A tough string of Japanese raiders are bound for Dubai and are likely to hold a hot hand during the two major turf races on Dubai World Cup night. With the successes of such luminaries as Admire Moon, Gentildonna and Just A Way in the past, it is no surprise that the Japanese are not afraid to throw some of their best stock this way in order to take home a chunk of the combined $12 million in purses between the Group 1 Dubai Turf and Group 1 Dubai Sheema Classic. Suave Richard may not be a known name outside of Japan, like his friendly rival Rey De Oro, but he is likely to join said champion in the gate for the $6 million Longines Dubai Sheema Classic on 30 March.
Trainer Yasushi Shono confirmed with Japanese media representatives that the 2410m turf race was the target for the Nicks Co. Ltd-owned son of 2006 winner Heart’s Cry. Rated a lofty 121, Suave Richard was a rousing winner of the Group 1 Osaka Hai over 2000m in April and has proven to be one of the more versatile runners in Japan, including third-place finishes in the 1600m Group 1 Yasuda Kinen and 2400m Group 1 Japan Cup. His other victories include wins in the 2000m Group 2 Kinko Sho and 2500m Group 2 Copa Republica Argentina within a 5-for-13 career that has earned him roughly $4.8 million.