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Dubai World Cup: Capponi in focus
by Handicappers / Globeform
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Capponi has improved with every run since joining Mahmhood Al Zarooni's team ahead of this season. He was trained in England in 2011, when winning three races, all at a much lower level than what we have seen him competitive at in Dubai.

He produced easily his best form to date when landing the Al Maktoum Challenge Round III (G1) over the full Dubai World Cup distance of 2000 metres on Super Saturday.

Enterprisingly ridden by Ahmed Ajtebi, Capponi soon went ahead to join the early speed of the race and. He was in command around the final bend and had plenty left in the tank when spinning into the straight. Some classy runners came under pressure as they tried to close the gap on him, but Capponi kept on really strongly all the way to the winning post and was not for catching. He won the newly elevated Group One contest easily by 4 lengths from the ex-French G2 winner Silver Pond, with Prince Bishop running on from the back to take third. Other World Cup hopes like Monterosso (third in the 2010 World Cup), Richard's Kid and Fly Down filled the next places, all well beaten. Not to mention Mendip (11th) and Bold Silvano (12th), who were both trounced by Capponi. While they probably lost many of their fans, Capponi gained new supporters. It would not come as a shock at all to see him improve again, and make his presence felt in the World Cup. Proven form over the course and distance is always an advantage at Meydan's main track.

This five-year-old has a pedigree mixing speed and stamina, though it is unlikely that he will ever appreciate racing over further than the World Cup trip. His sire, Medicean, won the Lockinge Stakes (G1), Queen Anne Stakes (G2) and Eclipse Stakes (G1) on the bounce as a four-year-old. He was at his best from a mile to a mile and a quarter when racing in England. Capponi's dam, Nawaiet, is a daughter of the outstanding turf miler Zilzal. Nawaiet won over 6 furlongs (1200 m.) and she has previously produced the classy miler No Excuse Needed, who also won the Queen Anne Stakes (G2). No Excuse Needed is a son of Medicean's sire Machiavellian, and thus closely related to Capponi.

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Published: 2012-03-22 13:29:15

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