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FROM THE EDITOR adiyat racing plus.com 3 ADIYAT RACING PLUS ISSUE 773 Thursday 24th November 2022 — GODOLPHIN STAR HAS A DUBAI FUTURE AND... GRADUATE STAR COULD ALSO HAVE ONE Godolphin’s run of luck continued at Sakhir last week as one of the most gripping renditions of the Group 3 Bahrain International Trophy played out over 2000m of turf last week with Dubai Future securing a landmark victory for the royal blues. And what a finish it was with Dubai Future and Passion And Glory, pair trained by Godolphin’s long time Emirati conditioner Saeed bin Suroor, slugging it out in the long straight to the finish before the former with Daniel Tudhope sat atop only just managed to shade it and win by three fourths of a length of Richard Kingscote’s ride. Godolphin’s bid was four pronged with Royal Fleet, trained by Charlie Appleby, and Magny Cours, who is schooled in France by Andre Fabre, also bidding for victory. Magny Cours, third in the race last year behind teammate Barney Roy and winner Lord Glitters, was fourth with Royal Fleet finishing eighth in a field of 10. Our focus is now on Dubai Future who will most likely next be seen on the Dubai World Cup Carnival programme as connections look to build him up for Super Saturday’s Group 1 Jebel Hatta, a race Lord Glitters won this year in absolutely gritty fashion, before finishing fifth in its Dubai World Cup card equivalent, the $5million Group 1 Dubai Turf sponsored by DP World. While Dubai Future could have a bright one ahead of him, 2022 Group 3 UAE Oaks heroine Shahama, who left the UAE unbeaten in four starts for trainer Fawzi Nass, has been retired and is expected to visit star Godolphin stallion Dubawi as she prepares for the next stage of her career as dam. What a pairing that might turn out to be with Shahama, who was absolutely exceptional in the UAE, carrying good form Stateside, where she won one of her four starts in the Grade 2 Monmouth Oaks for new trainer Todd Pletcher after finishing a credible sixth in the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks, which was her primary target leaving the UAE. It’s just nice to see a horse progress like she did and there’s been quite a few that have come through the ERA’s Racing in Dubai Sales. A few of those purchased and being trained here in the UAE are expected to feature this Friday at Meydan in the Graduate Stakes. Desert Wisdom, trained by Ahmed Al Shemaili, was second in the race last year and progressed to have a glittering career winning the Group 3 Burj Nahaar on Super Saturday before being denied in the Group 2 Godolphin Mile. Perhaps, the race will unearth another potential star come Friday night! - Duane Fonseca Assistant Editor
adiyat racing plus.com 4 ADIYAT RACING PLUS ISSUE 773 Thursday 24th November 2022 ISSUE 773 24th November 2022 ASBINSUROORSADDLES MEMORABLE 1-2 INSAKHIR HISTORICBAHRAINSUCCESS FOR GODOLPHIN DRC& SHARJAH PICKSIX FORMS INSIDE © Megan Ridgewell Emirati handler watches as his trainees trade blows all the way to the finish in the Bahrain International Trophy at Sakhir 6-7 BIG INTERVIEW 22-24 Multiple Champion Trainer Watson happy with start UAE RACING 26-27 Jebel Ali handler Costa on taming a tricky customer cover SBS 1-2 First Bahrain win for Saeed bin Suroor FROM THE EDITOR 3 Dubai Future for Godolphin star
adiyat racing plus.com 5 ADIYAT RACING PLUS ISSUE 773 Thursday 24th November 2022 Hong Kong 10-11 Big names to clash in 2022 IJC at Happy Valley Shadwell News 8 Sheikha Hissa’s team adds quartet to training ranks Endurance 30-32 Teamwork key to victories gained in both Dubai and Abu Dhabi NEWS 12-21 BLOODSTOCK 34-37 MICHELE MACDONALD 38-39 SALLY-ANN GRASSICK 40 LAURA KING 44 HOWARD WRIGHT 46 REVIEWS 48-53 PREVIEWS 54-57 MANAGING EDITOR Taha A Taha ENGLISH EDITOR Jason Ford ASSISTANT EDITOR Duane Fonseca WRITERS Mohammed Omer Khuzaima Al Habeeb Mehiar Elmahi Thamer Abdalla REGIONAL CONTRIBUTOR Muttib Al Shammari ART DIRECTOR Mohammad Juma SENIOR DESIGNERS Nadim Ahmed Eng. Mohamed Maher Ismail KV DESIGNERS Nisar Shaikh Navas Muhammed HEAD OF PHOTOGRAPHY Abdulla Khalifa LIBRARY & PHOTOGRAPHERS K. Aboobacker, Ali Juma ADVERTISING/MARKETING [email protected] Tel: 009714 3121231 WEBSITE Osama Shousha Shafeer Ummer Awais Kiani Sarfraz Ahmed For editorial contact: [email protected] QUESTION OF AR+ COMPETITION Who won the last year’s Graduate Stakes at Meydan? 1) Discovery Island (2) Desert Wisdom 3) Law Of Peace
GODOLPHIN NEWS adiyat racing plus.com 6 ADIYAT RACING PLUS ISSUE 773 Thursday 24th November 2022 Dubai Future
GODOLPHIN NEWS adiyat racing plus.com 7 ADIYAT RACING PLUS ISSUE 773 Thursday 24th November 2022 DUBAI LOOKS OBVIOUS TARGET FOR WINNER’S IMMEDIATE FUTURE DANIEL TUDHOPE: GODOLPHINHAD A STRONGHAND INTHERACE AND I AMDELIGHTED THATONEOF THEMWON, THANKFULLY, IT WASME! Saeed bin Suroor and Godolphin dominated last week’s 1m2f Group 3 Bahrain International Trophy, Dubai Future denying stablemate Passion And Glory, the pair taking control after fellow Godolphin contender, Magny Cours, cried enough inside the final furlong, eventually losing third place close home. It was a memorable 12- from the Bin Suroor duo, both of whom were prominent throughout with Passion And Glory and Richard Kingscote tracking and Magny Cours in second, with Dubai Future disputing third on the inside rail. Magny Cours kicked for home in the straight as Passion And Glory and Dubai Future laid down strong challenges to join the early leader entering the final furlong. Dubai Future opened up a narrow advantage for Danny Tudhope half a furlong out and found plenty to see off his rallying stablemate for a cosy success. Riocorvo took third near the line, a head in front of fourth home Magny Cours. Saeed bin Suroor said: “We have tried to win this race for the last two years and it’s a good result for Godolphin to have the first and second. “Dubai Future has improved a lot this year, winning at Royal Ascot, and he looks better physically and mentally compared to 12 months ago. We felt that he was the right horse to come back here and he ran a big race.” Danny Tudhope added: “Godolphin had a strong hand in the race and I am delighted that one of them won, thankfully, it was me! I was hopeful with Dubai Future. His last runatNewburywasn’t toobadandhe likes fast going. “He is a handy little horse who loves whizzing round a bend and the race went to plan. We went an even gallop and I had a nice position. We had a better draw compared to last year and he picked up well. He was just doing what he had to do in front.” Dubai Future, a 6yo Dubawi gelding, has competed at Meydan’s Dubai World Cup Carnival in each of the last three seasons, his three Dubai victories highlighted by a pair of Listed contests, and will surely be back next year for the international extravaganza. Royal blues will be keen on bringing the recent Bahrain International Trophy winner to Dubai for another shot at silverware during the 2023 Dubai World Cup Carnival
NEWS adiyat racing plus.com 8 ADIYAT RACING PLUS ISSUE 773 Thursday 24th November 2022 After a wonderful 2022, highlighted by the exploits of Baaeed, Shadwell have announced they are to add three new trainers, all based in Newmarket to their roster for 2023. After their superstar’s exploits, Sheikha Hissa is seemingly keen to expand, at least her training roster, by sending four yearlings each to George Boughey, Kevin Philippart de Foy and Harry Eustace. The 30yo Boughey won his first Classic with Cachet in the 1000 Guineas in May and is already on 125 winners for the year, 40 ahead of his tally for 2021. Philippart de Foy, 31, has also had a stellar year with 52 winners on the board, 22 more than last year, while Eustace, 34, who succeeded father James at Park Lodge Stables last year, has 22 winners to his name in 2022, including a breakthrough success at Royal Ascot with Latin Lover. Many of the yearlings have been recent withdrawals from sales at Tattersalls, either from the October Yearling Sale or December Yearling Sale, which was at Park Paddocks on Monday. REAL HONOUR Boughey said: “It was as good a phone call as you can get and it will be a real honour to have the Shadwell silks running for us next year. It’s hugely exciting for everyone at Saffron House Stables and it’s a compliment to the last few years' work. “It’s also an exciting time for Shadwell and Sheikha Hissa, in terms of their involvement going forward. They had a big dispersal but are now reinvesting and have been buying some quality bloodstock for next year.” Philippart de Foy said: “We're delighted to get the support of Sheikha Hissa and Shadwell. SHADWELL ADD QUARTET TO TRAINING RANKS It’s a great operation and it’s fantastic to see them taking on new young trainers after the great year they've had. "I’m very thankful to the whole operation for giving us this support, which will take us to the next level.” Eustace said: “It was a real shock and very exciting but at the same time quite humbling. Shadwell have taken on some good trainers before us and to have made it among their mix is a real credit to everyone at home. This is massive for an operation like us.” PHILIPPARTDE FOY: WE'RE DELIGHTEDTO GET THE SUPPORTOF SHEIKHAHISSA ANDSHADWELL George Boughey
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NEWS adiyat racing plus.com 10 ADIYAT RACING PLUS ISSUE 773 Thursday 24th November 2022 BIG NAMES TO CLASH IN 2022 IJC IN HONG KONG A stellar cast, featuring established greats and riders in scintillating form, will contest the 2022 Longines International Jockeys’ Championship (IJC) at Happy Valley Racecourse on Wednesday, 7 December 2022. This Longines IJC will also be the first time that the two leading female jockeys in the world ride on the same card: Australia’s Jamie Kah who makes her debut, while Great Britain’s Hollie Doyle returns for a third time. James McDonald has already compiled a record worthy of discussion as a great and he’s continued to excel this year with multiple Group One wins, including a Cox Plate aboard Godolphin’s Anamoe. The exciting troupe also includes two previous winners of the world’s most coveted jockey challenge crown, this Longines IJC, in Zac Purton and Ryan Moore. Tom Marquand will join the contest for the third time as one of world racing’s most rapidly ascending stars. Australian talent Jye McNeil will make his — YUGA KAWADA 2019 World All-Star Jockeys champion. —Japan
BREEDERS' CUP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS adiyat racing plus.com 11 ADIYAT RACING PLUS ISSUE 773 Thursday 24th November 2022 — ZAC PURTON Thrice Longines IJC winner Multiple Hong Kong Champion Jockey —Hong Kong — JAMIE KAH Thrice South Australia Champion Jockey 2020/21 Melbourne Champion Jockey — JYE MCNEIL 2021/22 Melbourne Champion Jockey & Scobie Breasley Medal winner — RYAN MOORE Dual winner of both the Longines IJC & Longines World’s Best Jockey Award Thrice UK Champion Jockey — TOM MARQUAND 2015 British Champion Apprentice — HOLLIE DOYLE Set a new record for most wins by a female jockey in a British calendar year in 2021 — MICKAEL BARZALONA 2021 French Champion Jockey — JAMES MCDONALD Six-time Sydney Champion Jockey Dual New Zealand Champion Jockey Longines IJC debut, whereas Mickael Barzalona, representing France whwre he is retained by Godolphin, will make his fifth Longines IJC appearance. Yuga Kawada will be hoping it’s thirdtime lucky as he competes at the IJC for a third time. The final three spots on the roster of 12 IJC riders will go to the leading homegrown rider and highest ranked riders in the Hong Kong championship standings following the Happy Valley race meeting on Wednesday, 23 November 2022. The Longines IJC is the most prestigious jockey challenge in the world and the most lucrative for the winning rider. The four races are worth a combined HK$6.942 million ($887,500) in prize money. Meanwhile, a total prize fund of HK$800,000 in bonus money for the most successful riders will be split three ways, with the winner set to receive HK$500,000 and second and third HK$200,000 and HK$100,000 respectively. The four-race competition works on a pointsbased system with 12 points for the win, six points for second place and four points to third. —Britain —Britain —New Zealand —Australia —Australia —France —Britain
NEWS adiyat racing plus.com 12 ADIYAT RACING PLUS ISSUE 773 Thursday 24th November 2022 By Masakazu Takahashi Delivering a powerful surging finish under Damian Lane, Serifos swooped to win the Group 1 Mile Championship at Hanshin on Sunday. The colt had been positioned towards the rear before closing nearing the home turn. He was angled out widest to the outside at the top of the home straight and mowed down all his rivals with a burst of acceleration that left Danon The Kid behind to the tune of a length and a quarter. All-white mare Sodashi, who took the lead halfway down the straight, was half a length back in third. Serifos is a 3yo colt by the 2006 and 2007 Mile Championship winner Daiwa Major, out of Le Havre’s French-bred, Listed-winning daughter Sea Front, and was making it a fifth SERIFOS SWOOPS LATE AND FAST IN WINNING LANE win from eight career starts, including two Group Twos. Australian jockey Lane was winning his first Japanese Group One in three years, since the 2019 Arima Kinen with Lys Gracieux. He said: “Arigato Gozaimasu ('thank you very much'). I am very happy to win a Japanese Group One, it's been a long time since my last one, and I am happy to be able to enjoy that feeling. Watching videos of Serifos’ last race, and riding him in training last week, gave me confidence. I ended up in a position that wasn't ideal, but when I entered the straight I was able to catch the front two or three, because his response was so good. “He is still young and showing growth. I think that the owner and the stable will think about it, but I personally think that he is a horse that can be competitive anywhere overseas.” DAMIAN LANE: PERSONALLY THINKHE IS A HORSE THATCAN BECOMPETITIVE ANYWHERE OVERSEAS.
NEWS adiyat racing plus.com 13 ADIYAT RACING PLUS ISSUE 773 Thursday 24th November 2022 Racing at Meydan on Friday? Do not be surprised if you see a few familiar faces from British weighing rooms with the latest break in the UK Flat season warmly welcomed by most jockeys, though the timing has been questioned in some quarters. All-weather meetings were held last Saturday at Lingfield and Wolverhampton, but the next such fixture available to all riders is at Kempton on 28 November. There is an evening card at Wolverhampton this Saturday, restricted to jockeys who rode fewer than 30 winners in 2021. The exercise mirrors a similar break in proceedings in March, the week after the Cheltenham Festival, when the Wolverhampton meeting staged then yielded winners for the likes of Ross Coakley, Tom Greatrex, Charlie Bennett and Grace McEntee. The move helps Flat jockeys to recharge their batteries before a busy winter all-weather campaign. 'GOOD IDEA' Jockey Jack Mitchell said: “We had a questionnaire about the jockeys’ break and it is needed after such a long year. However, in my opinion we should have two weeks off over Christmas and the new year. This would give people time to be with their families or perhaps go away on holiday. “I think making this Wolverhampton meeting exclusively for jockeys who have ridden fewer than 30 winners the previous year is a good idea, and I think all of the all-weather tracks should do it. It worked well last year and Goodwood did it for apprentices in the summer for a Friday evening meeting. “There's plenty of Flat racing going on in November elsewhere for those that want it, such as the Breeders’ Cup, Bahrain and Japan. KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR FAMOUS FACES AT MEYDAN CAUSE FORCELEBRATION “The meeting at Wolverhampton on Saturday for jockeys who have ridden fewer than 30 winners the previous year is a great initiative and should be celebrated.” Michael Bell thinks the break should have been pushed back on account of the many juveniles still to run in 2022. The Derby-winning trainer said: “It’s great having a break, but there is a big backlog of 2yos to run this year after the record temperature summer we had, which made it difficult to prepare them. “Kempton put an extra mile race on for juveniles last Friday night and there were 40 entries. I think they could have pushed the break back to December this year in my opinion. Ideally it would be over Christmas and new year.” Surely Dubai will be a port of call for some of the jockeys enjoying the break. MICHAEL BELL: IT’SGREAT HAVINGABREAK, BUT THERE IS A BIGBACKLOG OF 2YOS TORUN THIS YEARAFTER THERECORD TEMPERATURE SUMMERWEHAD. Jack Mitchell
NEWS adiyat racing plus.com 14 ADIYAT RACING PLUS ISSUE 773 Thursday 24th November 2022 MIRIÑAQUE ON HIS WAY TO BEING A LATIN LEGEND By Julio Guimaraes He is indestructible and well on his way to becoming a legend. That’s Miriñaque as his owner Alberto ‘Tatino’ Ibañez would have him defined. The South American bred 6yo full son of Hurricane Cat is the most international horse on the continent. Jetsetting around the world in aeroplanes is part of his life and he has secured thousands of air miles already - in kilometres that’s actually more than 65,000, which is more than any other racehorse. MORE TOCOME? A good looking grey, Miriñaque has run in four countries apart from his native Argentina. He’s done two trips to Saudi Arabia for its prestigious Saudi Cup meeting and to make a bid for the Red Sea Turf Handicap, competed at four different race tracks - Gulfstream Park, Aqueduct, Keeneland and Del Mar - in the United States, he made an appearance at Meydan Racecourse as well in March for the Group 2 Dubai Gold Cup and has also run in neighbouring Uruguay at Maronas. But there could be more to come from him, especially in the international arena with his connections keen to ship him as they seek a global prize now that he has won the Grade 1 Gran Premio Dardo Rocha over a mile and a half trip.What’s notable about this particular victory is that it was gained in a race against much younger rivals and with Miriñaque stepping into the gates with the odds stacked massively against him. A close second in the race last year, he placed the runner up yet again in the Grade 1 Gran Premio Carlos Pellegrini at an Isidro before travelling to Riyadh’s King Abdulaziz Racecourse for his second attempt at the Group 3 Red Sea Turf Handicap over a mile and seven furlongs, which ended up with him finishing sixth in a field of 14. NOMEYDAN LUCK He didn’t find much luck at Meydan when bidding for the Group 2 Dubai Gold Cup and ran in 11th among the 13 that lined up. Miriñaque has been a different horse since returning home and has won four races on the bounce now, including two Grade 1s. Last week’s success in the Gran Premio Dardo Rocha was his second top level triumph after his victory in the Gran Premio General San Martin at Palermo in September. His trainer Maria Cristina Muñoz wants to continue crossing borders with him and his Brazilian partner in the saddle, Fernandez Gonçalves will be only too happy to link up with him overseas particularly since he’s starting to show truly good and enduring form. Fernandez carried the whip merely as decoration during the Dardo Rocha and never ended up using it. Lagarto Boy was at HE’SDONE TWO TRIPS TOSAUDI ARABIA FOR ITS PRESTIGIOUS SAUDI CUP MEETING, WHERE HEMADE ABID FOR THEREDSEA TURF HANDICAP A South American bred 6yo full son of Hurricane Cat, Miriñaque is the most international horse on the continent and has run in four countries apart from his native Argentina
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NEWS adiyat racing plus.com 16 ADIYAT RACING PLUS ISSUE 773 Thursday 24th November 2022 the helm of affairs when Miriñaque made his bid for success. THIRD-STRAIGHTCROWN They had already gone 10 furlongs in 30° heat with the real feel of the track making conditions even more testing, but La Plata’s long straight running up to the finish aided Miriñaque and he finished with four lengths to spare from Lagarto Boy. It was Fernandez’s third straight victory in the race. And he said: “At the turn, I was scared because Miriñaque was overtaken by other horses, but as soon as I asked him for an effort he advanced with great force.” Miriñaque was bestowed with the 2019 Horse of the Year Award for his achievements in Argentina and is considered a horse of the people, with his fan base swelling since his famous victory in the 2019 Argentine Derby and his twice runner-up finish in the Grade 1 Carlos Pellegrini, the most important race in South America. So many things have happened in the life of Miriñaque that it is hard to believe he is only six. Muñoz has managed to keep him at his most competitive for a long time and was justly awarded the ‘Best Trainer’ title in 2019. Coincidentally that happens to be one of the most vital years in the career of Miriñaque. They do indeed owe each other a lot. THEYHAD ALREADYGONE 10 FURLONGS IN 30° HEATWITHTHE REAL FEELOF THE TRACKMAKING CONDITIONS EVEN MORE TESTING Miriñaque's connections celebrating at La Plata
NEWS adiyat racing plus.com 18 ADIYAT RACING PLUS ISSUE 773 Thursday 24th November 2022 Sunday was a significant one in Hong Kong with a trio of Group Two contests staged on the Sha Tin turf, three weeks ahead of the big Hong Kong International Races (HKIR) fixture at the same venue. Delivering the performance of his young career, Lucky Sweynesse has emerged as a legitimate 1200m Longines Hong Kong Sprint contender with a blistering victory in the Jockey Club Sprint, over the same course and distance. Last season’s Hong Kong Champion Griffin, Lucky Sweynesse clocked a fast time in notching his seventh win on just his tenth start for jubilant trainer Manfred Man and red hot jockey Zac Purton. Then Golden Sixty made a sparkling return to racing with victory 22, after a decorated career of just 25 starts, with a third straight LUCKY, GOLDEN & WARRIOR: FORMIDABLE TRIO SHINE AT SHA TIN success in the 1600m Jockey Club Mile. But his win didn’t come easy. Neck and neck over the concluding stages with California Spangle, jockey Vincent Ho askedGolden Sixty to lift and he responded accordingly, overhauling his brave, youthful adversary by a neck. Later, Romantic Warrior underlined his status as Hong Kong’s premier middle distance performer with a stunning 2000m Jockey Club Cup success under James McDonald. Posting his eighth win from nine starts, Romantic Warrior brushed aside fitness doubts by defying Tourbillon Diamond and Senor Toba in an ominous statement of intent ahead of the big day. Setting a class record of 1:59.23, Romantic Warrior stamped his superiority over the final 200m despite not having raced for 211 days. The name of Classic winning trainer Roger Varian was an unlikely one to be found in the racecard but he can now add a bumper (National Hunt flat race) winner to his CV after Shinji scored at Fakenham. On a racetrack for the first time, Shinji travelled effortlessly in midfield before quickening away to score by nine lengths under Aidan Coleman, proving far too good for four rivals, in the colours of the trainer’s wife Hanako. Varian, who watched the race from home, said: “We should've been there shouldn’t we! We’re very pleased, it’s always nice to have a winner. To see him win as well as he did is VARIAN TICKS BUMPER OFF ‘TO DO LIST’ very gratifying for the whole team and he’s always looked like a lovely horse. "We thought we’d look at a bumper as opposed to a Flat race and we couldn’t be more pleased with how it has turned out. “We’ll see where we go with him. He stays very well, his sire, Kingston Hill we know very well and I think some of the progeny from the mare stay 1m4f on the Flat.” Varian saddled Kingston Hill to win the St Leger in 2014 having finished runnerup in the Derby. This year Eldar Eldarov emulated the St Leger victory for the Newmarket handler.
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LONGINES TO SPONSOR RACING AT MEYDAN adiyat racing plus.com 20 ADIYAT RACING PLUS ISSUE 773 Thursday 24th November 2022 By Duane Fonseca One of the most ardent supporters of equestrian sports for decades, Longines will sponsor the third evening of racing at Meydan Racecourse on Friday, 25 November. The Swiss watch manufacturers will back all of the seven races on the programme, which kicks off with the Group 2 Madjani Stakes for Purebred Arabians, which was won by the Ahmed Al Mehairbi-trained Kerless Del Roc, who finished five clear of the rest of the field under Panamanian jockey Fernando Jara and was subsequently beaten by a head into second in the $1million PA Group 1 Dubai Kahayla Classic on Dubai World Cup day. The feature among the six Thoroughbred events on the card is a 1200m handicap on dirt for horses rated between 80 and 100, which going forward produces likely candidates for the Listed Garhoud Sprint in two weeks’ time on 9 December. Carrying a hefty prize purse of Dh105,000 the race attracts divisional sprinters that progress through the ranks with an eye on making the field for the Group 1 Dubai Golden Shaheen, a race won sensationally by Switzerland for Zabeel Stables boss Bhupat Seemar. Also on the evening’s programme is the Graduate Stakes, a 1400m conditions run for horses purchased during the Emirates Racing Authority’s Racing in Dubai Sales. With a history dating back to 1832, Longines is one of the world’s oldest watch manufacturers still in operation today. Headquartered inSaintAimee, Switzerland, Longines are omnipresent as sponsors at all major equestrian events and disciplines like Endurance and Showjumping. Their associations run deep in the UAE too, with their backing of Dubai Racing Club (DRC) including title sponsorship of the $6million Group 1 Longines Dubai Sheema Classic, one of the most coveted turf races in the world and LONGINES TO SPONSOR NIGHT OF RACING AT MEYDAN one of the highlights of Dubai World Cup day. Major General Dr. Mohammed Issa Al Adhab, Board Member and General Manager of Dubai Racing Club, said: “Longines has been providing vital support to horse racing and equestrian sports in Dubai for a long time. Longines watches are synonymous with excellence and beauty, and we look forward to welcoming the team and their guests back at Meydan Racecourse for an evening of exciting races.” Matthieu Baumgartner, Longines Vice President Marketing, said: “Longines is proud to be the Title Partner, Presenting Partner and Official Timekeeper of Meydan Racecourse. “This partnership reinforces Longines’ longlasting dedication and commitment to the equestrian world, which dates back a century and a half.” Action on Friday starts at 6pm, with general admission tickets starting Dh2 and access to The Premium enclosure priced at Dh50. A wide range of hospitality packages can also be purchased, with dining options starting from Dh265. To book and for more information, visit www.dubairacingclub.com AL ADHAB: LONGINES WATCHES ARE SYNONYMOUS WITHEXCELLENCE ANDBEAUTY. Kerless Del Roc Switzerland
NEWS adiyat racing plus.com 21 ADIYAT RACING PLUS ISSUE 773 Thursday 24th November 2022 SHAHAMA & DUBAWI? A little birdie tells us that dual 2022 UAE Classic heroine Shahama, after four races in the USA, has been retired and a date with no less than Darley’s flagship sire Dubawi awaits. Unbeaten in four Meydan outings, including both the Listed UAE 1000 Guineas & Group 3 UAE Oaks, she added the Grade 3 Monmouth Oaks to her tally, having previously finished runner-up in the Grade 2 Mother Goose Stakes. Little changed in the order of the local standings after last week’s three meetings and 19 races but daylight, at this very early stage of the campaign, was established in the jockeys’ championship. Multiple (EDITOR: almost tempted to type ‘virtually perennial’) Champion Jockey Tadhg O’Shea was actually out of luck at Jebel Ali on Saturday but was the man to follow at Al Ain the previous evening. Unless your name is Frankie Dettori and venue Ascot, ‘going through the card’ is nigh on impossible but, for at least 30 mins, it was a faint hope for the Irishman we can no longer describe as a youngster. However, three winners, a second, third and fourth among seven rides is far from shabby and propelled the UAE stalwart to a baker’s dozen (13) winners for the season after an Abu Dhabi winner on Thursday. TREBLES, OBVIOUSLY, MAKE HUGE IMPACT ON LOCAL STANDINGS O’Shea kicked off Al Ain doubles for Khalid Khalifa Al Nabooda and Ernst Oertel, the trio also tasting success at Abu Dhabi, strengthening their respective championship challenges, but the latter’s three winners was matched by Doug Watson, courtesy of a Jebel Ali treble. A relatively quiet weekend upcoming with just two fixtures and 13 races, biased slightly in favour of the Thoroughbreds: 7-6. FLEDGLING UAE SEASONAL STATS 2022/23 (AFTER 72 RACES) JOCKEYS Tadhg O’Shea 13 Pat Dobbs 7 Dane O’Neill 7 TRAINERS Doug Watson 11 Ernst Oertel 9 Bhupat Seemar 5 Salem bin Ghadayer 2 OWNERS Khalid Khalifa Al Nabooda 9 Al Rashid Stables 7 Shadwell 5 Al Wathba Racing 5
INTERVIEW / DOUG WATSON adiyat racing plus.com 22 ADIYAT RACING PLUS ISSUE 773 Thursday 24th November 2022 Nyaar
INTERVIEW / DOUG WATSON adiyat racing plus.com 23 ADIYAT RACING PLUS ISSUE 773 Thursday 24th November 2022 WATSON’S RED ARMY GATHERING MOMENTUM AS ALWAYS By Duane Fonseca The characters behind the scenes might have changed, but their script has remained virtually unchanged with the juggernaut continuing to roll forward steadily. With 11 winners secured inside the first month of the 2022/23 campaign, it’s business as usual for Doug Watson and his Red Stables operation, who have begun yet another term with the kind of typical nonchalance they’ve shown for years. “It’s been great!” Watson told Adiyat Racing Plus. “A nice solid season so far. “Obviously the horses are doing well. Hopefully, when we get to the bigger races we can do well and pick up a few nice races, but I’m really happy with the way we have started.” Watson would have liked to see his trainees win first hand, but was forced to keep away from the racecourse by a debilitating orthopaedic condition that grew worse during the off season. But he knew his orders would be executed perfectly by new assistant Dion McFadzean, who stepped in to fill the huge void left by Watson’s long-time deputy Noel Connolly who decided to pack up and relocate to his native Ireland along with wife Nyree, who worked as the American’s secretary at Red Stables. “We’re kind of a new team at home. I lost Noel and Nyree as they went back home, with Dion taking over from Noel,” Watson said. “Noel is a great loss and so is Nyree, but Dion’s been here for years and he’s been with us and so it’s been a nice transition and we’re doing a great job. “Noel’s going to look for a job back home. His kids are that age when it was time for them to go back and Noel wanted them to live in Ireland. It was tough losing them. I’ve known Noel for 29 years. He’s been my assistant for 19 so that was tough but he did what was best for his family and hopefully all works out well for them.” Like it is perhaps for Watson, who was present at Jebel Ali Saturday and enjoyed a treble with Silver Jubilee triumphant in a maiden, Mayaadeen winning a handicap and Fanaar one of the co-features of the afternoon. Watson feels Silver Jubilee, a 3yo Dubawi entire owned by Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum, has good potential now that his maiden’s tag is lost. “Silver Jubilee is a nice little horse, small, not big, but tough. If you look at his form in the UAE, he broke badly twice. The first time he ran second nicely at Meydan and then came here and was probably a little bit flat, but he’s been training great and Pat made him Watson, who was present at Jebel Ali Saturday, enjoyed a treble with Silver Jubilee triumphant in a maiden, Mayaadeen winning a handicap and Fanaar one of the co-features of the afternoon “IT’SBEENGREAT!” WATSONTOLD ADIYATRACING PLUS. “ANICESOLID SEASONSOFAR.”
INTERVIEW / DOUG WATSON adiyat racing plus.com 24 ADIYAT RACING PLUS ISSUE 773 Thursday 24th November 2022 break great, put him in a good position and apologised to me for winning too far (Silver Jubilee won by four lengths). He didn’t know how far ahead he was, but he’s a maiden and you have to push him to the wire anyway,” said the seven times UAE Champion Trainer, who admits he doesn’t know what lies ahead for Silver Jubilee. Over the years, Watson has grown Red Stables into one of the bigger operations in the UAE, but things are different this season with the number of inmates consciously restricted by him to a figure that is nearly 10% lower compared to last season. Watson explains: “We have about 100 right now, which is a little less than last year, but we had too many last year. “We’ll probably be about 106-108, while last year we had 120 something and it was just too many to be honest. It’s better to keep track of them now with the good team of people we have.” Watson has plenty to look forward to and with the 2023 Dubai World Cup Carnival a little over a month away he is happy with the progress made by both the old guard and his band of newcomers. OLDCHARACTERSBACK “SheikhMohammed Obaid sent us a few good horses last year and we have a few nice ones for Shadwell. We bought some nice ones for Sheikh Rashid Al Nuaimi,” said Watson, who has 703 winners on UAE soil so far. “We have our old characters, Golden Goal, Everfast and Canvassed are going to come back nicely this year. Hopefully, we can bring a few more to get above that 90 mark. They (ERA) wrote 20 handicaps in the carnival programme which is going to help everybody instead of having to compete in Stakes races all the time. Hopefully, we can make some dollars.” Watson has a healthy score of juveniles looking to make their mark and could have had two in the two races for 2yos so far at Meydan, but Nyaar was headed close home on 4 November. A week later in the second event for juveniles Awasef broke her maiden on her first start when winning over 1200m on dirt. We have a 2yo that won the other night Awasef, she’s pretty good. We have two nice colts too. One runs next week and was right next to that filly that won last week in the trial. He shows nothing at home, but I think he’s all right. “Nyaar who ran second will improve a lot. He and another nice filly we have will both run in the maiden on 1 December. We have another nice filly that’s more expensive but the one that won the other night Awasef impressed me a lot by how professional she was. “We have two really nice colts, one is a halfbrother to our 2016 Group 3 UAE Oaks winner Polar River who’s going to run a bit later and the other we trialled last Wednesday by Bee Jersey for Charles Fipke and he looks the real deal. His name is Shirl’s Bee, his granddam is Lady Shirl, who was running at Arlington when I worked there before coming to Dubai. She was a nice top mare so it’s interesting. “Shirl’s Bee just ran away with her trial so we’ll just save him a bit, but I’m excited.” WATSONEXPLAINS: “WEHAVEABOUT 100RIGHTNOW, WHICH ISALITTLE LESSTHANLAST YEAR, BUTWEHAD TOOMANYLAST YEAR. Awasef
INTERVIEW / MERSAAL adiyat racing plus.com 26 ADIYAT RACING PLUS ISSUE 773 Thursday 24th November 2022 Mersaal
INTERVIEW /MERSAAL adiyat racing plus.com 27 ADIYAT RACING PLUS ISSUE 773 Thursday 24th November 2022 ONCE TRICKY MERSAAL NOW HAS A FEW TRICKS UP SLEEVE By Duane Fonseca Jebel Ali Stables resident trainer Michael Costa might add ground and give Mersaal a longer assignment on his next racecourse appearance after admitting he was satisfied with the manner in which he claimed one of the feature events at home last Saturday. Breaking widest among the eight in the field, the recently gelded 4yo son of Ghostzapper made it two in two starts in Sheikh Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s yellow silks when getting the better of 2020 Group 3 UAE Oaks heroine Down On Da Bayou. Patiently ridden at the rear of the field by Jean van Overmeire, Sheikh Ahmed’s retained rider for the UAE, Mersaal was asked for an effort 600m out in the handicap 1600m. He progressed smoothly and came up with a winning run down the centre, contesting the lead with Down On Da Bayou before getting the better of the 5yo mare with relative ease going on to win by three parts of a length. “I think we will look for a mile race if not a handicap over a little bit further at Meydan. I wouldn‘t mind seeing how he handles Meydan as well and if he can win over there it would be another feather in his cap as well,” Costa told Adiyat Racing Plus. Gelding Mersaal appears to have brought the best out of him and Costa cannot wait to see how he develops. “He was one of the horses which hadn’t run and it was interesting to learn from feedback from the stable staff how he went and to be fair there wasn’t a really big rap on the horse when we first came, but he has just progressed,” Costa said. “He was a little bit tricky during track work and threw off a few riders and things like that, but when he came for his jump outs he developed. We thought the 1200m on his first start might be a bit sharp for him but he was off the bridle chasing and he managed to get the job done so we knew he was going to improve. “It’s a challenge for horses to go from a maiden to a handicap and get the outside gate, so he had everything going against him Saturday, but the instructions were that if he jumped well he would lay up and if he didn’t then Jean would have to be patient, but we were afforded a 10 out of 10 ride and the job was done. I did think Saturday could have been a bridge too far going into a handicap against some decent horses. I think we’ll look to stretch him out a little bit more.” The one time hard to train 4yo son of Ghostzapper seems to have got his act together after being gelded and is now two in two for his new trainer at Jebel Ali Stables Michael Costa MICHAELCOSTA: HEWASALITTLE BITTRICKYDURING TRACKWORKAND THREWOFFAFEW RIDERS, BUTWHEN HECAMEFORHIS JUMPOUTSHE DEVELOPED.
EDITOR’S NOTEBOOK adiyat racing plus.com 28 ADIYAT RACING PLUS ISSUE 773 Thursday 24th November 2022 — ACT OF WISDOM last throughout the early stages of a 2200m handicap, the 4yo Galileo gelding made taking progress over the final 500m, finally finishing third having seemingly passed seven rivals almost effortlessly. He clearly stays well and, being by Galileo, is unlikely to be a dirt horse (well beaten both attempts) but 2400m races in the capital or on the Meydan turf look potential targets. His dam, Jacqueline’s Quest was ‘first past the post’ in the Newmarket 1000 Guineas in 2010 so it was no surprise he cost Godolphin 1,100,000gns as a yearling. Won thrice in the blue, all over 1m2f, on good, soft and heavy ground. — VASILAKOS must be one of the best bred Thoroughbreds to grace the Al Ain dirt and he landed surely the best maiden ever staged on the track. A 4yo Dubawi gelding, he is a half-brother to this year’s 2000 Guineas and St James’s Park Stakes hero, the much lamented Coroebus. Third of just five on sole Godolphin appearance, just before Xmas 2020, an absence of 701 days proved no obstacle in defeating last season’s Group 3 UAE Oaks runner-up. After this local debut and on pedigree, he could be anything and may prove a bargain at the 42,000gns he cost current connections in February. ABU DHABI / 17TH NOVEMBER AL AIN / 18TH NOVEMBER HORSESWHOCAUGHT THE EYE
Four-Time Graded SW at 2 & 3 Undefeated at 2, Won First 5 Starts $2.2 Million Yearling Top 10 Freshman Sire in 2021 By Earnings, Winners, % BTWinners, % BT Horses ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– 4 Stakes Horses 2 Stakes Winners including 1st Crop Graded SW Brilliant Son of TAPIT MOHAYMEN TAPIT – JUSTWHISTLEDIXIE, BY DIXIE UNION • 20Winners • 4 Stakes Horses • 2 Stakes Winners, incl. Del Mar Graded SW 2021 IN NORTH AMERICA Eighth Leading Freshman Sire • • • • Progeny Earnings over $1 Million • 1st Crop 2YOs Winning on Dirt, Turf, and All-Weather Back-to-back Stakes Winner MOWINS 1st Crop GSW ELM DRIVE, 1st in the G2 Sorrento S. at Del Mar
ENDURANCE adiyat racing plus.com 30 ADIYAT RACING PLUS ISSUE 773 Thursday 24th November 2022 Magic Glenn Torque
ENDURANCE adiyat racing plus.com 31 ADIYAT RACING PLUS ISSUE 773 Thursday 24th November 2022 By Duane Fonseca Meticulous planning and absolute teamwork turned out to be the difference on the endurance scene in different parts of the UAE last week in both the 119km Al Marmoom Endurance Cup at Dubai International Endurance City and the Boudheib Endurance Ride over 122.17km at Boudheib International Endurance Village on the outskirts of Abu Dhabi. In Dubai, MRM Stables and its rider Saif Ahmed Al Mazrouei dotted their t’s and crossed their i’s in their pursuit of glory, while contesting amid strict protocols in place to ensure horse welfare at Boudheib, Anethan Kumara and Al Aasfa Stables followed an almost regimented outline to secure success. Both rides were contested over a four loop/ TEAMWORK ABSOLUTE KEY TO WINS IN BOTH DUBAI AND ABU DHABI phase course, with the dipping mercury heightening competition levels and offering teams no respite from the rivalry permeating the various camps. And Al Mazrouei had it comparatively tougher on the back of Magic Glenn Torque, aboard whom he posted the quickest time over the four loops of four hours 13 minutes and seven seconds (4:13.07), which was identical to that recorded by M7 Endurance Stables pair of rider Salem Hamad Al Kitbi and his partner Willowmere Encore. But in endurance riding it can boil down to the fractions and it is by such a narrow margin that victory was accorded to Al Mazrouei, who started his day in sixth aboard his gelded 11yo partner. Ahmed Hasan Al Hammadi of Al Reef Ajban II Stables set the pace aboard INENDURANCE RIDING, WINNING CANBOIL DOWN TOFRACTIONSOF A SECONDAND IT ISBY SUCHA NARROWMARGIN THAT VICTORY WAS ACCORDED TOALMAZROUEI.
ENDURANCE adiyat racing plus.com 32 ADIYAT RACING PLUS ISSUE 773 Thursday 24th November 2022 SM Lord L’Ebrio, holding sway over the first two phases, with Al Mazrouei dropping five spots on the leaderboard during the course of the second loop over 32km. MRM were going to be tactical and as the lead changed hands during the third loop spanning 27km, with Saeed Ahmad Al Shamsi of M7 Endurance Stables the new leader aboard Ducka De Luc, Al Mazrouei started picking the pieces and made his move quietly. Despite dropping his pace during the crucial third loop, he still managed to move up the rung three places as a result of the teams and riders saving up for the final push during the last loop which is contested at a far quicker pace. Al Shamsi was a 1m8s ahead of Al Mazrouei going into the final loop with Al Kitbi sandwiched in between aboard Willowmere Encore. Al Kitbi was a mere nine seconds off the pace, but Al Mazrouei turning on the heat a few notches higher and moving up in pace from 26.35kph to 32.68kph saw him safeguard his position while taking over just in time for a well deserved victory for both himself and MRM Stables. Al Kitbi finished second with the same time of 4:13.07, while short-term leader Al Shamsi had to be content with third place a further five seconds adrift with a time of 4:13.12. Meanwhile, at Boudheib in Abu Dhabi, Al Aasfa Endurance Stables clinched a 12- on the podium with a pair of Sri Lankan riders a second adrift of each other. And it was Anethan Kumara who secured victory aboard Chahir El Shammar, having upstaged teammate and compatriot Niroshan Periyalagan riding Diarik El Shammar in the last phase of the 122.17km ride. Periyalagan held sway over the first three loops, but couldn’t prevent Kumara from taking over at the end as he bid to keep his horse’s vitals within parameters prescribed for the race according to the Boudheib Protocol which is strongly committed to horse welfare. Finishing third, 29m14s in arrears, was Emirati rider Sheikh Saeed bin Maktoum Al Maktoum, who rode SM Forever Bliss for Endurance 66. The Boudheib International Endurance Village was last week awarded the rights to host the postponed FEI Endurance World Championships 2022 by the Federation Equestre International (FEI). The decision to pick the state of the art BIEV facility, which is located about an hour’s drive from Abu Dhabi’s city centre, was taken during an FEI Board meeting in Cape Town, South Africa. Al Marmoom Endurance Cup 119km Time Stable Horse Rider Pos 4:13.07 MRM Magic Glenn Torque Saif Ahmed Al Mazrouei 1 4:13.07 M7 Willowmere Encore Salem Hamad Al Kitbi 2 4:13.12 M7 Ducka De Luc Saeed Ahmad Al Shamsi 3 CEN 122.17km Boudheib Endurance Ride Stable Horse Rider Pos Al Aasfa ES Chahir El Shammar Anethan Kumara 1 Al Aasfa ES Diarik El Shammar Niroshan Periyalagan 2 Endurance 66 SM Forever Bliss Sheikh Saeed bin Maktoum Al Maktoum 3 ALMAZROUEI DROPPEDHIS PACEDURING THECRUCIAL THIRD LOOP, BUT STILLMANAGED TOMOVE THREE PLACESUP THERUNG
34 ADIYAT RACING PLUS ISSUE 773 Thursday 24th November 2022 BLOODSTOCK / UK adiyat racing plus.com The inaugural Sceptre Sessions at the forthcoming Tattersalls December Mares Sale have gained further lustre with Group 1 Prix de l’Abbaye winner The Platinum Queen the latest big name added as a wildcard entry to the already dazzling array of fillies and mares catalogued. According to the auctioneers, she is the first Group One winning filly to be offered as a 2yo at the event this century and joins fellow top flight heroines Princess Zoe, Alcohol Free, Saffron Beach, Winter Power, La Petite Coco and Pearls Galore, not to mention Desert Berry, the dam of this year’s Derby winner Desert Crown. TREMENDOUSASSET The first juvenile to win the Abbaye since Sigy in 1978, she has been a tremendous asset for trainer Richard Fahey and owners Middleham Park Racing, who purchased her for 57,000gns at the Tattersalls Guineas Breeze-Up Sale. PLATINUM TO SHINE AT TATTERSALLS, QUEEN LATEST ROYALTY TO BE CONFIRMED 50%STRIKE RATE Victorious in half her eight starts, the Cotai Glory filly broke Goodwood's 5f juvenile course record, was second in the Nunthorpe Stakes to Highfield Princess and also chased home Trillium in the Flying Childers Stakes. The Platinum Queen is out of the Kodiac mare Thrilled, a half-sister to smart 2yo The Gold Cheongsam. Tom Palin of Middleham Park Racing said: “The Platinum Queen's breeze at the Rowley Mile back in April was unbelievably impressive and we were determined to buy her. She has been an absolute superstar for Middleham Park Racing ever since, taking us everywhere including Royal Ascot, Glorious Goodwood, the Ebor meeting at York and ultimately to Group One glory in the Abbaye on Arc day at ParisLongchamp, where she achieved something which has not been done in more than 40 years. “The Platinum Queen really is a special filly, a credit to Richard Fahey and the whole team at Musley Bank, and she has the physical scope to develop into an equally outstanding 3yo.” TOMPALIN: THE PLATINUM QUEEN'SBREEZE AT THEROWLEY MILEBACK INAPRILWAS UNBELIEVABLY IMPRESSIVE ANDWEWERE DETERMINEDTO BUYHER. The Platinum Queen
35 ADIYAT RACING PLUS ISSUE 773 Thursday 24th November 2022 BLOODSTOCK / UK adiyat racing plus.com THERISE IN MEHMAS'SSTUD FEETO€60,000 IN2023, FROMA LOWOF €7,500 IN 2020 ISAMONG THEFACTORS IN THEDECISIONTO RETIREPERSIAN FORCE PERSIAN TO ATTEMPT BEING A FORCE AT STUD Winner of the Group 2 July Stakes at Newmarket in July, Persian Force has been retired from racing with the 2yo heading to stud, his owner Kia Joorabchian confirmed on Sunday. Trained by Richard Hannon for Joorabchian’s Amo Racing, Persian Force secured his biggest success when landing the aforementioned July Stakes at Newmarket during the summer. 'INCREDIBLEJOB' A son of Mehmas, who was also retired to stud at two, Persian Force won the very first 2yo race of the season, the Brocklesby Conditions Stakes at Doncaster, and was subsequently placed in the Coventry Stakes, as well as four times in Group One company, namely the Phoenix Stakes, the Prix Morny, the Middle Park Stakes and the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint. “We decided this week that we will retire him to stud,” Joorabchian said. “Persian’s done an incredible job. He’s followed the footsteps of his father, he’s done everything Mehmas did. HIKE INSTUD FEE “Arguably, according to Richard Hannon, who trained both, he’s a better looking version of his father and he has a better pedigree. He started in March and ran in everything.” Joorabchian highlighted the success Mehmas has enjoyed as a sire since retiring at the end of his 2yo season in 2016, siring the likes of Group One winners Minzaal and Supremacy, and the rise in the stallion’s stud fee to €60,000 in 2023, from a low of €7,500 in 2020, as factors in the decision to retire Persian Force. He added: “He’s never had a bad run, he’s followed the footsteps of his father from start to finish and his father retired at the end of his 2yo career and has had a fantastic career in stud as a stallion. “His father will stand at €60,000, so looking at that he can definitely follow in the footsteps of his father, if not better, because your son is always better than you.”
36 ADIYAT RACING PLUS ISSUE 773 Thursday 24th November 2022 BLOODSTOCK / UK adiyat racing plus.com A breeding right to this year's leading first season sire Havana Grey topped the Tattersalls Online Sale when selling to Badgers Bloodstock for 115,000gns. Whitsbury Manor Stud's Group One winning son of Havana Gold has been a revelation this term, with 13 Stakes performers among his numerous winners so far. GROUP1WINSGALORE They include three individual Group winners in Cornwallis Stakes scorer Rumstar, Prix Eclipse victor Eddie's Boy and Prix d'Arenberg winner Lady Hollywood, as well as two Listed winners in Cuban Mistress and Shouldvebeenaring, while Group 2 Queen Mary Stakes second Marylandsea has also done her sire proud. Tom Pritchard-Gordon of Badgers Bloodstock said: "Havana Grey is a very exciting young stallionwho continues to exceed expectations. He's the sire of 13 Stakes performers from 83 runners which is remarkable; 16% Stakes performing 2yos to runners off a stallion fee of £8,000." It was recently announced that Havana Grey will stand the 2023 breeding season at an increased fee of £18,500. Pritchard-Gordon added: "Whitsbury Manor Stud have been very conservative with their pricing this year, and I predict in a couple of years he will look remarkably cheap.” At virtually the same time, a filly by Havana Grey topped the market at the final session of the Goffs November Foal Sale when hammered down at €68,000. NO GREY AREA BELIEVING DEMAND FOR HAVANA