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Dubai World Cup: Transcend in focus
by Handicappers / Globeform
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Having finished a good second to his compatriot Victoire Pisa in the Dubai World Cup (G1) twelve months ago, when bookmakers made him a 40-1 shot in their betting, Transcend returns to Meydan for a second attempt at hitting the jackpot. And why not. This gutsy six-year-old has won two of his four races since his big front-running effort on last year's World Cup night, and he seems as good as ever.

He is a dirt track performer at home in Japan, but we know he can be effective over the World Cup track and distance, so another good run is not at all unlikely. Although it needs mentionaing that Smart Falcon, Japan's dirt champion, beat him fair and square by a length when they clashed in last year's JBC Classic (G1) over 2000 metres at Ohi racecourse. Transcend went from this run to a winning performance in the high profile Japan Cup Dirt (G1) at Hanshin last December, a race Smart Falcon bypassed. Transcend started even money favourite and he beat Wonder Acute by 2 lengths over the 1800-metres trip. Espoir City, winner of the 2009 edition of this race, was third. Wonder Acute advertised the form by finishing second, just a nose behind Smart Falcon, in the Tokyo Daishoten (G1) just under four weeks later.

Transcend enjoyed an excellent campaign in 2011. Prior to running second in the Dubai World Cup (G1) at Meydan, he had won the February Stakes (G1) over 1600 metres at Tokyo racecourse (beating Furioso by 1 lengths), and his comeback run following a long rest after Dubai resulted in a win in the Mile Championship Nambu Hai (Jap-G1) over 1600 metres at Tokyo (by a head from Danon Come True). That race sharpened him up nicely for the JBC Classic, where he was the only one capable of putting up a fight against Smart Falcon. On March 31, they meet again, in a small matter worth $10 million at Meydan. This time, Japanese racing fans will believe, not just hope, that their horses can fill first and second in a World Cup. Such an outcome may seem like an absolute longshot, again, but stranger things have happened in this sport.

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Published: 2012-03-26 08:16:53

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