Trainer John Moore confirms plans to the HKJC web-site that after keeping his perfect record over 2000 meters at Sha Tin in tact with a win in the G1 Hong Kong Gold Cup that Werther will next tackle the 1800 meters at Meydan in the G1 Dubai Turf on world cup night 2017.
Last season's Audemars Piguet QE II Cup & Hong Kong Derby winner, Werther, gets up to nail Blazing Speed at the wire to win the G1 Hong Kong Gold Cup at Sha Tin on his second start back from an 8 month layoff.
Helene Paragon makes it back to back G1 wins getting up just ahead of Able Friend & Joyful Trinity to win the G1 Queen's Silver Jubilee Cup at Sha Tin. A trip to Meydan for the G1 Dubai Turf may now soon be in the offing for the former "Sir Andrew" from France.
Sovereign Debt holds off the late closing Cougar Mountain by a long neck to win the Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Cup(Local/Domestic G2) in Qatar.
In what I thought was the best race on the card today in Dubai, Beautiful Romance follows up her end of season success in the G2 Zipping Classic in Australia by holding off Vazirabad in 2nd and Sheikhzayedroad in 3rd to win the G3 Nad Al Sheba Trophy at Meydan. I wouldn't be at all surprised to see all of the top three finishers in this race right there about's again fighting out the finish of the G2 Dubai Gold Cup on world cup night 2017.
Gold Dream punches his "win and your in" ticket to the next Breeders Cup in November should his connections so choose to make the trip to Del Mar with a win in the G1 February Stakes at Tokyo Racecourse in Japan.
Multiple Grade/Group 1 winner, Sulamani, has died at the age of 18. He was put down after a short illness at Yorton Farm Stud in the UK. The son of Hernando was bred by the Niarchos Family out of the Alleged mare Soul Dream. Initially trained by Pascal Bary for his breeders The Niarchos Family, Sulamani won the G1 Prix du Jockey Club and finished 2nd in the G1 Prix De l'Arc de Triomphe for the Niarchos Family before being purchased by Godolphin. Under trainer Saeed Bin Suroor at Godolphin he went on to win the G1 Dubai Sheema Classic, G1 Juddmonte International, G1 Arlington Million, G1 Turf Classic Invitational Stakes, & G1 Canadian International Stakes. His most notable progeny on the flat were G1 English St Leger & G1 Hong Kong Vase winner Mastery, while stints shuttling to South America yielded G1 scorers Concilium, Ganesh, Going Somewhere, and Invictus. His best progeny over jumps were last year's Grand National winner, Rule The World, and G1 winning hurdler Cash And Go.
After a couple of frustrating 2nd place finishes behind Almanzor in the G1 Prix du Jockey Club & G2 Prix Guillaume d'Ornano in France over the summer, the Aga Khan owned/Alain De Royer-Dupre trained Zarak much the best in cruising home an easy winner of the G3 Dubai Millennium Stakes at Meydan. He's definitely gonna be one to keep an eye out for moving forward to the G1 Jebel-Hatta on the Super Saturday card and/or the G1 Dubai Turf on world cup night, IMO.
This mare has so many incredible attributes, but none, IMO, more amazing then her versatility. She goes out and cleans house race in and race out no matter what distance she's facing her competition at. This current 14 race win streak has seen Winx post wins at 6-1/2f, 7f, 7-1/2f, a mile, 10f, & 11f. To be able to win in the fashion that she does over that many varying distances is absolutely incredible!
Thunder Snow proves to be as equally talented on conventional dirt in Dubai as he's been on turf in Europe, bolting up to easily win the G3 UAE 2000 Guineas by some 5 or 6 lengths under a hand ride by Soumillon. A very impressive performance by the son of Helmet on his 3YO debut and his conventional dirt debut.
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