Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Dubai runners excel

The win of the Luca Cumani-trained Presvis in the Audemars Piguet QE II Cup at Hong Kong’s Sha Tin racecourse on Sunday franked the form of the 2009 Dubai International Racing Carnival.

Five of the 10 runners in the Group One 2000 metres contest had previously run in Dubai, three of them on Dubai World Cup night at Nad Al Sheba last month.

Presvis’ imposing victory under British champion jockey Ryan Moore, having been the last to leave the stalls, saw him eventually outpace the classy field, with 2008 Dubai Sheema Classic runner-up and local favourite Viva Pataca finishing second a length behind.

Cumani was ecstatic, saying "Presvis showed in Dubai that he belonged in Group One company and he's proved himself today. We'll see how he is in a few days and decide as to whether we'll take him on to Singapore for the Cup there. Then he'll have a rest, but I'd love to bring him back here in December for the big race, the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Cup."

Presvis won two handicap races during his 2009 DIRC campaign, and then proved his worth with a fast-finishing second in the Group One 2009 Dubai Duty Free, making an impressive attempt to steal home from the very back, finishing just 3¼ lengths behind spectacular all-the-way winner Gladiatorus.

Niconero and Archipenko, fourth and sixth in this year’s Dubai Duty Free only managed eighth and sixth respectively, with 2008 Jebel Hatta runner Viva Macau splitting them.

On the other side of the world, Great Britain’s Sandown Park saw the Richard Hannon-trained Paco Boy erase any doubts about his ability with a convincing display in the Group Two Bet365 Mile under jockey Richard Hughes.

The four-year-old son of Desert Style only managed a disappointing eighth in this year’s Dubai Duty Free, having drawn the unlucky number 13 barrier. Paco Boy will now be pointed towards the Group One Lockinge Stakes at Newbury.

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