I think the blinkers went a long way to really bringing out the best in him in the Sheema. He always looked like he was going much better than anything else in the race, and Gosden himself has said he's one of those horses that easily loses focus and likes to look at who's in the grandstand, so kudos for going to the blinkers on him in Dubai.
British trainer John Gosden, one of the truly great trainers in the sport, had high praise for Arrogate's performance in the G1 Dubai World Cup after witnessing it in person at Meydan on Saturday. Gosden said: "It was extraordinary the way he overcame his difficulties. He's a beautiful horse with a lovely head on him. I've never seen a dirt horse with an action like that. He has an incredible stretch, and like all great athletes seems to have all the time in the world. Nothing is rushed about him. He's really like a long striding turf horse on dirt, which is most unusual. He does everything with such ease, which is quite unique, and he really topped off a great evening."
From today's Racing Post web-site: After having been extremely pleased with his colt's performance in Dubai over the weekend, trainer John Gosden has earmarked the G1 Coronation Cup at Epsom on June 2nd, Royal-Ascot (either the G1 Prince of Wales's Stakes or G2 Hardwicke Stakes), and the G1 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes in July as the next group of early season targets for Jack Hobbs.
Mark my words, Jack Hobbs will be a big player in this year's Arc if the ground at Chantilly comes up soft or even on the soft side of good. His win in the Dubai Sheema Classic over the weekend was an impressive return to the races for him. I would also add, I think the Sheema & Al Quoz Sprint are total throw out races for Highland Reel & Limato both. I think both horses were sent to Dubai in the belief by their trainers that they would be running on fast ground on world cup night, and by a freak of nature, (rain in the desert), that just didn't happen for either of them this year.
From this morning's Racing Post web-site: The former Wesley Ward trained winner of the G2 Queen Mary Stakes at Royal-Ascot in 2015 is now with trainer Aidan O'Brien in Ireland. She will return to the royal meeting again in 2017 to contest the G1 King's Stand Stakes.
O'Brien said she'll likely make her first start in either the Alleged Stakes or Mooresbridge Stakes, but that she'll be campaigned primarily at 10f for at least the first half of the flat season. So if she runs well in the Alleged and/or Mooresbridge, I would think the Tattersalls Gold Cup would be a logical target.
Shows a little greenness and ends up finishing 3rd on his racecourse debut. Then breaks his maiden on his second career start, followed by a pair of Allowance Optional Claiming wins, then he rolls up consecutive wins in the G1 Travers Stakes, G1 Breeders Cup Classic, G1 Pegasus World Cup, & G1 Dubai World Cup. I mean seriously, what kind of horse rolls up 4 straight G1 wins like that coming off of a pair of Allowance Optional Claiming wins if not a freak?
@Lkb, I know what you mean in as far as wanting to see Arrogate in a prestigious foreign race like the Arc. The biggest issue with that, IMO, is that I'm not sure he's bred to be quite as dominate racing on turf as he is on conventional dirt, although I guess you never really know for sure until you try them on the surface. But my hunch is his true dominance lies in continuing to race on dirt.
Gun Runner couldn't beat Arrogate at 9f or 10f if they put him in the back of taxi cab and tried driving him past Arrogate. He's a decent colt, but Arrogate is on another level entirely, IMO.
I've said for awhile now Jack Hobbs is a better horse when he's racing at 12f/2400m than he is when he's racing at 10f/2000m, and he's not too bad at that distance either. He just seems to thrive a bit more over that last couple of hundred meters in 2400 meter races, like he did at the Curragh when he won the Irish Derby.
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