Kinsale King was the last winner for the US, in 2010, but numbers have been down for overall US shippers. As for Lynne's remark, I have never seen better on-track conditions anywhere in the world for stabled horses as those that exist in the UAE. They put US backsides to shame.
Ugh - they're not their...
To Mike in SB - I wasn't really trying to debunk the myth in my comments, and using only American horses as the example doesn't work either...if their all thoroughbreds, the bounce factor should apply no matter where they return. You say to-MAY-to, I say to-MAH-to. For every anti-bounce theory, another no-bounce story emerges. In reality, it's ABSOLUTELY NO DIFFERENT than day-to-day racing, when stakes horses go off-form and are put away for a few months. Given the spacing perpetuated in the game right now, most horses aren't starting one a month anyway, and don't miss much more than they normally would.
Obviously, the Dubai World Cup is my favorite race. But beyond those, two races I look forward to each year are the King's Stand and Golden Jubilee, the sprints at the Royal Ascot meeting. Such great drama in those races.
You might want to take a look at this video we took at Meydan, putting his performance in perspective
Just an awesome race on a great night of racing from a real up-and-coming racing jurisdiction, Singapore. Considering that the 2008 winner of the race was the Dubai Duty Free winner, the 2009 winner was the eventual 2010 Dubai World Cup winner, and the 2010 Dubai World Cup runner-up was the 2010 SAI Cup winner...well, you get the point. Get your horses to Dubai, then prepare for Singapore - big money to be won in both destinations and the treatment of connections and media couldn't be better...time for the world to wake up and realize life exists beyond their internal, national bubbles.
I don't think they believe Mendip is a major contender...time will tell, and so will the UAE Derby.
Mike De Kock thinks highly of him and is really looking forward to him getting a run in the Dubai Sheema Classic
Mendip's run was, in my opinion, a real illusion. He ran 1 3/16 miles in 1:59.42 - strangled back the speed, the top two under the wire the first time were the top two past it at the finish...Super Thursday at Meydan was the fastest the racecourse has been all meet, and they ran the third slowest 1,900 meters in the Al Bastakiya. I think laying down the law on Mendip needs to be withheld until a more truly run race.
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