2013 Dubai World Cup

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The drought for America in the Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) came to an end March 30 when champion Animal Kingdom galloped clear in the homestretch for a spectacul…

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simon picket says:

sorry than he is on good ground lol

simon picket says:

CDA. HOWEVEr, Fahrr raced against Frankel twice losing both times by the same distance. This would suggest that Farhh ran to form in both races, unless people seriously believe that he ran below form in each race against Frankel and SNA did the same.

simon picket says:

Juddmonte …. thus backing up the form. People have said well CDA 2 lenghts off Frankel and CDA and SNA proximity in the Sheema prove that SNA ran under par? Yet they ignore that the ground significantly effects races. CDA is twice the horse he is on soft ground than he is on heavy …. plus Frankel clearly didnt like the mud and missed the start. Secondly as we have seen on direct formlines Farhh must have also ran under par in the Juddmonte as he wasnt far off SYT who in turn wasnt far off

simon picket says:

Fahhr is much better over 10f than at a mile and possibly ran under par against MC in the Moulin. Nothing happened to SNA in the Juddmonte. If you look at separate from lines you can see this.

SNA lost narrowly to CDA in the Dubai Sheema Classic.
CDA beat SYT narrowly in the Champ Stakes.
Farhh would have only lost narrowly or perhaps beaten SYT in the POW.

(all on good ish ground)

This suggests that Farhh racing SNA would be very close on known form.

They were extremely close in the

Robbie Shuman says:

I agree Farhh is a good horse and may have beaten SYT in the Prince of Wales, but how do you explain him getting reeled in by Moonlight Cloud in the Moulin? Also, If not for Frankel in the Sussex, Farhh would have beaten a non-Group winner and Frankel’s pacesetter, and I don’t know what happened to SNA in the Juddmonte. However, I now see he ran enough solid G1 races to be on Josh’s DWC list, though it wouldn’t have made a difference with AK. 🙂

simon picket says:

Robbie your criticism of Fahhr is harsh. But for a certain horse he would have won the Sussex stakes and the Juddmonte beating SNA! Also had he not been trapped on the rails SYT may have fallen to him as well!

Robbie Shuman says:

I checked up on some of the horses you mentioned – both Danedream and Nathaniel have been retired and Snow Fairy is still recovering from injury. Farhh shouldn’t really be on your list, as he has never won a Group race, let alone a G1, and I already mentioned CDA having run in the Sheema in 2012. But I don’t feel any of them would have beaten AK on that day. His acceleration was effortless, ears pricking all through the stretch. I hope they enter him in the Queen Anne.

J Fo says:

I am not knocking AK in the slightest and I would love to see him at Ascot and if I thought he was the best horse at the time I would back him. I just think that given its the most well paid horse race in the world I don’t see why it has standard European horses entered. what is the answer? is it training schedules…and given its winter and that most Europeans horses have been put away, I don’t know? whats your thoughts ?

Robbie Shuman says:

Cont: I’m hoping they enter him in the Queen Anne, instead of the POW. He’s shown his ability and turn of foot at a mile in the BC meeting, and a win in the QA will further highlight his versatility (to go with his wins on multiple surfaces). It would also be a good race for him in case he doesn’t handle going right-handed, though this horse seems to handle everything. His speed/stamina combo will be perfect for the straight mile of the QA. And he will be sent early to familiarize.

Robbie Shuman says:

Cirrus Des Aigles was entered in the Carnival last year, but in the lesser Sheema Classic, because his connections must have felt he would be more suited to it than the DWC. I disagree that this DWC field is “nothing” compared to those horses you mentioned, and I doubt any of them would have beaten AK considering the ease of his victory over G1 horses. Also, I doubt you would have called this DWC field “average” had a European-based horse won it. On to Ascot for AK. cont…

evileaten says:

red cadeaux is a perennial bridesmaid.

J Fo says:

horses that i would have liked to see tin the DWC – Farrah, Osfere, Snow fairy, danedream, Cirus Des Angles ,Nathanial. Now obviously some of these might be injured or changing ground preferences but IMO these horese would have made it a far better G1. Horses like Red Cadaux,Hunters light and Plantuer are really nothing in comparison.

J Fo says:

fair points, but really a different synthetic? i think everyone was suprised he got beat and assumed he didn’t handle the track.he had trained on it all week and his trainer said he was fine hence his price before the race. at the end of the day he was beaten by better horses. henry the navigator and ravens pass were extremely good milers in peak condition.i doubt a chance in synthetic makes too much difference i.e. change in good/firm too good ground or good/soft/

Robbie Shuman says:

Yes Curlin was beaten easily in the 08 Classic because he didn’t handle the surface, a different synthetic than the Tapeta at Meydan. Look what happened to Dullahan at the DWC, a 3-time G1 winner on synthetic in the US. It takes a special horse to win on every surface, including the unique Tapeta. I think AK would also have won the BC Mile if not for such a horrible trip, running below his optimum distance. Please tell me which current horses would have made this G1 DWC field any stronger?

J Fo says:

Yer I understand they are group 1 winners but thats like comparing Manchester United and Queens Park Rangers (no offence intented) . They both play in the premier league but there worlds apart in terms of achievement. Curlin was beaten very easily by horses in the Breeders on the same surface. It’s seems the surface has a big effect on the who runs…..and the classier group 1’s horses don’t seem to go for the race. AK won cosily, not denying that. The compettition were average G1 horse. IMO

Robbie Shuman says:

Like I already said, the DWC featured no less than 10 G1 winners, which makes it a strong race. Any horse who wins a G1 race is a good horse. Yes, Monterosso couldn’t win a G1 in the UK, but he handled the Tapeta in 2012 better than the others, having trained and raced on it. What makes AK’s win all the more impressive is that he beat horses who won big races on this track. And look at past winners: Dubai Millennium, Curlin, Cigar, Electrocutionist etc…, some of the best of recent times.

J Fo says:

So my questiosn is …….why do not all the best horses go for this MASSIVE prize?

J Fo says:

Excellent result for AK and all connections…..the horse deserved to win the way he did. One question for racing experts – why does this race seem to attract such a mix ability of horse. AK is clearly a good horse but last years winner Montorosso raced like a G2 Hanicapper back in the UK last summer…..its seems like the winners of this race are always the ones who can’t quite win the massive prizes in there own contenants except maybe this years winner AK.

Robbie Shuman says:

I wouldn’t call a race where 10 of the horses were G1 winners “a poor race”. Red Cadeaux is a G1 winner and an out-and-out stayer (never won below 12f), which means he would have been fresh as a daisy in the last furlong, especially since he took to that demanding Tapeta surface – many don’t. Planteur also took to the surface and merely duplicated his form of last year. But look how AK won – ears pricked throughout the stretch, like he was on a casual morning workout.

kevinpotts123 says:

Wow. You are totally wrong gonad.

Goonerville Gonad says:

No offence, but the melb cup is/was a poor race, as was this. This was quite possibly the weakest DWC ever run, thus the winner is nothing special at all. Side Glance and Hunters Light in proximity?!! Red Cadeaux is a G2 performer at best. This was a glorified G3 race.

vambo13257 says:

AK was incredible today!

Blackcaviaroz says:

Wanted Opie to win

Blackcaviaroz says:

It’s not Aussie

Robbie Shuman says:

Animal Kingdom: Bred, trained, raced American.

Cammie B says:

I new Animal Kingdom was special from the start, it is nice to see him win this.

Cammie B says:

nothing Australian about him… sorry to say he is all American.

thepianobasher says:

That horse has nothing to do with Australia, except for the fact that he will be standing at stud there when his career is over. He was bred and trained in America, and is therefore an American horse. I guess all those UK and US stallions standing in Japan are Japanese!

AnotherFastnet70 says:

That Melbourne Cup appears to be a good form race doesn’t it ? Winner too good and is a wonderful horse but the Melb Cup runner up was very good as well to gap the rest

Haylee G says:

I teared up when the jockey patted him. That horse deserves tons of pats and love!

Wahba Nahal says:

Aussie Aussie Aussie !!

berrypainter says:

A perfect lead change at the top of the stretch, professional race horse for sure…….

berrypainter says:

Perseverance pays off..
I picked the unknown Animal Kingdom to win the Kentucky Derby, He did.
I’ve watched him plug away with injuries and and too few races…..
I’ve been waiting for THIS race, which I knew he would win, He did……….
A GREAT HORSE, and a great horse race……..

NerdsyNerd says:

I remember him winning the Derby in 2011, I’ve always been in love with this horse. c:

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