What a night
Wow! What a night! The 2011 Dubai World Cup Night had justabout everything and everyone must have gone home with a story to tell!
First of all well done to the Japanese!
After the horrors of the earthquake and the tsunamis back in their home country wasnt it good tosee the smiles of joy on their faces after the stunning Japanese 1-2 in theworlds richest race!
I had tipped the 40-1 outsider Transcend and he ran the raceof his life making his fellow countryman Victoire Pisa work hard for victorybut they kept up a tremendous gallop in the home straight and the more fanciedrunners couldnt get near them!
In winning Murco Demuro showed what a brave jockey he is forwhen the pace slowed on the far side it was him who said- come on lets go forthis- and it was that mid race move from nearly last to nearly first thateventually won him the race!
The rest unfortunately only have themselves to blame and ifthe race was run again it might produce a different result but this year theJapanese thoroughly deserved their massive success and I hope it went some wayto easing the pain of the natural disaster going on in their home country.
After Murco Demuro the other best ride of the night wasundoubtedly Ryan Moore who came from last to first on Presvis in the Dubai DutyFree.
This looked the most competitive race of the night but Moorewas at his masterful best and althougu he had plenty of horse underneath him itwas still amazing to see him pass some of the best horses in the world withsuch ease! A world class performance from horse, jockey and it must be saidtrainer Luca Cumani!
Mickael Barzalona showed what an incredible young talent heis by partnering Khawlah to get up on the line and catch Ryan Moore on Masterof Hounds in the final stride of the UAE Derby!
Its not easy to catch Moore but the 19 year old wonder kiddid it however his celebrations whilst passing the line could have been a bitpremature and awkward if the photo had gone against him!
Well done to Godolphin for sending out three winners - 2 forSaeed bin Suroor and 1 for Mahmood al Zarooni and JJ The Jet Plane andRocketman showed their speed and class to win for South Africa and Singapore.
And you know what was also good? To see Aiden Obrien inDubai with runners!!
I have written many times over the years that Obrien,champion trainer in Ireland and one of the greatest trainers in the world,should be invited to compete.
HH Sheikh Mohammed bin rashind al Maktoum did just that andfull marks to him for doing that and it helped make the 2011 Dubai World CupNight so very special.
While the world was watching Dubai 77 year old CliveBrittain was quietly getting on with things at Lingfield where his Saeed Mananaowned Nideeb won the Winter Derby under 50 year old Philip Robinson.
When you add the trainers and jockeys ages together itcomes to 127 years which Im pretty sure is the oldest winning aggregate age ofany Derby- possibly any race!!
This week in the UK its the start of the Flat Racing Seasonon the Turf with the traditional opener- the William Hill Lincoln Handicap atDoncaster on Saturday and Im pretty sure trainer Richard Fahey will win itbut as he has plenty of entries the difficulty is deciding which one!!
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