2010 Dubai Duty Free (G1)

3/27/2010, Meydan-UAE
1 1/8 m (Turf)
3+ M
*Rank is current Power Ranking among all active horses, based on highest HRN rating. Rating is based on HRN member voting.
FinSilksHorse / SireRatingTrainer / JockeyLast Start / Next Start
1st Al Shemali
A. Al Raihe
R. Ffrench
4th, 2013 Handicap (LS) View Video
2nd Bankable
H. Brown
K. Shea
13th, 2011 Dubai Duty Free (G1)
3rd Imbongi
Russian Revival
M. De Kock
C. Soumillon
13th, 2011 Godolphin Mile (G2)
4th The Usual Q. T.
Unusual Heat
J. Cassidy
V. Espinoza
3rd, 2012 San Gabriel (G2)
5th Take The Points
Even the Score
T. Pletcher
E. Prado
2nd, 2010 United Nations (G1) View Video
6th Lahaleeb
F. Nass
J. Egan
8th, 2010 E. P. Taylor Stakes (G1) View Video
7th Ibn Battuta
Seeking the Gold
M. Muhairi
W. Smith
8th, 2013 Handicap View Video
8th Good Ba Ba
Lear Fan
D. Cruz
W. Marwing
7th, 2013 William Reid Stakes (G1) View Video
9th Courageous Cat
Storm Cat
W. Mott
G. Gomez
13th, 2011 Breeders' Cup Mile (G1) View Video
10th Calvados Blues
M. Zarooni
A. Ajtebi
9th, 2012 September Stakes (G3)
11th Presvis
L. duplicate
C. Lemaire
14th, 2012 Dubai Duty Free (G1)
12th Snaafy
M. Muhairi
R. Hills
11th, 2012 Godolphin Mile (G2)
13th Confront
S. Stoute
R. Moore
6th, 2011 Ben Marshall Stakes (LS)
14th Alexandros
S. Suroor
F. Dettori
8th, 2010 Ben Marshall Stakes (LS)
15th Justenuffhumor
Distorted Humor
S. Suroor
T. Durcan
15th, 2010 Dubai Duty Free (G1) View Video
16th Tam Lin
M. Shafya
W. Supple
9th, 2011 Dubai City of Gold (G2)

What the Nation is saying about the 2010 Dubai Duty Free (G1)...

Al Shemali just exploded with a move in this race that no one was going to beat. He did it again recently in Singapore. Finishing only behind Lizard's Desire and Gloria De Campeao in the Singapore Airlines International Cup. But for The Usual Q.T. and Take The Points to finish 4th and 5th in this race. Beating some very good European turf horses. The likes of Presvis, Alexandros, and Confront. Hong Kong's champion miler, Good Ba Ba. Plus La Haleeb, Snaafy, and Calvados Blues speaks very highly to the effort that the American horses put forth in the 2010 Dubai Duty Free. IMO.
Congratulations to the American horses Take The Points, The Usual Q.T., and Courageous Cat for all making a great accounting of themselves at Meydan in the 2010 Dubai Duty Free. All three ran well early on in the race, and at one time were sitting at the #2, #3, and #4 positions in the race. Take The Points and The Usual Q.T. ran on strong to finish 4th and 5th. Courageous Cat ran well all through, but finally faded towards rear field in the final 100 meters. But all and all, a very good showing for the three American horses in this year's Dubai Duty Free. IMO.
Royston Ffrench landed a massive shock victory on locally trained longshot Al Shemali, who quickened in the straight to land the $5 million Dubai Duty Free after a slowly run race.Trained in his early years by both Sir Michael Stoute and Saeed Bin Suroor, the six-year-old son of Medicean was represe...Read More
The Dubai World Cup is what the Breeders' Cup first set out to be. Where the Breeders' Cup strayed by creating a second day of watered-down races, Dubai kept to its original goals.One day, seven championship races, purses of $26 million and full, truly international fields make the Dubai World Cup ...Read More
It's breakfast at Wimbledon for racing fans....I'd call it the Duel in the Desert, but there's really no big duel being touted on the Sheikh's biggest race day of the year. Not that we have one in the works here in the States (now that the Apple Bottom Jeans Handicap has been hijacked by Jess Jackso...Read More
The following are the Post Position draws for the 2010 Dubai Duty Free from attheraces.com: 1. Imbongi 2. Good Ba Ba 3. Justenfuffhumor 4. IBN Battuta 5. Courageous Cat 6. Tam Lin 7. Al Shemali 8. Bankable 9. The Usual Q.T. 10. Take The Points 11. Alexandros 12. Confront 13. La Haleeb 14. Snaafy 15. Presvis 16. Calvados Blues The Dubai Duty Free is on the under card of the March 27th Dubai World Cup.
# R6 - DUBAI DUTY FREE (G1) # R7 - DUBAI SHEEMA CLASSIC (G1) 1 Imbongi C Soumillon 10 1 Jukebox Jury R Ffrench 40 2 Good Ba Ba W Marwing 7 2 Eastern Anthem A Ajtebi 50 3 Justenuffhumor T Durcan 30 3 Anmar R Hills 50 4 Ibn Battuta W Smith 20 4 Pan River S Kaya 9 5 Courageous Cat G Gomez 12 5 Quijano...Read More
The post positions were drawn mid-Wednesday morning for the first four thoroughbred races on Saturday’s card.  The Dubai Duty Free, Dubai Sheema Classic, and Dubai World Cup fields will be drawn at a formal ceremony on Wednesday evening.  Listed below is the post draw (same as saddle towel...Read More
American trainer Jim Cassidy got a first-hand look at the sprawling backstretch at the new Meydan racecourse over the weekend. He made the walk between the barn area where the United States horses are housed to the racetrack, which took a lot longer than expected. "It's got to be a mile and half to ...Read More
Saturday's $10 million Dubai World Cup field had a slight shake-up over the weekend when Take the Points, who won the Secretariat Stakes at Arlington Park and Jamaica Handicap at Belmont Park last summer and fall, was redirected to the $5 million Dubai Duty Free over about 1 1-8 miles on turf...Read More
Although Presvis, Alexandros, and Bankable are all three listed as "probable" for the 2010 Dubai Duty Free at Meydan, and all three have been successful in Dubai over the last two racing Carnivals, I wouldn't completely rule out the Sir Michael Stoute trained colt from Great Britain "Confront." A powerful colt, with a really good kick for home once he's asked, Confront has 11 starts on the Turf on tracks in Great Britain with 5 wins and 4 place efforts against really top class competition.
In one of several changes involving horses slated to run on the March 27 Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) program, Starlight Partners’ dual grade I winner Take the Points has been given a new target, the $5-million Dubai Duty Free (UAE-I) on the Meydan Racecourse turf.Read More
With Mastery in the Dubai World Cup, Cavalryman in the Sheema Classic, and Alexandros in the Duty Free, Godolphin Stables are really coming on March 27th with their "guns loaded," sending these three talented runners. I think they intend to walk away with some money from the Dubai Racing Carnival.
To expand a little on the comment's that I just made about Vision D'Etat, and my liking his chances of winning the Dubai Duty Free. I stated that he will likely get challenges from Alexandros and Presvis. Looking further at the list of possible's, I'd also have to add Collection, who ran a strong 2nd in the Hong Kong Cup against Vision D'Etat, Paco Boy who has an exceptional turn of foot, and the most lightly raced but already quite successful colt Border Patrol. This is assuming that all of the listed "Possibles" show up in Dubai.
As impressive as he was at the Carnival in 09', I would've loved to have seen Gladiatorus come back in 2010 to take another shot at the Dubai Duty Free. But of the potential runners listed, and there's some good one's, I'd give a slight edge to Vision D'Etat. In 2009 alone, he's won the Prix Ganay, Prince of Wales Stakes, and the Hong Kong Cup against top competition. He's also ran a very close 2nd in the 09' Prix Foy to Spanish Moon, and in his first start of 2009 ran 3rd to Trincot and The Bogberry in the Prix D' Harcourt. Vision D'Etat is racing about as well as any colt in the world right now in major Grade or Group 1 Stakes races. He can likely expect stiff challenges from Alexandros and Presvis though in the Duty Free. JMO.
This is the race that Gladiatorus looked so impressive in last year. Running away from the Japanese champion mare Vodka, and the rest of the field to win the Dubai Duty Free fairly easy.
Vision D'Etat is a very strong, good looking French colt. His recent win in the Hong Kong Cup was a great win for this future superstar. He won that race coming in off of an injury. Very impressive colt.
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Looking forward to the showdown between American Lion, Lookin at Lucky and Noble's Promise in the Hollywood Futurity.