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.
4 for 4 on Meydan's main track, and 3 of of his 4 wins have been by distances of 8 lengths, 8-3/4 lengths, and 7 lengths. This horse is legit, IMO.
North America turns the G3 Firebreak Stakes at Meydan into an absolute procession, and remains an unbeaten 4 for 4 on the dirt at Meydan. I've been saying for awhile now that I think he'll take some serious beating in the G2 Godolphin Mile on world cup night, and his performance in the Firebreak Stakes today certainly didn't do anything to make me rethink that position.
Coolmore have several horses that raced for them last season in Europe that were part of Aidan O'Brien's yard in Ireland that have been sold and are already continuing their racing careers in Singapore, but all with name changes. They are as follows: The former "Waterloo Bridge" now racing as "Senator" in Singapore. The former "Beacon Rock" now racing as "Excellency" in Singapore. The former "Port Douglas" now racing as "Politics" in Singapore, and the former "Black Sea" now racing as "Parliament" in Singapore. Thought I would pass this info along for those like myself who follow Aidan's horses.
Sad news! She was the classiest of mares.
Talk about your disheartening news hitting the wire concerning one of the top world cup night races in the same day! First Freddie Head announces that Solow isn't going to be ready in time to make the Dubai Turf this year, and now Tepin develops a case of colic, forcing her to miss her Dubai prep and most likely the Dubai Turf as well. Really unfortunate that neither one of what would arguably have been the two biggest stars in the race is likely to make it to Dubai next month now.
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