe this is what he has been gearing up for really and I think he will do very well in the Kahayla Classic. We certainly have high hopes from him.”

Handassa (FR) – Went onto the training track. He was as usual ridden by Marlene Danos, who said: “He is very happy on his own, he doesn’t need a leader. This morning we went onto the training track where he did a good canter. He quickened well coming into the straight. I’m very happy with him.”
TM Thunder Struck (US) – One of the first horses onto the main track, cantering at 4am under Alban de Mieulle’s assistant Eric Ventrou, who said: “He just did a bit of a jog this morning. He only arrived yesterday and had done some really nice work back in Qatar, so he doesn’t need to do anything. I did let him quicken a bit in the straight, but not much.” 



Zarak and Vazirabad represent French trainer


By Liz Price

For the last couple of years, French trainer Alain de Royer Dupre has left Meydan with at least one valuable prize in his pocket. In 2014, Dolniya (FR) was an easy winner of the Group 1 Longines Dubai Sheema Classic and last year Vazirabad (FR), who sports the same colours as the filly, took the honours in the Group 2 Dubai Gold Cup sponsored by Al Tayer Motors.


This year, he is counting on Zarak (FR) and Vazirabad, who are both owned by HH the Aga Khan, to continue his winning streak on Dubai World Cup night. 


Last year, Vazirabad made his seasonal reappearance in the Dubai Gold Cup, but this time the now five-year-old son of Manduro shipped early for a prep run in the Group 3 Nad Al Sheba Trophy Sponsored by Al Naboodah – VDL Buses.


A runner-up on that occasion, his trainer explained: “Last year Vazirabad had to battle to win. It was a hard race, as he hadn’t had a prep race. So this year we thought it better to bring him over early and give him a run. He doesn’t do much in the morning. Since we have had him, we have always known that he is better on his second or third start.”


Royer Dupre added: “Vazirabad is still the same horse as last year, just a year older. I came over last week to watch him and Zarak work. In fact, both horses did their last bit of serious work last Tuesday. I took them to work on the grass on the training track, as the track is slightly softer than the track at Meydan. 


“Zarak worked with a lead horse who came from France. He worked well and quickened well and I’m very happy with him. He wasn’t a hundred per cent fit for his last race, which he won well. And he has come on from that.

“As to Vazirabad, he did a good canter, but didn’t need to work like Zarak, as he only ran four weeks ago. From now on, they are just doing some light exercise.”


If Vazirabad is well used to the atmosphere in Dubai, for the four-year-old Zarak, it is a new experience as he gears up for the Dubai Turf sponsored by DP World.  An impressive winner on his first start in the Group 3 Dubai Millennium Stakes Sponsored by Wheels, he seems well adapted to the climate and his new surroundings and his trainer confirmed: “He is in good form and ready for the race. But it is going to be tough, there are some good horses in there.”


Zarak was one of France’s top three-year-olds last year. In fact, only Almanzor got the better of him in the French Derby. Towards the end of the season, Zarak, who is out of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner Zarkava, lost his form a bit and his trainer explained: “This happens. He ran well against Almanzor and then he just didn’t fire. But he won his prep race well here, in fact, very well.


“He has grown quite a bit since last year and while the race is tough, with some serious horses like last year’s Prix Jacques Le Marois winner Ribchester (IRE), I’m hopeful he will run well. What is important for us is that the horse is well.”


Royer Dupre is rarely exuberant before a big race, but one senses that he would be very disappointed if his horses did not run well on Saturday. 



Caption: Zarak forms part of a strong Dubai World Cup day challenge for trainer Alain de Royer Dupre


Credit: Neville Hopwood/ Dubai Racing Club

fonte : DRC

New post on Horse Racing in Korea


150-Up Perovic As Shamrocker & Champ Line Win Well At Seoul & Busan

by gyongmaman

Djordje Perovic rode his 150th Korean winner at Seoul Racecourse on Sunday afternoon and not many of them will have been easier than the landmark one which arrived on Shamrocker in the 2300M Championship Series feature.


Possibly the biggest challenge for Perovic on Sunday would have been the 52kg weight assigned to the on the up Shamrocker but once that was made there was only likely to be one winner in the race which was run over the maximum distance used at Seoul. After a steady start, Shamrocker hit the front early in the home straight and cantered away from the field to win by six lengths on the line.

It had taken Shamrocker (Dublin), a $30,000 purchase as a 2-year-old at OBS in Florida, eight starts to get his maiden victory but yesterday’s was his fifth in total and second consecutive at class 1. He could have a big summer ahead of him.

Djordje Perovic could well have a big summer ahead of him too. Shamrocker was his 31st victory of 2017 and leaves him five clear of perennial champion Moon Se Young at the top of the standings. With Moon set to spend at least three months of this year in Singapore, Perovic is in pole position to become the first foreign jockey to claim the Seoul championship.

150 wins also ties Perovic with Joe Fujii – who spent Saturday watching Winx disappear into the distance at Rosehill – in 2nd place in the all-time foreign jockey standings in Korea.

Down at Busan a foreign jockey was on top too with Yonekura Satoshi winning Sunday’s feature – also a Championship Series race – over 2200M. It came on Thomas Gillespie’s Champ Line over what was a high class Busan field.

Success Story, as ever, set the early pace but was always likely to struggle to maintain it over the extended distance and so it proved as a host of horses swept by him in the closing stages.

It was Champ Line who did it the most convincingly, running on very strongly for victory by almost three lengths. Places 2nd-6th came home within a half-length of each other, surprisingly headed by 100/1 outsider Bathsheba Park, who was given an enterprising ride by Marios Mina.

Champ Line (Curlin) moves on to 10 wins from 19 starts and is on a four-race winning streak and heads an impressively effective string that has been put together by talented trainer Gillespie.

gyongmaman | March 20, 2017 at 1:12 am | 

MERCOLEDÌ 22 MARZO 2017. Pier Convertino torna in Italia dopo una bella stagione in Qatar. Disponibile sin da domenica, sarà gestito dalla Horses & Jockeys di Alessandro Santoni

Fantini che vanno, fantini che vengono. Uno, in particolare, tornerà a breve in Italia per ricominciare a montare nella patria che lo ha fatto crescere e fatto diventare importante. Si tratta di Pierantonio Convertino che, forte dell’esperienza accumulata in Qatar oramai da qualche anno, e con un bottino della stagione locale di 12 vittorie e 57 piazzamenti su 188 monte effettuate, tornerà Milano fra qualche giorno, dopo le ultime cartucce da sparare oggi e domani per Jassim Mohammed Ghazali e venerdì in Bahrein. 
Da domenica infatti il jockey italiano, cresciuto alla scuola di Luigi e Fabrizio Camici, sarà già disponibile a tutti gli allenatori interessati a 53,5 chili. 
Ma non è tutto: per questo nuovo inizio di 2017 ha inaugurato una collaborazione con un nuovo Management della Horses & Jockeys di Alessandro Santoni, che si prega di contattare qualora foste interessati per email horsesandjockeys@gmail.com o via telefono al +39 3928281748
Dall’inizio della carriera in Italia Pier, 33 anni da compiere in Ottobre, ha vinto 986 corse nel nostro paese. L’augurio di Mondoturf è che questa nuova collaborazione possa portare ben presto al traguardo delle 1000 vittorie

Italians in Francia: Mon Tresor vince un bell’handicap a Chantilly, ipotesi Prix de Diane per la cavalla di Ferdinando Fratini

Les italiens che tanto fanno bene all’estero. La notizia recente riguarda una bella vittoria ottenuta ieri pomeriggio, martedì, a Chantilly per Mon Tresor (Kendargent) la quale ha riportato il Prix Optional 2, un mega handicap da €20,000, sui 1900 metri in fibre per il training di Alessandro Botti, la monta di Pierre Bazire ed i colori di Ferdinando Fratini. 
Mon Tresor, che aveva vinto la sua maiden a Cholet in Settembre, è così arrivata alla seconda vittoria in carriera in stile dominante dopo aver frequentato buone categorie in terra transalpina. prima di questa ha ottenuto un np al debutto a Vichy sul pesante, poi la vittoria in maiden, un secondo e poi un quarto in condizionate a Lyon-Parilly sempre su terreno molto soffice. Alla prima vera esperienza su una superficie compatta, ecco una franca affermazione. Al momento sono 2 vittorie ed 1 piazzamento in 5 corse disputate. 
Nell’occasione, tra gli altri, ha battuto anche Bootcamp, cavallo allenato da Maurizio Guarnieri ritenuto uno delle punte della stagione in Francia. Per Mon Tresor il programma è tutto da studiare, ma c’è la ferma intenzione da parte della proprietà di correre tutte le prove preparatorie che serviranno per capire la bontà delle sue qualità effettive, ed in caso di responso positivo di iscriverla nel Prix de Diane G1 del 2017, le Oaks francesi, in programma il prossimo 18 Giugno a Chantilly. Intanto, complimenti. PER VEDERE IL FOTORACCONTO DELLA VITTORIA CLICCARE SU QUESTO LINK.

#Meydan: Sorteggiati gli steccati della #DubaiWorldCup: Ad #Arrogate il 9, a #Mubtaahij il 14. Ecco tutte le news..

Dubai World Cup, meno 3 giorni al grande appuntamento di sabato. Mercoledì mattina sono stati sorteggiati gli steccati per la notte che mette in palio quasi $30 milioni, in una effervescente cerimonia presso l’ippodromo di Meydan. Il campione Arrogate (Unbridled’s Song), la stessa indiscussa della serata, ha pescato un 9 di steccato ritenuto da Bob Baffert ancora buono per il suo che nel frattempo da quando è arrivato a Dubai si è ben ambientato ed è parso rilassato. Arrogate partirà tra Furia Cruzada (8) e Keen Ice (10). 
Il compagno di scuderia Hoppertunity ha preso il 12, mentre malissimo è andata a Mubtaahij, secondo lo scorso anno ed una delle pedine chiave di De Kock per la serata, che ha pescato il 14 cioè l’incubo di ogni allenatore. Dopo il sorteggio abbiamo assistito a lievi movimenti di betting con Arrogate rimasto invariato ad 1/3 da Coral, mentre Mubtaahij è salito da 7 a 9, a favore di Gun Runner, il quale ha preso lo stallo 5, sceso da 9/1 a 7/1. 
Bob Baffert, che allena il gran favorito, ha vinto la Dubai World Cup nel 2001 e nel 1998. Ha paragonato il suo al “Frankel” del dirt, e non è casuale che abbia la stessa giubba. The Silver Fox, come lo chiamano in America per la sua folta chioma bianca, ha confessato che quando correva Frankel si alzava in orari strani per vedere le sue corse, rimanendo incantato. Comunque, attualmente, Arrogate vale un 134, ma il riferimento è proprio Frankel che prese un 140 al top della carriera. 
Altre notizie veloci sui candidati alla DWC:

Aste: #GoffsUk lancia il Breeze Up a Doncaster tra l’11 ed il 12 Aprile. Ecco tutti i motivi per cui gli italiani hanno agevolazioni a comprare ed i contatti da prendere. Non perdere altro tempo, vola a Doncaster!

La parola d’ordine è qualità. Tanta qualità! Quella presente in Inghilterra per le prossime Goffs UK Breeze-up Sale in programma tra l’11 ed il 12 Aprile 2017 a Doncaster. Tanti sono gli elementi favorevoli per cui parlare di quest’asta, ma per convenzione citiamo anche le più significative che rendono bene l’idea di cosa ci si possa aspettare.
Solo lo scorso anno, da questa asta, sono usciti cavalli che hanno fatto grandissime cose al Royal Ascot. Non solo i 2 anni, ma anche cavalli già affermati come Quiet Reflection (Showcasing) e My Dream Boat (Lord Shanakill) che si sono resi protagonisti, rispettivamente, della Commonwealth Cup G1 e delle Prince of Wales’s Stakes G1. Poi i 2 anni come Prince Of Lir (Kodiac), Ardad (Kodiac), vincitori delle pattern a loro dedicata. Quindi, basta partire per Doncaster e cominciare a coltivare un sogno! 
C’è da dire che proprio il 2016 è stato l’anno in cui i cavalli giovani usciti dalla fucina di questo breeze up, sono stati numericamente più rappresentati in termini di vincitoriBEN 37 NE HANNO VINTO, PIU’ DI QUALSIASI ALTRA ASTA EUROPEA. Il catalogo 2017 è formato da 152 cavalli, con catalogo in distribuzione in tutti gli ippodromi ed informazioni utili circa la logistica, la programmazione del viaggio e dell’acquisto di un cavallo, potete trovarle contattando l’agente Goffs Uk per l’Italia Gianluca Di Castelnuovo, mail newracingfactory@gmail.com, cellulare +39 3332927168.
Noi, qui sotto, elenchiamo brevemente perchè un italiano debba andare a Doncaster a spendere un pò di grano. 
  • Trasferimenti gratuiti da/per aeroporti
  • Altri incentivi per operatori italiani
  • Minimum bid da 5000 a 3000
  • Nel 2016 sono stati acquistati 14 cavalli, di cui 9 hanno subito vinto, e solo 4 acquistati oltre le £10,000. E sono i buoni Lady Gio, Biri’s Angel, Fast Wind, Kyllachy Blake, Mr Eugenio, Transporter, Perla dell’Etna, Diamond Grey, Akyra Magic, oltre ai piazzati Fizzy Special e Doncaster Magic
  • Oggi 1 Sterlina vale 1 Euro e 16, quindi condizioni STRAFAVOREVOLI per la zona europea dell’Italia
  • Gli stalloni debuttanti, sempre molto attraenti: Epaulette, Havana Gold, Intello, Most Improved, Red Jazz, Society Rock, Swiss Spirit, Worthadd
  • Ci sono i “Big” sires tipici di Doncaster: Ben 4 Acclamation, 4 Dark Angel, 1 Dutch Art, 1 Invincible Spirit, e ben 9 Kodiac
  • Tanti stalloni USA, senza spese viaggio per andare in America a comprare gli stessi già “tagliati” per l’Europa e selezionati da Goffs: Figli di Blame, Exchange Rate, Jimmy Creed, Kitten’s Joy, More The Ready, Street Boss, Uncle Mo
  • Parenti italiani, quindi cavalli di cui si conoscono le potenzialità: Un fratello di Pedra Pompas, un fratello della velocissima Pontallmagne,
  • Fratelli di grandi vincitori in Europa tra cui n figlio di Declaration of War mezzo fratello di Frozen Fire (Montjeu), vincitore dell’Irish Derby. Poi una Society Rock mezza sorella proprio di Ardad; Un Le Havre prodotto da una sorella piena di Joursanvault (Verglas), vincitore di Stakes; Una More Than Ready della famiglia dei campioni allevati da Juddmonte quali Cityscape (Selkirk), Bated Breath (Dansili); Un Kitten’s Joy della famiglia della campionessa Escena (Strawberry Road); Un Dark Angel prodotto di una mezza sorella del derbywinner Camelot (Montjeu); Un Elnadim mezzo fratello proprio di My Dream Boat; Una femmina da Invincible Spirit, prodotto da una mezza sorella della campionessa giovanile Hooray.
Insomma, sono veramente tanti i motivi per cui prenotare un aereo e volare verso Doncaster. L’asta, oltre ad essere un luogo conviviale dove creare relazioni e potenziali connection, è uno spettacolo anche solo da vedere. Visita il sito http://www.volagratis.com/ e cerca subito la migliore combinazione per il tuo volo. IL CATALOGO ONLINE DISPONIBILE CLICCANDO SU QUESTO LINK.
Ricordiamo che per informazioni utili circa la logistica, la programmazione del viaggio e dell’acquisto di un cavallo, potete trovarle contattando l’agente Goffs Uk per l’Italia Gianluca Di Castelnuovo, mail newracingfactory@gmail.com, cellulare +39 3332927168

MARTEDÌ 21 MARZO 2017. EAU: Tutto pronto per la Dubai World Cup di sabato a Dubai. Arrogate è la star della serata, pioggia di dollari su Meydan

Come promesso, nella giornata di lunedì sono stati diramati i campi partenti della notte della Dubai World Cup del 25 Marzo da Meydan. Prima di tutto sveliamo gli orari di una diretta che sarà possibile seguire anche dall’Italia sul canale 220 di Sky. Dalle 12,45 mettetevi comodi davanti alla tv, l’ipad, il pc o tutto quello che potete per seguire l’intera diretta dal campo. I campi sono stati tutti fatti, manca la dichiarazione ed il sorteggio degli steccati che arriverà entro un paio di giorni.
La giornata partirà ufficialmente alle 12,45 ora italiana con il Godolphin Mile G2, poi alle 13,15 è in programma il Dubai Kahayla Classic Empowered By IPIC, la DWC dei purosangue arabi. Alle 13,50 c’è la Dubai Gold Cup G2, alle 14,25 l’UAE Derby G2, alle 15 cominciano i G1 di giornata così distribuiti:
15,00 Al Quoz Sprint Sponsored By Azizi Developments sui 1200 in erba.
15,35 Dubai Golden Shaheen Sponsored By Gulf News sui 1200 in dirt.
16,30 il Dubai Turf Sponsored By DP World sui 1800 metri. 
17,05 il Longines Dubai Sheema Classic sui 2400 metri in erba.
17,45 la Dubai World Cup Sponsored By Emirates Airline sui 2000 metri in dirt
Per i link della corsa andare a fondo pagina
La star, tra le stars, della serata sarà certamente Arrogate (Unbridled’s Song), campione americano già vincitore di Breeders’ Cup Classic G1 e Pegasus World Cup G1, la corsa più ricca del mondo con $12 milioni, che capeggia il campo della corsa più ricca della serata con $10 milioni di dotazione.

LUNEDÌ 20 MARZO 2017. Giappone: Fan Dii Na impressiona a Nakayama, candidata alle 1000 Ghinee! Mirco Demuro poker a Chukyo

In Giappone è andato in scena un weekend lungo di corse, con interessanti motivi anche nel lunedì tra Nakayama e Chukyo. A Chukyo da segnalare un poker di Mirco Demuro che ne montava 4 e ne ha vinte 4, aggiungendo la perla di domenica fanno dunque 5 corse vinte consecutivamente e score che sale fino alle 40 vittorie in stagione con testa parziale nella classifica fantini JRA.
Tecnicamente a Nakayama c’era la Flower Cup G3 per femmine di 3 anni in ottica Classica, che serviva come eliminatoria e come preparazione delle 1000 Ghinee nipponiche, le Oka Sho G1 in programma a metà Aprile. A vincere è stata una devastante Fan Dii Na (Deep Impact), con mamma da Pivotal, montata da Yasunari Iwata per il training di Tomokazu Takano ed i colori della Turf Sport. La 3 anni, imbattuta in 3 uscite, ha risolto con 5 lunghezze di margine nei confronti di Sea’s Lullaby (Falbrav) ed i colori della Shadai Farm, ed al terzo Draw a Card (Daiwa Major) per la stessa proprietà della seconda. Se guardate il video si nota come il suo interprete l’abbia chiamata poco prima della retta e questa è partita con uno schiocco di dita facendo le vere buche per terra. In Giappone parlano già di una rivale da maneggiare con cura per Soul Stirring (Frankel), la favorita dell’antepost. Gli ultimi 600 metri li ha percorsi in 34,9s, non male se pensiamo che il miglior riferimento della giornata era in 34,7. IL VIDEO DELLA FLOWER CUP QUI.
Fan Dii Na ha debuttato a 3 anni a Kyoto a metà Gennaio ed ha replicato con stile a fine Febbraio sempre a Kyoto. Vedremo a breve dove arriverà. 

Francia: Cloth of Stars vince la prima pattern della stagione europea. Debutto notevole per Lady Frankel, ancora Fabre!

Il bello della domenica comincia da Saint Cloud, dove si è disputata la prima Pattern della stagione Europea in Francia nel Prix Exbury G3 vinto dal talentuoso Cloth Of Stars (Sea The Stars), per i colori Godolphin ed il training di Andre Fabre, e la monta di Mickael Barzalona. Il 4 anni, che non correva da Luglio, ha convinto nel passaggio d’età ed ha battuto bene Star Of Victory (Tot Ou Tard) ed al terzo Cafe Royal (Nicaron).
Per il blue era la quinta vittoria, la quarta a livello di Gruppo, per il baio che ha vinto in carriera il Prix des Chenes G3 a 2 anni, il Prix La Force G3, il Prix Greffulhe G2 la scorsa stagione, senza dimenticare il terzo nel Grand Prix de Paris G1 e l’ottavo posto nel Derby G1. Acquistato da John Ferguson per 400,000gns a Tattersalls da yearling, è prodotto di Strawberry Fledge (Kingmambo), cavalla inedita ma sorella piena della campionessa Light Shift, vincitrice di Oaks, e mamma di Ulysses. Per Cloth Of Stars il programma prevede il salto in G1 nel prossimo Ganay. IL VIDEO DEL PRIX EXBURY QUI.
Sempre in Francia abbiamo visto un ottimo debutto per Lady Frankel (Frankel), cavalla iscritta alle Classiche francesi, è allevata e di proprietà del Gestut Ammerland ed aveva in sella Pierre Charles Boudot. Si tratta di un prodotto di Lady Vettori (Vettori), già madre del campione Classico e sire Lope De Vega (Shamardal), vincitore delle Poule d’Essai des Poulains e Prix du Jockey Club. Lady Vettori ha una femmina di 2 anni sorella piena di Lady Frankel, e lo scorso anno ha visitato Invincible Spirit (Green Desert). IL VIDEO DELLA VITTORIA DI LADY FRANKEL CLICCANDO QUI.
In ottica 3 anni già affermati, o quasi, da segnalare la vittoria per Christophe Soumillon a bordo a Markazi (Dark Angel) nella Listed Prix Omnium II, sul miglio in ottica Classica. Il grigio è allenato da Jean-Claude Rouget per i colori dell’Aga Khan, ed è un figlio di Dark Angel(Acclamation), che quest’anno funziona per €65,000.  Markazi, iscritto nelle Poule d’Essai des Poulains ha vinto 5 delle 7 corse disputate. Sempre per Dark Angel nel Prix la Camargo, paritetica per femmine, a vincere è stata la femmina di Richard Fahey Melesina. Vedremo dove arriveranno questi..

Hong Kong: Rapper Dragon vince il Derby locale, il primo a completare la Triplice di Sha Tin! Rispoli ritorno alla vittoria…

In Oriente non c’era solo il Giappone e l’Australia, ma anche il Derby di Hong Kong che in questo particolare paese si corre a 4 anni e mette in campo anche e soprattutto i castroni. Come abbiamo descritto tempo fa nelle prove preparatorie, fatichiamo a trovare quest’anno uno più forte di Rapper Dragon (Street Boss) il quale ha completato il puzzle della triple crown dei 4 anni dopo Classic Mile, Classic Cup ed ora il Derbone, mai successo prima, vincendo una prova con piglio del cavallo più forte della generazione tra quelli raccattati in giro per il mondo da facoltosi proprietari cinesi. Allenato da John Moore, era montato da Joao “meravigliao” Moreira, il quale ha fatto il compitino per portare a casa la coppona e parandosi dal finale di Pakistan Star (Shamardal), finito ancora secondo, ancora finendo forte dopo la Classic Cup, con in sella Silvestro De Sousa il quale lo ha imparato a conoscere per averlo montato 2 volte precedenti. Terzo è finito l’australian bred Beauty Generation (Road To Rock). IL VIDEO DELLA CORSA QUIIL RISULTATO COMPLETO QUI.
Per Joao Moreira (poker nel convegno) era la sesta vittoria in questa corsa ma ha parlato di un cavallo davvero fortissimo che, a questo punto, mirerà verso il Champions Mile e la QEII G1. Da segnalare che non ha fatto parte della contesa l’ex italiano Dee Dee D’Or (Zebedee), il secondo arrivato del Derby Italiano G2 che in qualche modo si è mosso ad Hong Kong, ma non ha ancora preso la migliore condizione. 
Da segnalare il ritorno alla vittoria in giornata per Umbertino Rispoli, a secco ormai da qualche mese complice anche una brutta caduta patita ad Happy Valley ad inizio Novembre, che ha vinto (alleluja!) a bordo di Right Call (Darci Brahma) per il training di John Size, alla quota paciarotta di 23/1. baci e cuori per tutti, infine. Bravo Umbertino! IL VIDEO DELLA VITTORIA DI RISPOLI

Giappone: Satono Diamond rientro con vittoria ad Hanshin, lungo viaggio mentale verso l’Arc. A Nakayama test per i 3 anni..

Il campione è tornato, e stavolta è più cattivo che mai. Detto così sembra lo spot di un film d’azione, in realtà si tratta della vittoria al rientro di uno dei cavalli più esaltanti del Giappone, uno di quelli che porterà la bandiera nipponica in Francia laddove c’è una corsa diventata una vera e propria ossessione per gli orientali: L’Arc de Triomphe. Lui è Satono Diamond (Deep Impact) e domenica mattina ha vinto l’Hanshin Daishoten G2 sui 3000 metri, per Yasutoshi Ikee e la monta di Christophe Lemaire. Il campione, era al rientro rispetto alla impressionante vittoria nell’Arima Kinen G1 di fine anno, ma la campagna dei 4 anni è iniziata nel migliore dei modi anche se lui, così bello e così grosso, non sembra adattissimo così a naso alla breve e particolare dirittura di Chantilly. Lui avrebbe bisogno di diritture lunghe, di una andatura sostenuta e di scrollarsi via di dosso la scimmia dell’Arco. Sta di fatto che Satono per ora ha fatto tutto bene vincendo la prova da 128,700,000 yen (circa £920,000) di una lunghezza e mezzo rispetto a Cheval Grand (Heart’s Cry) e Tosen Basil (Harbinger). Più bello. Più forte. Comunque. IL VIDEO DEL HANSHIN DAISHOTEN QUIIL RISULTATO COMPLETO QUI.
Ricordiamo come non abbia vinto il Derby solo perchè ha perso da Makahiki che già abbiamo visto a Parigi ma in una versione “minus” di se stesso, che non sembra come il Satono di oggi. Il nostro ha poi vinto il Kikuka Sho (St Leger) G1 e da fresco l’Arima Kinen su Kitasan Black completando una stagione di alto livello. Il suo obiettivo, se avrete la bontà di seguirci, passerà attraverso il Tenno Sho G1 di primavera il 30 Aprile, poi un summit nel Takarazuka Kinen del 25 Giugno sui 2200 metri, il Prix Foy G1 del 10 Settembre, ed appunto l’Arco in programma il primo di Ottobre a Chantilly, in attesa del restauro di Longchamp. Cioè, i giapponesi vogliono vincerlo li..proprio li..