After his horses pulled off a G1 double over the weekend at Woodbine winning the G1 Northern Dancer Turf & G1 Woodbine Mile, trainer David Simcock said this morning that both Sheikhzayedroad & Trade Storm both have ambitious targets ahead of them. Simcock said Sheikzayedroad will go either to the G1 Champion Stakes at Ascot next, but only if the ground at Ascot comes up very soft, but more likely back to Woodbine for the G1 Canadian International Stakes. Simcock said Qatar Racing owner Sheikh Fahad will ultimately decided if Trade Storm goes to Santa Anita for the G1 Breeders Cup Mile or to Australia for the G1 Cox Plate next.
On his best day, as game as they came!
Fantastic racehorse on the track, fantastic sire in the breeding shed! RIP Street Cry.
@amino998, Sir Michael Stoute announced a couple of days ago the Melbourne Cup is out for Estimate. Said she'll either run in the G1 Prix Du Cadran over 2-1/2 miles at Longchamp on Arc day or the G2 British Champions Long Distance Cup over 2 miles at Ascot a couple of weeks later, and my guess is it will be the later. To be honest, never thought the Melbourne Cup was a race that would suit Estimate that well anyway. It's tough, grinding 2 miles at Flemington, coupled with the travel, quarantine, and acclamation factor for the European horses.
And he won a listed race on conventional dirt for his new connections first time out at Taby Racecourse in Sweden.
@Hannah Etienne, While I certainly agree The Grey Gatsby seems to be progressing with every race, I'm not sure I would agree that he'll end up being a better horse than Australia is, although it may end up appearing to be that way because it's very likely that Australia will be retired to stud long before The Grey Gatsby will be.
Trainer Aidan O'Brien told the Racing Post this morning that he imagines Australia's next start will be at Ascot on British Champions Day in either the G1 Champion Stakes at 10f or G1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at a mile, but called Australia's running in the G1 Prix De l'Arc de Triomphe "unlikely."
Big day for trainer David Simcock at Woodbine today! He comes over from Great Britain with arguably 2 of the best horses in his stable and wins the G1 Northern Dancer Turf Stakes with Sheikhzayedroad and the G1 Woodbine Mile with Trade Storm. Well done indeed, Mr. Simcock.
Knew Sheikhzayedroad was gonna be a tough beat in the Northern Dancer Turf Stakes. He's been running extremely well and beating very good horses in the UK this season. Ran well in Dubai over the winter also.
1st-Sheikhzayedroad 2nd-The Pizza Man 3rd-Villandry
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