2010 Dubai Duty Free (G1)

3/27/2010, Meydan-UAE
Post Time:
10:55 AM ET
1 1/8 m (Turf)
3+ M
*Rating is based on HRN fan votes, which rank the Top Active Horses in training.
FinSilksHorse / SireRatingTrainer / JockeyLast Start / Next Start
1st Al Shemali
A. Al-Rayhi
R. Ffrench
4th, 2013 Handicap View Video
2nd Bankable
H. Brown
K. Shea
13th, 2011 Dubai Duty Free (G1) View Video
3rd Imbongi
Russian Revival
M. De Kock
C. Soumillon
13th, 2011 Godolphin Mile (G2) View Video
4th The Usual Q. T.
Unusual Heat
J. Cassidy
V. Espinoza
3rd, 2012 San Gabriel Stakes (G2) View Video
5th Take The Points
Even the Score
T. Pletcher
E. Prado
2nd, 2010 United Nations (G1) View Video
6th Lahaleeb
F. Nass
J. Egan
8th, 2010 E. P. Taylor Stakes (G1) View Video
7th Ibn Battuta
Seeking the Gold
M. Mheiri
W. Smith
8th, 2013 Handicap View Video
8th Good Ba Ba
Lear Fan
D. Cruz
W. Marwing
7th, 2013 William Reid Stakes (G1) View Video
9th Courageous Cat
Storm Cat
W. Mott
G. Gomez
13th, 2011 Breeders' Cup Mile (G1) View Video
10th Calvados Blues
M. Zarooni
A. Ajtebi
9th, 2012 September Stakes (G3) View Video
11th Presvis
L. Cumani
C. Lemaire
14th, 2012 Dubai Duty Free (G1) View Video
12th Snaafy
M. Mheiri
R. Hills
11th, 2012 Godolphin Mile (G2) View Video
13th Confront
S. Stoute
R. Moore
6th, 2011 Ben Marshall Stakes (LS) View Video
14th Alexandros
S. Suroor
F. Dettori
8th, 2010 Ben Marshall Stakes (LS) View Video
15th Justenuffhumor
Distorted Humor
S. Suroor
T. Durcan
15th, 2010 Dubai Duty Free (G1) View Video
16th Tam Lin
M. Shafya
W. Supple
9th, 2011 Dubai City of Gold (G2) View Video
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Older Comments about the 2010 Dubai Duty Free (G1)...

Al Shemali just exploded with a move in this race that no one was going to beat. He did it again recently in Singapore. Finishing only behind Lizard's Desire and Gloria De Campeao in the Singapore Airlines International Cup. But for The Usual Q.T. and Take The Points to finish 4th and 5th in this race. Beating some very good European turf horses. The likes of Presvis, Alexandros, and Confront. Hong Kong's champion miler, Good Ba Ba. Plus La Haleeb, Snaafy, and Calvados Blues speaks very highly to the effort that the American horses put forth in the 2010 Dubai Duty Free. IMO.
Congratulations to the American horses Take The Points, The Usual Q.T., and Courageous Cat for all making a great accounting of themselves at Meydan in the 2010 Dubai Duty Free. All three ran well early on in the race, and at one time were sitting at the #2, #3, and #4 positions in the race. Take The Points and The Usual Q.T. ran on strong to finish 4th and 5th. Courageous Cat ran well all through, but finally faded towards rear field in the final 100 meters. But all and all, a very good showing for the three American horses in this year's Dubai Duty Free. IMO.
The following are the Post Position draws for the 2010 Dubai Duty Free from attheraces.com: 1. Imbongi 2. Good Ba Ba 3. Justenfuffhumor 4. IBN Battuta 5. Courageous Cat 6. Tam Lin 7. Al Shemali 8. Bankable 9. The Usual Q.T. 10. Take The Points 11. Alexandros 12. Confront 13. La Haleeb 14. Snaafy 15. Presvis 16. Calvados Blues The Dubai Duty Free is on the under card of the March 27th Dubai World Cup.
Although Presvis, Alexandros, and Bankable are all three listed as "probable" for the 2010 Dubai Duty Free at Meydan, and all three have been successful in Dubai over the last two racing Carnivals, I wouldn't completely rule out the Sir Michael Stoute trained colt from Great Britain "Confront." A powerful colt, with a really good kick for home once he's asked, Confront has 11 starts on the Turf on tracks in Great Britain with 5 wins and 4 place efforts against really top class competition.
With Mastery in the Dubai World Cup, Cavalryman in the Sheema Classic, and Alexandros in the Duty Free, Godolphin Stables are really coming on March 27th with their "guns loaded," sending these three talented runners. I think they intend to walk away with some money from the Dubai Racing Carnival.
To expand a little on the comment's that I just made about Vision D'Etat, and my liking his chances of winning the Dubai Duty Free. I stated that he will likely get challenges from Alexandros and Presvis. Looking further at the list of possible's, I'd also have to add Collection, who ran a strong 2nd in the Hong Kong Cup against Vision D'Etat, Paco Boy who has an exceptional turn of foot, and the most lightly raced but already quite successful colt Border Patrol. This is assuming that all of the listed "Possibles" show up in Dubai.
As impressive as he was at the Carnival in 09', I would've loved to have seen Gladiatorus come back in 2010 to take another shot at the Dubai Duty Free. But of the potential runners listed, and there's some good one's, I'd give a slight edge to Vision D'Etat. In 2009 alone, he's won the Prix Ganay, Prince of Wales Stakes, and the Hong Kong Cup against top competition. He's also ran a very close 2nd in the 09' Prix Foy to Spanish Moon, and in his first start of 2009 ran 3rd to Trincot and The Bogberry in the Prix D' Harcourt. Vision D'Etat is racing about as well as any colt in the world right now in major Grade or Group 1 Stakes races. He can likely expect stiff challenges from Alexandros and Presvis though in the Duty Free. JMO.
This is the race that Gladiatorus looked so impressive in last year. Running away from the Japanese champion mare Vodka, and the rest of the field to win the Dubai Duty Free fairly easy.
Vision D'Etat is a very strong, good looking French colt. His recent win in the Hong Kong Cup was a great win for this future superstar. He won that race coming in off of an injury. Very impressive colt.
Looking forward to the showdown between American Lion, Lookin at Lucky and Noble's Promise in the Hollywood Futurity.
  • mdracing69 · I am looking forward to that contest as well. American Lion should move up over a route of ground. · 3981 days ago