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World Cup: Electrocutionist – a new dirt track star?
by Geir Stabell / Globeform
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He won his dirt debut by 7 lengths, landing the Maktoum Challenge III (G2) in great style – beating last year’s winner Chiquitin and returning a high Globeform rating.

There are still some sceptics, “how will he react to a battle with Americans, or the Japanese dirt champion Kane Hekili…” but Electrocutionist does look the one to beat in the eleventh running of the Dubai World Cup (G1).

The 5-year-old son of Red Ransom has the profile of a top class, older horse. He has made 9 lifetime starts, for 7 wins. He has won big races in Italy, England and Dubai, on turf and dirt and from 1 ¼ miles to 1 ½ miles, and his last performance was his best to date. Perhaps he is sitting on an even bigger one this week?

Electrocutionist ran a super prep for the World Cup when he won the last leg of the Maktoum Challenge. Racing on dirt for the first time, and tackling the full World Cup distance, he was always travelling well just off the pace – before moving up on the turn and running away for an easy win. He beat Chiquitin and Elmustanser – who had run first and second in the race 12 months earlier. Neither ran up to form but Electrocutionist still produced Globeform 125, improving on his best turf form. Which was close to top class last year.

125 – ELECTROCUTIONIST (Red Ransom) GF 125

Latest runs: GF118+ (22May) 117+ (19Jun) 120 (16Aug) 111 (23Oct05) 125 (2Mar)

He made his name known worldwide when winning the Juddmonte International Stakes (G1) at York in England last summer. Ridden by Mick Kinane, Electrocutionist came with a strong run from off the pace to deny the Japanese champion Zenno Rob Roy in a tight finish. He got up to win by a neck, with fellow World Cup contender Maraahel just a head further back in third. It was close but Electrocutionist won the race ‘going away’ ands he was clearly the best. He also looked like a horse that would be even better over 1 ½ miles but he bypassed the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (G1), he even bypassed the Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1), after this famous win – and shipped to Woodbine, Toronto instead – where he ran well below form to finish third to Relaxed Gesture in the Canadian International (G1). He returned GF 111 on the day, clearly having lost his form.

The most impressive aspect to his big win in England, was that he was able to beat top class opposition over 1 ¼ miles. Electrocutionist is essentially a 1 ½-mile performer on turf – and that is often what you want when going for a big race over 1 ¼ miles on dirt.

The Juddmonte was his first test outside Italy but Electrocutionst had already proved himself with a close second to the German Derby (G1) winner Shirocco (who won the Breeders’ Cup Turf last year) in the Gran Premio de Jockey Club Italiano (G1) in 2004. It was his first defeat. Ground conditions were in Shirocco’s favour but he still gave the German champion some fight.

Godolphin bought Electrocutionst at the end of last year and he is their only runner in the Dubai World Cup. As he is by Red Ransom out of an Arazi mare, one can say that his pedigree makes him ideal for dirt racing – though he comes from a stamina biased turf family. He will be hard to beat on Saturday.

Published: 2006-03-19 07:04:49

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