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Dubai World Cup Carnival Update

Thursday’s sixth assembly of the 2019 Dubai World Cup Carnival at
Meydan Racecourse was highlighted by the Group 2 $450,000 Al Maktoum
Problem Spherical 2 sponsored by Al Naboodah Allied Merchandise Division over
1900m on the dust and boasting a handbag of $450,000. Additionally on faucet was the
basic Group Three $250,000 UAE 2000 Guineas, in addition to a number of
handicaps with Dubai World Cup night time implications.

$450,000 AL MAKTOUM CHALLENGE ROUND 2 (GROUP 2)
The Maktoum Problem R2 was gained emphatically, whereas managed from
begin to end, by Ramzan Kadyrov’s Satish Seemar-trained North
America. Ridden by Richard Mullen, the son of Dubawi struck the entrance
from the outset and by no means appeared again, profitable with straightforward by 2¼ lengths
over New Trails (Connor Beasley aboard) and Cosmo Charlie (Pat Dobbs) in
a time of 1:58.65. Senior Funding (Pat Cosgrave), Etijaah (Jim
Crowley) and Second Summer time (Royston Ffrench) accomplished the order of
end.

Final yr, the now 7-year-old misplaced a heart-pounding battle with
subsequent Dubai World Cup sponsored by Emirates Airline (G1) winner
Thunder Snow by a neck within the race earlier than happening to defeat that rival
handily within the Group 1 Al Maktoum Problem Spherical Three. He now has the
choice of happening to defend stated title or await the Dubai World Cup,
for which he should now be thought-about the lukewarm favorite. The victory
was his seventh from 11 filth tries and 17 races general. It follows an
much more dominant victory within the Jan. 10 Al Maktoum Problem Spherical 1
(G2) over 1600m.

“He’s a bit like his jockey, enhancing with age,” Mullen stated. “A
lot was made out of his (dominant) first run and it’s onerous for a horse
to duplicate what he did. Sure, he was visibly spectacular and I all the time
had it behind my thoughts that I assumed he would win this race, however
I didn’t assume he would do it within the method during which he did. It is extremely
exhausting for a horse to again that up. Loads of it was freshness and lots
of it was clearly adrenaline.

“He’s a top-class horse and he likes the environment,” Mullen
continued. “He has a lovely stride and I feel that’s what kills a
lot of the opposite horses off. His stride sample is so totally different to the
others; simply half-pacing round there. That was part one and part two
full and now two extra to go or perhaps only one. We’ll sit down with
the boss and converse to the proprietor and see if we skip Spherical Three or freshen
him up and go to the large night time. He’s going in the proper course.”

“The factor is, he did it his type and that’s what’s necessary for
this horse, the best way he simply jumped out and went on his method,” Seemar
added. “Richie didn’t even contact him and he was doing it on his personal.
Richie, although he knew horses have been coming, he and the horse knew
they might take one other stride and (maintain them off). It was precisely what
we needed. We have now time now and we might or might not go for the (Group 1
$600,000 Al Maktoum Problem Spherical Three) on Tremendous Saturday.”

Beasley stated: He travelled excellent and ran a really daring race. I’m very happy with him.”

Dobbs stated: “He’s a pleasant run round, however he’s not the identical horse
until he’s making (the tempo). He obtained a bit drained. He hasn’t run in a
very long time. We’re glad sufficient with him.”

Cosgrave stated: “He ran a pleasant race, however he simply must go slightly bit ahead with extra distance. We will’t complain.”

Crowley stated: I acquired an excellent run however, he ran okay. It was an excellent race. He
isn’t getting any youthful. I had an excellent place, however he was simply not
fairly ok.”

Ffrench stated: “Clearly, he’s had a very long time off. He bled final
time, however fortunately he’s come again and had a simple race there.
All the things appears to be fantastic so he can go on from right here.”

$250,000 UAE 2000 GUINEAS (GROUP Three)
Earlier, over 1600m on the dust floor, the UAE 2000 Guineas sponsored
by Al Naboodah Ashok Leyland Partnership was was considerably of a
procession by Godolphin’s Estihdaaf who, having been slowly away, was
rousted to steer by Christophe Soumillon to benefit from the quantity
one stall. As soon as in entrance, the Three-year-old Arch colt travelled extraordinarily
properly earlier than shaking off heavy favorite Strolling Thunder (Connor Beasley
aboard) and handing coach Saeed bin Suroor a seventh victory within the
race. Two years in the past, Soumillon and Bin Suroor landed the spoils with
Thunder Snow. A homebred, the darkish bay colt is out of a full-sister to
multi-surface Group 1 winner and Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Dash
(G1) runner-up Higher Fortunate, in addition to a great-grandson of Breeders’
Cup Dash (G1) winner Desert Stormer.

Strolling Thunder (Connor Beasley aboard) stayed on for the place 5½
lengths astern the victor, whereas adopted by late-running Danish invader
Pink Cactus (Carlos Lopez) in third. Group Three winner Sporting Probability (Pat
Cosgrave) was fourth, adopted by English colt Fintas (Shane Kelly),
well-regarded native cost Moshaher (Pat Dobbs) and fellow UAE-based
runners Eyelool (Chris Hayes) and Mulfit (Mickael Barzalona). The ultimate
time was 1:39.87.

“Once I hit the entrance, I used to be fairly assured,” Soumillon stated. “I
know when you will have a horse like him, who’s a bit lazy, should you can hit
the entrance and chill out for some time, it’s onerous to catch up. I used to be very
assured (as soon as he hit the entrance), particularly once I noticed the favorite
turning (for residence) 4 (paths vast). I knew I had a profitable probability.
When Saeed will get some concepts, he could make issues work. He confirmed extra
velocity right now. I advised Saeed final time that if I had hit the entrance, I might
have gained it, and eventually we did it as we speak. It was a greater race, and we
are all very proud of it.”

“If he was extra ahead, I knew he would enhance from final time,” Bin
Suroor added. “I used to be assured he might run the mile and I knew the
dust would go well with him due to his breeding. I advised Christophe to be
useful with him like he was within the morning and it went properly. Final time he
got here from too far again, however this time I informed him to place him (in
place). We’ll see how he comes out after the race and Sheikh
Mohammed will decide about (the Al Bastakiya and UAE Derby).”

Beasley was naturally underwhelmed concerning the efficiency of
beforehand undefeated Strolling Thunder: “He travelled excellent there. He
quickened up the straight, however simply stored on one tempo.”

“It was too quick for him,” Lopez stated of the late-running Pink Cactus.
“He’s a distance horse who wants extra distance. He’s an enormous horse with
massive motion. I spent half the (time) making an attempt to get him into the race. He
hasn’t race an excessive amount of and he’s very inexperienced; he’ll develop after this.”

Cosgrave stated: He ran good. He simply didn’t see the mile out, however he ran a pleasant race.”

Kelly stated: He ran very properly. The journey was advantageous and he can go a
longer distance. Hopefully, we’ll see what the coach needs to do,
however he could also be a potential for Tremendous Saturday.”

Dobbs, whose Moshaher was anticipated to be forwardly positioned and certainly one of
the primary challengers to the favorite, was naturally disenchanted: “He
jumped sluggish and didn’t respect the kickback. The race was over after a
furlong.”

The rest of Card
Godolphin swept the highest two spots of the $175,000 3200m turf handicap,
the Al Naboodah Honeywell Partnership, over the identical course and distance
because the Group 2 Dubai Gold Cup and more likely to see a minimum of one or two of
its runners in stated $1.5 million affair. Properly-bred Dubhe bested 2018
Dubai Gold Cup alumnus Pink Galileo, of whom (at 4) he was half the
age. Buick was aboard for Appleby, whereas Soumillon was aboard the latter
for Bin Suroor. A son of Dubawi and Irish Oaks (G1) winner Nice
Heavens, he gained for the third time from seven begins.

Appleby stated: “We now have all the time thought these staying races can be
his forte and he in all probability wanted that first run (when unplaced two weeks
prior) greater than we anticipated as a result of he isn’t the simplest to get match.
He has finished that properly this night and we’ve got a couple of choices with him
now going ahead within the Carnival. Whether or not he’s a Dubai Gold Cup horse
solely time will inform however he’s a progressive younger stayer.”

The $135,000 1800m turf handicap, the Al Naboodah Journey, seemed
aggressive on paper, however was finally gained comfortably by Nordic
Lights, finishing a double for each Appleby and Buick. A Four-year-old
gelded son of Intello, he was quickly in entrance with Buick seemingly capable of
set regular fractions earlier than committing for house early within the straight
when the pair shot clear and by no means seemed more likely to be caught.

Buick stated: “He doesn’t make life straightforward for himself, however he was a bit
calmer this night and we took him right down to the beginning early which has
helped him. He has loads of pure velocity however shouldn’t be the simplest to
settle, so I used to be completely happy to let him bowl alongside out in entrance and he appeared
to actually take pleasure in that.”

Final out the stalls, Mazzini ended up the graceful winner of the 1200m
turf handicap, the Al Naboodah Automotive Division, following up his
victory in a 1000m turf handicap a fortnight in the past for Bahrain’s Fawzi
Nass. A course and distance prep for the $2 million Al Quoz Dash (G1)
on Dubai World Cup night time, the $175,000 produced a pointy runner-up effort
from Excessive on Life, who merely couldn’t go together with the widening winner,
who crossed the road 2½ lengths the perfect.

Nass stated: “He’s a pleasant sprinter and did nicely to win first time over
1000m as a result of this 1200m fits him higher however he appears to be thriving
right here in Dubai. He improved from that outing and credit score to Adrie who has
given him a very good, assured, experience this night.”

The concluding 1400m turf handicap, the Al Naboodah Cargo value
$135,000, was gained by Appleby, Buick and Godolphin with market favorite
Mubtasim, who proved too good for his rivals in a race that ran solidly
to type.

A non-carnival race, a 1400m filth maiden, the Al Naboodah Business
Group opened proceedings and was gained by Tabarak, despatched straight to the
entrance by Royston Ffrench and by no means headed.

A delighted Bouresly stated: “This can be a very good horse certainly and we
have been very happy together with his first run final week and this race was ideally suited
for him as a result of he’s a mud horse on pedigree. Now he has gained this he
ought to be eligible for the Al Bastakiya on Tremendous Saturday after which,
hopefully, the UAE Derby, which we expect is a race he deserves to be
aimed toward.”

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S. Jack Heffernan Ph.D. Funds Supervisor at HEFFX holds a Ph.D. in Economics and brings with him over 25 years of buying and selling expertise in Asia and palms on expertise in Enterprise Capital, he has been concerned in a number of begin ups which have seen market capitalization over $500m and 1 that attain a peak market cap of $15b. He has managed and overseen begin ups in Mining, Delivery, Know-how and Monetary Providers.

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