Issue 750

40 ISSUE 750 - THURSDAY 20 JANUARY 2022 FOR CARNIVAL read kaleidoscope. That will certainly be the case if the trimmings surrounding Pevensey Bay, winner of the Cape Verdi on last week’s opening day of the series at Meydan, are repeated over the next couple of months. Named after a beach near the resort of Eastbourne on Britain’s south coast, close by where owners Julia and Jon Aisbitt live, the 6yo mare has the cosmopolitan background that the Dubai World Cup Carnival craves. Foaled in Germany, she is by the British-bred stallion Footstepsinthesand, who stands in Ireland, out of a French-bred mare who failed to win and whose dam never made it to the racecourse. What’s more, Pevensey Bay is trained in France by Hiroo Shimizu, a native of Japan who arrived in Europe in 2010 to learn the racing game and took out his first training licence seven years later. When Pevensey Bay led close home to beat Sweden’s Ascot Brass by three-quarters of a length, Shimizu was able to claim his first winner in the UAE. The same cannot be said about her rider, Olivier Peslier, who celebrated his 49th birthday just two days before the Cape Verdi and is one of only two jockeys still riding who competed at the inaugural Dubai World Cup meeting in 1996, Frankie Dettori being the other. For reasons associated with contractual arrangements in another part of the Gulf and more recently the limitations of travel under Covid-19 restrictions, Peslier had not ridden in the UAE for three years before he checked in at Meydan last Friday. More than that, his prior appearances had been so severely curtailed that his last winner in the country was in November 2015, when Kalino became the inaugural victor in Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Jewel Crown, then the world’s richest race for Purebred Arabians. Yet overall Peslier has a sound record in the UAE, and his expertise on Arabians means he is arguably still the world’s premier exponent THE WRIGHT WORD Peerless Peslier back on top Pevensey Bay Cirrus Des Aigles