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Winx primed for Chipping Norton Stakes

Chris Waller says what you see with Winx is what you get and he expects to see the same in the Chipping Norton Stakes as he has the past 30 times she has been to the races.

The champion will be out to win Saturday’s Group One Chipping Norton (1600m) at Randwick for the fourth successive time, equalling Tie The Knot’s winning sequence from 1999 to 2002.

Her trainer is not taking a win for granted but knows as long as he gets her to the track fit and well, she will do the rest barring bad luck.

“What you see is what you get with her. She is just a class act,” Waller said.

“People are understanding how hard it is to win 30 in a row.

“You don’t do it by being the best horse on one day but by being the best over three or four years.

“She has overcome track conditions, barrier draws, slow starts, wide runs you name it – that’s Winx.”

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The mare claimed her 30th successive win in the Apollo Stakes on February 16, beating the gallant Happy Clapper, winner of last season’s Epsom Handicap–Doncaster Mile double over the famous 1600m-course at Randwick.

The Waller stable is likely to supply most of the Chipping Norton field.

“We will nominate Patrick Erin, Egg Tart, Unforgotten, Libran, Brimham Rocks, Winx and might back up with D’Argento,” Waller said.

D’Argento finished last of 11 runners in Saturday’s Peter Young Stakes (1800m) at Caulfield, 6-1/2 lengths from the winner Avilius.

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The Chipping Norton is expected to be the third last time Winx will grace the track with just the George Ryder and Queen Elizabeth Stakes in her diary before she is retired.

“I haven’t started counting down the days but I am counting down the runs,” Waller said.

“I’m just trying to have her the same as she has been the last 18 months, from her third Cox Plate onwards really.

“I doubt she can be even better.

“She hasn’t changed a lot. She is still dominant.

“Unless something is there to test her we will see the same horse as last preparation.

WATCH: AUSSIE G1 WINNER COMIN’ THROUGH FLOPS AGAIN IN DUBAI

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AUSSIE G1 WINNER COMIN’ THROUGH FLOPS AGAIN IN DUBAI

 

 

AUSTRALIAN GROUP 1 WINNER COMIN’ THROUGH WILL SURELY HAVE HIS MISSION OF RACING ON DUBAI WORLD CUP NIGHT AT MEYDAN RACECOURSE, DUBAI, ABORTED AFTER ANOTHER TERRIBLE EFFORT THIS TIME IN THE GROUP 2. 1600M ZABEEL CLASSIC WON BY THE GODOLPHIN / CHARLIE APPLEBY / WILLIAM BUICK MYSTICAL MAGIC.

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COMIN’ THROUGH RACED WELL LAST AUTUMN AND INTO THE WINTER IN AUSTRALIA, CULMINATING WITH A WELL OVERDUE GROUP 1 WIN IN BRISBANE’S DOOMBEN CUP.

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BUT HIS OVERSEAS CAMPAIGN HAS BEEN A TRAINWRECK. HE WENT TO HONG KONG TO RUN ON HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL DAY AT SHA TIN IN DECEMBER AND WAS TERRIBLE BUT TRAINER CHRIS WALLER DECIDED TO PUSH ON TO DUBAI. SINCE ARRIVING IN THE UAE HE’S PUT IN TWO MORE SHOCKERS, BUT HIS EFFORT . IN THE ZABEEL MILE WAS A NEW LOW POINT IN HIS CAREER.WALLER’S REPRESENTATIVE IN DUBAI SAID PRE-RACE THEY’D HOPE HE’D RUN WELL ENOUGH TO PUSH ON AND RUN WORLD CUP NIGHT BUT AFTER TONIGHT’S SHOWING SURELY IT’S A BRIDGE TOO FAR TO ASK HIM TO RUN IN A GR1 GIVEN THE TERRIBLE FORM HE’S BEEN IN SINCE DEPARTING AUSTRALIA.

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2018 LONGINES WORLD HORSE RACING AWARDS

2018

LONGINES

WORLD HORSE RACING AWARDS

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2018: WORLD’S BEST RACE HORSE

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=1ST – WINX (130)

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=1ST – CRACKSMAN (130)

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3RD – ACCELERATE (128)

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2018: WORLD’S BEST HORSE RACE

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WATCH: WINX TRIBUTE – WORLD’S CO-BEST HORSE 2018

WATCH:

WINX TRIBUTE 

WORLD’S CO-BEST HORSE 2018

 

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Sprint to oblivion? Breeding selections pose threat to hardy Thoroughbred stayers

Sprint to oblivion?

Breeding selections pose threat to hardy Thoroughbred stayers

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In Australia, where there is an emphasis on early two-year old speed, there were almost twice as many C:C horses among elite race winners in the population compared to Europe and North America (46% compared to 26% and 28%) and there were almost seven times as many C:Cs as T:Ts within the Australian population.

 

(LITTLE WONDER WE CAN PRODUCE SOME OF THE GREAT SPRINTERS OF THE MODERN ERA, WITH SO MANY C:C HORSES BRED IN AUSTRALIA, BUT THIS ALSO CLEARLY EXPLAINS WHY WE CANNOT PRODUCE HIGH QUALITY STAYING HORSES IN THIS COUNTRY. WINX ISN’T A STAYER EITHER BEFORE YOU GO FOR THAT ARGUMENT, SHE’S A MILER / MILE & A 1/4 HORSE. YES SHE WON A 2200M GROUP 1 QLD OAKS, BUT THAT WAS ON SHEER CLASS, AGAINST A WEAK FIELD, NOT ON STAYING ABILITY. TRUE STAYERS HAVE TO BE ABLE TO RUN 2400M-3200M+ IN A STRONG FASHION. OUR RACES DON’T CATER FOR STAYERS EVEN IF THEY DID – THE RACES WOULD BE FULL OF HACKS WHO CAN’T WIN ANY QUALITY OF RACES, SIMILAR TO WHAT BECOMES OF FLAT HORSES WHO FAIL THEN TURN TO JUMPING IN AUSTRALIA, OUR LOCAL BREEDING INDUSTRY DOESN’T BREED STAYERS, THEY BREED THE “C:C HORSES” AS MENTIONED IN THIS ARTICLE)

 

The hardy Thoroughbred stayer could become a thing of the past according to researchers, after findings published this week point to the importance of the so-called “speed gene” in determining race distance.

The findings are said to end any dispute over the central role of the “speed gene”.

However, the research has relevance for the wider Thoroughbred population, given the major influence of the gene.

“Since there is just one gene that is a major player in the sprinting versus staying stakes, it is extremely vulnerable to selection pressures,” says Associate Professor of Equine Science, Emmeline Hill, who is with University College Dublin.

“This has been recognised by the concern in the industry over the potential reduction in genetic diversity by favouring precocious, commercially attractive horses.

“This concern is well justified; the staying type is at serious threat of extinction in the global population.”

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Staying types have been found to make up less than 17% of elite race winners in Britain and Ireland and less than 7% of the Australian elite winning population.

“This is a complete reversal from the picture of genetics of the Thoroughbred 150 years ago.”

Hill says it is important that the industry incentivises the breeding and racing of stayers to ensure their ongoing viability in the industry.

Hill led the latest research into the gene, published this week in the Equine Veterinary Journal.

For the study, the genetic and race records of more than 3000 Thoroughbred racehorses who raced in Europe, Australia, South Africa and the USA were analysed. It was found that the myostatin gene, or speed gene, is the almost singular genetic determinant of a horse’s optimum race distance.

The notion of a single gene being responsible for a performance trait in Thoroughbreds has previously been challenged. However, Hill said the new study ended any dispute over the central role of the speed gene.

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“We have replicated and validated our original research findings on a massively larger scale. The power in the numbers has shown that the association of the ‘speed gene’ with race distance is as statistically strong as the most highly genetically influenced traits in humans, including eye colour and the probability of an individual going bald,” she says.

The study found that, in Europe, more than 83% of ‘speed gene’ type C:C (sprint) horses had an optimum race distance of a mile or shorter and more than 89% of T:T (staying) horses ran best over distances greater than a mile. (Full details for all regions are in Figure #1)

The trend was consistent across all race regions but the race pattern influenced the distribution of the speed gene types.

In Australia, where there is an emphasis on early two-year old speed, there were almost twice as many C:C horses among elite race winners in the population compared to Europe and North America (46% compared to 26% and 28%) and there were almost seven times as many C:Cs as T:Ts within the Australian population.

The main differences between sprinters and staying type horses has been shown to be caused by a mutation in the speed gene that alters the rate of muscle growth and fibre type differences in the muscle.

Although myostatin is the most important gene, the latest research has also identified additional genes which have moderate effects on the staying ability of a horse.

Hill says the application of genetics to decision-making about how horses were trained and raced is transforming the industry.

“Our results clearly show that using evidence-based science will lead to more accurate placing of horses in races that are best suited to their genetic potential. Horses are a product of their inherited genetic characteristics as well as the environment.

“The management of the horse is inarguably key in any horse’s success, but DNA differences are the undisputed differences that make them individuals. This genetic information is leading to horses being trained and raced for their genetic potential and is providing a clear economic advantage to owners and trainers,” she says.

Hill, who is also chief science officer at Irish equine science company Plusvital, which provides genetic testing for horses, says the company does not operate its testing services in the sales environment which could further accelerate this trend toward sprint types at the expense of stayers.

“However, it is essential that the industry incentivises the breeding and racing of stayers to reduce the pressure to breed for the sales ring.”

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DUBAI (MEYDAN) TIPS & BEST BETS – THURSDAY 3 JANUARY 2019

DUBAI (MEYDAN) TIPS & BEST BETS 

THURSDAY 3 JANUARY 2019

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RACE 1: 5.ISPOLINI $2.50

RACE 2: 2.AL SHAMKHAH*** $8.00

RACE 3: 2.HIT THE BID $4.00

RACE 4 GROUP 3 – DUBAWI STAKES: 1.ACE KOREA $15

RACE 5 GROUP 3 – SINGSPIEL STAKES: 3.DEAUVILLE $8

RACE 6: 12.AURUM $4.50

 

BEST BET: R2-2 AL SHAMKHAH $8.00

 

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Dubai World Cup Carnival 2019

The Dubai World Cup Carnival, worth more than US$10 m in prize money across 10 race meetings, runs from January to March every year and is a season of high-class international race days contested by the most high-profile owners, trainers, horses and jockeys in the world. It runs alongside the domestic Racing at Meydan season.

 

The Dubai World Cup Carnival leads to the Dubai World Cup day, the richest day of racing in the world.

 

The major prep for Dubai World Cup day is the Super Saturday meeting, to be held on Saturday March 09, 2019. Super Saturday allows trainers to put the finishing touches to their equine stars before appearing on racing’s biggest stage – Dubai World Cup day. As the official dress rehearsal for the Dubai World Cup it is a major social occasion.

 

Racing Calendar

2018 – 2019 Racing Season Calendar

Racing Calendar

Date

Race Meeting

Post Times

Thursday, 1 November, 2018 Racing at Meydan 6:30pm
Thursday, 8 November, 2018 Racing at Meydan 6:30pm
Thursday, 22 November, 2018 Racing at Meydan 6:30pm
Thursday, 6 December, 2018 Racing at Meydan 6:30pm
Thursday, 20 December, 2018 Racing at Meydan 6:30pm
Thursday, 3 January, 2019 Dubai World Cup Carnival 6:30pm
Saturday, 5 January, 2019 Racing at Meydan 4pm
Thursday, 10 January, 2019 Dubai World Cup Carnival 6:30pm
Thursday, 17 January, 2019 Dubai World Cup Carnival 6:30pm
Saturday, 19 January, 2019 Racing at Meydan 4pm
Thursday, 24 January, 2019 Dubai World Cup Carnival 6:30pm
Thursday, 31 January, 2019 Dubai World Cup Carnival 6:30pm
Saturday, 2 February, 2019 Racing at Meydan 4pm
Thursday, 7 February, 2019 Dubai World Cup Carnival 6:30pm
Thursday, 14 February, 2019 Dubai World Cup Carnival 6:30pm
Thursday, 21 February, 2019 Dubai World Cup Carnival 6:30pm
Thursday, 28 February, 2019 Dubai World Cup Carnival 6:30pm
Saturday, 2 March, 2019 Racing at Meydan 4pm
Saturday, 9 March, 2019 Dubai World Cup Carnival – Super Saturday 4:00pm
Thursday, 14 March, 2019 Racing at Meydan 6:30pm
Saturday, 30 March, 2019 Dubai World Cup 3:45pm

SAEED BIN SUROOR’S 3 TO FOLLOW FOR 2019 DUBAI WORLD CUP CARNIVAL

SAEED BIN SUROOR’S 3 TO FOLLOW FOR 2019 DUBAI WORLD CUP CARNIVAL

Godolphin trainer Saeed bin Suroor has nominated three horses to follow at the Dubai World Cup Carnival, which commences with an attractive card at Meydan on Thursday, 3 January.

 

 

Heading his list is the G1 Prix Jean-Luc Lagadere winner Royal Marine, who Saeed believes has the potential to develop into a G2 UAE Derby contender — but all hinges on the colt’s ability to handle the dirt.

 

 

“He is a lovely colt, who has done very well since arriving here in Dubai,” the trainer pointed out.

 

 

“The plan is to run him next week in the UAE 2000 Guineas Trial at Meydan to see how he runs on a dirt surface. If he performs well on it, then we will press ahead with the Guineas here in Dubai, and after that, the Derby.

 

 

“But first, he must show us he is comfortable running on dirt,” he added.

 

 

Not all horses handle the surface, as seen only last year when Godolphin’s Masar failed on dirt at Meydan prior to his return to Britain, where he won Newmarket’s G3 Craven Stakes by nine lengths and then triumphed in the G1 Derby at Epsom.

 

 

The revamped Dubai World Cup Carnival extends to 10 race days and concludes with ‘Super Saturday,’ on Saturday, 9 March, a fixture widely used as a dress rehearsal for the rich Dubai World Cup card, on Saturday, 30 March.

 

 

Saeed bin Suroor’s three to follow at the Dubai World Cup Carnival are:

ASOOF: 4yo bay filly (Dubawi – Lady’s Purse): A progressive filly, who finished third in a strong Newmarket fillies’ maiden last season (Arc runner-up Sea Of Class was second in the same race) and then won handicaps at Ripon, Newbury and Nottingham. Saeed said: “She is only a small filly but she has a good attitude and can make her mark at the Carnival.”

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ROYAL MARINE: 3yo bay colt (Raven’s Pass – Inner Secret): Two wins from three starts, including a Doncaster maiden and a G1 victory at Longchamp on Arc Day in October. He is a half-brother to the useful Secret Ambition. Initial target is the UAE Derby, providing he handles dirt track.

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LESHLAA: 5yo Chestnut colt (Street Cry – Vine Street): Has won four of his 16 starts but two runs stand out, and neither was a win. He finished fifth in Royal Ascot’s Britannia Handicap, traditionally one of the most competitive races at the Royal meeting, and he was second in the G3 Dubai Millennium at Meydan. He also won a Listed race in Turkey. Saeed said: “I want to see him again in his work before nominating a target for him”

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APPLEBY PICKS 3 TO FOLLOW FOR THE 2019 DUBAI WORLD CUP CARNIVAL

APPLEBY PICKS 3 TO FOLLOW FOR THE 2019 DUBAI WORLD CUP CARNIVAL

Godolphin trainer Charlie Appleby believes there is unfinished business for talented sprinter Blue Point on this year’s Dubai World Cup night at Meydan on Saturday, 30 March. He will be out to prove a point, if you will pardon the pun. 

 

 

Last March, the son of Shamardal arrived at the start for the G1 Al Quoz Sprint, only to be withdrawn on veterinary grounds. A small trickle of blood had been detected.

 

 

In the event, stablemate Jungle Cat acted as a ‘super sub’ and led the field home in triumph, and while Appleby was delighted, he is of the opinion that Blue Point can return and claim the prize this year.

 

 

The high point to Blue Point’s 2018 season was his sterling win in Royal Ascot’s G1 King’s Stand Stakes. The decision for him to be kept in training as a five-year-old is expected to prove lucrative, with the Al Quoz being a perfect target to get the ball rolling.

 

 

Appleby has picked out the Meydan Sprint on Thursday, 14 February, as his prep race — he was second in last year.

 

 

Appleby’s three to follow at the Dubai World Cup Carnival are:

ART SONG: 3yo bay colt (Scat Daddy – Practice): Showed himself to be a colt of potential when winning a 1m Kempton Park novice (on Polytrack) with something in hand. Appleby said: “He’s a horse I hold in high regard. I have earmarked the Al Bastakiya Trial, on Thursday, 24 January, as a starting point for him in Dubai. On breeding, he should be suited by the dirt.”

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BLUE POINT: 5yo bay colt (Shamardal – Scarlett Rose): Withdrawn at the start of last year’s G1 Al Quoz Sprint on veterinary grounds and bounced back from a troubled trip to Hong Kong to win the G1 King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot. Appleby said: “The plan is to have one run before the Al Quoz Sprint on Dubai World Cup night, in the Meydan Sprint on Thursday, 14 February.”

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LOXLEY: 4yo bay colt (New Approach – Lady Marian): Won the G2 Grand Prix de Deauville, over an extended mile and a half, but failed to get the trip when 10th in the G1 Doncaster St Leger. Ran well when second in the G2 Prix Dollar at Longchamp. Appleby said: “We will look at the G1 Jebel Hatta on ‘Super Saturday’ for him, which should lead nicely into the G1 Dubai Turf on Dubai World Cup night. I feel the distance (9f) will suit, as we saw in the Prix Dollar.”

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