Allow was doggedly determined to cross the wire ahead of Magical in the Breeders’ Cup Turf
Final year’s Dubai Planet Cup evening saw a procession from the hugely talented Mendelssohn in the UAE Derby sponsored by The Saeed Mohammed Al Naboodah Group (G2) before targeting huge races in America by way of his three-year-old campaign. Such was just an additional instance of the effective reach that Coolmore and Aidan O’Brien-led Ballydoyle have and 2019 could represent more of the exact same as the Irish titans assemble a team of established and future stars for the Dubai Planet Cup card.
Magical is perhaps the brightest of these and is gearing up for a tilt at the $ 6 million Longines Dubai Sheema Classic (G1), a race that owner Coolmore won in 2013 with St Nicholas Abbey. The Galileo sister to 3-time Group 1 winner Rhododendron has already accomplished the same level of achievement, thanks to a victory in the British Champions Fillies and Mares Stakes (G1). She followed this up by finishing 3-quarters of a length behind the brilliant Allow in the Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1) with a competitive field trailing far behind. She is likely to be joined in the race by stablemate Magic Wand, who has now completed second in 3 Group 1 races, most recently in the Pegasus Planet Cup Turf Invitational (G1) at the end of January.
&ldquoMagical came by means of the winter effectively and the Sheema Classic looks a good race for her,&rdquo O’Brien mentioned. &ldquoMagic Wand ran effectively in America in the Pegasus Turf and she could target the identical race.&rdquo
O’Brien is also likely to send the talented stayer Flag of Honour to prove himself against numerous of the top stars of the stamina planet. A winner of 3 stakes as a sophomore last term, he was an impressive victor in the Irish St Leger (G1). He is targeting the $ 1.five million Dubai Gold Cup sponsored by Al Tayer Motors (G2) and goes there with a strong claim, particularly if the son of Galileo improves into his four-year-old season. An additional Galileo who could have a substantial 4-year-old year and is under Dubai consideration is Group 2 winner I Can Fly, who has verified herself at the highest level when second to Roaring Lion in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (G1). She is a prime candidate for the $ 6 million Dubai Turf sponsored by DP Globe (G1).
&ldquoFlag of Honour is in the Dubai Gold Cup and he is in excellent type,&rdquo O’Brien continued. &ldquoI Can Fly is effectively and is likely to run in the Dubai Turf if she travels.&rdquo
It is typically interesting seeing how Ballydoyle’s 3-year-olds develop over the winter and there are a handful of possible participants for the $ two.five million UAE Derby as O’Brien attempts to gauge whether or not or not he has a reside candidate for another assault on the ‘Run for the Roses’ in Kentucky.
&ldquoWestern Australia, Van Beethoven and Albuquerque will run in the Patton Stakes in midweek prior to a selection is taken about then running in the UAE Derby,&rdquo he said. &ldquoSydney Opera Home is also a attainable for (the UAE Derby).&rdquo
Lost Treasure is a final exciting part of O’Brien’s equation. The three-portion older brother to the talented Just Great does not carry the very same gloss as his higher-profile stablemates, even though he has displayed Group 1 potential and must not be ignored in the Al Quoz Sprint sponsored by Azizi Developments (G1)&mdasha race his connections completed a fine fourth in final year with Washington DC.
O’Brien stated: &ldquoLost Treasure is entered for the sprint on turf and he appears in excellent order, as well.&rdquo
Overall, O’Brien has four wins from 38 begins on Dubai World Cup evening. 3 of these victories came in the UAE Derby.
In addition to hugely rated Magical, the Longines Dubai Sheema Classic front is a fierce one, with Japan nonetheless looming large and plenty of nearby candidates set to audition on Super Saturday in the $ 300,000 Dubai City of Gold (G2). Canadian International (G1) winner Desert Encounter and Royal Ascot victor Old Persian lead the ratings in the 2410m turf affair, although Crowned Eagle, Spotify, Racing History, Prince of Arran and Marinaresco have realistic claims.