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Sunday, March 25, 2001

The official results and comments from the US$15.25-million Dubai World Cup Meeting at Nad Al Sheba yesterday, Saturday, March 24, 2001

Race One: Dubai Kahayla Classic (Group I). Purebred Arabians. 4YOs+. SW.

2,000m (10f) (Dirt)
Prizemoney: DhsUS$250,000. 1st: US$150,000. 2nd: US$50,000. 3rd: US$25,000.

4th: US$12,500. 5th: US$7,500. 6th: US$5,000.

5 b h Dormane - Mona Lisa (Badr Bedour)
Owner: Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Breeder: Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Trainer: J P Totain. Jockey: O Peslier.

2. LINE DANCER (US) 57kg
5 gr h Burning Sand - Sand Lou Tyrosa (Sanlou Tyger Rose)
Owner: Mrs Alma Jean Moore.

Breeder: Alma Jean Moore
Trainer: J Moore. Jockey: W Ryan.

3. PARADOR (FR) 57kg
5 ch h Dormane - Praline Du Cassou (Baroud III)
Owner: Sheikh Khalifa bin Mohammed Al Thani.

Breeder: M Georges Pasquier.

Trainer: D Duncan. Jockey: G Hind.

Then came (in order): My Princesse (FR), Daffaq (GB), Khoutoubia (FR),
Nivour de Cardonne (FR), Ezil (FR), Nyatih (FR), Al Reef (FR), Mangadore
(FR), Djarisa Des Forges (FR), Magellan (FR), Ziva (FR). N/R: Djelmila (FR).

14 ran. Margins: 3len, Sht hd. Time: 2:15.07.

A race that changed complexion completely from the 800m to the winning post. Magic de Piboul proved that he could well be regarded as the best Purebred Arabians in the world after coming from a long way back to defeat the American challenger Line Dancer and the Qatari Parador. Magic de Piboul was the winner of the French Derby at Chantilly last year and showed here what a high class horse he is. Line Dancer and Parador took them along
at a solid tempo however the fact that they held on to finish second and third suggests that they didn¹t go too hard. Khoutoubia and Ezil settled in nicely behind them while Daffaq and Nivour de Cardonne travelled well behind them. Nivour De Cardonne, winner of the race last year missed the start badly, but managed to be up behind the speed and look in contention at the top of the straight but as he improved so, too, did Magic de Piboul behind him. Line Dancer and Parador defied all those that challenged them for most of the straight however Magic de Piboul finished too well to go on and win nicely. Fourth challenger My Princesse made up plenty of ground to finish fourth while Khoutoubia, Ezil and Nivour de Cardonne dropped out in the run to the line.

Race Two: Godolphin Mile (Group III). Thoroughbreds. 4YOs+. SW. 1,600m (8f) (Dirt)

Prizemoney: DhsUS$1,000,000. 1st: US$600,000. 2nd: US$200,000. 3rd:
US$100,000. 4th: US$50,000. 5th: US$30,000. 6th: US$20,000.

4 dk b/br c A P Indy - Auroa (Danzig)
Owner: Godolphin.

Breeder: H Alexander & H Groves.

Trainer: S bin Suroor. Jockey: D Flores.

2. CURULE (USA) 57kg
4 dk b/br c Go For Gin - Reservation (Cryptoclearance)
Owner: Godolphin.

Breeder: Allan G Lanvin Jr, Kevin S Lavin, Carl F Pollard & James D Bohanon.

Trainer: S bin Suroor. Jockey: J Bailey.

3. CONFLICT (FR) 57kg
4 b c Warning - La Dama Bonita (El Gran Senor)
Owner: Marwan Al Maktoum
Trainer: N Robb. Jockey: A Delpech.

Then came (in order): China Visit (USA), Cliquot (USA), Pine Dance (USA),
Jila (IRE), Blu Air Force (IRE), Nobo True (USA), Sugarfoot (GB), Sultry
Substitute (USA), River Times (USA), Skoozi (NZ), Compton Bolter (IRE), One
Won One (USA). 15 ran. Margins: .75len, .5len. Time: 1:35.42.

Any horse coming into an event with a combined winning margin from his previous two starts of 17 lengths would usually be considered one of the toughest to beat, however, Festival Of Light’s name wasn’t among those chosen as leading contenders for this event. This was a strong renewal of the Godolphin Mile but Festival Of Light did it the hard way, sharing the lead and then holding off all challengers to win well. This is a horse that continues to improve, he won his Maiden only two starts back, and it wouldn’t surprise to see him graduate further than Group III class. Curule, the minor placing in last year’s UAE Derby battled on well for second while Conflict, winner of the Godolphin Mile last year, had his chance to win but couldn’t get to Festival Of Light. China Visit produced a very good performance to finish fourth, he stayed on particularly well from a long way back. Cliquot was up with the pace and had his chance but only managed to stay on at the one pace down the straight.

Race Three: UAE Derby (Group III). Thoroughbreds. 3YOs. SW. 1,800m (9f) (Dirt)

Prizemoney: DhsUS$2,000,000. 1st: US$1,200,000. 2nd: US$400,000. 3rd:
US$200,000. 4th: US$100,000. 5th: US$60,000. 6th: US$40,000.

1. EXPRESS TOUR (USA) 56.5kg
3 ch c Tour d’Or - Express Fashion (Private Express)
Owner: Godolphin.

Breeder: Karen Silva.

Trainer: S bin Suroor. Jockey: D Flores.

2. STREET CRY (IRE) 56.5kg
3 b/br c Machiavellian - Helen Street (Troy)
Owner: Godolphin.

Breeder: Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

Trainer: S bin Suroor. Jockey: L Dettori.

3 ch c Rich Man’s Gold - Sonada (Quick Decision)
Owner Amermann Racing L L C.

Breeder: Haras Figuron.

Trainer: R Frankel. Jockey: J Bailey.

Then came (in order): Celtic Silence (GB), Nae Eem (SDA), Tapatio (ARG),
Prizeman (USA), Mr Pleasantfar (BRZ), Nikolayev (BRZ), Aslaaf (USA),
Atlantis Prince (GB), Marhoob (USA), Lethal Agenda (USA), Qawaqeb (USA).

N/R: No Excuse Needed (GB), Lady Lahar (GB). 14 ran. Margins: Sht hd, 6len.

Time: 1:47.04.

Street Cry looked set to add the UAE Derby to the UAE 2000 Guineas crown he earned on March 1 when he raced up to Express Tour at the 200m however Express Tour refused to give in an fought back gallantly to defeat his stablemate in this second renewal of the UAE Derby. Last year’s running proved to be one of the form races of the year and it is interesting to note that subsequent French and Irish 2000 Guineas winner Bachir won the Khor Dubai, now the UAE 2000 Guineas, before finishing second to China Visit in the Derby. Whether Street Cry can emulate that remains to be seen however he is clearly a racehorse of immense ability. Where does this put Express Tour then- He is also a horse well above average, racing on the speed, creating a gap at the top of the straight and then holding off all challengers. Express Tour was winning his fourth race on end here after finishing second on debut and defeated a quality field here. Lido Palace is well thought of and did run well though Street Cry did come from behind and went past him. The Saudi Arabian Nae Eem produced a fantastic performance to finish fifth, in much the same way as Markhan did last year, while Celtic Silence, bought by Godolphin after his victory in the Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot last year, finished fourth in his first effort on dirt and will no doubt improve. He looks a nice horse to represent the Stable during the European season in 2001. A number of top class performers emerged from the unplaced brigade in last year’s UAE Derby and judging by the time this year, almost 2.5 seconds faster, the same looks almost certain to be the case for the 2001 crop.

Race Four: Dubai Sheema Classic (Group II). Thoroughbreds. 4YOs+. SW. 2,400m
(12f) (Turf)

Prizemoney: DhsUS$2,000,000. 1st: US$1,200,000. 2nd: US$400,000. 3rd:
US$200,000. 4th: US$100,000. 5th: US$60,000. 6th: US$40,000.

1. STAY GOLD (JPN) 56kg
7 dk b h Sunday Silence - Golden Sash (Dictus)
Owner: Shadai race Horse.

Breeder: Shiraoi Farm.

Trainer: Y Ikee. Jockey: Y Take.

4 b c Rahy - Jood (Nijinsky)
Owner: Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Breeder: Gainsborough Farm Inc.

Trainer: S bin Suroor. Jockey: L Dettori.

3. SILVANO (GER) 56kg
5 b h Lomitas - Spirit Of Eagles (Beau’s Eagle)
Owner: Stiftung Gestut Fahrhof.

Breeder: Stiftung Gestut Fahrhof.

Trainer: A Wohler. Jockey: A Suborics.

Then came (in order): Endless Hall (GB), Give The Slip (GB), Caitano (GB),
Daliapour (IRE), Mutafaweq (USA), Island House (IRE), Inchlonaig (GB),
Crimson Quest (IRE), Kutub (IRE), Indigenous (IRE), Miletrian (IRE), Catella
(GER), Murghem (IRE). 16 ran. Margins: Nose, 2len. Time: 2:28.83.

Reigning Emirates World Series champion Fantastic Light came within a nose of becoming the first thoroughbred to defend his title on Dubai World Cup night however the seven-year-old entire Stay Gold got the stride in right on the line to become the first Japanese-trained winner in the Emirates. Fantastic Light settled in perfectly behind the early leaders and when angled for a run at the top of the straight and kicking clear he did appear certain to defend the title he won last year when defeating Caitano and High-Rise. However, Stay Gold, who followed him through the gap and then got held up slightly, kept coming at him and grabbed him right on the line. The photo finish proved deceptive as to the naked eye it appeared certain that Fantastic Light had held on however Stay Gold won by the shortest of margins. The German runner Silvano continued his good form against international competition finishing third, this coming after his win in the Singapore Gold Cup. Endless Hall was given and held on to finish fourth, just ahead of another Godolphin runner in Give The Slip. Caitano, second behind Silvano in Singapore and laced in the past two runnings of the Dubai Sheema Classic, secured further prizemoney with his sixth place finish, just in front of Daliapour. The English filly Miletrian was disappointing never being in the hunt after settling near the tail of the field. She was pulled out at the top of the straight to make her run but didn’t finish on as expected.

Race Five: Dubai Golden Shaheen (Gr III ). Thoroughbreds. 4YOs+. SW. 1,200m
(6f) (Dirt)

Prizemoney: DhsUS$2,000,000. 1st: US$1,200,000. 2nd: US$400,000. 3rd:
US$200,000. 4th: US$100,000. 5th: US$60,000. 6th: US$40,000.

1. CALLER ONE (USA) 59kg
4 b g Phone Trick - Baltic Sea (Danzig)
Owner: Carolyn Chapman & Theresa McArthur.

Breeder: Orpendale & J R Gaines.

Trainer: J Chapman. Jockey: C Nakatani.

8 dk b/br g Exclusive Ribot - Men’s Number (Menevel)
Owner: Mr H E Reed.

Breeder: H E Reed.

Trainer: W Ward. Jockey: G Stevens.

4 b c Danzig - Aquilegia (Alleged)
Owner: Godolphin.

Breeder: H Alexander, H Groves & D Alexander.

Trainer: S bin Suroor. Jockey: L Dettori.

Then came (in order): Nuclear Debate (USA), Serenita (ARG), Istintaj (USA),
Morluc (USA), Andreyev (IRE), Three Points (GB), Pipalong (IRE), Flight
Pattern (AUS), Bomber Bill (AUS), Pitu De Guanabara (BRZ), Tedburrow (GB),
Gold World Winner (CAN). 15 ran. Margins: 4.5len, 1.5len. Time: 1:08.38.

He didn’t go as fast as what Big Jag did 12 months ago but Caller One’s dominance over his rivals in this renewal of the Dubai Golden Shaheen was similar to his compatriot 12 months ago. It was unfortunate that Big Jag wasn’t around to defend his crown, having gone amiss in the weeks leading up to this event. Caller One always had the race under control and when Corey Nakatani asked him the question he accelerated to put the race beyond doubt in a matter of strides. Bertolini, second in the race last year, and another American Men’s Exclusive, tried hard to bridge the gap created by Caller One however it was all in vain. Nuclear Debate had his chance and while he got to the line well he was never close enough to challenge, he did want to lay in in the concluding stages. Serenita ran well and was there to issue a challenge however she couldn’t match the power of Caller One.

Race Six: Dubai Duty Free (Group II). Thoroughbreds. 4YOs+. SW. 1,777m
(nearly 9f) (Turf)

Prizemoney: DhsUS$2,000,000. 1st: US$1,200,000. 2nd: US$400,000. 3rd:
US$200,000. 4th: US$100,000. 5th: US$60,000. 6th: US$40,000.

1. JIM AND TONIC (FR) 57kg
7 ch g Double Bed - Jimka (Jim French)
Owner: J D Martin & R Barby
Breeder: Haras D’Ecouves.

Trainer: F Doumen. Jockey: G Mosse.

5 b g Danehill - Twiglet (Twig Moss)
Owner: Mr Philip S H Lau.

Breeder: Tremon Thoroughbreds.

Trainer: I Allan. Jockey: R Fradd.

3. SUNLINE (NZ) 55kg
5 b m Desert Sun - Songline (Western Symphony)
Owner: T McKee, T Greene & Mrs H Lusty.

Breeder: Ms S R Archer & Mr M J Martin.

Trainer: T McKee. Jockey: G Childs.

Then came (in order): Golden Silca (GB), Arkadian Hero (USA), Slickly (FR),
Prolix (GB), Swallow Flight (IRE), Eagle Café (USA), Mahfooth (USA), Ladies
Din (USA), Happy Diamond (USA), Sumitas (GER), Shamrock City. Crisos Il
Monaco (IRE) (Took No Part). 14 ran. Margins: Nk, .5len. Time: 1:47.83.

A magnificent spectacle saw three old rivals go head to head and fight over the Group II Dubai Duty Free with Jim And Tonic prevailing over Fairy King Prawn and Sunline. This was the perfect advertisement for international racing with one of the best horses in France defying the challenges of the best horse from Hong Kong and Oceania. These three have met before in Hong Kong with honours even all around and nothing can be taken away from either of the trio. Jim And Tonic settled sixth on the inside, about three lengths off the leaders, Slickly and Sunline while Fairy King Prawn settled further back nearer the tail. Sunline sat outside Slickly but assumed command at the 800m mark but was held together by her rider until well into the straight. Mahfooth made and a charge and then Prolix however Sunline beat them off. She then was grabbed by both Jim And Tonic and Fairy King Prawn with the latter getting to the front. Jim And Tonic was not to be denied however and he kept kicking back and right near the line got his head in front to win. Sunline was gallant in defeat in finishing third while Golden Silca got to the line very well to finish fourth. Arkadian Hero was another who ran very well and he looks in very good order for yet another successful European campaign.

Race Seven: Dubai World Cup (Group I). Thoroughbreds. 4YOs+. SW. 2,000m (10f)

Prizemoney: DhsUS$6,000,000. 1st: US$3,600,000. 2nd: US$1,200,000. 3rd:
US$600,000. 4th: US$300,000. 5th: US$180,000. 6th: US$120,000.

4 ch c Fly So Free - Sparkling Delite (Vice Regent)
Owner: Mr Michael Pegram.

Breeder: Mr Roger Laubach
Trainer: B Baffert. Jockey: J Bailey.

5 b m Sunday Silence - Fairy Doll (Nureyev)
Owner: Makoto Kaneko.

Breeder: Northern Farm
Trainer: Y Ikee. Jockey: Y Take.

3. HIGHTORI (FR) 57kg
4 b c Vettori - High Mecene (Highest Honor)
Owner: Mr Gary Tanaka.

Breeder: SCEA Ecurie Bader.

Trainer: P Demercastel. Jockey: G Mosse.

Then came (in order): State Shinto (USA), Sei Mi (ARG), Aptitude (USA),
Ekraar (USA), Best Of The Bests (IRE), Regular Member (JPN), Broche (USA),
Aristotle (IRE), Early Warning (USA). N/R: Kingsalsa (USA). 12 ran. Margins:
3len, .5len. Time: 2:00.47.


Captain Steve corrected the shift away from American-trained winners of this event when securing Jerry Bailey his third Dubai World Cup. After American-trained winners in 1996 and 1998, Godolphin secured the last two, however, Captain Steve returned the trophy to America in an international finish with America leading home Japan, then France and the UAE. Bailey’s ride was perfect on the horse, Captain Steve settling back in about fifth position a little off the fence to avoid kickback behind the early leader To The Victory. Godolphin’s main hope Best Of The Bests trailed Captain Steve while State Shinto and Hightori settled at the rear in what was a compact field. To The Victory established a break on the point of the home turn and set sail for home however Captain Steve always had him within his sights. Best Of The Bests was beginning to struggle while State Shinto and Hightori were beginning to make ground. Captain Steve got to To The Victory and established a break and from there on he had the race won. To The Victory held on very well to finish second while Hightori secured third narrowly from a very brave State Shinto. Best Of The Bests was a little disappointing in finishing eight, one place behind stablemate Ekraar

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