@kaitlin.free, Couldn't agree more. He was only 1-1/4 lengths behind Designs On Rome last time out in the G1 Hong Kong Gold Cup with some very talented horses finishing behind him. Might've been the best race he's ran since he won the G2 UAE Derby at Meydan in 2013 when he was still was racing as "Lines of Battle" for trainer Aidan O'Brien.
Long River is now in Dubai and will race in the colors of Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum(younger Sheikh Hamdan), and is curently being trained by Salem bin Ghadayer. At present, Long River holds entries in the upcoming G3 Burj Nahaar & G1 Al Maktoum Challenge Rd. 3. on the Super Saturday card at Meydan on March 7th.
To me, if there is a knock on Designs On Rome heading to Meydan for the G1 Dubai Sheema Classic it's that he's been brilliant in Hong Kong racing at 9f/1800 meters & 10f/2000 meters but has only attempted tackling 12f/2400 meters once in the Champions & Chater Cup and he finished a well beaten 5th in that race. Whereas some of the other horses we might see in the race like Main Sequence, Cirrus Des Aigles, Harp Star, Flintshire, etc.....are all proven over the 12f/2400 meter trip.
It's now very sadly being reported on the coursespecialist.co.uk/blogs/devastat link that Cavalryman has in fact lost his life after surgery was attempted on his leg post-Nad Al Sheba Trophy tonight in Dubai. A very classy horse who's career sadly ends with lifetime wins in races such as the G1 Grand Prix De Paris, G2 Prix Niel, G3 Nad Al Sheba Tropy, G2 Dubai Gold Cup, G2 Goodwood Cup, G2 Princess of Wales Stakes, & Coral Marathon(Esher Stakes). He also finished 3rd behind the mighty Sea The Stars & Youmzain in the 2009 G1 Prix De l'Arc de Triomphe. A fantastic middle distance horse & stayer for Godolphin for many years now, Cavalryman will surely be sadly missed.
I cringed when I heard Terry Spargo say Cavalryman had broken down. I've been a huge fan of this horse going back to his days with Andre Fabre in France. He's not gelded, so hopefully they'll be able to at least save him to where he'll get a chance to go to the breeding shed someday and pass on those classy genes.
Almoonqith wins the G3 Nad Al Sheba Trophy for trainer Mike De Kock and Shadwell, but in a very sad foot note in the race, Godolphin's long time classy stayer, Cavalryman, broke down in one of his hind legs during the Nad Al Sheba Trophy running. No word yet on whether Cavalryman has to be euthanized?
Footbridge finishes a well beaten 4th of 7 behind Henry Clay, Tenor, & Emirates Flyer in his Dubai Carnival debut at Meydan in the IPIC 2000 Handicap for 100+ rated horses.
@Euro Trash, Over the long haul I'd also rather see Local Time stay in Europe, and I know she was a G3 winner on turf last back end. I was just suggesting maybe shipping over for one race and running in the G1 Kentucky Oaks over 9f on dirt vs. going to Newmarket for the G1 English 1000 Guineas, then come back to the UK and aim for the G1 Epsom Oaks. The Kentucky Oaks actually runs on a Friday a couple of days earlier than the English 1000 Guineas on a Sunday.
Local Time may well be the brightest star we've seen yet to date at this year's Dubai Carnival, though I suppose a case could also be made for Safety Check. I know Local Time has won on both synthetics & turf back in the UK, but given how well she's taken to racing on conventional dirt at Meydan, it makes you wonder if maybe targeting a race like the G1 Kentucky Oaks, which is a 1/16th of a mile shorter than she just won the UAE Oaks over in a romp, might not be a more logical target for this filly than returning to the turf in Great Britain to run in the G1 English 1000 Guineas back at a mile. Just sayin'.......
The Zabeel Mile 1st & 2nd, Safety Check & Dark Emerald, have both given first class accounting's of themselves so far at this year's Dubai Carnival. Safety Check is an unbeaten 3-3-0-0 with carnival earnings of $372,000 and Dark Emerald is 4-2-2-0 with carnival earnings of $243,000. Not too shabby for either horse.
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