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by Geir Stabell / Globeform
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Racehorses develop and progress at different rates. Some are precocious, fast animals who show their best form already as juveniles, others are better at three, while some reach the height of their careers at age four and five. Many leading trainers maintain that a thoroughbred is at his best when five, if given the chance to wait for such a 'late peak' of his racing days.

Trade Storm is one of these, and his most recent win indicates that he is one of those in with a winning chance in the Dubai Duty Free (G1) on World Cup night. Trade Storm was a nice sort as a two-year-old in England, winning a Newbury maiden and running fourth in a Listed event in his first season, but he did not seem to have Group One potential. He sure does now, two and a half years later, as he is fresh from an impressive win over Musir over the Meydan lawn. Trade Storm had won once again both at three and four in England, and he had won already at the 2013 Carnival, but his performance in the Zabeel Mile (G2) four weeks prior to World Cup night took him to an altogether new level.

A big, strong five-year-old trained by David Simcock in Newmarket, Trade Storm burst into the Duty Free picture with a powerful display in the Zabeel Mile. He is a most attractive thoroughbred and well worth a special trip to the paddock to see, and after the Zabeel Mile many form experts also expect to see him in the winners' enclosure after the Duty Free. That would not have been the case prior to his win over Musir and Fulbright in February. Any doubters were silenced in no uncertain manner as Trade Storm came from dead last, attacked between horses, then swooped past Musir (who had looked all over the winner 200 metres out) to win comfortably by 1 lengths. Trade Storm had shown smart form previously, with a good win in England last year and an easy success over 1800 metres at Meydan in February, but those wins both came in handicap company. Humiliating Musir was something else, and there is no reason to believe that this fine win was a fluke. Trade Storm, like so many big horses, has simply been a late developing runner and he is clearly thriving under the Dubai sun.

In jockey Jamie Spencer, one of the most patient riders in the game, he has a perfect partner too, and he must have an excellent chance of winning this $5 million event. Trade Storm is a son of Trade Fair, who was third in the Dewhurst Stakes (G1) as a juvenile and won a Group 3 over 7 furlongs at three, and his dam Frisson is a daughter of Epsom Derby (G1) winner Slip Anchor. Frisson has produced two other winners, though they were not even close to Trade Storm in ability.

Win lose or draw on March 30, one thing is for sure; Trade Storm is a horse is flying a great deal higher than the market expected of him when he went through the sales ring as a yearling. The highest bid was 1,500 guineas (about $2,500) and he was led out unsold. He is worth a fair bit more that that these days.

Published: 2013-03-08 04:47:47

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