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FROM THE EDITOR adiyat racing plus.com 3 ADIYAT RACING PLUS ISSUE 775 Thursday 8th December 2022 FIRST CLASSS YET AGAIN! A truly international flavour is the offering as you flip through the pages of this issue. And though we have coverage on a lot of what’s happened globally this last week, we haven’t forgotten our roots with local news further spicing things up for readers. Our cover features men who have taken the racing world by storm. Enter William Buick and Charlie Appleby! Buick had confirmed himself a first ever British Champion Flat Jockey title a few months back, Appleby’s second straight Champion Flat Trainer title was earned after a gruelling duel in which William Haggas remained his rival until the very end. Not just in 2022, but for years now Charlie Appleby has been Godolphin’s top achiever, dispatching top tier winners around the world from his base at Moulton Paddocks in Newmarket. This year’s title race really went down to the wire with Appleby securing victory after his earnings of £6,225,397, forcing Haggas to concede defeat as he found himself over £400,000 short in earnings to have a chance of winning. We salute the man, who is bound to have a few strong hands when the calendar dates change in a few weeks’ time. Locally, the spotlight turned to Abu Dhabi’s biggest night of the season, the National Day Cup fixture and the running of the PA Group 1 Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Jewel Crown, the most valuable turf race in the world for Purebred Arabians. Well-contested, it was won decisively by First Classs, who was top class under Ronan Thomas and won his conditioner Jean de Mieulle the biggest prize of his three year career as trainer. Extraordinarily, with his two appearances in the UAE yielding two Group One wins, for two different trainers on two different surfaces a little over eight months apart, First Classs has built quite a legacy for himself. We have more from his current trainer, who seemed more than happy to speak about his stable star and the future that lies ahead of him. - Duane Fonseca Assistant Editor — APPLEBY PROVES HE IS
adiyat racing plus.com 4 ADIYAT RACING PLUS ISSUE 775 Thursday 8th December 2022 After another stellar season for the royal blues, 47yo is crowned British Champion Flat Trainer for a second consecutive year 10-11 BIG INTERVIEW 24-25 Jean de Mieulle on a First Classs show in Abu Dhabi HONG KONG 18-22 Sha Tin ready for big international showdown cover APPLEBY Godolphin trainer defends his title FROM THE EDITOR 3 Appleby is absolutely First Classs
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GODOLPHIN NEWS adiyat racing plus.com 6 ADIYAT RACING PLUS ISSUE 775 Thursday 8th December 2022 Godolphin handler Charlie Appleby has been officially crowned Britain’s Champion trainer for the second successive year and confirmed that two of Godolphin’s highest achievers, Modern Games and Native Trail, will stay in training in 2023. Appleby accepted the trophy at the Horserace Writers and Photographers Association Derby Awards lunch in London on Monday and immediately praised the hard work and dedication of Godolphin stable staff and all connected to the Moulton Paddocks operation. TITANICTUSSLE “It has been a hard fought battle to hold on to the title,” the trainer said. “William Haggas is a formidable rival and the tussle for the championship went down to the wire, with the last major prize money meeting, British Champions Day at Ascot, basically deciding it. “I am pleased that we managed to pull it off again, and I must first thank His Highness Sheikh Mohammed for his support and backing every step of the way in what has been an eventful season. He founded PLENTY TO LOOK FORWARD TO FOR DUAL CHAMPION APPLEBY Godolphin three decades ago and remains its driving force and constant inspiration. “I would also like to thank my assistant trainers Marie Murphy and Alex Merriam, and in Dubai Sophie Chretien, all the stable staff, our jockeys William Buick and James Doyle, the work riders, as well as the travelling team, who spend endless hours on the road. “Plus a big mention of all those at Sheikh Mohammed’s studs in England and Ireland, who work tirelessly on a daily basis to keep the Godolphin operation going. It is their skill and dedication that, of course, enabled us to enjoy another great season,” he added. Appleby cited the unique feat of winning the 2000 Guineas in England, France and Ireland with three different colts Cpreobus, Modern Games and Native Trail, respectively, as the stable’s highlight of 2022. “It was the perfect start to the season,” he continued out. “I take a lot of pride that we were able to do that. We had been knocking on the door a few times trying to win the Guineas at Newmarket, and Coroebus was the colt who cracked it. He went on to back it up by then winning the Group 1 St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot. CHARLIEAPPLEBY: ITHASBEENA HARD FOUGHT BATTLE TOHOLD ONTOTHE TITLE. WILLIAMHAGGAS IS A FORMIDABLE RIVAL ANDTHE TUSSLE FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP WENTDOWNTO THEWIRE Charlie Appleby continues to excel and is now a dual Champion Trainer in Britain and has been voted Inernational Trainer of the year on multiple occasions. After a great 2022, he already planning ahead for 2023
GODOLPHIN NEWS adiyat racing plus.com 7 ADIYAT RACING PLUS ISSUE 775 Thursday 8th December 2022 APPLEBYSAID NATIVETRAIL ISTO FIRST TARGET THE GROUP 1QUEEN ANNESTAKES IN THENEWSEASON HIGHLIGHTSGALORE Touching on other highlights, Appleby said that the Festival meetings throughout the British season are always targeted by the stable. “I was very pleased at our team’s consistency at the Festival meetings. In fact, we were the leading stable at Newmarket and Goodwood, plus Ascot for the overall season, which was a big result. “Naval Crown beating Creative Force in the Group 1 Platinum Jubilee Stakes in June was also a great moment for us. Naval Crown has been retired to stud, and as an incredibly fast and tough son of Dubawi, you can only be excited about the what the future holds for him as a stallion,” the trainer added. Modern Games remains in training, mounting a 2023 campaign that could ultimately see him attempt to become a triple Breeders’ Cup winner. This follows a remarkable season, in which he won the French 2000 Guineas and the Grade 1 Woodbine Mile. The colt’s win in the G1 Breeders’ Cup Mile at Keeneland was one leg of a magnificent treble for the Moulton Paddocks team at the Kentucky meeting. Rebel’s Romance won the Grade 1 Turf, while Mischief Magic was able to weave a passage through the field from well back to land the Grade 1 Juvenile Turf Sprint. Appleby was lavish in his praise of Modern Games and his achievements as a 3yo: “He is not only the ultimate international campaigner, he is the ultimate Dubawi. He is his father. “He’s very genuine, we’ve seen him in all conditions, in England, France, Canada and America. He truly is the ultimate professional. We are very lucky to have a horse like him staying in training, and the aim will be to take him to Santa Anita at the back end of the season and try for another Breeders’ Cup Mile win,” he said. Appleby said Native Trail is to first target the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes in the new season, while Adayar will be aimed at the Group 1 Prince Of Wales’s Stakes, Creative Force will head towards the Group 1 Platinum Jubilee Stakes, New London goes for the Group 1 Coronation Cup and Group 2 Hardwicke Stakes, while Hurricane Lane will be confined to soft ground targets as he races on as a 5yo. Native Trail Modern Games
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GODOLPHIN NEWS adiyat racing plus.com 9 ADIYAT RACING PLUS ISSUE 775 Thursday 8th December 2022 Homebred Cody's Wish, this year's Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile winner who shares an endearing bond with Cody Dorman, has been voted the winner of the 2022 Secretariat Vox Populi Award. Created by Secretariat's owner Penny Chenery, the annual award recognises the horse whose popularity and racing excellence best resounded with the public and gained recognition for Thoroughbred racing. Owned by Godolphin, trained by Bill Mott, and ridden throughout the year by Junior Alvarado, Cody's Wish and his special story have gained affection and admiration that transcend the sport of racing. On the track, Cody's Wish's 2022 accomplishments featured four victories in five starts, including impressive performances in the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile and Grade 1 Forego Stakes. In addition to his racing success, it was his continuing connection with his now 16yo namesake Cody Dorman, who lives with a rare genetic disorder, that captured fans' hearts and an abundance of Vox Populi votes. WISHCOMETRUE In 2018, Richmond, Kentucky native Dorman was offered a tour of Godolphin's Gainsborough Farm as part of Keeneland's ‘Make A Wish Day’. Dorman's condition, Wolf CODY’S, THE STORY OF A WISH THAT KEEPS ON WINNING Hirschhorn Syndrome, renders him unable to speak and relegates him to a wheelchair. During Dorman's visit to the farm, an inquisitive foal, just six months old, walked over to young Cody and put his head in the boy's lap. And with that, the bay colt earned his name: Cody's Wish. Nearly four years later, the special bond and sweet interactions between the two continue, including just days before this year's Breeders' Cup when the horse reconnected with his ‘pal’. INSTANTBOND “Cody's Wish and his namesake Cody Dorman forged an instant bond that would grow to connect millions of fans to their inspiring story of hope and determination,” said Kate Chenery Tweedy, daughter of Penny Chenery. “Not only did Cody's Wish win the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile, as Cody predicted, but both Cody's won the hearts of people everywhere. Their uplifting story exemplifies the best ideals of the Vox Populi Award, just as Mom wished.” Nominees for the award were submitted by the Vox Populi Committee, comprised of distinguished personalities from within and outside the racing industry. Voters also had the option to write in their own favourite candidate to recognise other exceptional horses. CODY'SWISH'S ACHIEVEMENTS IN2022... FOURVICTORIES INFIVESTARTS, INCLUDING IMPRESSIVE PERFORMANCES INTHEGRADE 1 BREEDERS' CUP DIRTMILEAND GRADE 1 FOREGO STAKES The ongoing tale of Cody's Wish and young wheelchair bound Cody Dorman is a profound one that has touched the racing world, if not the whole world. The horse, now a dual Group One winner, befriended the boy when just a foal
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NEWS adiyat racing plus.com 11 ADIYAT RACING PLUS ISSUE 775 Thursday 8th December 2022 For the first time, Peter Thomas was crowned Racing Writer of the Year at the Horserace Writers & Photographers Association’s (HWPA) annual Derby Awards in London on Monday, securing an eighth consecutive success in the category for a writer at the Racing Post. Thomas was chosen over freelancers Lydia Hislop and Daragh O'Conchuir as well as Adam Houghton of Sporting Life to receive the Clive Graham Trophy. Thomas said: “Thank you to many people, editors, features editors, especially Tom Kerr and Dylan Hill, and every sub-editor who has bailed me out. And there have been a lot.” There was a second success at the awards, sponsored by Hong Kong Jockey Club, Coral and Vertem Asset Management, for the Racing Post, with Jonathan Harding crowned Specialist Writer of the Year. Harding had previously won the Alan Lee Trophy for Emerging Talent in 2019. This year, Megan Dent became the first photographer to land that particular prize. Nick Luck became just the second person to win two awards in the same year, having been voted Broadcaster of the Year for the ninth time and winning the John Oaksey Trophy for Reporter of the Year for his work on the Nick Luck Daily podcast. The Press Association's David Davies was a GODOLPHIN'S APPLEBY & BUICK AMONG HWPA AWARD WINNERS maiden winner of Photographer of the Year, while Alan Crowhurst won Picture of the year for the first time for an image of a seagull flying ahead of the field at Brighton in August. Nicky Henderson was the recipient of the George Ennor award for outstanding achievement, while Sir Mark Prescott was voted Flat trainer of the year, while Champion jockey William Buick landed the rider’s award. Alpinista's owner-breeder Kirsten Rausing was voted owner of the year and Charlie Appleby won the International Racing Bureau's award for international trainer. Godolphin's retained rider and British Flat Champion Jockey Buick awarded Appleby the British Champion Flat Trainer's trophy. 2022 HWPA DERBY AWARDS WINNERS PETER THOMAS Clive Graham Trophy Racing Writer of the Year NICK LUCK John Oaksey Trophy Racing Reporter of the Year JONATHAN HARDING Specialist Writer of the Year NICK LUCK Peter O’Sullevan Trophy Broadcaster of the Year MEGAN DENT Alan Lee Trophy Emerging Talent DAVID DAVIES Photographer of the Year ALAN CROWHURST Picture of the Year NICKY HENDERSON George Ennor Trophy Outstanding Achievement WILLIAM BUICK Flat Jockey of the Year SIR MARK PRESCOTT Flat Trainer of the Year KIRSTEN RAUSING Owner of the Year CHARLIE APPLEBY International Trainer of the Year CHARLIEAPPLEBY WONTHE IRB'S AWARDFOR INTERNATIONAL TRAINER, WHILE WILLIAMBUICK WONTHE FLAT JOCKEYOF THE YEARPRIZE
NEWS adiyat racing plus.com 12 ADIYAT RACING PLUS ISSUE 775 Thursday 8th December 2022 Fine Wine claimed some notable scalps when gamely taking the 5f conditions stakes at Newcastle last weekend, a Fast-Track Qualifier for the £150,000 All-Weather Sprint Championships. The 5yo gelded son of Dream Ahead, bred by his sire’s owner Khalifa Dasmal, had already made great progress for Scott Dixon prior to this career best effort, winning six times over the last 13 months and elevating his rating from 68 to 99. Taking up his customary positive role under Kieran O’Neill, the gelding was shadowed by Irish challenger Logo Hunter, Tone The Barone and Exalted Angel as the nine runners came up the centre of the track. Fine Wine made his bid for glory approaching the final 2f and soon faced strong challenges on either side, but neither Exalted Angel nor Logo Hunter could quite get on terms. Fine Wine continued to find and pulled almost a length clear of Exalted Angel at the line, with Logo Hunter back in third. The warm favourite Art Power finished sixth after failing to land a blow. CAREERBEST Dixon said: “That was a career best from Fine Wine. The plan now will be a 0-105 handicap at Southwell on New Year’s Day and then we will see how we go between then and Finals Day. The 6f will be a question mark in the final, but the horse was moving away from them at the line tonight. At the end of the day, when you have your ticket booked for a £150,000 race, you have to give it a go even if 6f might not be his optimum. “We claimed him from France and he had a tooth problem, which took him quite a while to get over. Once we solved that, he started to blossom and additionally blinkers have made a big difference. WINE JUST FINE UP IN CLASS IN SPRINT QUALIFIER AT NEWCASTLE CHANGINGPICTURE “When we first started exercising him, everyone who rode him said he felt like a two mile chaser, but we put the blinkers on and the whole picture changed. He is very easy to train as you don’t want sprinters doing too much, so we only put them on when he works. He goes from doing everything in first gear without them to doing everything in top gear. It is like having two different horses.” O’Neill added: “It is always hard to win here from the front and I thought that was the thing that would get Fine Wine beat today. “I was able to jump out and get a nice breather into him for the first 2f. I then kicked on two and a half down and he battled well. “You had Art Power rated 114 and the horse over from Ireland rated 110. Fine Wine was rated 99 but I said to Scott after I jumped off him the last day that he is a proper horse. If he stays sound and everything goes right, he should be competitive in the big races.” 13 NUMBEROF MONTHS IN WHICHSCOTT DIXON'S FINEWINE ELEVATEDHIS RATINGFROM 68 TO99
NEWS adiyat racing plus.com 13 ADIYAT RACING PLUS ISSUE 775 Thursday 8th December 2022 Juvenile Shaquille made it three wins from four starts for Julie Camacho with a comprehensive victory in a 6f novice stakes at Wolverhampton on Saturday evening. The contest was a Fast-Track Qualifier and Shaquille, a colt by Charm Spirit, now has the opportunity to emulate last year’s winner El Caballo, who went on to capture the £150,000 All-Weather 3YO Championships on Finals Day. Sent off favourite following a novice victory at York in October, Shaquille was well placed behind early leader Looking For Lynda in the early stages, with the eight runners well strung out. Looking For Lynda moved off the rail on the home turn and Shaquille took full advantage once shaken up by Graham Lee, quickening into a clear lead at the furlong pole. ALENGTHTOOFAR Harry Magnus, in receipt of 9lb from the winner, emerged as the main danger but SPRINTING CURRENTLY KEY TO JUVENILE WHO SHOULD STAY FURTHER Shaquille was in command at the finish to score by a length. There was another length and a quarter back to Tenjin in third. Camacho’s husband and assistant Steve Brown said: “We wanted to run Shaquille once more this year and now we have an option for him in the spring. “He will have a rest now and we will let him develop. He is a big, strong colt and quite a handful. "Paige, who looks after him, does really well with him at home. “He obviously has a good level of ability and I thought it was a lovely ride from Graham. We are thrilled. “His part owner and breeder Martin Hughes will be so excited and thinks he might get a mile. "Because he has been quite keen in his races, we are sprinting for now, but hopefully in time he will get a touch further.” 75% STRIKERATE OFSHAQUILLE, WHOHASWON THREEOFHIS FOURSTARTSFOR TRAINERJULIE CAMACHO
NEWS adiyat racing plus.com 14 ADIYAT RACING PLUS ISSUE 775 Thursday 8th December 2022 By Julio Guimaraes Seen from behind, Che Maga looks like a male. She has the typical back of a Quarter Horse: stocky and muscular. But she is through and through a Thoroughbred. A sprinting mare weighing 500kg, the 5yo daughter of Violence has won ten races against others of her sex. But the question now is will she be able to take on and beat the opposite sex in the Grade 1 Gran Premio Felix de Algaza Unzue over 1000m at the San Isidro Racetrack on 17 December? A few days ago, Che Maga won the Grade 3 Clasico Guemes at Palermo by ten lengths, putting on a high level show that lasted fractions over 55 seconds. The question now is whether this protege of the training partnership of Roberto Pellegatta and Juan Saldivia is ready for her next challenge. CHE MAGA LOOKING TO PUT ONE BEYOND THE BOYS AT ISIDRO “We have a lot of confidence in her and we know that she can do it even if she has to face the champions of the sprint,” said Saldivia, referring to the unbeaten Labrado and Luthier Blues, two sons of Il Campione, who has the best stats among stallions. The 3yo Labrado won six races in a row, including two Grade One races, and in the last one he beat Luthier Blues, the best sprinter in Argentina in 2021. “Win or lose, it will be the end for Luthier Blues. He has given us a lot of joy and it is time for him to retire,” said his trainer Gustavo Sarno. A 5yo, Luthier Blues has won 14 of his 22 starts with ten straight wins and four Grade Ones, the highlight of his career being the 2021 Grade 1 Gran Premio Felix de Alzaga Unzue, a race whose title he will look to defend from Labrado and, of course, the mighty mare in question Che Maga. 10 VICTORYMARGIN OF CHEMAGA IN LENGTHS INHER LAST RACE
NEWS adiyat racing plus.com 15 ADIYAT RACING PLUS ISSUE 775 Thursday 8th December 2022 Ascot's prize money for next year will amount to a record £17 million over 25 fixtures at the course. That figure represents an increase of 8.5% on this year's total, which was itself up by more than 14% on prepandemic levels. It means Ascot will offer approximately a tenth of all prize money offered in Britain, which was projected to reach £170m this year. The track's figure excludes the purses offered on Qipco British Champions Day, a fixture which is owned by the industry. Much of the increase will be aimed at Royal Ascot, prize money for which will go up by 10% to £9.52m. Every Group One race in the week will now be worth at least £600,000, up from £500,000, a rise which affects the Gold Cup, the King's Stand Stakes, the St James's Palace Stakes, the Coronation Cup and the Commonwealth Cup. The fund for the Queen Anne Stakes will soar by 25% to £750,000. The minimum prize money for any race at the meeting will continue to be £100,000. The Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup meeting in August will be worth £640,000, an increase of 15%, while there will continue to be £25,000 ASCOT TO INCREASE PRIZE FUNDS BY 8.5% TO A RECORD £17 MILLION in stable bonuses that day and on King George day. "We are delighted to have reached the £17m prize money mark for the first time," said Nick Smith, Ascot's director of racing. "It's never been so important to focus on the top end of the British programme, with competition for the best horses so intense internationally. "Against a backdrop of reduced central funding, an increase of more than £1.1m or almost 14% in executive contribution has been required to get to this figure. That represents a significant investment and, while many of the headline increases are at Royal Ascot, there are also boosts to Class Two and Class Three handicaps on the Flat driven by the welcome increase to minimum values in this area. "We have focused again on raising the profile of the Shergar Cup, which attracts international jockey talent from around the world, and are delighted that each of the eight races will be worth £80,000. "We are also pleased to improve returns for developmental races, including two high value maidens on the Flat.” £9.52M PRIZEMONEY TOBEOFFERED ATROYALASCOT AFTER10%HIKE £640,000 DUBAI DUTYFREE SHERGARCUP MEETING'SNEW PURSEAFTER15% INCREASEON2021 OFFERING
NEWS adiyat racing plus.com 16 ADIYAT RACING PLUS ISSUE 775 Thursday 8th December 2022 Four meetings and a further 28 contests into the new season over a frantic weekend, taking races contested during the campaign well past 100, and little change at the top of the domestic tables. Reigning and multiple Champion Jockey Tadhg O’Shea remains five clear of Antonio Fresu with Pat Dobbs drawing level with the Italian after an Abu Dhabi treble, including both versions of the National Day Cup. Dobbs’ success in the Purebred Arabian edition was aboard AF Alwajel, the intended mount of O’Shea but the affable Irishman missed the meeting having rushed home to be with his mother who, quoting the jockey’s SMS message, ‘is very sick’. We can only wish her well and cross our fingers. LITTLE CHANGE AT THE TOP AS SEASON CONTINUES TO EVOLVE AF Alwajel helped maintain the lead of Khalid Khalifa Al Nabooda who continues to make a bold bid to retain his owner’s championship. It would have been particularly awarding for him to have won the National Day Cup with a horse he bred here in the UAE, for the second time, with the horse repeating his own success of 2020. It was a major training feat by Ernst Oertel with his charge having been off the track since the equivalent meeting last year. The South African trails Doug Watson by four in the trainers’ table. Slightly less chaotic this weekend, three meetings and 20 races, the opportunities favouring the Purebred Arabians over the Thoroughbreds 12-8. DEVELOPING UAE SEASONAL STATS 2022/23 (AFTER 113 RACES) JOCKEYS Tadhg O’Shea 17 Antonio Fresu 12 Pat Dobbs 12 Ray Dawson 10 Dane O’Neill 8 TRAINERS Doug Watson 15 Ernst Oertel 12 Bhupat Seemar 9 Salem bin Ghadayer 8 Musabbeh Al Mheiri 7 OWNERS Khalid Khalifa Al Nabooda 12 Al Rashid Stables 8 Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed 6 By Masakazu Takahashi The progressive Jun Light Bolt showed a formidable turn of foot when getting up to catch Crown Pride in the final strides of the Grade 1 Champions Cup at Chukyo on Sunday. Partnered by Yukito Ishikawa, the 5yo was a new top flight winner for his sire, the late, great King Kamehameha, having cosily landed the Grade 3 Sirius Stakes at the track on his penultimate start in October. Sent off the third favourite in the 1m1f contest, Jun Light Bolt had been settled at the rear of the field by his rider before overtaking last year's winner and hot favourite T O Keynes to down the early leader Crown Pride by a head at the line. Hapi was a length and a quarter back in third, with T O Keynes fourth. Bred by Northern Racing, Jun Light Bolt is the fifth foal out of the twice raced Special Week MEYDAN COULD BE ON AGENDA FOR CHAMPIONS CUP HERO JUN LIGHT BOLT mare Special Groove, a half-sister to top level winners Admire Groove and Rulership. Her son is in turn a full-brother to winner Phase Velocity as well as being closely related to Grade 3 Sho Chukyo Kinen scorer Groove It and a half-brother to another winner in Dream Chaser. The 27yo Ishikawa, winning his first Grade One, said: “I can't find any words other than 'happy'. After going around the first corner, I was able to get a feel for his rhythm and believed I could find a good position by the top of the home straight. He added: "It doesn't feel real winning the race but I'm hoping it will sink in soon!" The winning trainer Yasuo Tomomichi added: "I haven't had any chances to win this Grade One until now. The rider has done well and hopefully the horse will run in the February Stakes or the Dubai World Cup next year."
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HONG KONG RACING adiyat racing plus.com 18 ADIYAT RACING PLUS ISSUE 775 Thursday 8th December 2022 Already deemed an immortal of Hong Kong racing, Golden Sixty will chase further lustre to his incredible record this Sunday when he takes aim at joining Good Ba Ba with a third successive Group 1 Longines Hong Kong Mile triumph. Good Ba Ba won the race in 2007, 2008 and 2009, while Golden Sixty has won the past two editions (2020 & 2021); this weekend the brilliant son of Medaglia d’Oro, who holds Hong Kong’s all time earnings record of HK$116,250,600 (approx $15million), faces a talented group of gallopers from Hong Kong, Japan and Australia all looking to defy his bid at Sha Tin. Stepping out on Tuesday morning for his final turf gallop in front of an adoring wall of media, Golden Sixty pleased connections as he strode powerfully down the Sha Tin straight under jockey Vincent Ho, clocking 1m 20.2s SIXTY LOOKING GOLDEN AS HE SEEKS MORE HONG KONG HISTORY (29.7, 27.7, 22.8) for his overall effort. “He felt good, it was a nice gallop. I think he’s better than last time, I walked him around after and we’ve done enough. I can’t wait for Sunday,” Ho said. Golden Sixty defied a resolute California Spangle in last month’s Group 2 Jockey Club Mile, edging past his younger adversary, who set a crawling tempo throughout the race, to score by a neck. Trainer Francis Lui echoed Ho’s words and is equally looking forward to Sunday and said: “He’s good, for him it was just an easy gallop. Everything is well, happy and healthy. “In his races he seems to still have his fighting heart and that’s the main point.” Hong Kong’s dual Horse of the Year has won his last three starts, including his penultimate one when he nailed successive Group 1 Champions Mile titles. 3 GOLDENSIXTY HASWONTHEPAST TWOEDITIONS AND IS LOOKING FORA THIRD WIN. HEHOLDS HONGKONG’SALL TIMEEARNINGS RECORDOF HK$116,250,600
HONG KONG RACING adiyat racing plus.com 19 ADIYAT RACING PLUS ISSUE 775 Thursday 8th December 2022 2022 LONGINES Hong Kong International Races Selected Runners (as at 23/11/2022) LONGINES Hong Kong Sprint (Group 1) – 1200m HK$24 million ($3.057 million) Country / Region Int'l Rating Selected Horse Age Sex Weight Trainer HK 120 * Wellington (Aus) 6 g 126 Richard Gibson HK 116 * Sky Field (Aus) 6 g 126 Caspar Fownes JPN 115 * Gendarme (USA) 7 h 126 Yasutoshi Ikee HK 115 Lucky Patch (NZ) 6 g 126 Pierre Ng HK 115 Lucky Sweynesse (NZ) 4 g 126 Manfred Man HK 115 Super Wealthy (Aus) 7 g 126 David Hayes JPN 114 * Naran Huleg (Jpn) 6 h 126 Yoshitada Munakata HK 113 * Stronger (Aus) 6 h 126 Douglas Whyte SIN 112 Lim's Kosciuszko (Aus) 5 g 126 Daniel Meagher HK 111 Duke Wai (NZ) 7 g 126 Pierre Ng HK 110 Cordyceps Six (Aus) 4 g 126 Richard Gibson HK 110 Sight Success (Aus) 6 g 126 John Size JPN 111 Meikei Yell (Jpn) 4 f 122 Hidenori Take JPN 111 * Resistencia (Jpn) 5 m 122 Takeshi Matsushita (14) * International Group 1 winner Reserves: 1) HK Courier Wonder (NZ) 2) HK Computer Patch (Aus) 3) HK Master Eight (Aus) LONGINES Hong Kong Mile (Group 1) – 1600m (HK$30 million ($3.822 million) Country / Region Int'l Rating Selected Horse Age Sex Weight Trainer HK 124 * Golden Sixty (Aus) 7 g 126 Francis Lui HK 121 California Spangle (Ire) 4 g 126 Tony Cruz JPN 118 * Salios (Jpn) 5 h 126 Noriyuki Hori JPN 118 * Schnell Meister (Ger) 4 c 126 Takahisa Tezuka HK 118 * Waikuku (Ire) 7 g 126 John Size HK 116 Beauty Joy (Aus) 6 g 126 Tony Cruz AUS 116 * Laws Of Indices (Ire) 4 c 126 Annabel Neasham HK 112 More Than This (GB) 6 g 126 Danny Shum HK 110 Excellent Proposal (Aus) 6 g 126 John Size JPN 116 * Danon Scorpion (Jpn) 3 c 125 Takayuki Yasuda (10) * International Group 1 winner LONGINES Hong Kong Cup (Group 1) – 2000m (HK$34 million ($4.331 million) Country / Region Int'l Rating Selected Horse Age Sex Weight Trainer JPN 121 * Panthalassa (Jpn) 5 h 126 Yoshito Yahagi HK 120 * Romantic Warrior (Ire) 4 g 126 Danny Shum JPN 119 Jack d'Or (Jpn) 4 c 126 Kenichi Fujioka IRE 119 * Order Of Australia (Ire) 5 h 126 Aidan O'Brien HK 117 * Russian Emperor (Ire) 5 g 126 Douglas Whyte JPN 116 * Danon The Kid (Jpn) 4 c 126 Takayuki Yasuda HK 116 Tourbillon Diamond (Aus) 6 g 126 Danny Shum HK 114 Ka Ying Star (GB) 7 g 126 Tony Cruz HK 110 Money Catcher (NZ) 5 g 126 Frankie Lor HK 110 Savvy Nine (Fr) 6 g 126 Douglas Whyte JPN 119 * Geoglyph (Jpn) 3 c 123 Tetsuya Kimura JPN 112 * Lei Papale (Jpn) 5 m 122 Tomokazu Takano (12) * International Group 1 winner LONGINES Hong Kong Vase (Group 1) – 2400m (HK$22 million ($2.803 million) Country / Region Int'l Rating Selected Horse Age Sex Weight Trainer IRE 118 * Broome (Ire) 6 h 126 Aidan O'Brien FR 116 Bubble Gift (Fr) 4 c 126 Mikel Delzangles JPN 116 * Glory Vase (Jpn) 7 h 126 Tomohito Ozeki GER 116 * Mendocino (Ger) 4 c 126 Sarah Steinberg FR 113 Botanik (Ire) 4 g 126 André Fabre HK 113 Senor Toba (Aus) 5 g 126 Caspar Fownes HK 112 * Panfield (Chi) 6 h 126 Tony Millard HK 110 * Butterfield (Brz) 7 g 126 Danny Shum JPN 112 Win Marilyn (Jpn) 5 m 122 Takahisa Tezuka IRE 118 Stone Age (Ire) 3 c 121 Aidan O'Brien (9) * International Group 1 winner
HONG KONG RACING adiyat racing plus.com 20 ADIYAT RACING PLUS ISSUE 775 Thursday 8th December 2022 A German-trained horse is yet to win on Hong Kong's most significant race day, but if the enthusiasm of an increasingly successful Munich-based trainer is any guide, Mendocino could alter that historical lapse in the 2400m Group 1 Longines Hong Kong Vase. It was Mendocino who gave Sarah Steinberg her first Group One winner in September's Grosser Preis von Baden, Germany's most prestigious race. SWEET EMOTION The emotion she admitted showing afterwards was not just for that reason or for the fact that the winning jockey René Overshadowed by Hong Kong’s glamour sprinters, Sight Success could emerge as the surprise packet in Sunday’s 1200m Group 1 Longines Hong Kong Sprint (1200m) after proving his claims in key preliminary races through this season and last. Having finished runner-up in last term’s Group 2 Sprint Cup, over Sunday’s 1200m course and distance, and the 1000m Group 3 Bauhinia Sprint Trophy Handicap, Sight Success laid downmarkers to suggest he was capable of capturing a big scalp, especially after being sent around as second favourite following these efforts to in this year’s 1200m Group 1 Chairman’s Sprint Prize. “He raced well last season like that and it’s good that he seems back to form and based on how he’s done recently, I am hopeful that he can hold that level,” Size said. GERMANY LOOKING TO JOIN WINNING ROSTER WITH CONNECTIONS HOPING MENDOCINO CAN FIND REMEDY SIZE HOPING HE HAS HEART BIG ENOUGH TO KEEP SPRINT SUCCESS IN SIGHT Piechulek is her partner, it was also for the qualities Mendocino showed in defeating 2021 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner Torquator Tasso and German Derby winner Sammarco in what developed into a rousing speed battle up the Baden-Baden straight. Steinberg's attachment to this horse goes back to when she purchased Mendocino at the Baden-Baden yearling sales. "I loved him at first sight. And I've ridden him every day since he was a baby,” she said. The trainer added that Mendocino can be tricky and that the only other person to partner him is Piechulek, when the colt does fast work on turf.
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INTERVIEW/JEAN DE MIEULLE adiyat racing plus.com 24 ADIYAT RACING PLUS ISSUE 775 Thursday 8th December 2022 By Duane Fonseca Two UAE appearances, two Group 1 wins, for two different trainers on two different surfaces a little over eight months apart. First Classs has built quite the legacy for himself. The horse that won the PA Group 1 Dubai Kahayla Classic at Meydan in late March, made a winning return to the UAE when running in the world’s most expensive turf affair, the Dh5 million PA Group 1 Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Jewel Crown in the national capital of Abu Dhabi Sunday evening. There was a lot to do and with a bit of good fortune Ronan Thomas and First Classs were able to conquer the arch enemy. They were running against 14 others, but Thomas’ thoughts were solely on Lady Princess and he wanted to buck the trend of defeats both he and his running partner had to endure at the hands of the the wondermare and her racing partner Jim Crowley. They had been beaten twice before by the pair, but Thomas and First Classs weren’t going to let Lady Princess have them a DE MIEULLE: FIRST CLASSS IS A COMPLETE HORSE, A CHAMPION WHEN FIRST CLASSSWONTHE DUBAI KAHAYLA CLASSIC, HEDID SOFORALBANDE MIEULLE, BUT AT ABUDHABI, HEWON FOR ALBAN’SNEPHEW JEANDEMIEULLE third time. And with a bit of racing luck that saw Lady Princess get squeezed for room in the straight, Thomas was able to make sure he and First Classs signed off with a length to spare. Lady Princess, way adrift when faced with traffic about 400m out, did well to finish a narrow second, while Abdallah Al Hammadi’s Hameem was a further three back in third under Dane O’Neill. When First Classs won the Dubai Kahayla Classic, he did so for Alban de Mieulle. At Abu Dhabi, he delivered success for Alban’s nephew Jean de Mieulle, to whose yard he had been transferred since his win at Meydan. 'HEWILL BE VERYCOMPETITIVE' And Jean was over the moon after Thomas and his stable star galloped home with the battling Lady Princess gaining on them with every stride. After his ‘Phew!’ moment, Jean was already thinking of First Classs’ future and said: “He will be very competitive in Europe next season, that’s for sure!” Jean then continued to wax lyrical. The horse that won the PA Group 1 Dubai Kahayla Classic at Meydan in late March, made a winning return to the UAE when running in the world’s most expensive turf affair, the Dh5 million PA Group 1 Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Jewel Crown
INTERVIEW/JEAN DE MIEULLE adiyat racing plus.com 25 ADIYAT RACING PLUS ISSUE 775 Thursday 8th December 2022 JEANDEMIEULLE: WHENYOUHAVE LADY PRINCESS INARACE, YOU’RE ALWAYS LOOKING TORUNSECOND ONPAPER. FINALLY ITCOMESDOWN TORUNNINGTHE RACES ANDWE COMPETEDAND GOT AGOODDRAW ANDWON. “First Classs is getting better and better and is using his experience well. It’s like any other job, the more experience you have the better you get at it. He is such a great horse, he’s won in so many places now and I am so pleased for his connections and thankful for their support of me,” Jean said. Paying tribute to his uncle for conditioning a genuine superstar, Jean added: “It was the first time here for him, but the horse has been trained by my uncle Alban in Qatar and he is the one that has done a great job on the horse. “After Meydan it was his first season in France for the European season. He is such a big thing for me and my stable because we started training just three years ago. It’s such an honour to have a great horse like that.” Jean knew the pace of racing in the region would give First Classs an advantage. “First Classs’ first European season went well, but the pace is slightly slower than in the Gulf and we know that he is a champion when the pace is fast and he has space to show his big turn of foot. So I was confident!” Jean added. “But when you have Lady Princess in the race, you’re always looking to run second on paper. Finally it comes down to running the races and we competed and got a good draw and won. The horse has now run in America and Saudi Arabia and won in both places, and won the Dubai Kahayla Classic too. We have beaten Lady Princess and that is such a big thing for him. He is simply a champion horse. He is the complete horse!” Thomas paid respect to Lady Princess, but said the race panned out in favour of First Classs. “I didn’t want to follow the leader Soko because I thought maybe he was going too fast for us and 2200 for Purebred Arabians is quite a long distance,” Thomas said. “First Classs was running after two months and we planned to wait until the right moment to make a move. He gave a lot on the track in trying to beat a true champion in Lady Princess for whom I have a lot of respect, but I am very proud of my horse for beating this filly.”
UAE NEWS adiyat racing plus.com 26 ADIYAT RACING PLUS ISSUE 775 Thursday 8th December 2022 By Duane Fonseca Having brought Doug Watson a third Dubai Creek Mile triumph with an impressive finish at Meydan Thursday night, Prince Eiji looks set for a tougher assignment on his next racecourse appearance. And his conditioner is keen to throw him in the deep end and get him a spot in the Group 2 Al Maktoum Challenge R1 on the opening night of the Dubai World Cup Carnival. That was Watson’s early assessment, however, one that flowed in the wave that followed Prince Eiji’s success from a position where he did what he had to do off the pace. Watson was truly impressed with the manner of the win, Pat Dobbs bidding for the lead and then giving up his front position to Dane O’Neill and Danyah trained by Musabbeh Al Mheiri for Shadwell. Dobbs yielded then, but enjoyed a splendid position along the rail and seeing space open up turning for home, he urged his 5yo gelded Dubawi partner, who stretched himself to take up the running with a little over 200m left and power home to a length and a quarter win. Danyah was second, with Atletico El Culano third for new trainer Julio Olascoaga. MAKTOUM CHALLENGE R1 IS NEXT FOR WATSON’S STUNNING PRINCE EIJI Watson said: “I thought Pat rode a very good race. I think he wanted the lead, but I think Dane on the Shadwell horse wanted it so he took him off it and when he picked up the bit, Pat knew he wanted it and he knew he had a horse under him after that. “Last year Prince Eiji didn’t do too well running from behind, but it’s good to know that we have that horse that can sit off the pace and come home and we’re really impressed with him.” The Al Maktoum Challenge R1 over course and distance on 6 January, for now, is Prince DOUGWATSON: WHENHE [PRINCE EIJI] PICKEDUP THEBIT, PATKNEW HEWANTED ITAND HEKNEWHEHADA HORSEUNDERHIM AFTERTHAT. Red Stables boss is keen on throwing 5yo Dubawi gelding in the deep end by sending him for a tilt at the Group 2 Al Maktoum Challenge R1 on the opening night of the Dubai World Cup Carnival at Meydan on 6 January
UAE NEWS adiyat racing plus.com 27 ADIYAT RACING PLUS ISSUE 775 Thursday 8th December 2022 3 NUMBEROF TIMES DOUGWATSON HASWONTHE DUBAI CREEKMILE Eiji’s next assignment, withWatson declaring: “I believe he would next go in the first round of the Al Maktoum Challenge which would be on the first night of the carnival. “I thought that was an impressive run from him in the Dubai Creek Mile and there’ll be a few more from us running there (Al Maktoum Challenge R1) too.” Watson saddled a total of four in the Dubai Creek Mile, with 2020 winner Thegreatcollection taking fourth, Everfast fifth and the 2022 Al Maktoum Challenge R1 winner Golden Goal, eighth despite carrying two extra kilos. All four of them ran well here and the one that finished eighth, I think it was Golden Goal, was carrying two extra kilos than the rest of them, so we’re looking forward to the carnival coming up and we’re just happy to see all four of them in decent form and running well. “I don’t know if Prince Eiji can progress from a mile to something more, but we will talk to his owner Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum and see what he wants to do, but definitely the first goal would be the Al Maktoum Challenge R1.”
UAE NEWS adiyat racing plus.com 28 ADIYAT RACING PLUS ISSUE 775 Thursday 8th December 2022 By Duane Fonseca Emirati conditioner Ahmad bin Harmash could have a real live wire on his hand heading into next year’s Classics on the UAE calendar if his juvenile Flying Hunter can carry his current form into 2023. The 2yo Maclean’s Music colt he trains was absolutely on fire and lit up the steep uphill finish of the Jebel Ali Racecourse as powered to a three length win in the 1400m maiden on his first start against three others. It can be argued the small field might have helped his cause, but Flying Hunter’s race seems to have really started in the final 600m after stablemate Mr Raj suddenly stretched the gap between himself and the rest to five or more lengths. LAST TOFIRST In the hands of Ray Dawson, Flying Hunter raced at the back of the field. But with a little over 400m left to run and with Dawson turning on the heat and asking serious questions, Flying Hunter knuckled down and started to consume ground faster than anyone else. He gained the lead 50m out and at the post was three clear of his stablemate, who ran under the guidance of Saif Al Balushi. A further six behind Mr Raj was Lahresh for trainer Musabbeh Al Mheiri. Now it would be a matter of franking that form at least once before the Dubai FLYING HUNTER COULD BE A CLASSIC OPTION FOR THRIVING BIN HARMASH World Cup Carnival gets underway in a month’s time. Dawson said: “I had only sat on him once at home and he’s a big playful kind of boy at home. Ahmad put the blinkers on him just to keep him concentrated. Hopefully, he can run well. The other horse, Mr Raj, he goes well at home, but he’s a bit more of a staying type so we were probably expecting my lad to be the better one on the day. Until the last furlong, it seemed like the other way around, but it was very pleasing to see Flying Hunter run like that. Climbing the hill the way he did was very encouraging.” DAWSONSAID: “I HADONLYSAT ONHIMONCEAT HOMEANDHE’SA BIGPLAYFULKIND OFBOYATHOME. AHMADPUT THE BLINKERSONHIM JUST TOKEEPHIM CONCENTRATED.
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NEWS adiyat racing plus.com 30 ADIYAT RACING PLUS ISSUE 775 Thursday 8th December 2022 Last year’s second edition of the Dubai Equestrian Forum (DEF) was opened by Sheikh Rashid bin Dalmook Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Equestrian Club and Dubai Racing Club, and honoured by the presence of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and the Ruler of Dubai. This year’s third forum introduces new experiences, bringing together the GCC’s equestrian industry across clubs, stables, resorts, ranches, and farms at The Gallery, Meydan Grandstand, Dubai. Key business decision makers will attend this event to learn the newly available services and products and identify new vendors for their facilities. Horses play an important role in the culture of the Arab nations and over the last few decades, the GCC has housed some of the world’s best equestrian clubs which have developed organically and traditionally, gaining global recognition. The 2022 third edition of DEF will also host a conference, presentations and exhibitions. MEYDAN TO HOST THIRD DEF THIS WEEKEND Major General Dr. Mohammed Essa Al Adhab, Board Member and General Manager Dubai Equestrian Club & Dubai Racing Club is looking forward to welcoming visitors to the 2022 DEF and said: “On behalf of the Dubai Equestrian Club and the Dubai Racing Club, I would like to invite you to participate in the third Dubai Equestrian Forum. “The main objective of hosting this event is to meet with various equestrian suppliers and procure products for our upcoming seasons. “As such, I strongly encourage all the regional and international suppliers to showcase their offerings at this exclusive gathering of equestrian professionals from across the GCC. We truly believe your participation will contribute to strengthening the event and making the region a top-class equestrian hub. I look forward to meeting you at the event.” Countries to be represented include the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, Bahrain and Kuwait with more than 50 exhibitors and sponsors. The 2022 DEF is to be staged in the The Gallery in the luxurious Meydan Grandstand and takes place on Friday and Saturday. AL ADHAB: THEMAIN OBJECTIVEOF HOSTINGTHIS EVENT IS TOMEET WITHVARIOUS EQUESTRIAN SUPPLIERS ANDPROCURE PRODUCTS FOR OURUPCOMING SEASONS.
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ENDURANCE adiyat racing plus.com 33 ADIYAT RACING PLUS ISSUE 775 Thursday 8th December 2022 By Duane Fonseca Emirati rider Layla Al Marzooqi proved her success in last week’s Commemoration Day Cup for Private Stables was not a matter of chance by landing a second victory in as many weeks when winning the CEN 100km Sheikha Fatma bint Mubarak Ladies Cup for Private Owners at Emirates International Endurance Village at Boudheib on the outskirts of Abu Dhabi. The ride on Saturday and her victory aboard Catch Me Hipolyte could not have been farther from how it panned out for her when winning the 119km Commemoration Day Cup for Private Stables at Dubai International Endurance City in Seeh Al Salam when partnering for the same Al Kamda Endurance Stables. For last week she had to work her way up the rung with a lot of tweaking needed from her team, but banking the same expertise, she was able to deliver yet again days apart, controlling the leaderboard from start to finish. That is not to say she didn’t have her work cut out. As winner of the Commemoration Day Cup, Al Marzooqi knew she would be the one being hunted down. But she never let her guard down and instead dominated proceedings all the way to win the four loop ride with a time of three hours 31 minutes and two seconds (3:31:02) after going about her business at an average speed of 28.4kph. Al Marzooqi and Catch Me Hipolyte remained in control all along and never looked in danger of ceding their advantage to the rest EMIRATI AL MARZOOQI ADDS SHEIKHA FATMA TITLE TO HONOUR ROLL of the field and by the halfway stage had only to ensure they weren’t eliminated or disqualified for any reason. Joining Al Marzooqi on the podium was her Emirati compatriot Shaima Dawood Ali, who finished second aboard AS Endurance Stables-owned Tonki Dee Boo Mia, the pair clocking 3:37:48. Shaima did well to work her way up the leaderboard having started at 12th and then moved consistently up to seventh and fourth during the second and third loops. Shaima was a little over a minute quicker than the third place logged by Spaniard Catalina Llorens, who completed the ride aboard TNT Private Stables’ Kalimnah Farm Nimbus in 3:39:20. Sheikha Fatma bint Mubarak Ladies Cup for Private Owners (Top 3) Time Stable Horse Rider Pos 3.31.02 Al Kamda Catch Me Hipolyte Layla Al Marzooqi 1 3.37.48 AS Endurance Tonki Dee Boo Mia Shaima Dawood Ali 2 3.39.20 TNT Private Kalimnah Farm Nimbus Catalina Llorens 3 ASWINNEROF THE COMMEMORATION DAYCUP, AL MARZOOQI KNEW SHEWOULDBE THEONEBEING HUNTEDDOWN. 35 FINISHERS 69 ELIMINATIONS