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Dubai World Cup: Buena Vista in focus
by Geir Stabell / Globeform
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So unlucky when demoted from first place in last year's Japan Cup (G1), the most important race in her homeland, Buena Vista is now being pointed for the Dubai World Cup (G1), and she is without doubt a live contender for the $10 million contest.

She came with a strong run to beat Rose Kingdom by 1 length in the Japan Cup where she was much the best but was found to have impeded the runner-up and lost the race in the stewards' room. Though she did come off a straight line when passing Rose Kingdom, the effect seem minimal and the disqualification was perhaps a bit harsh. Victoire Pisa, a close third in the Japan Cup, managed to turn the tables on Buena Vista as they clashed once more in the Arima Kinen (G1) on December 26. Racing over 2500 metres (12.5 furlongs), Victoire Pisa beat Buena Vista by a nose that day. The popular filly thus ended her season with two disappointments. It was, however, an excellent season overall, and one that began with a solid win over Jaguar Mail in a G2 event at home, before she ran second to the English trained filly Dar Re Mi in the Dubai Sheema Classic (G1) on Dubai World Cup night. This year, Buena Vista will contest the World Cup.

After her good run in the Sheema Classic, Buena Vista was rested until mid-May, when she returned to action in the Victoria Mile (G1) for fillies and mares at Tokyo. She ran out a game winner, beating Hikaru Amaranthus by a neck, with Nishino Blue Moon and Red Desire close up in third and fourth. Buena Vista's versatility is a great asset. Not many runners show top class form over 1600 and 2500 metres and she surely is a bit special.

Nakayama Festa - who was later on second in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (G1) - just got the better of her in the Takarazuka Kinen (G1) at Hanshin in June. A longer break followed and Buena Vista regained winning ways in the Tenno Sho Autumn (G1) at Tokyo in late October, a championship event in its own right but also a recognised prep for the Japan Cup. Buena Vista proved by far the best in this 2000-metres event and strolled home 2 lengths ahead of the three-year-old colt Pelusa. This win set her up for a crack at the Japan Cup (G1), where Buena Vista was a short priced favourite to beat her 17 rivals. Something she did in fine style only to be demoted.

Buena Vista is out of the successful broodmare Biwa Heidi (Caerleon) and is a half-sister to Admire Aura and Admire Japan, also high-class performers in Japan. Special Week, her sire, was a multiple G1 winner who won the Japanese Derby (G1) in 1998 and the Japan Cup (G1) the following year. He is a son of Sunday Silence.


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Last update: 2011-03-04 06:26:01 (First published: 2011-02-22 07:18:51 )

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