Designs On Rome beats stablemate Able Friend for the second time in a row to win the Hong Kong Derby, now making it 2-1 in Designs On Rome's favor in head to head meetings between the two stablemates. Dibayani finished 3rd to complete the tri-fecta.
Richard Gibson adds blinkers and Gold-Fun is back in the winner's circle with a win in the Queen's Silver Jubilee Cup at Sha Tin, a local Hong Kong Group 1 race. Dan Excel finished 2nd, Charles The Great 3rd, Frederick Engels 4th, and Lucky Nine 5th.
In the 1970's America had the Six Million Dollar Man staring Lee Majors. In 2014 Ireland has the Six Million Euros Filly staring Chicquita!! LOL.
Formerly raced as High Octane in Ireland & Great Britain.
Formerly raced as Good Old Boy Lukey in Great Britain.
Among the South African horses with big reputations that have raced in Dubai this year, I.E, Heavy Metal, Vercingetorix, Variety Club, etc....Heavy Metal has been the most disappointing by far. He came to Meydan with a fairly lofty reputation being a multiple G1 winner in South Africa and in 3 carnival runs now on both turf & tapeta has finished no better than 10th. Based on his 3 runs to date at Meydan I can't really see a world cup night race for Heavy Metal that won't see him get thrashed again, IMO.
Always thought taking a crack at the G1 Dubai World Cup was supposed to be the end game for Variety Club at Meydan? With that in mind, I don't know why he wasn't running in the G1 Al Maktoum Challenge Rd. 3 at 2000 meters instead of in the G3 Burj Nahaar at 1600 meters. At least in the AMC Rd. 3, Joey Ramsden would've gotten a sense of how Variety Club would fare over the same course & distance of the Dubai World Cup and against some of the same horses who will likely be in the DWC field. The route Variety Club has taken at Meydan through the Firebreak Stakes at 1600 meters and the Burj Nahaar at 1600 meters seems more akin to a horse being pointed at the G2 Godolphin Mile than the G1 Dubai World Cup anyway, IMO.
@drcomprehensive, Since when did the likes of Voleuse De Coeurs, Sea Moon, or Fiorente become sprinters, LOL? And for the record, pau.nathan.946 is absolutely spot on. You didn't poach anywhere near Britains best stayers or middle distance horses. Australia actually got better horses from France than the UK, I.E., Bayrir, Kesampour, etc...You're just another kiwi talking out both sides of his a$$, IMO.
Love this horse!! One of my favorite horses racing at this year's Dubai Carnival. Vercingetorix is a legitimate international G1 level horse. I personally believe he'll win the G1 Dubai Duty Free on world cup night also and leave Dubai with his unbeaten record still in tact with 2 more G1 wins to add to his resume'. If that happens, I would expect to see him at Sha Tin in April for a shot at the G1 Audemars Piguet QE II Cup, and depending on how he fares in Hong Kong possibly even a trip to Kranji in May for the G1 Singapore Airlines International Cup, IMO.
I really like this horse on tapeta also. His last race prior to this he was up 13lbs. from the official handicapper from his debut win, and he actually didn't get the best trips in the AMC Rd. 3 either and still ran on to finish a very creditable 4th. With a better trip I think he would've likely hit the board in the AMC Rd. 3, IMO.
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