Korea was represented by its first Dubai World Cup Carnival winner when Main Stay captured the District One Handicap Jan. 19
Trainer Young-Kwan Kim saddled Korea’s first-ever winner at the Dubai World Cup Carnival when Main Stay powered home to win the 1200m District One Handicap on Meydan’s main track Jan. 19.
Ridden by Pat Cosgrave, Main Stay (Tale of the Cat – No Bull Baby, by Indian Charlie) broke a step slowly but was quickly hustled to the lead before the end of the first furlong.
The Taj and Spirit Quartz were in Main Stay’s slipstream throughout the vast majority of the race, but had no answer when Main Stay quickened halfway up the straight.
Main Stay continued to open up through the stretch, and crossed the finish line almost three lengths clear.
“To be honest I really thought he was a 1400m horse and might find this a bit sharp,” said Cosgrave. “However, he was soon into his stride and able to get to the front so, knowing he was going to stay the trip well, I was keen to be positive.”
“He has dirt form in Korea and an American pedigree so we had to be hopeful the surface would suit and it is obviously great to get a winner after hitting the post earlier on.”
Cosgrave was referring to having finished second earlier in a 2000m handicap aboard Triple Nine, like this winner, trained by Young-Kwan Kim whose Seoul Bullet was also fourth in the race won by Main Stay.
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