AGE is just a number for Suedois, one of the world’s most consistent turf performers. The almost black gelded son of Le Havre, who turned nine with the turn of the year, arrived in Dubai last week and looks a strong contender on this, his first attempt at tackling competition that will be thrown at him during the Dubai World Cup Carnival. Suedois has won nine times and achieved multiple placings during the course of his 47 race career and his form has been top class for years now. A multiple Group level winner, Suedois first claimed the 2015 Group 3 Prix de Meautry Barriere over 1200m at Deauville and then the Group 2 Boomerang Stakes at Leopardstown in 2017.
Following that win in Ireland over 1600m in September, he was flown across the Atlantic for the Grade 1 Shadwell Turf Mile a month later, which he also claimed with a late charge. He arrives in Dubai having finished a close third in Keeneland’s Group 1 Shadwell Turf Mile Stakes on 5 October, which was after the fourth he took in the 2019 renewal of the Group 2 Boomerang Stakes, a race that followed his victory in the 1400m Group 3 Supreme Stakes at Goodwood in August. And if his trainer David O’Meara is to be believed, Suedois might be ready to impact Dubai in contests up to 1600m, with his first race likely to be the inaugural Listed Meydan Challenge over 1400m on the opening night of the DWC Carnival.
“He likes seven furlongs to a mile,” O’Meara said. “I think the first race for him is 2 January and we’ll look at those good handicaps for him. Later on, we’ll look at a race like the Group 2 Zabeel Mile. He’ll likely have three races between January and February.” Thereafter he could be targeted at the 1400m Group 2 Al Fahidi Fort and the Group 2 Zabeel Mile. Two $175,000 handicaps fit his 110 rating during the DWC Carnival, one over 1600m on 16 January and 1400m on 27 February. “He will be ready,” O’Meara concluded. “He’s an older horse and I wanted to keep him going through winter. He fits well into the races in Dubai.”