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FROM THE EDITOR adiyat racing plus.com 3 ADIYAT RACING PLUS ISSUE 781 Thursday 19th January 2023 — FIRSTS ALL THE WAY IN OUR CITY OF FIRSTS!!! The cycle of landmarks just won’t stop it seems and after Mickael Barzalona and James Doyle scored their 100th winners each, and the UAE’s already winningmost rider Tadhg O’Shea took his tally past a massive 700, last week it was Pat Dobbs’ time to make news. The Irish jockey has been riding within Emirati borders for a long time and at Meydan last Sunday he turned up with his 300th UAE winner when completing a treble, all for his primary employer Doug Watson, the man in charge of Red Stables. The treble helped Dobbs take his seasonal haul to 21 and finds himself currently at third in the UAE Jockeys’ Championship race, 13 adrift of the pace set by the aforementioned O’Shea. Antonio Fresu has one more win keeping him in second place, and while the Italian traded blows ferociously as he bid for the jockeys’ title, Dobbs’ ambitions don’t appear lofty at least when it comes to these championship battles which for the past few seasons have been dominated solely by O’Shea who looks set for an 11th crown in two months’ time. For now though, Dobbs can fully enjoy his latest achievement and build from there. This week we’ve a short take with up and coming, or should we stay well established, British trainer George Boughey, who broke new ground by winning at Meydan last week with only his second runner Al Dasim, who was terrific in the turf sprint and appears a candidate to go to war with, having ample potential immediate callings in all the major racing jurisdictions in the Gulf. Boughey has had a fantastic run of results during his short career which spans a little under four years, with the 2022 Qipco 1000 Guineas the obvious highlight on what is a burgeoning resume. Sunday was a historic day for Dubai Racing Club as it became the first racing body to embrace the metaverse with the launch of the Dubai Verse Cup, a metaverse-based gaming platform in conjunction with DVCC Meta Technology. The project is in line with the Dubai Metaverse Strategy launched by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council, and will allow users to immerse themselves virtually in racing and give them an up close and personal experience using their smartphones and VR/AR devices. Another first for our city of firsts! - Duane Fonseca Assistant Editor
adiyat racing plus.com 4 ADIYAT RACING PLUS ISSUE 781 Thursday 19th January 2023 2 PICKSIX FORMS INSIDE ISSUE 781 19th January 2023 BAAEED IFHARECOGNISE SHADWELL STARAS WORLD’SBESTONTURF FLIGHTLINE HEADS THE RATINGS HEALTHY ENTRIES FOR SAUDI CUP CARNIVAL TREBLE FOR GODOLPHIN Baaeed was celebrated as the second highest rated horse and the highest rated turf horse in the world for 2022. 20-23 INTERVIEW 14-16 Britain based trainer George Boughey on what lies ahead. GODOLPHIN NEWS 6-9 All the global news and views surrounding the royal blues. cover BAAEED Shadwell’s former star back in the headlines FROM THE EDITOR 3 More firsts in our city of firsts!
adiyat racing plus.com 5 ADIYAT RACING PLUS ISSUE 781 Thursday 19th January 2023 Shadwell News 10 All of the major happenings this last week from the blues camp. DRC News 12-13 Dubai Racing Club launches Dubai Verse Cup, a new project in line with the Dubai Metaverse Strategy. News 22-27 All the latest racing news and views from around the world. ADVERTORIAL 30-31 HOWARD WRIGHT 32 MICHELE MACDONALD 34-35 LAURA KING 36 J A MCGRATH 39 REVIEWS 40-49 PREVIEWS & RACECARDS 50-65 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 How many times has Charlie Appleby won the Gr.2 Zabeel Mile? 1) 3 2) 9 3) 5
GODOLPHIN NEWS adiyat racing plus.com 6 ADIYAT RACING PLUS ISSUE 781 Thursday 19th January 2023 Godolphin’s Forest Of Dean swooped from the back under South African jockey Collen Storey to win a 1m2f conditions stakes at Newcastle. The feature was a Fast-Track Qualifier, with Forest Of Dean now guaranteed a start in the £200,000 Easter Classic over the same course and distance on Good Friday. Forest Of Dean was a leading middle distance performer during the All-Weather Championships for the Gosden stable two seasons ago, highlighted by his victory in the Group 3 Winter Derby, but has been lightly raced since. The 7yo Iffraaj gelding had form to reverse with Harrovian from the Listed Churchill Stakes in November and it was his stablemate who dictated steady fractions for the first half of the race. STANDSIDECHALLENGE Harrovian had Ziggy for company as he set sail for home approaching the final 3f, while Storey brought Forest Of Dean towards the stands side to begin his challenge. With all three runners in contention entering the final furlong, it was Forest Of Dean who found the most for pressure, storming along the rail to score by a length and a quarter. Ziggy stayed on well to take second, edging out Harrovian in a photo finish. Storey, who rode 222 winners in South Africa before moving to Newmarket in October 2021, said: “In the first part of the race, I was three deep, so I took a pull and tucked Forest Of Dean in behind. There was only three lengths from first to last, which I knew I would be able to make up. SOUTH AFRICAN STOREY HAS A WINNING TALE TO TELL PROUDTOBE AROYAL BLUE “I saw his last run when William Buick rode him and he made up a lot of ground from where he was. I was quite confident because the gallop he had put up at home beforehand was nice. “This is my first time at Newcastle and it is lovely to come up here for a quality ride like this. "Thank you to Mr Gosden and the team, as well as Godolphin: it means a lot to wear these colours. “I try to ride out at John and Thady’s as much as I can. I do go to other yards as well, depending on where the support comes from. It has been good for me so far and I’ll keep working hard.” It was a memorable two days for Storey who had a winner in the colurs of The King, Calmly, the precious evening, also for The Gosdens. COLLENSTOREY: I TRY TORIDE OUT AT JOHN ANDTHADY’S AS MUCHAS I CAN. I DOGOTOOTHER YARDS ASWELL, DEPENDING ONWHERE THE SUPPORTCOMES FROM. ITHAS BEENGOOD FOR MESOFARAND I’LL KEEPWORKING HARD.
GODOLPHIN NEWS adiyat racing plus.com 7 ADIYAT RACING PLUS ISSUE 781 Thursday 19th January 2023 Stretching his unbeaten record at Meydan to three, Valiant Prince edged out Dubai Future and Ottoman Fleet in a Godolphin 1-2-3 in the Group 2 Al Rashidiya on Friday. Stepping up to 1800m for the first time, Valiant Prince raced freely behind the leaders in fourth as the fourth Godolphin runner, Passion And Glory, set the early fractions ahead of Wirko and Dubai Future. Dubai Future took second with 800m to race and cruised up to head Passion And Glory entering the final 400m, with Valiant Prince and Ottoman Fleet also moving ominously into contention. Passion And Glory soon faded, leaving Dubai Future, Valiant Prince and Ottoman Fleet to fight out the finish. Dubai Future continued to battle in front but could not resist the late thrust of Valiant Prince, who stayed on well for James Doyle to score by almost a length. Ottoman Fleet finished half a length back in third as the front three pulled four and a quarter lengths clear of fourth home Zagrey. 'QUITE SURPRISED' James Doyle said: “That was a big step forward from Valiant Prince on what he has achieved in the past and I think he did a good job. Whilst we were drawn well and had a cheap run around early, it was a little hairy on the bend, which meant the two in front pulled away from us a bit. “That suited him in a way, as he does not want to see loads of daylight, and the way he picked up was quite a surprise to me. I was eager to get going but, once he found a bit of space, he felt like he was always going to win comfortably. PRINCE VALIANT DEFENDING PERFECT MEYDAN RECORD IMPROVEDAGAIN “It will be interesting to see what Charlie wants to do with him. He has the option of going up in trip and the way he relaxed tonight after some time off was pretty good.” Winning trainer Charlie Appleby added: “We were very pleased with Valiant Prince, who seems to have improved again with the step up to 9f. We will probably head straight towards the Group 1 Jebel Hatta with him now. “Ottoman Fleet ran a creditable race in third and I feel that stepping back up to 2000m for the Group 3 Dubai Millennium Stakes is going to suit.” A homebred 5yo gelded son of Dubawi, Valiant Prince won a pair of 1600m Meydan turf handicaps last season, the first at a domestic fixture, the second at the carnival. CHARLIEAPPLEBY: WEWERE VERY PLEASEDWITH VALIANT PRINCE, WHOSEEMS TO HAVE IMPROVED AGAINWITHTHE STEPUP TO 9F. WE WILL PROBABLY HEADSTRAIGHT TOWARDS THE JEBEL HATTAWITH HIMNOW.
GODOLPHIN NEWS adiyat racing plus.com 8 ADIYAT RACING PLUS ISSUE 781 Thursday 19th January 2023 Multiple Listed winner Soft Whisper continued as she finished 2022, posting a determined victory over stable companion White Moonlight in the inaugural Ipi Tombe Stakes at Meydan on Friday. Both Saeed bin Suroor-trained mares were prominent from the outset of the 1400m turf conditions contest, with White Moonlight establishing a two length advantage over Soft Whisper after breaking smartly. Soft Whisper loomed up to press her stablemate a furlong and a half out and opened up a slender lead soon after. White Moonlight rallied strongly but could not get back on terms as Soft Whisper held on for a neck verdict under Danny Tudhope. FILLY 'LOOKSMUCHBETTER' Saeed bin Suroor said: “Soft Whisper won well. She always tries and I think 7f is her best trip. “The filly has improved physically and looks much better this season than she did out here NOTHING SOFT ABOUT WHISPER AS SHE ROARS TO VICTORY last year. That can happen sometimes with fillies, so we took her back to England and looked after her, with the target of running in Dubai this season. KEEPINGTHE FAITH “White Moonlight is a nice filly and we like her. She had problems in the past, but she is a big, strong filly who is doing really well. We have faith in her for the future.” Danny Tudhope added: “Soft Whisper has proved to be a good filly and she turned up today, which was the main thing. “The race went smoothly. The other horse went out in front and I just took back off her so I could get my filly relaxed. We had the run of the race and she travelled into it well. “She is a good workhorse in the morning and it is great that she showed that today.” The 5yo homebred daughter of Dubawi won thrice in Britain on her return to Europe, twice in Listed company including her final outing of 2022, at Ascot on the first day of October. BINSUROOR: SOFTWHISPER WONWELL. SHE ALWAYS TRIESAND I THINK 7F ISHER BEST TRIP. THE FILLYHAS IMPROVED PHYSICALLYAND LOOKSMUCH BETTER THIS SEASONTHAN SHEDIDOUTHERE LAST YEAR.
GODOLPHIN NEWS adiyat racing plus.com 9 ADIYAT RACING PLUS ISSUE 781 Thursday 19th January 2023 The seemingly improving Electrical Storm recorded consecutive victories at Meydan with another impressive display in a turf handicap on week two of the Dubai World Cup Carnival last Friday. The 6yo homebred Dubawi gelding, dropping back to 1600m for Saeed bin Suroor after readily scoring over 2000m at a domestic meeting in December, was covered up in midfield on the rail by Danny Tudhope. Electrical Storm appeared full of running after switching out turning for home and travelled strongly into the race after a gap presented itself approaching the final 400m. He quickened to join Aegean Finale in front over 200m out before hitting the line strongly for a smooth success. ELECTRICAL STORM POWERS HOME Winning trainer Saeed bin Suroor said: “Electrical Storm has done very well out in Dubai, winning both his starts, and we will consider stepping him up in class and trip now. “We have a couple of options here at Meydan as well as Saudi Arabia to consider, but we will see what rating the handicapper gives him after tonight.” Danny Tudhope added: “Electrical Storm was coming back in trip but I had a good draw in four. They went quick and I was a little bit behind most of the way. Once I asked him to quicken, he picked up well and outstayed them. This will be his minimum trip and it was a very likable performance.” GROWYOUR POTENTIAL Two year international management and leadership programme for the thoroughbred racing and breeding industry. APPLY NOWApplications close 6th February 2023 216x24 Al Adiyat.indd 1 06/12/2022 10:30
SHADWELL adiyat racing plus.com 10 ADIYAT RACING PLUS ISSUE 781 Thursday 19th January 2023 Breeding plans have been announced for Shadwell’s Malathaat, the Eclipse Award-winning 3yo filly of 2021 headed to Into Mischief. Malathaat is likely to secure a second Eclipse Award, with the now 5yo Curlin mare widely expected to be honoured as Champion Older Dirt Mare of 2022 in the Eclipse Awards ceremony on 26 January in South Florida. Last year, the Todd Pletcher trainee won four of six starts, highlighted by three consecutive Grade One victories in the Personal Ensign Stakes, Spinster Stakes and Breeders' Cup Distaff. The latter race at Keeneland on 5 November was a thriller, Malathaat, under John Velazquez, prevailing in a photo from Blue Stripe and Clairiere, all three crossing the line locked in battle. CLASSY MARE HEADING INTO MISCHIEF Third behind subsequent Group Two runner-up Show Respect on his only 2yo start at Leicester in May, the Charlie Hillstrained Shadwell colt Rabaah built on that promising debut to take a 6f novice stakes on the Lingfield all-weather last week. The owner’s retained jockey, Jim Crowley, never looked particularly concerned aboard the homebred Dubawi colt, who justified favouritism with a two length success. DELAYED BY INJURY HICCUP' “I’ve always liked him,” Hills said. “He ran a nice race back in May but unfortunately had HILLS TO WAIT FOR TURF NOW SMART COLT A WINNER an injury so has had a good bit of time off, but it was nice to get him back. I was quite conscious to try and give him a run over the winter to get him on the road for the turf." Hills has won handicaps with Rabaah’s half-brothers Rewaayat and Tanmawwy and added: “As long as he goes the right way mentally, then he could go quite far through the ranks. He’s a little immature and I’m sure racing is going to do him the world of good as he carries on his career. There’s not much point running him now, we’ll just wait a few months and keep him in a nice routine until the turf.” BOWEDOUT ABCHEROINE Malathaat was retired shortly after the Breeders' Cup Distaff and arrived at Shadwell Farm near Lexington on 7 November. The racing and breeding operation of Shadwell is now headed by Sheikha Hissa Hamdan Al Maktoum, the daughter of the late Sheikh Hamdan, the empire’s founder. "We're excited. She's doing very well," said Jonny Smyth, one of the managers of Shadwell Farm. "We spoke with Sheikha Hissa and did our mating plans, and decided on Into Mischief, which we felt was a great cross, maybe give her a bit of speed. "Look, we're excited. She's a beautiful mare. We're fortunate to have her. We're really happy she's going to Into Mischief. We'll look forward to her babies."
adiyat racing plus.com 12 ADIYAT RACING PLUS ISSUE 781 Thursday 19th January 2023 DRC NEWS DUBAI VERSE CUP A NEW STANZA IN DRC’S FUTURISTIC PUSH By Duane Fonseca Dubai Racing Club (DRC) became the world’s first racing jurisdiction to embrace the metaverse Sunday as it launched the Dubai Verse Cup, a metaverse-based gaming platform in conjunction with DVCC Meta Technology. The project is in line with the Dubai Metaverse Strategy, launched by HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and chairman of Dubai Executive Council, which aims to turn Dubai into one of the world’s top ten metaverse economies and a global hub for the metaverse community. Dubai Metaverse Strategy aims to build on Dubai’s achievement of attracting more than 1,000 companies in the fields of blockchain and metaverse. It also promotes Dubai’s ambitions to support more than 40,000 virtual jobs by 2030, which would further boost the city’s economy and support the UAE government’s vision of increasing the number of blockchain companies by five times the present number. DVCC Meta Technology are the DRC’s exclusive technology partner in the project and have developed the gaming platform, which will be powered by the real world of Thoroughbred racing. The launch coincided with a seven race domesticmeeting at Meydan Racecourse Sunday evening that was also sponsored by DVCC Meta Technology. In a press note issued ahead of the launch, Sheikh Rashid bin Dalmook Al Maktoum, chairman of the Dubai Racing Club, was quoted as saying: “Dubai is a future focused city with an emphasis on innovation and technology thanks to the leadership of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, who has always enabled Dubai to push beyond the limits. “HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed recently approved the Dubai Metaverse Strategy to boost the digital economy and introduce The project is in line with the Dubai Metaverse Strategy, launched by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, which aims to turn Dubai into one of the world’s top 10 metaverse economies. SHEIKHRASHID BINDALMOOKAL MAKTOUM: WEAIMTO INTRODUCETHE NEWGENERATION TOTHISEXCITING SPORTTHROUGH THISUNIQUE METAVERSE BASEDGAME. Maj. Gen. Dr. Mohd Al Adhab and Vincent Shi at the launch at Meydan on Sunday
adiyat racing plus.com 13 ADIYAT RACING PLUS ISSUE 781 Thursday 19th January 2023 DRC NEWS measures to empower the use of the metaverse and other futuristic technologies. “We at DRC are keen to embrace the vision and mindset of this great city and its leadership and are always on the lookout for ways to enhance the experience of our racing fans. “We have worked with our partners on the revolutionary Dubai Verse Cup, the first of its kind metaverse horse racing game based on the most spectacular race in the world, the Dubai World Cup at Meydan Racecourse. We aim to introduce the new generation to this exciting sport through this unique metaverse based game. "Our aimwas to create a platform that appeals to our current horse racing fans while building a new community of racing enthusiasts.” Speaking to Adiyat Racing Plus, Major General Dr Mohammed Essa Al Adhab, board member and director general of Dubai Racing Club and Dubai Equestrian Club, said: “Dubai is a city focused on innovation and technology and thanks to the leadership of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, we have always pushed the limits further. “We believe this is a step in the right direction towards embracing the future and in Dubai we’ve always been interested in leading the way forward and towards innovation. This is the future and we want to welcome the wider audience to racing and give them a feel of our world.” AREALFEELEXPERIENCE The Dubai Verse Cup will allow users to immerse themselves seamlessly in horse racing scenes and experience the tension and stimulation of the sport using their smartphones and VR/AR devices. Owners of the DVC’s digital assets, such as synthetic horse NFTs, can track their development as they race and breed, earning tokens based on their performance. Players may create or join a ‘family’ to participate in collective activities and earn rewards to enjoy an affluent metaverse lifestyle. “It is our honour to partner with Dubai Racing Club to deliver a state of the art metaverse game that will expand to, hopefully, become the ultimate Dubai characteristic metaverse lifestyle for global users,” said Vincent Shi, CEO of DVCC Meta Technology. “The metaverse platform uses blockchain technologies and a play to earn model, allowing users to enjoy the futuristic setting of the Meydan Racecourse while indulging in multiplayer track races. Winners earn rewards such as trophies and tokens, which can be exchanged for NFTs." Guests try out the game during the launch at Meydan DRC's Ali Al Ali with one of the lucky draw winners during the launch
14 ADIYAT RACING PLUS ISSUE 781 Thursday 19th January 2023 adiyat racing plus.com INTERVIEW: GEORGE BOUGHEY Classic moment: Boughey celebrating Cachet's 1000 Guineas success
15 ADIYAT RACING PLUS ISSUE 781 Thursday 19th January 2023 adiyat racing plus.com INTERVIEW: GEORGE BOUGHEY NOT BOUGHEYING OUT WITHOUT A FIGHT HAS MADE GEORGE KING By Duane Fonseca Fortune favours the brave and George Boughey’s career as trainer is testament to that. His stratospheric rise in the training ranks in Britain and Europe would not have been possible had he not had the guts to go his own way close to four years ago. It is a decision Boughey would often ponder and have second thoughts about. Not anymore! STARS ALIGNEARLYON With the stars aligning rather early Boughey started to find the success that helped him carve a niche and establish himself firmly among the up and coming legion of British trainers. While most have partnered and jumped aboard juggernauts established by an illustrious parent and shared their licences (and we don’t mean to take anything from the likes of those), Boughey has had to do it all by himself. After Group level wins in England and France, including one of the British Classics in the 2022 1000 Guineas at Newmarket with Cachet, Boughey has broken new ground with his first success on UAE soil. MEYDANACCOUNTOPENER Al Dasim had the honour of helping him to that landmark last Friday on the second night of the Dubai World Cup Carnival when the 3yo Harry Angel colt raced clear to win the Al Wasl Stakes by three lengths on the 1200m turf chute at Meydan. “He’s come out here and he’s travelled well and he’s looked good Newmarket-based up and coming trainer had the guts to go his own way close to four years ago and it has paid off royally with one Classic winner so far. On the up: George Boughey
16 ADIYAT RACING PLUS ISSUE 781 Thursday 19th January 2023 adiyat racing plus.com INTERVIEW: GEORGE BOUGHEY Rocket: Al Dasim winning the Wasl Stakes since he’s come from England,” Boughey told Adiyat Racing Plus. “He looks like a horse who is in the summer in England. Fast ground is the key to him but he worked very well on dirt and it was a toss of a coin if he would run on the dirt or the turf. His jockey Mickael Barzalona was very pleased and he’ll probably come back here for the Dubai Trophy. I think it is in a few weeks’ time over course and distance (10 February). Hopefully, if he’s in the same form he should be hard to beat. It’s fantastic to score with our second runner in Dubai.” Boughey’s first was Perdika who finished a distant ninth of 11 in the Jumeirah Classic Trial on the opening night of the carnival. “We’ll keep trying anyway. It’s our first time here and to be honest Perdika will be better against the fillies, but I am very pleased.” Boughey acquired his training licence mid-2019, and since has sent out 254 winners in Britain, including the five this year. His best haul of 136 was achieved last term at a strike rate of 17%, with a stable roster that’s growing in blueblood numbers. In November, he was among a quartet of trainers Shadwell added to its training ranks in England. And Boughey is looking to repay their faith in him. “It’s fantastic to have horses good enough to compete and come out here, but to have owners like Sheikha Hissa for Shadwell this year is fantastic and a compliment to everyone at home. We’ve only been going three and a half years so to have horses of that calibre is fantastic,” Boughey added. Asked if he was thinking of sending Al Dasim to Riyadh for the Group 3 Turf Sprint on the Saudi Cup day programme, Boughey replied: “He’s not rated high enough for Saudi. He’s in the Doha Sprint now in Qatar and he might be supplemented for Saudi.” GEORGEBOUGHEY: HE LOOKS LIKE A HORSEWHO IS IN THE SUMMER IN ENGLAND. FAST GROUND IS THE KEY TOHIMAND HEWORKEDVERY WELLONDIRT AND ITWAS A TOSSOF A COIN IF HEWOULD RUNONTHEDIRT OR THE TURF.
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UAE NEWS adiyat racing plus.com 18 ADIYAT RACING PLUS ISSUE 781 Thursday 19th January 2023 Well that was a busy five days of action! Kicking off with a handful (5) races at Sharjah on Wednesday, postponed from the previous Saturday, followed by the capital, the carnival, Jebel Ali Stakes fixture and a domestic fixture at Meydan, a total of 32 races. Richard Mullen completed a Sharjah double, albeit with almost 100 hours between his two winners. We very doubt that is a feat ever achieved before! The former Champion Jockey was also in the winner’s enclosure after the opener at Abu Dhabi. Godolphin stole the carnival headlines, again, with a treble, including doubles for Saeed bin Suroor and Danny Tudhope, an increasingly important part of the Al Quoz team this year. We vey much doubt it will be the last time 'the boys in blue' grab the carnival highlight given the undoubted strength in depth at their disposal and with both Bin Suroor and Charlie Appleby 'hitting the blocks running'. TABLE TOPS REMAIN THE SAME, DOMESTICALLY AND INTERNATIONALLY 2023 DWCC STATS (ALL RACES) (AFTER 14 RACES) JOCKEYS Tadgh O’Shea 34 Antonio Fresu 22 Pat Dobbs 21 Ray Dawson 18 Richard Mullen 13 OWNERS Khalid Khalifa Al Nabooda 21 Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed 12 Al Rashid Stables 9 Sheikh Ahmed 9 Al Wathba Racing 9 TRAINERS Doug Watson 26 Ernst Oertel 21 Bhupat Seemar 19 Salem bin Ghadayer 15 Khalifa Al Neyadi 15 UAE SEASONAL STATS 2022/23 (AFTER 223 RACES) Jebel Ali riding plaudits went to Ray Dawson and Tadhg O’Shea, who both enjoyed a double, the latter’s brace both saddled by Bhupat Seemar and keeping him well clear in the jockeys’ table. The Champion Jockey’s main employer, Khalid Khalifa Al Nabooda, remains in charge in the owners’ race. Ismail Mohammed also celebrated a double ‘up the hill’ with his yard starting to hit top form, good timing ay carnival time. Pat Dobbs and Doug Watson were in the winner’s enclosure once at Jebel Ali but combined for a treble on the Sunday domestic card at Meydan Racecourse, helping maintain Watson’s slender advantage in the trainers’ charts. After 32 races last week, ‘only’ 27 during this upcoming bunch of fixtures, four meetings, one carnival fixture among them. The races are pretty evenly divided among the breeds, the Thoroughbreds edging the Purebred Arabians 14-13. Richard Mullen Ray Dawson OWNERS Godolphin 5 Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed 1 Victorious & Fawzi Nass 1 Tracey Bell & Caroline Lyons 1 RRR Racing 1 Stud Guara del Sur 1 TRAINERS Charlie Appleby 3 Saeed bin Suroor 2 Fawzi Nass 2 Bhupat Seemar 2 Salem bin Ghadayer 1 Simon & Ed Crisford 1 JOCKEYS James Doyle 4 Adrie de Vries 2 Danny Tudhope 2 Mickael Barzalona 2 Tadhg O’Shea 2
UAE NEWS adiyat racing plus.com 19 ADIYAT RACING PLUS ISSUE 781 Thursday 19th January 2023 …Dubai Racing Club (DRC) have added the names of some extra local equine luminaries to certain race titles for the first time this year. This week he is: BIGEASY (ARABIANSPRINT CHAMPIONSHIP 1200MDIRT) Big Easy is commemorated by the new Big Easy Arabian Sprint Championship, for Purebred Arabians, which takes place at Meydan Racecourse for the first time this week. A son of top American stallion Burning Sand, Big Easy is one of the best Purebred RACES NAMED AFTER, FOR THE FIRST TIME… Arabians ever to race in Dubai. He won 21 times during his career, which started in the US in 2000. Seventeen of those successes came in the UAE, when he was trained by Satish Seemar for much of his time here. A versatile horse, he won Group races on dirt and turf, at Nad Al Sheba and Abu Dhabi, and his jockeys included Ted Durcan, Ryan Moore, Wayne Smith and Gary Hind. Now a 26yo, Big Easy stands at Al Awal Stud in Abu Dhabi, where his progeny include ES Ajeeb, winner of the Group 2 Bani Yas at Meydan Racecourse in 2019, as well as multiple winner Yas Xmnsor. Jockey Christophe Soumillon rode his first winner since returning from 60 days suspension with his very first mount back in France. He was aboard Black Milord Tavel on Saturday, the pair landing a Chantilly handicap over two miles by a head for trainer Eric Lecoiffier. The Belgian earned his suspension for elbowing fellow jockey Rossa Ryan out of the saddle in a race at NO JOY IN SOUTH AFRICA OR DUBAI, BUT SOUMILLON BACK ON WINNING TRAIL Saint-Cloud on 30 September. Soumillon, who lost his retainer with HH The Aga Khan in the aftermath, was in South Africa two weekends ago and also had a ride at Meydan in Dubai on Friday, but did not record a winner. His ban covered potentially lucrative international expeditions, including British Champions Day, the Breeders' Cup, the Japan Cup and Hong Kong International Races. Trainer George Boughey saddled his first winner in the United Arab Emirates, at just the second attempt, when Al Dasim easily won the Al Wasl Stakes under Mickael Barzalona and, just five minutes later, Pocket The Packet provided him with a cross continent double in a 7f handicap on the Lingfield all-weather. Danny Muscutt passed the entire field in the straight to win snugly and completed a double of his own when D Day Odette won the concluding race. BOUGHEY POCKETS TWO WINNING PACKETS ALMOST IN SAME BREATH Al Dasim
adiyat racing plus.com 20 ADIYAT RACING PLUS ISSUE 781 Thursday 19th January 2023 NEWS On Tuesday, the elite of the racing world met in London, marking the tenth time that Longines and the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA) have honoured the top Thoroughbred racehorses of the previous year, during a ceremony which also crowned the Longines World’s Best Horse Race for the eighth time. During the event, it was announced Flightline had earned the title of 2022 Longines World’s Best Racehorse with a historic rating of 140. This mark equals Frankel’s benchmark rating set in 2012 under the current system. Flightline earned his 140 in the Grade 1 Pacific Classic Stakes, which he won by 19¼ lengths from Dubai World Cup winner Country Grammer. His other victories over the course of 2022 included the Metropolitan Handicap and the Breeders’ Cup Classic. Flightline retired undefeated at the end of the year. The winning connections were presented with elegant Longines watches as well as a replica of the Longines World’s Best Racehorse vase, named Equus, by representatives of Longines and IFHA. The Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings are established by international handicappers according to the performance of the horses in top races. During the ceremony, Baaeed was also celebrated as the second highest rated horse and the highest rated turf horse in the world for 2022. He received his rating of 135 in the Group 1 Juddmonte International Stakes, and it is the highest rating given on turf since Frankel received his 140. Baaeed’s other victories in 2022 include the Sussex Stakes, Queen Anne Stakes, and Lockinge Stakes. He also retired at the end of the season. Additionally, the Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic was honoured as the Longines World’s Best Horse Race with a rating of 126.75. The Longines World’s Best Horse Race award recognises the best rated race of the highest rated Group One international races as established by a panel of international handicappers. The ratings of the top four finishers in each race serve as a basis for the assessment.This is the second time the Classic has won the award, with additional recognition coming in 2016. 19.25 LENGTHSBY WHICHFLIGHTLINE WONTHEGRADE 1 PACIFICCLASSIC STAKES FROM DUBAI WORLDCUP WINNERCOUNTRY GRAMMER. Flightline FLIGHTLINE, BAAEED & BREEDERS’ CUP CLASSIC HONOURED 2022'S BEST The 2022 Longines World Racing Awards ceremony, organised by the Swiss watch brand Longines and the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA), witnessed a celebration of racing's best.
adiyat racing plus.com 21 ADIYAT RACING PLUS ISSUE 781 Thursday 19th January 2023 NEWS LONGINES WBRR 2022 Trained Trainer Owner Sex YOF Horse Details Surface Cat Rating Rank USA John Sadler Hronis Racing LLC, West Point Thoroughbreds et al C 2018 Flightline (USA) I D 140 1 USA John Sadler Hronis Racing LLC, West Point Thoroughbreds et al C 2018 Flightline (USA) 130 M D GB William Haggas Shadwell Estate Company Ltd C 2018 Baaeed (GB) T I 135 2 GB William Haggas Shadwell Estate Company Ltd C 2018 Baaeed (GB) 130 M T JPN Tetsuya Kimura Silk Racing Co Ltd C 2019 Equinox (JPN) L T 126 3= JPN Tetsuya Kimura Silk Racing Co Ltd C 2019 Equinox (JPN) T I 123 AUS Chris Waller R. A. E. Lyons, P. D. Harrison et al G 2014 Nature Strip (AUS) S T 126 3= AUS Chris Waller R. A. E. Lyons, P. D. Harrison et al G 2014 Nature Strip (AUS) S T 126 USA Steven Asmussen Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC C 2019 Epicenter (USA) I D 125 5= USA Todd Pletcher CHC Inc & WinStar Farm LLC C 2018 Life Is Good (USA) 125 M D 5= FR Jean-Claude Rouget H.H. Aga Khan C 2019 Vadeni (FR) L T 125 5= FR Jean-Claude Rouget H.H. Aga Khan C 2019 Vadeni (FR) T I 123 THE WORLD’S TOP 100 GROUP/GRADE ONE RACES for 3yos+ - 2022 RANK RACE Distance Cat Track Age Rating 1 LONGINES Breeders' Cup Classic G1 2000 1 1/4 D I KEENELAND USA 3+ 126.75 2 QIPCO Champion Stakes G1 2000 1 1/4 T I ASCOT GB 3+ 124.75 3 Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe G1 2400 T L PARIS-LONGCHAMP FR 3+ 124.25 4 Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes G1 1600 1 T M NEWBURY GB 4+ 123.75 5 Qatar Sussex Stakes G1 1600 1 T M GOODWOOD GB 3+ 123.50 6 TVG Pacific Classic Stakes G1 2000 1 1/4 D I DEL MAR USA 3+ 123.25 7= Irish Champion Stakes G1 2000 1 1/4 T I LEOPARDSTOWN IRE 3+ 122.50 7= Queen Anne Stakes G1 1600 1 T M ASCOT GB 4+ 122.50 9= Hill 'N' Dale Metropolitan Handicap G1 1600 1 D M BELMONT PARK USA 3+ 121.75 9= Qatar Prix du Jockey Club G1 2100 T I CHANTILLY FR 3yo 121.75 Baaeed
adiyat racing plus.com 22 ADIYAT RACING PLUS ISSUE 781 Thursday 19th January 2023 NEWS LEADERS IN THE 2022 WORLD RANKINGS Shadwell Estate's now retired superstar is the highest-rated turf horse in the LONGINES World's Best Racehorse Standings 2022 with a rating of 135. Baaeed finished as the second-highest rated horse in the overall rankings behind Flightline, who scored 140. Baaeed Golden Sixty 8 5321 Kyprios Olympiad Pyledriver Real World Romantic Warrior Titleholder Torquator Tasso Flightline Baaeed Equinox Nature Strip Epicenter Life Is Good Vadeni
adiyat racing plus.com 23 ADIYAT RACING PLUS ISSUE 781 Thursday 19th January 2023 NEWS AS A STALLION Best: Stallion Shadwell has stood over 40 years. Highest: Fee among European freshman sires (£80,000). Standing at: Nunnery Stud, Norfolk, Newmarket, UK. SIBLINGS Hukum (fullbrother): Won 9 – including Group 1 Coronation Cup Kasban: Won 3 Zaghaareed: 2yo filly by Intello in training with Owen Burrows Yearling colt by Nathaniel Colt foaled by Night Of Thunder 0 30 60 90 120 150 FLIGHTLINE (USA) BAAEED (GB) EQUINOX (JPN) NATURE STRIP (AUS) EPICENTER (USA) LIFE IS GOOD (USA) VADENI (FR) GOLDEN SIXTY (AUS) KYPRIOS (IRE) OLYMPIAD (USA) PYLEDRIVER (GB) REAL WORLD (IRE) ROMANTIC WARRIOR (IRE) TITLEHOLDER (JPN) TORQUATOR TASSO (GER) 140 135 126 126 125 125 125 124 124 124 124 124 124 124 124 Factfile 10 consecutive wins from 11 starts 6 straight wins in Gr.1 races 10 2022 CARTIER AWARDS Best Older Horse Horse of The Year AN ALMOST PERFECT RACECOURSE RECORD Date of Birth Owner-Breeder Trainer Jockey 08/04/2018 Shadwell William Haggas Jim Crowley PEDIGREE Sire: Sea The Stars (half-brother to Galileo) Dams: Aghareed (1st), Lahudood (2nd), Rahayeb (3rd), Bashayer (4th), Height of Fashion (5th) Height of Fashion: Dam of Nashwan and Nayef
NEWS adiyat racing plus.com 24 ADIYAT RACING PLUS ISSUE 781 Thursday 19th January 2023 A dual Derby winner, $5.6 million earner Hot Rod Charlie will join the stallion roster this year at Shadai Stallion Station. He will stand for an advertised fee of ¥2 million ($15,500). Shadai Stallion Station previously purchased leading racehorses from the United States that became successful sires in Japan, chief among them 1989 Kentucky Derby winner Sunday Silence. Hot Rod Charlie's move to stud in Japan brings to a conclusion a racing career inwhich the son of Oxbow won five of 19 starts for trainer Doug O'Neill and owners Roadrunner Racing, Boat Racing, Gainesway Stable and Strauss Bros Racing. "I guess we have to say sayonara to Charlie from the US and have him head over to Japan," said Mike Helm, who heads the Roadrunner Racing partnership. "He took the ownership on quite a ride for three years." High class from ages two to four, Hot Rod Charlie captured the Grade 1 2021 Pennsylvania Derby and advanced his reputation with some close defeats. PEOPLE'S FAVOURITE He ran second in the 2020 Breeders' Cup Juvenile and also finished second in the 2021 Kentucky Derby (via the disqualification of Medina Spirit), the 2021 Belmont Stakes and the 2022 Dubai World Cup. His 3yo season included his being disqualified in the 2021 Haskell Stakes for interfering with Midnight Bourbon, who fell in the race. At the end of that 3yo campaign, he was honoured with the Secretariat Vox Populi Award, an annual prize that recognises a horsewhosepopularity and racingexcellence best resounded with the general public and gained recognition for Thoroughbred racing. HOT ROD CHARLIE ‘GOING JAPANESE’ JET-SETTER "He has more frequent flyer miles than I do," continued Helm. "He was quite a fan favourite. We all know that. Perhaps part of that was his travels all over the country and the world. We followed him to quite a few, though we didn't make every race. It was the thrill of a lifetime." Hot Rod Charlie's four other victories came in a maiden race as a 2yo, the 2021 Grade 2 Louisiana Derby as a 3yo, and last year as a 4yo in the Group 2 Al Maktoum Challenge Round 2 at Meydan and Grade 2 Lukas Classic Stakes at Churchill Downs. "Hot Rod Charlie was a phenomenal racehorse," added Doug O'Neill. "He competed against the best of his generation and proved his class time and again. As a half-brother to Champion Sprinter Mitole, the sky's the limit. We look forward to following his stud career." MIKEHELM: IGUESSWEHAVE TOSAYSAYONARA TOCHARLIEFROM THEUSANDHAVE HIMHEADOVERTO JAPAN.HETOOK THEOWNERSHIPON QUITEARIDEFOR THREEYEARS. HEHASMORE FREQUENTFLYER MILESTHANIDO.
NEWS adiyat racing plus.com 25 ADIYAT RACING PLUS ISSUE 781 Thursday 19th January 2023 By Masakazu Takahashi Dual Group One winner Equinox, a 3yo Kitasan Black colt, followed in his sire's footsteps and claimed the 2022 Japanese Horse of the Year crown with 282/288 votes, according to published reports. The son of Group 3 Mermaid Stakes heroine Chateau Blanche raced for trainer Tetsuyama Kimura in the colours of Silk Racing Company. Also named the Japanese Champion 3YO Male with 285/288 votes, the Northern Farm-bred colt was second in both the Group 1 Japanese 2000 Guineas and Group 1 Japanese Derby, but added his name to the roll of honour of the Group 1 Tenno Sho (Autumn) and Group 1 Arima Kinen in the second half of the season. Kitasan Black, who stands at Shadai Stallion Station, was a dual Japanese Horse of the Year in 2016 and 2017. OUTSTANDINGRESPONSE Masashi Yonemoto of Silk Racing said: "Thank you very much for choosing him for this prestigious award. "Equinox made me feel he improved in every race last year, and I think he has shown great performances. "Especially it was impressive in the Tenno Sho Autumn when he quickened sharply in the straight, and in the Arima Kinen that he left the home turn with an outstanding response. “I think he is still in the process of growing, so I am looking forward to more success this year. I would like to thank all of the stables and ranches who have been involved, and all the fans who have always supported us." Trainer Kimura added: "I am honoured to receive the prestigious award of Horse of the Year. EQUINOX ECLIPSES RIVALS TO TAKE TOP JAPANESE GONG "I believe that I was able to receive this award thanks to the support of the horse owners, stable staff and everyone involved, as well as the encouragement of the fans. Thank you very much everyone." His regular jockey Christophe Lemaire continued: "Equinox has gradually improved over the past year, and especially since autumn, he has become an adult and has shown great performances such as the Tenno Sho Autumn and the Arima Kinen. I'm really looking forward to this year too." MASASHI YONEMOTO: THANKYOU VERYMUCHFOR CHOOSINGHIMFOR THISPRESTIGIOUS AWARD. EQUINOX MADEMEFEELHE IMPROVEDINEVERY RACELASTYEAR, ANDI THINKHE HASSHOWNGREAT PERFORMANCES. Horse of the Year: Equinox 2YO Colt: Dolce More 2YO Filly: Liberty Island 3YO Colt: Equinox 3YO Filly: Stars On Earth Older Colt/Horse: Titleholder Older Filly/Mare: Geraldina Sprinter/Miler: Serifos Dirt Horse: Cafe Pharoah JAPAN RACING ASSOCIATION (JRA) AWARD WINNERS
NEWS adiyat racing plus.com 26 ADIYAT RACING PLUS ISSUE 781 Thursday 19th January 2023 By Duane Fonseca Interest in the 2023 Saudi Cup meeting has peaked with organisers Jockey Club of Saudi Arabia inundated with the number of entries that have exceeded 1,400, including 600 from overseas connections representing 22 countries. This year’s two-day meeting has been scheduled for 24 and 25 February at King Abdulaziz Racecourse in Riyadh, with a massive $35.35 million in prize money up for grabs. The highlight of the first day is the International Jockeys Challenge, which is in its fourth year, while the showpiece $20m Group 1 Saudi Cup, the world’s most valuable race, draws the meeting to a close the following day. The feature 1800m Saudi Cup on the dirt strip heads a card on which five Group Three races and the newly-upgraded PA Group 1 Obaiya Arabian Classic will be contested. The Group 2 Al Mneefah Cup for Purebred Arabians (2100m) will be contested on the opening day alongside the Saudi International Handicap. Locally owned and trained winner of the 2022 Saudi Cup, Emblem Road is set to return for his title defence, while horses from Japan, USA and UAE dominate the entries across the two days and there is also strong representation once again from the UK, Ireland, Argentina, France and Germany. A total of 47 Group One winners could be set to take part. Last year’s runner-up and 2022 Dubai World Cup winner, Country Grammer, and thrice Grade One winner Taiba are also among the entries alongside 2022 Kentucky Derby winner, Rich Strike. The UAE has the second-highest rated entry for the Saudi Cup in Charlie Appleby’s impressive Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Turf winner Rebel’s Romance. SAUDI CUP 2023 ATTRACTS STARS FROM 22 COUNTRIES JAPANESEBACK FORMORE Japan won four of the six international Thoroughbred races on the big day last year, which has spurred bids for a first Saudi Cup from Yoshito Yahagi’s Panthalassa and Tetsuya Kimura’s Geoglyph, even as Jun Light Bolt holds an automatic entry after winning Chukyo’s Group 1 Champions Cup. Sydney-based Annabel Neasham’s Group One winner Laws Of Indices is the first Australian horse to be entered. A total of 14 of the world’s top riders, seven female and seven male, will compete in the International Jockeys Challenge on the first day. Tom Ryan, racing advisor to the Jockey Club of Saudi Arabia, said: “Once again we’re delighted with the depth of the international entries, from 22 different countries across five continents, which goes to show the reputation and global standing the Saudi Cup meeting has quickly established after just three years.” $35.35 PRIZEMONEY IN MILLIONS FOR THE ENTIRE SAUDI CUP PROGRAMME. $20 TOTAL PRIZE PURSEOF THE SAUDI CUP IN MILLIONS. Rebel’s Romance
NEWS adiyat racing plus.com 27 ADIYAT RACING PLUS ISSUE 781 Thursday 19th January 2023 Friday was a triumphant day in Bahrain for Neil Callan, Hesham Al Haddad and Al Mohamediya Racing who won both £60,000 Bahrain Turf Series races. The Al Adiyat Cup, a conditions race run over 1m1f was won by The Covex Kid, scoring his second Bahrain Turf Series success this season and a sixth consecutive win. Callan, retained rider for Al Mohamediya Racing, was on board once again adding another Bahrain Turf Series race to his name. In a slowly run race, Callan was able to take advantage of a good draw to sit just off the pace and kick for home early in the straight. With proven stamina on his side he never looked like being caught. Bahrain's leading trainer Hesham Al Haddad operates from the internationally successful Fawzi Nass stable and Nass said: “It was a very good result for the yard as we had the 1-2-3 which, in such a race, is not easy.” Callan added: “I’ve ridden a lot of nice horses in England but with regards to horses to ride he’s unreal; he’s super chilled and you can put him where you want and you can do whatever you want with him. The pace was slow which surprised and I probably sent him on a bit earlier than I wanted to but he’s been winning over 2000m and over 2400m so I knew he would stay on.” The Covex Kid will now be aimed at the King’s Cup in March. Over 5f, in the Al Wasmiya Cup, Mobaadel was back in the winner’s enclosure as he returned to winning ways with a comprehensive three length victory. Callan said: “He came back from Dubai, had sore shins and just wasn’t right in his coat. His runs had been okay but not to his level but his last piece of work was very good and I jumped off and said ‘I’m riding him’ and he duly obliged so obviously we are all delighted with him.. “I’m glad he’s back and we’re hoping he can improve to the level he was at last season and he should be able to hold his own.” NEIL CALLAN: HECAMEBACK FROMDUBAI, HADSORE SHINS AND JUSTWASN’T RIGHT INHISCOAT. The Covex Kid Mobaadel CALLAN, AL HADDAD & AL MOHAMEDIYA ENJOY BAHRAIN TURF SERIES DOUBLES
NEWS adiyat racing plus.com 28 ADIYAT RACING PLUS ISSUE 781 Thursday 19th January 2023 By Masakazu Takahashi Showing his stunning ability on Sunday in a ‘stepping stone’ race to the Japanese Classics, Sol Oriens was the impressive winner of the 2000m Grade 3 Keisei Hai at Nakayama by two and a half lengths. Like recently crowned Japanese Horse of the Year, Equinox, a son of Kitasan Black, Sol Oriens looks a worthy candidate for the Satsuki Sho (Japanese 2000 Guineas) over the same course and distance on 16 April. He raced in midfield in this turf feature before moving to the front after running very wide on the final turn under Takeshi Yokoyama. TWO INTWO The 3yo colt is now unbeaten in two starts for owner Shadai Racehorse Co Ltd and trainer Takayuki Tezuka. Yokoyama said: "This horse has quite high ability. When I rode him twice in training, I was careful because he tended to fall to the right. "But he went to the left at the corner here so I am full of regrets and very sorry because I had caused trouble to other horses. From his training, I thought he was a very fast horse CLASSIC NEXT FOR WINNER OF RECOGNISED TRIAL but I was worried about today's soft ground because he is still loose, but he made up for it with his raw ability. "I would like him to grow mentally and physically, but I think he is a good horse to look forward to in the future." Trainer Tezuka added: "There are many tasks in this horse but I have reaffirmed his ability. After this race, he was not out of breath. I will make him go straight to the Classic. It seems that he will run well over the longer distance." TAKAYUKI TEZUKA: THEREAREMANY TASKSINTHIS HORSEBUT IHAVE REAFFIRMEDHIS ABILITY.AFTERTHIS RACE,HEWASNOT OUTOFBREATH. Charles Byrnes has taken over the training of classy Flat stayer and 2021 Group 1 Irish St Leger scorer Sonnyboyliston, who could make his debut for his new connections in the Group 2 Dubai Gold Cup on Meydan’s Dubai World Cup card on the last Saturday in March. A 6yo gelded son of Power, Sonnyboyliston has not been seen since finishing second in a valuable handicap at Riyadh almost a year ago for Johnny Murtagh, who guided the gelding to six career wins, including an unforgettable success in York’s valuable BYRNES HOPING TO KO OPPOSITION IN DUBAI GOLD CUP WITH SONNYBOYLISTON Ebor Handicap before plundering Irish St Leger glory in that same memorable season. However, the gelding, who carried the colours of the Kildare Racing Club on all 15 of his career starts and won over £1 million in prize money, has been sold privately to continue his career with Byrnes. Byrnes said: “Definitely, Dubai would be a possibility if it doesn't come too early for him. It is very exciting to get him with his profile: an Irish St Leger and Ebor winner. We're very fortunate to get him. We're very excited.”
NEWS adiyat racing plus.com 29 ADIYAT RACING PLUS ISSUE 781 Thursday 19th January 2023 Frankie Dettori may have confirmed he is to retire later this year but he will be hoping to partner a horse he was asked to name after himself: Lanfranco. Like Dettori, himself the son of a Champion Jockey, the 2yo colt is bred to be smart; he is by Frankel out of the former Dettoriridden mare Coronet and is owned by Prince Faisal Salman, a great friend of the thrice Champion Jockey. Coronet was partnered by Dettori to five of her six career wins, most notably when landing consecutive French victories at Group One level in 2019, and has since foaled the colt which the jockey picked out to carry his first name on a visit to the owner’s Denford Stud in Berkshire last year. Richard Evans, farm manager at Denford Stud, explained: "Prince Faisal is good friends with Frankie and it was a name that we applied for a while ago. We thought we were lucky to get it and we had it on hold until one of Frankie’s visits to the stud here CAN DETTORI WIN ON LANFRANCO AS HE BIDS THE SADDLE FAREWELL? last year when the Prince gave him the opportunity to name a horse of his choice. "We didn’t specifically say he had to choose the Frankel – Coronet colt but we gave him the choice and he went into the paddock and chose him anyway. It would be great if Lanfranco could run and Frankie ride him before he retires and fingers crossed it comes off. “He’s not the biggest but he was always a very correct horse with a nice attitude. When you think of both the sire and the dam, I wouldn’t expect him to be an early type." Just like Coronet, Lanfranco will be heading to Clarehaven Stables to join John and Thady Gosden in Newmarket when he has completed his pre-training. Evans added: "He'll be going to John and Thady Gosden at some stage but is in pretraining at the moment and will probably move on in the summer. Coronet had her first run at the backend as a 2yo and I wouldn’t expect him to do too much until then." Seemingly improving, Chichester emerged as a live contender for Finals Day with a facile victory in a one mile conditions stakes at Newcastle on the weekend. The contest was a Fast-Track Qualifier, with the Keith Dalgleish-trained 6yo Dansili gelding now guaranteed a start in the £150,000 AllWeather Mile Championships over the same course and distance on Good Friday. Chichester had 10lb to find with Excel Power and Fox Tal on official ratings but was fancied by connections to continue his 100% record over Newcastle’s straight mile. The joint-favourite raced in fifth of the six runners under Kevin Stott before making smooth headway to join early leaders Power Of States and Fox Tal with 2f remaining. CHICHESTER THRIVING AT NEWCASTLE RICHARDEVANS: PRINCE FAISAL IS GOOD FRIENDS WITHFRANKIEAND ITWAS ANAME THATWE APPLIED FORAWHILE AGO. Intuitive also worked his way into a challenging position on the stands side rail but could not live with Chichester, who powered clear inside the final furlong for a clearcut verdict. There was a long way back to the third Abolish. Stott said: “Chichester was a little slow away, he always is, and we had a nice lead. We went a nice enough gallop and then he quickened away really nicely when I wanted him to, although to be fair he was not doing a lot in front. He just needs everything to go smoothly. He is a big horse and likes room to get organised, which is why it doesn’t really suit him when things are tight and they sprint. He showed he is more than capable of running on Finals Day and it'd be nice to get him there. When things fall right, he is good.” Coronet & Dettori