Sheema Classic: Heart's Cry looks safest bet
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Last update: 2007-03-11 09:06:07 (First published: 2006-03-22 08:16:29 )
Nad Al Sheba Saturday: Ouija Board, the wonder girl of European racing, will get a tough seasonal debut as she runs in the Nakheel Dubai Sheema Classic (G1).
Lord Derby’s filly has won the Epsom Oaks (G1), Irish Oaks (G1), Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (G1) as well as the Hong Kong Vase (G1) – a race she captured on her last start in 2005. Another win in the Sheema might launch her fourth season at the track. If she shows that she has had enough, well, then she is still worth her weight in gold as a broodmare.
On Saturday, she is set to face top males like Heart’s Cry - one of the best in Japan - Relaxed Gesture - one of the best turf runners in North America - Norse Dancer - he who always runs big but seldom wins – and Greys Inn - Mike de Kock’s best contender. Ah, and not to forget another mare, the highly successful traveller Alexander Goldrun. Yes, this will be some horserace!
THE NAKHEEL DUBAI SHEEMA CLASSIC (G1)
Nad Al Sheba 25 March 2006 – 2400 metres / 1 ½ miles Turf
Horses presented with best Globeform, sire and riders.
Globeform ratings are expressed in pounds (1 length = 1,5lbs).
122 – NORSE DANCER (Halling) J Egan
121 – HEART’S CRY (Sunday Silence) C P Lemaire
120 – RELAXED GESTURE (Indian Ridge) C Nakatani
119 – ALEXANDER GOLDRUN (Gold Away) m K Manning
117 – OUIJA BOARD (Cape Cross) m K Fallon (GF 123 in 2004)
117 – GREYS INN (Zabeel) W Marwing
115 – ORACLE WEST (Western Winter) K Shea
115 – COLLIER HILL (Dr Devious) D McKeown
115 – LAYMAN (Sunday Silence) K McEvoy
114 – ALAYAN (Sri Pekan) M Kinane
112 – FALSTAFF (Montjeu) J Murtagh
111 – MUSTANFAR (Unbridled) R Hills
108 – PUNCH PUNCH (Aksar) M Almeida
108 – SHANTY STAR (Hector Protector) G Avranche
Please add 4lbs to ratings of the two mares – Alexander Goldrun and Ouija Board – for direct comparison with the males.
Heart’s Cry is the one to go for, in what is quite a tricky race. He was an unlucky loser when finishing fast for second – beaten only a nose – behind Alkaseed in the Japan Cup (G1) and he confirmed the improvement by beating Deep Impact in the Arima Kinen (G1) next time out. Deep Impact was unbeaten leading up to that contest and he landed a G2 on his following start. Heart’s Cry stays this distance well, he is tough and game, and he has an excellent chance.
Norse Dancer seldom wins and makes litte appeal – despite his high rating – but both Relaxed Gesture and Ouija Board do. Relaxed Gesture closed last season on a high note when winning the Canadian International (G1), while Ouija Board got back to winning ways in the Hong Kong Vase (G1).
The English mare was even better as a 3-year-old, when she produced Globeform 123 to win the Epsom Oaks (G1). She has had relatively few races and could well train on to show the same level of form again this season.
Greys Inn impressed over an inaduequate distance on his return, and he makes most appeal of the others. Alexander Goldrun steps up to 1 ½ miles, after having run her best races at up to 1 ¼ miles.
A: 5 HEART’S CRY
B: 14 OUIJA BOARD
C: 11 RELAXED GESTURE
WIN: 5 Heart’s Cry
A: 5 with 11, 14
B: 11, 14 with 5
C: 11, 14 boxed / reversed
6 TRIFECTAS 5 - 11 - 14
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