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3 ISSUE 750 - THURSDAY 20 JANUARY 2022 CONTENTS EDITORIAL CORRESPONDENTS Chairman Mohammed Jamea Al Qaizi Director Ahmed Moh’d Al Sarookh CONTENTS EDITORIAL CORRESPONDENTS GODOLPHIN NEWS . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 - 5 MICHELE MACDONALD. . . . . . . . . . .6 - 7 INTERVIEW: OLIVIER PESLIER . . . . . . . . . 8 INTERVIEW: DOUG WATSON . . . . . . . 10 - 11 DWCC NEWS . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 - 16 SAUDI CUP NEWS. . . . . . . . . . . . 18 - 23 NEWS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 - 27 ENDURANCE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 - 29 BLOODSTOCK. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 JOHN BERRY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 - 33 UAE CHAMPIONSHIP STATS. . . . . . . . . . 34 NICK GODFREY. . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 - 37 STEPHEN MOLYNEUX . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 DEREK THOMPSON . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 HOWARD WRIGHT . . . . . . . . . . . 40 - 41 REVIEWS / RESULT MEYDAN (FRI) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 - 43 JEBEL ALI (SAT) . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 - 45 AL AIN (SUN) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 - 47 ABU DHABI (MON). . . . . . . . . . . 48 - 49 PREVIEWS / CARDS MEYDAN (FRI) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 - 57 AL AIN (SAT) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 - 64 MEYDAN (SUN) . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 - 74 ABU DHABI (MON). . . . . . . . . . . 76 - 83 Editor - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -Jason Ford Writer- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -Duane Fonseca Head of Design (English) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Eng. Mohamed Maher Assistant Designers - - - - - - - - - Nisar Shaikh - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Ismail KV, - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Navas Muhammed (Trainee Designers)- - - - - - - - - Moh’d Afsal Graphic & Scanner- - - - - - - Abdul Majeed, - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Nadim Ahmed Library & Photographers- - - Abdulla Khalifa, K. Aboobacker, Abdul Razzak, Ali Juma Overseas - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - John Berry, Nicholas Godfrey, Michele Macdonald, Masakazu Takahashi, Derek Thompson, Howard Wright, Julio Guimaraes Local - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -Rose Goldstone - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Stephen Molyneux Bloodstock - - - - - - - - - - - Beverley Townsend SO THE 2022 Dubai World Cup Carnival is up and running and Godolphin posted a double on the first night, a winner apiece for Saeed bin Suroor and Charlie Appleby, partnered by Pat Cosgrave and William Buick respectively. The other five races were shared equally, perhaps the most significant being single winners for both Doug Watson and Antonio Fresu as they maintain their UAE domestic title challenges. A FURTHER FOUR meetings and 27 races into the season so the local championships are really taking shape. As mentioned above Doug Watson and Antonio Fresu both enjoyed a carnival winner to bolster their standings in the domestic championships and they enjoyed a winner apiece at Jebel Ali on Friday. Bhupat Seemar also had a Jebel Ali winner to maintain his prolific run of form and Tadhg O’Shea also notched a success to protect his lead in the jockeys’ championship. O’Shea and Fresu were also on the scoreboard at Al Ain, as were Ernst Oertel and Khalid Khalifa Al Nabooda, along with Abdallah Al Hammadi and Al Ajban Stables, all parties keeping their respective championship challenges alive. O’Shea celebrated one victory, for Al Nabooda and Oertel in Abu Dhabi on Monday but Fresu was in double form to further draw closer. Again, four meetings this week and 28 races, this time 15 for the Thoroughbreds, two more opportunities than afforded to their smaller Purebred Arabian cousins. Carnival kicks off with Godolphin double Domestic championships tighten up after another busy four days Pat Cosgrave Tadhg O’Shea Bhupat Seemar Jockeys Bhupat Seemar 23 (1) Doug Watson 21 (2) Abdallah Al Hammadi 19 (1) Ernst Oertel 18 (3) Musabbeh Al Mheiri 16 (2) Trainers Tadhg O’Shea 33 (3) Antonio Fresu 31 (5) Pat Cosgrave 14 (1) Bernardo Pinheiro 12 (1) UAE stats after 208 races (last week in red)
4 ISSUE 750 - THURSDAY 20 JANUARY 2022 &ARNIVAL REGULAR Dubai Future further enhanced his excellent record at Meydan with a comprehensive victory over fellow Godolphin runner Star Safari in the 2400m Listed Dubai Racing Club Classic on week one of the Dubai World Cup Carnival last Friday. The Saeed bin Suroor-trained 6yo homebred gelded son of Dubawi had chased home another Godolphin horse, Walton Street, in the same race in 2021 before going on to capture the Listed Meydan Cup, finish second in the Group 2 Dubai City of Gold and finish fifth in the Group 1 Dubai Sheema Classic. After racing in midfield for much of the contest, Dubai Future showed superb acceleration in the straight, quickening between horses to hit the front over 200m from home. Dubai Future soon streaked clear for Pat Cosgrave, coming home more than five lengths ahead of Star Safari. Saeed bin Suroor said: “Dubai Future won nicely and we will look for a Group race for him now. I think this distance of a mile and a half is best, although he could go a mile and six furlongs as well. He needs a break between races and always runs well fresh, so we will see how he comes out of this and look at running him back in Group company.” Pat Cosgrave added: “I rode Dubai Future a couple of starts ago at Kempton, when he was very keen, and I learned from that day. I left him alone in the gates today and he relaxed better. I was looking for room turning in and, when I found it, he took off. He was very impressive. “I think he really likes this track. There is a little bit of give underfoot and the style of racing suits him. He has won off 108 today and there is nowhere else for him apart from going into better races again. The way he won today, I think he is ready to step into the top level.” Dubai guarantees his carnival Future NEWS THE EXCITING Sovereign Prince laid down an early marker for the new 3yo turf programme at this year’s Dubai World Cup Carnival with a resolute display in the 1400m Jumeirah Classic Trial at Meydan last Friday. The gelded homebred son of Dubawi, who rounded off his juvenile campaign in the UK with a nursery handicap success on Epsom Downs, soon disputed second on the inside of Razeen Dubai as Hotline Bling led the eight runners. Sovereign Prince travelled strongly turning in and quickened up the inner rail under William Buick to take up the running 300m out. The Charlie Appleby-trained runner opened up a clear lead with 100m left and had enough in reserve to see off the late rally of Sed Maarib and score by half a length. Charlie Appleby said: “Sovereign Prince was a consistent little horse during his 2yo season. He doesn’t quite have the profile of some of the 3yos we have brought out in previous years but we knew he was fit and the race worked out perfectly. “They went a good gallop and William had him in the box seat. The way the leader peeled off and allowed William to get up the inside was probably a race-winning move and he is a game horse. It’s a great series to have for the 3yos and this has opened up a few doors.” William Buick added: “It was a perfect race for Sovereign Prince and the conditions were in his favour. He is very game and honest, so you can’t ask for much more.” Sovereign Prince Classic Trial King
5 ISSUE 750 - THURSDAY 20 JANUARY 2022 APROPOSED winter comeback for Godolphin’s Mystic Guide, winner of the 2021 Dubai World Cup, has been delayed after the 5yo Ghostzapper entire encountered a physical setback while training this winter, trainer Mike Stidham has revealed. Off since a runner-up finish in the Grade 2 Suburban Stakes at Belmont in July, after which he had surgery to have a knee chip removed, Mystic Guide worked twice last month at Fair Grounds, the last of which was a 600m breeze on Boxing Day. “We weren’t completely happy the way he came out of it. So we decided to send him up to Kentucky to Rood & Riddle, where Dr Bramlage did the surgery and is overseeing his comeback,” said Stidham. “Nothing serious, but enough to where we are in a holding pattern, where we had to slow down again and give him a little more time before he resumes his training.” The trainer expressed doubt that Mystic Guide would be retired so close to the upcoming breeding season. He said Mystic Guide, currently stabled in Keeneland with trainer Johnny Burke, would be monitored in Kentucky for the next three weeks before being further evaluated. He could resume light training there before rejoining Stidham. Mystic & Bramlage to Guide connections regarding recovery ACLASSY draft of 26 broodmares and broodmare prospects taken by Godolphin to the Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale all changed hands to make Sheikh Mohammed’s global operation the leading consignor of the sale’s third session with gross receipts of $1,434,500. Leading the way from Godolphin’s consignment was the $480,000 Into Mischief mare Crowning Jewel, a 5yo half-sister to Darley stallion Street Sense offered in foal to Street Boss on a March cover. Dan Hall signed the ticket for the unraced 5yo. Street Boss, who stands at Darley for an advertised fee of $15,000, ended the day as the session’s leading covering sire with eight mares in foal selling for a total of $780,000 at an average price of $97,500. Godolphin consigned all eight of the mares. “It was a surprise that the mare made as much as she did, being in foal to Street Boss,” said Michael Banahan, director of bloodstock for Godolphin USA. “That is a pretty big number for him. He has been very successful in Australia, and I think we would have seen a different level of value on a mare in foal to him in Australia. “He has been successful here; he has a Kentucky Oaks winner in Cathryn Sophia and he gets you a nice, solid horse.” Crowning Jewel proves just that among Godolphin draft
6 ISSUE 750 - THURSDAY 20 JANUARY 2022 IN A mirror image of the 2021 racing season, Godolphin has dominated the voting for America’s Eclipse Award championships with six of the stable’s runners earning status as finalists for trophies and the Maktoum family’s operation a finalist for, and likely winner of, awards as outstanding owner and breeder. Finalists were announced on 15 January in all categories except Horse of the Year, but winners will not be revealed until the Eclipse Awards ceremony on 10 February at Santa Anita Park. Perhaps most notably, Godolphin’s European and Dubai-based trainer Charlie Appleby trained three of the horses deemed finalists for American championship laurels after a fabulous season of raiding big prizes across the continent. All three of those Appleby runners won Breeders’ Cup events and all three were by Darley’s superstar European stallion Dubawi. Modern Games, who captured the Breeder’s Cup Juvenile Turf, is a finalist in the juvenile male category alongside American dirt runners Corniche, who is the likely winner since he prevailed in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, and fellow Grade One victor Jack Christopher. Godolphin’s Breeders’ Cup Mile and Turf winners Space Blues and Yibir, respectively, both received recognition as finalists for the Eclipse Award as outstanding male turf runner. Of the stable’s American-based runners, Belmont Stakes winner Essential Quality is a finalist for top honours in the 3yo male category, while Dubai World Cup hero Mystic Guide and Grade One winner Maxfield both are finalists in the older male division. Essential Quality is in a contentious voting race with Amr Zedan’s star crossed Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit, and that pair is joined as finalists by Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile winner and potential Saudi Cup competitor Life Is Good. The outcome in this category is expected to be at least partly determined by voters’ visceral feelings about trainer Bob Baffert, who sent out Medina Spirit to be his record seventh Derby winner. Some members of the National Turf Writers & Broadcasters Association, who join voters from Daily Racing Form and Equibase in casting ballots for the championship winners, have publicly stated on social media that they refused to vote for horses trained by Baffert. Medina Spirit tested positive for a slight overage of the legal medication betamethasone following the Derby and Churchill Downs has banned him from the track and from the 2022 Derby since, they stated, overages of allowed medications also had been previously detected in a few of his other runners in different stakes. However, Kentucky racing officials have taken no action yet against Medina Spirit and he remains the official Derby winner. Additional post-race testing has revealed the form of betamethasone found in his system is not the type regulated by Kentucky rules, Baffert has asserted. In his two clashes with Essential Quality, Medina Spirit finished ahead of his Godolphin rival both times, including in their Breeders’ Cup Classic battle with front running winner Knicks Go when Medina Spirit was second and Essential Quality third. Each colt won two Grade One races. So, in any normal year not poisoned by this unprecedented kind of turmoil, Medina Godolphin Sets Pace in Contentious Year of Eclipse Voting Charlie Appleby Essential Quality Essential Quality Brad Cox Space Bl es MICHELE MACDONALD ‘IN FULL STRIDE’
7 ISSUE 750 - THURSDAY 20 JANUARY 2022 Spirit would be the likely champion, even if many observers might feel that, due to any number of factors including superior pedigree and his juvenile championship, that Essential Quality might be the better horse overall. Whether fairness will prevail remains to be seen. Baffert’s other trainees who are Eclipse finalists are Gamine, who is trying to duplicate her 2020 title as Champion Female Sprinter while competing with Breeders’ Cup winner Ce Ce and Bella Sofia, and Corniche, who appears, all things being equal, undeniable as an undefeated winner of three races including two at the Grade One level. Ironically, Gamine won her 2020 Champion Female Sprinter title after returning a positive test for traces of betamethasone when third in that year’s Kentucky Oaks. Following the 2020 Eclipse Awards voting and presentations, Gamine was disqualified from that third place finish. Looking at other 2021 Eclipse categories, Godolphin’s finalists Maxfield and Mystic Guide are virtually certain to be bested in the voting for top older male by Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Knicks Go, who is expected to also gain the crown as Horse of the Year. Finalists for the top award, which includes a gold Eclipse trophy, were not announced. Chances will be stronger for Godolphin’s Yibir in the turf male category, although some voters also vocally proclaim their dislike for casting ballots for horses that only race once or twice in America during the season. Yibir won both his starts in New York and California handily, trouncing the championship field at Del Mar in the Breeders’ Cup, and thus has to be considered. His American-based rival for the Eclipse, Domestic Spending, missed the Cup and raced only one more time over the season, winning a pair of Grade One races. Space Blues, although clearly outstanding overall and impressive in the Breeders’ Cup, likely will come in third in the balloting with his single American start. In other key categories, unbeaten juvenile filly Echo Zulu is a lock as champion 2yo filly; Shadwell Stable’s Kentucky Oaks heroine Malathaat has a strong shot at champion 3yo filly honours while competing against Clairiere and Europeanbased turf competitor Santa Barabara, and four time Grade One winner Letruska is the clear leader in the older filly/mare division. Remarkably, Japan has a shot for an Eclipse in the female grass division with Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf winner Loves Only You, who put together an impressive international campaign even if she only had the single American start. Japan’s Marche Lorraine is another finalist, even if facing the popular Letruska in the older female group; both Japanese mares are trained by the superb Yoshito Yahagi. In the human categories, winners appear to be easily predictable, with Godolphin the rightful winner as outstanding owner versus Juddmonte Farms and Klaravich Stables, and as outstanding breeder in a race with Calumet Farm and Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings. Godolphin led all others in both categories by earnings, setting an all time record among owners and ranking second all time by most breeder earnings. America’s top trainer will likely be, for the second consecutive year, Brad Cox since his trainee Knicks Go is the leading Horse of the Year candidate. Cox also trained other finalists Essential Quality, older female Shedaresthedevil and juvenile filly Juju’s Map. Steve Asmussen, who set a record for career wins by a trainer in 2021 while conditioning championship contenders Echo Zulu, Clairiere and male sprinter finalist Jackie’s Warrior, joins Chad Brown as other finalists for the training honours. Top jockey could be Joel Rosario, who led all American riders by purse money won, Graded Stakes victories and overall Stakes wins. Other finalists are Irad Ortiz Jr, who has won the award the past three years, and Flavien Prat. Meanwhile, other recent American developments of note included: Mystic Guide will not be able to defend his Dubai World Cup title after incurring a physical problem that could spell the end of his career. Trainer Michael Stidham told Daily Racing Form that “we don’t know for sure whether we’re going to continue on (racing) with him or not.” A 5yo by Ghostzapper, Mystic Guide underwent surgery last year to remove a chip in a knee and had resumed working prior to the latest setback. Godolphin may finally get to see some return on its major investment in now 4yo Aussie Pride. The son of Curlin and New ZealandGradeOnewinner Bounding, a halfsister to Epsom Derby victor Anthony Van Dyck, has turned in seven timed workouts for trainer Bill Mott since mid-November. A $4.1 million yearling purchase from Stonestreet at Keeneland, Aussie Pride has yet to make his racing debut. Lone Rock, who has won nine of his last 11 starts going back to claiming races in 2020, may be aimed at the Dubai World Cup. A multiple Grade Two winner trained by Robertino Diodoro, Lone Rock is a confirmed distance specialist as he has won stakes on dirt at 1 ½, 1 5/8 and 1 ¾ miles. Michele MacDonald award winning international journalist Yibir Maxfield BY MICHELE MACDONALD
8 ISSUE 750 - THURSDAY 20 JANUARY 2022 INTERVIEW: OLIVIER PESLIER BY DUANE FONSECA Peslier wants to be in the Bay if Pevensey is to run in the Balanchine Kalino Pevensey Bay E CAME, he rode, he conquered and he left vowing to come back for more. That was French riding legend Olivier Peslier putting his time to good use over the weekend of racing. The days of Thursday and Friday to be more precise. Peslier rode in the last race at Pau in France on Thursday at about 7pm UAE time and flew straight to Dubai thereafter as he was booked to ride on the opening night of the Dubai World Cup Carnival at Meydan. He was due to ridePevensey Bay for Hiroo Shimizu in the Group 2 Cape Verdi and it was nothing short of magical how the genius of Peslier managed to turn what appeared a lost cause into a scintillating victory. It was perhaps the most brilliantly and keenly contested race of the seven event programme that kicked off international racing for 2022 at Dubai’s marquee racecourse. Running in Group company for the first time, the 6yo Footstepsinthesand mare went from second last to win by almost a length over the sizable turf straight. If pace was down to Pevensey Bay, laying the tactical foundation to that terrific success was wholly Peslier, who, after finding himself locked in along the rail, steered her to the centre and a round the entire field ahead of them in the straight. The pair f i n i s h e d three-quarters of a length ahead of Niels Petersen’s Ascot Brass, the ride of Pat Cosgrave, with Charlie Appleby’s Wedding Dance a further half a length behind in the hands of William Buick. “When the trainer told me he was running a filly here and asked if I would want to ride her, I said, ‘Yeah I’m very keen to come’,” said Peslier, who rode Artemis to finish fifth in the Group 1 Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Jewel Crown at Abu Dhabi in December. “Yesterday I rode at Pau so it was easy for me to board a flight and come here. I landed Friday morning but I know the horse well from riding and winning aboard her in France. I thought it would be a hard race, but I knew we also had a chance.” Peslier’s previous win in the UAE was in the 2015 running of the Jewel Crown, which he won withKalino, trained by Alban de Mieulle. And we could next see him riding in the Group 2 Balanchine on 4 February. And what would be better than getting the leg up on Pevensey Bay? “Of course I would love to ride her in the Balanchine, but we’ll wait and see how she comes out of this race and after that the trainer will take the decision. I don’t know the programme, but I really enjoyed it today,” the 49yo added.
10 ISSUE 750 - THURSDAY 20 JANUARY 2022 DECEMBER AND JANUARY are particularly cold months in the UAE, but Doug Watson might have really felt the chill at Meydan after being frozen out of its winners’ enclosure for over a month. It’s unusual for Watson to be left out in the cold at Meydan, but ever since Mubakker landed the feature as part of a double on the 9 December card, the American was forced to watch from the sidelines as virtually every other trainer helped himself on the programme at Dubai’s landmark racing venue. But as the international window opened with the inaugural night of the Dubai World Cup Carnival last Friday, the ice started to thaw. Ending a strange period for Watson was Golden Goal, who sensationally scored in the Group 2 Al Maktoum Challenge R1. And having found the spark that reignited his title defence, the Red Stables supremo made a trip to the podium the following day at Jebel Ali after Mayaadeen nicked the 1400m handicap from the mouth of Sadeedd. Golden Goal’s success is the one likely to go the distance for Watson as it came at the cost of Secret Ambition, who thumped him by six lengths in last year’s Group 2 Godolphin Mile. Sam Hitchcott delivered a peach of a ride aboard the 8yo Dark Angel gelding, who hugged the rail after leaping out of stall one, keeping Secret Ambition on edge all along and running on in the straight for a deserving victory by a length and a half. It was a third success for Watson in the race and he was impressed but will now give Golden Goal the seven week break that should get him fresh for the Group 3 Burj Nahaar, Super Saturday’s course and distance equivalent of the Godolphin Mile. “We are very, very happy for Golden Goal and his owner Dale Brennan after he ran his heart out on Friday,” Watson told Al Adiyat after his trophy presentation at Jebel Ali on Saturday. “It looks like we’ll wait for Super Saturday to next run Golden Goal. He ran a hard race and the next mile race (the Group 3 Firebreak Stakes) is in three weeks, which will be a bit tough on him after winning the Al Maktoum Challenge, so we’ll go for the Burj Nahaar and then the Godolphin Mile.” Watson was all praise for second choice rider Hitchcott, who partnered Golden Goal in the Godolphin Mile. “It was a good ride from Sam too,” Watson added. “They drew one and he kept Secret Ambition under pressure a little bit. Secret Ambition will come on for that run but it was nice to get the win and we’ll go to the Godolphin Mile again and give the owner every chance of winning that.” Watson saddled two others in the Al Maktoum Challenge R1 and speaking of Thegreatcollection and Midnight Sands, who finished fourth and tenth respectively, Watson looking to keep it elementary after returning to winning ways at Meydan INTERVIEW: DOUG WATSON Golden Goal
11 ISSUE 750 - THURSDAY 20 JANUARY 2022 he added: “We were a bit disappointed with Midnights Sands. He has some kind of breathing issue that’s getting him to stop. “Thegreatcollection did well and is one we’re really looking forward to running in the second leg of the Al Maktoum Challenge. That will really help him, the extra distance and, hopefully, staying out of trouble.” The Al Maktoum Challenge R2 has been s in scheduled for 4 February, a busy night for Watson and one with the potential of being a big one as well. Joining Thegreatcollection in the 1900m Group Two contest could be Everfast, formerly trained by Dale Romans in America, who was second in the 2019 running of the Grade 1 Preakness Stakes at Pimlico. The Take Charge Indy gelding hit the ground running on his UAE debut when comfortably seeing out a 1600m rated conditions affair on 2 December. Prince Eiji is scheduled to contest the Group 3 Firebreak Stakes on that same card. The 6yo Dubawi gelding succumbed by a short head to Bhupat Seemar’s Kafoo on his first UAE run in a conditions event, but is a horse the trainer likes. “Everfast is being pointed towards the second leg. He was second in the 2019 Preakness Stakes over the same trip and he’s come on really well since his win and his owner (Frankie O’Connor) wants to go there so we’ve been meaning to save him for 4 February,” Watson said. “Prince Eiji goes to the Firebreak Stakes. I think Kafoo franked that form very nicely. We were thrilled with his first run. Thrilled and disappointed, but seeing Kafoo come back and run such a great race helped. “Prince Eiji just was a bit leg weary with it being his first start on dirt, but he’s come out of it well and we’re looking forward to the fourth of February.” But before that, the second night of the carnival on Friday will witness Watson dispatching some of his more seasoned names. Canvassed and Al Tariq both vie for the Group 3 Dubawi Stakes, while 2019 Group 2 UAE Derby winner Plus Que Parfait and Lost Eden contest the rated conditions run over 2000m. Plus Que Parfait has gone winless since clinching the UAE Derby and was fifth on his UAE debut in the Listed Entisar a little over a month ago, while Lost Eden took second behind 2020 Group 3 UAE Oaks winner Down On Da Bayou at Jebel Ali on his Emirates bow. Watson remains hopeful of the quartet and said: “Canvassed and Al Tariq both run in the Dubawi Stakes Canvassed is doing super: real good, so we’re looking forward to having him back out. There’s a few more, but those are the main ones at the moment.” With him having steered back to winning ways there’s definitely a lot to look forward to over the next few months. Missing the mark is definitely and definitively instructive and seven time UAE Champion Trainer Watson picked up plenty of positives too. “Three Meydan meetings without a win is slightly unusual,” said Watson, who was dethroned at the top of the Trainers’ Championship and with 21 wins so far trails leader Seemar by two. “Maybe we didn’t have the right horses, maybe we weren’t in the greatest of form, but the season’s going swingy. Bhupat has had a great run and we’re just trying to get back and try and get them into top form and to finish out the season. “Hopefully, we keep going. We have some nice horses at the stable. We’ve done well here and hopefully we keep winning more and then a few Dubai World Cup Carnival races to add to that will be great.” Canvassed Plus Que Parfait Everfast BY DUANE FONSECA
12 ISSUE 750 - THURSDAY 20 JANUARY 2022 OWNED IN partnership by Flying P Stable and R A Hill Stable, Lone Rock, a 7yo gelded son of Majestic Warrior and winner of the 3000m Grade 2 Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance Stakes on the Breeders’ Cup undercard at Del Mar last November, has emerged as a possible candidate for the $12 million Dubai World Cup according to trainer Robertino Diodoro. If all goes well in his next start, the Grade 3 Razorback Handicap at Oaklawn Park, the race used as a prep by Godolphin’s Mystic Guide before his Dubai World Cup success, the Meydan feature will likely be next. “I don’t know if we have to win the Razorback,” Diodoro said. “We are shortening up to a mile and a sixteenth in the Razorback. As long as he shows up again and runs like he’s been running, then we’re going to give the Dubai World Cup some serious consideration, for sure.” Lone Rock finished his 2021 campaign, which also included wins in Belmont’s Grade 2 Brooklyn Stakes and Saratoga’s Birdstone Stakes, with a December victory in Oaklawn’s 1800m Tinsel Stakes. He won seven of nine outings last year after being claimed by Diodoro for $40,000 on his last 2020 start, a Churchill win at 1600m. DWCC NEWS GLOBAL STAR and this week’s Dubai World Cup Carnival participant Lord Glitters is among the nominees for His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Horse Racing Excellence Awards, that will be announced on Super Saturday, 5 March. David O’Meara’s charge, declared for this Friday’s Group 2 Al Rashidiya, enjoyed a very fruitful 2021 campaign in which he won the Group 2 Singspiel Stakes and the Group 1 Jebel Hatta at Meydan before finishing sixth behind Lord North in the Group 1 Dubai Turf on Dubai World Cup day. The 9yo Whipper gelding finished his year winning the Group 3 Bahrain International Trophy at Sakhir. Lord Glitters among Racing Excellence Award nominees Lone may seek to Rock in World Cup Dubai World Cup Carnival Statistics (Cumulative Thoroughbred ONLY 2004-2022) Trainer Wins Saeed bin Suroor 247 Mike de Kock 151 Charlie Appleby 104 Doug Watson 89 Ali Rashid Al Rayhi 54 Satish Seemar 54 Musabbeh Al Mheiri 31 Leading jockeys by wins (DWC Carnival 2004-2022) Jockey Wins Frankie Dettori 108 Christophe Soumillon 89 William Buick 82 Mickael Barzalona 67 Richard Mullen 49 James Doyle 45 Tadhg O’Shea 30 Dubai World Cup Carnival 2022 statistics (ALL races) Trainer Wins Charlie Appleby 1 Doug Watson 1 Saeed bin Suroor 1 Musabbeh Al Mheiri 1 Fawzi Nass 1 Antonio Cintra Pereira 1 Hiroo Shimizu 1 Dubai World Cup Carnival 2022 statistics Jockey Wins William Buick 1 Adrie de Vries 1 Antonio Fresu 1 Pat Cosgrave 1 Vagner Leal 1 Sam Hitchcott 1 Olivier Peslier 1
13 ISSUE 750 - THURSDAY 20 JANUARY 2022 CONTINUING HIS excellent strike rate on the all-weather, Rainbow Dreamer landed a conditions race, a FastTrack Qualifier for the £150,000 All-Weather Marathon Championships, over an extended two miles at Wolverhampton on Monday. The Alan King-trained 9yo has now won half of his 14 starts on the all-weather and was taking this particular contest for a second time following his victory in 2020. Stablemate Coeur De Lion led the field, with RainbowDreamer positioned in second under Hollie Doyle while Clap Your Hands and Earlofthecotswolds brought up the rear. The order remained unchanged until Rainbow Dreamer moved alongside Coeur De Lion approaching the final 3f and the hot favourite soon had his three rivals under pressure. Earlofthecotswolds ran a great race on his Flat debut and briefly looked a threat in the straight, but Rainbow Dreamer ran on strongly to score by a length and a half. Clap Your Hands was four and a half lengths further back in third. Doyle, enjoying her fifth success on the winner, said: “Rainbow Dreamer is definitely up there with my favourite horses. “I have been riding him since I was a 5lb claimer. I remember riding him to win around Southwell and he has come on leaps and bounds since then. “He jumped well, settled well, and the further I was going the better. I thought it was the best he has ever travelled and then he quickened up nicely. “The pace wasn’t too generous, but he was into a nice rhythm from a fair way out, which is what he needs. “For a horse that stays this far, he actually has a few gears, which is what you want for the all-weather.” A GROUP OF eight horses trained by Doug O’Neill led by Grade 1 Pennsylvania Derby hero Hot Rod Charlie is being aimed at the ongoing Dubai World Cup Carnival (DWCC) at Meydan. The octet’s preparations will be overseen by assistant trainer Leandro Mora. It will be the second time in three years that the conditioner will be represented by horses stabled in Dubai, having celebrated an outstanding DWCC in 2020. O’Neill indicated last month that Hot Rod Charlie would have the $12 million Group 1 Dubai World Cup as his major early target. The newly turned 4yo was most recently narrowly beaten into second by Express Train in the Grade 2 San Antonio Stakes. Similar to California Chrome and Curlin, each of whom prepped victoriously in Dubai prior to winning the Dubai World Cup, Hot Rod Charlie could take in a race such as the $100,000 Listed Curlin Stakes over the same 2000m dirt distance as the main event. Among the 17 horses that represented O’Neill at the 2020 carnival was Fore Left, a dual Stakes winner on dirt in the US as a juvenile who defeated 15 rivals to land the Group 3 UAE 2000 Guineas on his lone appearance in the desert. Khantaro D’Oro could be aimed at a similar UAE campaign, despite being a maiden after six starts. WC Racing’s Wildman Jack made history at the 2020 DWCC, becoming the first Americantrained runner to land a turf race in Dubai when scoring impressively in the Group 3 Nad Al Sheba Turf Sprint on Super Saturday. The W C Racing-bred and co-owned sophomore gelding Get Back Goldie is expected to be part of the O›Neill team as well. Fore Left carried the silks of top O’Neill client Reddam Racing and that operation is set to be represented at the carnival by 4yo Go On, a maiden winner over 6f at Santa Anita in October. The other four likely O’Neill horses are Strong Constitution, Positivity, Appreciated and Notre Dame. Charlie looks a Hot Rod at head of strong carnival team for returning O’Neill Doug O’Neill Hot Rod Charlie Rainbow Dreamer takes more real all-weather gold
14 ISSUE 750 - THURSDAY 20 JANUARY 2022 Secret Ambition Motafaawit Sed Maarib Dubai World Cup Carnival horses Dubai Racing Channel’s Laura King will watch closely next time Dubai World Cup Carnival horses the Racing Post’s Ron Wood will watch closely next time Read Ron Wood’s detailed carnival previews and analysis at racingpost.com Watch Laura King live from Meydan on Dubai Racing Channel every week. SECRET AMBITION: - just turned nine and that was his 43rd start, but there is no sign of age wearying Secret Ambition just yet. Nasir Askar’s star put up a monstrous effort in defeat, conceding both race fitness and the rail to Golden Goal and the ensuing tussle was brilliant to watch. I’m still not convinced about Secret Ambition going to Saudi; I wish they’d stay here and keep him at a mile, but there are 20million reasons to go… MOTAFAAWIT: - Doug Watson’s 6yo was one for one over C&D ahead of Listed Dubai Dash, and it might have been 2/2 if he hadn’t been a little slowly away. He ran on well to finish third and should have the Al Quoz Sprint, in which he was fifth last year, as a viable target again. SED MAARIB: - it wasn’t a great race, but Sed Maarib was slightly unlucky not to win Jumeirah Classic Trial; not having the smoothest run through the race and failing by just half a length. He should be able to pick up one of these events at some stage and prevent a Godolphin domination of the series. SUMMER IS TOMORROW: - ran well behind older rival who had favoured inside position, this colt racing to his outside. He could make a smart sprinter in due course. SOVEREIGN PRINCE: - all eyes were no doubt drawn to runner-up SedMaarib, who was closing at line, but he was just keeping on into slowing pace. The winner Sovereign Prince raced close to what was an overly tempo so he’s better than bare result suggests and there’s a fair chance he can confirm form in February’s Jumeirah Classic. KAFOO: - was closing into a slowing pace in first round of Al MaktoumChallenge but it’ll be interesting to see what he can do over further. SALUTE THE SOLDIER: - ran satisfactorily on first start since finishing fifth in Dubai World Cup. From post 4, he raced in behind horses but he’s happier when in the clear, and he’ll likely come on for this so he’ll hold fair claims of winning the second round of this challenge again.
15 ISSUE 750 - THURSDAY 20 JANUARY 2022 Sovereign Prince Pevensey Bay Sed Maarib RB Rich Lyke Me Secret Ambition Kafoo Summer Is Tomorrow Mutaraffa Salute The Soldier Dubai World Cup Carnival horses our very own Duane Fonseca will watch closely next time PEVENSEY BAY: - superb turn of foot to win from second last after rounding everyone in front of her in the straight. Flourishing on her first ever run in Group company and with her legend of a partner expected to ride again next time, things will only get better. RB RICH LYKE ME: - peerless in two starts so far suggesting we might have seen the winner of this year’s Dubai Kahayla Classic already. None here right now seem capable of turning the tables on Fawzi Nass’ grey. SED MAARIB: - fell tad short. Might have had a little too much to do with little ground left and too much traffic to negotiate. Things could have been different if either factor would have swung even marginally in his favour. SECRET AMBITION: - old but not done and not a bad run on his seasonal bow. A better draw perhaps would have helped shut out eventual winner, who had a massive advantage racing in close second along the rail. Has to improve for run. PESSEMONA: - may have had more of say in Cape Verdi had she enjoyed clear run. This should tee her up nicely for Balanchine over an extra furlong next month and her trainer won that race in 2014. MUTARAFFA: - showed he’s still improving in taking closing sprint on seasonal return. He ran well in a Group 3 last term and can be a force back in Pattern company.
16 ISSUE 750 - THURSDAY 20 JANUARY 2022 Recordman Mister Kafoo Royal Crusade Down On Da Bayou Kafoo Dubai World Cup Carnival horses Editor will watch closely next time RB RICH LYKE ME: - looks a classy recruit and could be hard to beat in remaining Meydan Purebred Arabian features. MISTER KAFOO: - unlikely to win at carnival but can surely land at least a maiden. RECORDMAN: - very pleasing run behind Godolphin duo. Another whomay struggle land a carnival prize but should record a domestic success or two if sights lowered. KAFOO: - lost his unbeaten record but produced a career best and should have learned a lot. DOWN ON DA BAYOU: - clearly handles turf and looks worth trying over 1400m or even 1200m on the straight track. Dirt options also exist for versatile filly. ROYAL CRUSADE: - looked to find the 1200m bit too much of a speed test. Will be of great interest over 1400m Rb Rich Lyke Me
UAE – 2 winners Uruguay – 1 winner France – 1 winner Bahrain – 1 winner 2022 ANTONIOCINTRAPEREIRA DOUGWATSON 1 SAEEDBINSUROOR 1 CHARLIE APPLEBY 1 After 6 Thoroughbred races Purebred Arabians 2 winners 1 MUSABBEHAL MHEIRI 1 HIROOSHIMIZU 1 FAWZI NASS 1
18 ISSUE 750 - THURSDAY 20 JANUARY 2022 GROUP TWO winner Real World, a 5yo entire homebred son of Dark Angel, reportedly pleased his trainer Saeed bin Suroor in an important piece of work last week and is being aimed at the $20 million Group 1 Saudi Cup in February. Having won the Royal Hunt Cup at Royal Ascot in June, he followed up in Listed company at Newbury before he added the Group 3 Strensall Stakes to his CV, prior to signing off last season with a narrow victory in the Group 2 Prix Daniel Wildenstein at ParisLongchamp. “He worked really well, he’s in good order and I’m very happy with him,” said Bin Suroor. “The target with him is to take him to Saudi, but I would like to give him a race first at the end of this month. I will judge him when he works next week and see when I think he is ready for a race and then we’ll make a plan. “We probably don’t need to run him on dirt before Saudi. “I’ll run him on turf, we’ll switch to dirt in the Saudi Cup. “When we took him back to Newmarket he grew and simply became a better horse. “That is why I want to run him on turf first, to get him ready for the Saudi Cup.” SAUDI CUP NEWS Saudi Cup target for Real World LAMBOURN TRAINER William Muir issued an upbeat bulletin on the condition of stable star Pyledriver last week when the trainer indicated a clash with Mishriff in the world’s richest race, the $20 million Saudi Cup, next month was not set in stone. The 5yo’s primary objective could instead be one of the Saudi Cup’s support races instead. Muir, who trains in partnership with Chris Grassick, entered Pyledriver in the Saudi Cup, which is on dirt, and the Neom Turf Cup, a Group Three that also takes place at Riyadh on 26 February. The trainer was always keen to make the trip in advance of March’s Dubai Sheema Classic at Meydan, but is favouring the turf event, which has a prize fund of $1.5 million and may be a more suitable target for the son of Harbour Watch, who was last seen finishing second in the Group 1 Hong Kong Vase last month. “He goes to Saudi and is in great shape,” Muir said. “It’s a prep for the Sheema Classic because otherwise, since Hong Kong, he’s had a few months of doing very little. “The turf race is a mile and two and a half furlongs, whereas the Saudi Cup is a mile and one furlong. I’m thinking of the best thing for the horse, but that’s not to say he definitely won’t run in that. “He has an invitation for both races and we could look at the Saudi Cup closer to the time when the field is clearer and think a little differently.” Pyledriver, who was third in the 2020 St Leger provided Muir his very first top level success in 30 years of training when landing the Coronation Cup at Epsom in June, but a groin injury disrupted the horse’s summer and autumn. “He’s thriving, absolutely thriving,” Muir added. “I hope, at five, he’s reaching his peak and this could be a strong year for him.” Saudi en route to Sheema Classic for Muir’s stable star
20 ISSUE 750 - THURSDAY 20 JANUARY 2022 THE 2022 SAUDI CUP meeting has attracted over 700 entries from 22 different countries, including a remarkable 71 international Group One winners, all vying to pick up some of the $35.1 million prize money across the two days on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 February. Reigning Saudi Cup champion Mishriff has already achieved impressive career earnings of $15 million, a figure that currently leaves him ninth in the list of history’s highest earning Thoroughbreds. If he were to record a historic second successive triumph in the third running of the 1800m Saudi Cup, to be run as a Group One for the first time this year, he would become the highest earning racehorse of all time, eclipsing Australian wondermare Winx. Japan, a country that won two races on last year’s Saudi Cup card, is responsible for over 90 entries at the meeting and is set to be represented in the Saudi Cup by T O Keynes, most recently seen landing the Champions Cup, a qualifying race for the Saudi Cup. Breeders’ Cup Distaff winner Marche Lorraine is another who could take her place in the $20 million contest. There is a strong US contingent with over 150 entries, including a number of classy contenders for the Saudi Cup. Breeders’ Cup Classic winner and 2021 Saudi Cup fourth Knicks Go has been given an entry, along with Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile champion Life Is Good. Other possible runners from the US include Hot Rod Charlie, Mandaloun and Midnight Bourbon. South American superstar Aero Trem, currently in Dubai, has been entered, while there are some interesting European contenders, including Group One winners Sealiway, Skaletti and Pyledriver. SAUDI CUP NEWS Defending champion heads Saudi Cup entries Life Is Good Pyledriver Knicks Go Mishriff T O Keynes
21 ISSUE 750 - THURSDAY 20 JANUARY 2022 Horse Trainer Country trained Aerotrem (Brz) Antonio Cintra Uruguay Ajuste Fiscal (Uru) Antonio Cintra Uruguay Alkhateeb (USA) Mohammed Aldugish KSA Almobeer (KSA) Hamad Alrasheed KSA Almustawrad (Ire) Abdulaziz Almetawae KSA Alzahzaah (KSA) Shaleh Aladhayani KSA Amhran Na Bhfiann (Ire) Kahlil de Burca Sweden Ana Almaqsood (USA) Mamdouh Alali KSA Arctic Sound (GB) Fawaz Alghareeban KSA Art Collector (USA) William Mott USA Art Du Val (GB) Charlie Appleby UAE Avalina (USA) Abdulaziz Khalid KSA Avant Garde (USA) Bhupat Seemar UAE Baaher (USA) Abdulaziz Khalid KSA Bamer Allah (KSA) Badan Alsubaie KSA Beehive GB) Fawaz Alghareeban KSA Billhilly (Ger) Salman Almindeel KSA Bob and Jackie (USA) Richard Baltas USA Bodyline (Ire) Fawaz Alghareeban KSA Bullof Wall Street (USA) Niels Petersen Norway Caddo River (USA) Brad Cox USA Cafe Pharoah (USA) Noriyuki Hori Japan Calculation (GB) Abdulaziz Almetawae KSA Cape To Cuba (GB) Abdulaziz Khalid KSA Cariblanco (Chi) Saud Saad KSA Ce Ce (USA) Michael McCarthy USA Cezanne (USA) Bob Baffert USA Chuwa Wizard (Jpn) Ryuji Okubo Japan Colonel Liam (USA) Todd Pletcher USA Concert Tour (USA) Brad Cox USA Country Grammer (USA) Bob Baffert USA Cros Parantoux (Jpn) Kazuo Fujisawa Japan Crossed Baton (GB) Faisal Almandill KSA Danon Pharaoh (Jpn) Yoshito Yahagi Japan Dawn Intello (Fr) Andreas Schutz France Deacon (GB) Nawaf Almindeel KSA Derevo (GB) Abdullah Meshref KSA Desert Peace (USA) Charlie Appleby UAE Dontaskmeagain (USA) Abdah Alathaab KSA Dr Post (USA) Todd Pletcher USA Eight Rings (USA) Bob Baffert USA Elwazir (GB) Fawaz Alghareeban KSA Emblem Girl (USA) Abdulaziz Khalid KSA Emblem Road (USA) Mitab Almulawah KSA Emirates Currency (GB) Fawaz Alghareeban KSA Epic Endeavour (Ire) Saud Saad KSA Everfast (USA) Doug Watson UAE Fabilis (GB) Saud Saad KSA Nominations for The Saudi Cup, $20,000,000, 1800m, Dirt NH 4yo&up and SH 3yo&up”
22 ISSUE 750 - THURSDAY 20 JANUARY 2022 Horse Trainer Country trained Fearless (USA) Todd Pletcher USA First Constitution (Chi) Todd Pletcher USA For the Top (Arg) Musabbeh al Mheiri UAE France Go de Ina (USA) Hideyuki Mori Japan Freedom Fighter (USA) Bhupat Seemar UAE Friar’s Road (USA) Michael McCarthy USA Full Flat (USA) Hideyuki Mori Japan Ginobili (USA) Richard Baltas USA Grand Glory (GB) Gianluca Bietolini France Great Scot (GB) Abdullah Meshref KSA Grocer Jack (Ger) William Haggas GB Gronkowski (USA) Abdulaziz Khalid KSA Happy Saver (USA) Todd Pletcher USA Highland Avenue (Ire) Charlie Appleby UAE Horoscope (Ire) Salman Almindeel KSA Hot Rod Charlie (USA) Doug O’Neill USA Hypothetical (Ire) Salem bin Ghadayer UAE Ice Dancing (Ire) Salman Almindeel KSA Iffraaz (Ire) Abdulaziz Almetawae KSA Irwin (Arg) Antonio Cintra Uruguay Khartoum (USA) Badan Alsubaie KSA Kiefer (Brz) Ricardo B Colombo Uruguay Knicks Go (USA) Brad Cox USA Kuwait Currency (USA) Yousef Almutairi KSA La Casa Tarifa (Ire) Salman Almindeel KSA La Perouse (Jpn) Kazuo Fujisawa Japan Law Professor (USA) Michael McCarthy USA Life Is Good (USA) Todd Pletcher USA Lord North (Ire) John & Thady Gosden GB Louganini (GB) Salman Almindeel KSA Lough Derg (Ire) Saud Saad KSA Magny Cours (USA) Andre Fabre France Making Miracles (GB) Mitab Almulawah KSA Man Of The Night (Fr) Yousef Almutairi KSA Mandaloun (USA) Brad Cox USA Marche Lorraine (Jpn) Yoshito Yahagi Japan Mayhamah (KSA) Badan Alsubaie KSA Maypole (GB) Salman Almindeel KSA MIdnight Bourbon (USA) Steven Asmussen USA Miles D (USA) Chad Brown USA Military Law (GB) Musabbeh al Mheiri UAE Mishriff (Ire) John & Thady Gosden GB Motabasher (KSA) Badan Alsubaie KSA Motakay‘yef (KSA) Hamad Alrasheed KSA Mouheeb (USA) Nicholas Bachalard UAE Mr Excellency (Ire) Fawaz Alghareeban KSA Mutually (Jpn) Yoshiyuki Yano Japan My Frankel (GB) Saud Saad KSA My Oberon (Ire) William Haggas GB Name The Wind (GB) Fawaz Alghareeban KSA Neenee’s Choice (GB) Badan Alsubaie KSA Nicklaus (GB) Faisal Mashan KSA
23 ISSUE 750 - THURSDAY 20 JANUARY 2022 Horse Trainer Country trained Night Ops (USA) Brad Cox USA Notation (Ire) Fawaz Alghareeban KSA Okku (KSA) Bader Rizaiq KSA Party Season (USA) Salman Almindeel KSA Passion And Glory (Ire) Saeed bin Suroor UAE Plainsman (USA) Brad Cox USA Power Link (USA) Salman Almindeel KSA Prefontaine (Ire) Abdulaziz Almetawae KSA Premier Star (USA) Bhupat Seemar UAE Proven Reserves (USA) Abdulaziz Khalid KSA Pyledriver (GB) William Muir & Chris Grassick GB Raaed (Ire) Badan Alsubaie KSA Real World (Ire) Saeed bin Suroor UAE Rebel’s Romance (Ire) Charlie Appleby UAE Recovery Run (GB) Allan Smith Bahrain Roman Rosso (Arg) Bhupat Seemar UAE Saboor (GB) Salman Almindeel KSA Saiydabad (USA) Abdullah Meshref KSA Salute The Soldier (Ger) Fawzi Nass Bahrain Sealiway (Fr) Francis-Henri Graffard France Secret Ambition (GB) Bhupat Seemar UAE Shared Sense (USA) Brad Cox USA Sir Busker (Ire) William Knight GB Skalleti (Fr) Jerome Reynier France Sky Commander (Ire) Salman Almindeel KSA Soft Whisper (Ire) Saeed bin Suroor UAE South Bend (USA) William Mott USA Spielberg (USA) Bob Baffert USA Star of Wins (Ire) Fawaz Alghareeban KSA Step By Step (Fr) Nawaf Almindeel KSA Stilleto Boy (USA) Ed Moger Jr USA Stylehunter (GB) Abdulaziz Almetawae KSA Suave Aramis (Jpn) Naosuke Sugai Japan Sultanat Alriyadh (KSA) Abdulrahman Albuayjan KSA Summeronsevenhills (USA) Mohammed Alhirabi KSA Super Stock (USA) Steven Asmussen USA Switzerland (USA) Bhupat Seemar UAE T O Keynes (Jpn) Daisuke Takayanagi Japan Tarantino (USA) Ed Moger Jr USA Tatweej (USA) Shaleh Aladhayani KSA Thegreatcollection (USA) Doug Watson UAE Toledo (USA) Abdulaziz Khalid KSA Trancaferro (URG) Bander Hamdam KSA Triple Tap (USA) Bob Baffert USA Victory Command (Ire) Salman Almindeel KSA Visitant (USA) William Morey USA Walkinthesand (Ire) Saud Saad KSA Warrant (USA) Brad Cox USA Warriors Charge (USA) Brad Cox USA Windjammer (Jpn) Kazuo Fujisawa Japan Wink Of An Eye (GB) Salman Almindeel KSA Zuran Zuran (Arg) Bader Rezaiq KSA The Saudi Cup Total # of entries: 152
24 ISSUE 750 - THURSDAY 20 JANUARY 2022 IT WAS confirmed last week that Efforia, a colt by Epiphaneia, became the first 3yo since Orfevre in 2011 to be named Japanese Horse of the Year when the 2021 honours were revealed. Carrot Farm’s star received 277 of the 296 possible votes, easily outscoring the globetrotting Loves Only You, who received 18 votes for the top prize. Efforia was also unanimously named Champion 3yo Male which obviously was no great surprise. For the third straight season, Contrail was awarded championship honours, this time as older male. Sparingly campaigned, the son of Rhodochrosite was third in the Group 1 Osaka Hai on his 4yo debut in April and then runner-up in the Tenno Sho before dominating the Group 1 Japan Cup in his career swansong in November. The exploits of Loves Only You at home and abroad were rewarded with Champion Older Female honours. The 2019 Group 1 Yushun Himba (Japanese Oaks) heroine made just two of her six seasonal appearances in Japan, winning the Group 2 Kyoto Kinen in February before a third to Mishriff in the Group 1 Dubai Sheema Classic and victory in the Group 1 QEII Cup in Hong Kong in April. Though not as brilliant as in her championship 2yo season in 2020, Sodashi was named best of her generation in 2021, winning the Group 1 Oka Sho (Japanese 1000 Guineas) and the Sapporo Kinen, defeating Loves Only You. Gran Alegria successfully defended her title as Japan›s Champion Sprinter/Miler, her third championship overall after being named best 3yo filly of 2019. With victories in the Group 1 Asahi Hai Futurity and Hanshin Juvenile Fillies respectively, Do Deuce and Circle Of Life took top honours in the 2yo male and filly divisions. T O Keynes was named Champion Dirt Horse after his emphatic score in the Group 1 Champions Cup. NEWS Efforia takes top Japanese acclaim CHARLIE FELLOWES, who trains from Bedford House Stables in Newmarket, will condition horses for Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum starting this upcoming European Flat season. Sheikh Ahmed, whose predominantly yellow silks are world famous, is the owner of international and multiple Group One winner Addeybb among his current ranks of horses in training. “Having Sheikh Ahmed on the roster is a real boost,” said Fellowes. “He is a really wonderful owner to have in the yard. It is a nice set of colours to have in the yard and I’m led to believe he is a wonderful man to train for. “He has been associated with some fantastic horses over the last few years and hopefully we can have a nice one for him. They haven’t come to me yet, but I’m told we will have three 2yo colts for him. They will all be in pre-training at the moment and come to us when they are ready.” Fellowes to train for Sheikh Ahmed Sh Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Charlie Fellowes Efforia Contrail