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2012 Dubai Sheema Classic (G1)

3/31/2012, Meydan-UAE
Post Time:
1:00 PM ET
1 1/2m (Turf)
4+ 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 StartHRN
1st Cirrus Des Aigles
Even Top
M. Barande-Barbe
O. Peslier
5th, 2015 Prix Dollar (G2) View Video
Oct 17 - Champion Stakes (G1)
2nd St Nicholas Abbey
A. O'Brien
J. O'Brien
1st, 2013 Coronation Cup (G1)
3rd Jakkalberry
Storming Home
M. Botti
R. Moore
1st, 2014 Conditions Stakes View Video
4th Treasure Beach
A. O'Brien
J. Spencer
11th, 2013 Audemars Piguet QE II Cup (G1) View Video
5th Mahbooba
M. De Kock
K. Shea
5th, 2012 Dubai Sheema Classic (G1) View Video
6th Beaten Up
Beat Hollow
W. Haggas
J. Murtagh
2nd, 2015 Metropolitan Handicap (G1)
7th Cavalryman
S. Suroor
F. Dettori
99th, 2015 Nad Al Sheba Trophy (G3) View Video
8th Songcraft
S. Suroor
S. Sousa
1st, 2015 Handicap View Video
9th Shimraan
Rainbow Quest
M. Zarooni
M. Barzalona
6th, 2013 Handicap View Video
10th Bold Silvano
M. De Kock
C. Soumillon
10th, 2012 Dubai Sheema Classic (G1) View Video
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Older Comments about the 2012 Dubai Sheema Classic (G1)...

A lot you may not agree with the comment I'm about to make? But I personally believe that the jockey bookings played just as big a part in the outcome of this year's G1 Sheema Classic as the horses themselves did. No disrespect intended whatsoever in any shape, form, or fashion to young Joseph O'Brien. Because I think he's a real up and comer with a lot of potential. But you could just tell the way the Sheema Classic field crawled early on that jockey tactics were what was going to decide the outcome of this race. And in that department, Olivier Peslier is just far superior to Joseph O'Brien. Especially at such an early stage in O'Brien's jockey career. And I think that showed in the stretch of the Sheema Classic. But I do also give a big measure of credit to Cirrus Des Aigles himself for this win. 2011 was without question the best and most successful season of Cirrus Des Aigles career to date. After so many near misses, finally getting that G1 monkey off of his back in the G1 Champion Stakes at Ascot. Now, he seems to have clearly carried over that 2011 form into the start of the 2012 season. Because St Nicholas Abbey is certainly not an easy horse to beat at 12f or even 12+f. And I don't just say that simply because he came stateside back in November and won the G1 BC Turf, either.

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