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Globeform Ratings - Super Thursday
by Geir Stabell ( / Globeform (
Last update: 2008-03-24 05:32:37 (First published: 2008-03-04 09:39:43 )

Dubai: Five important prep races to championship events on Dubai World Cup night, including Al Maktoum Challenge RIII (G2), where the South American star Latency takes part.

Plus Asiatic Boy in action, another clash between Honour Devil and Royal Vintage, a high class edition of the Dubai City Of Gold (G3) on turf, and an intruguing dash over six furlongs straight on the dirt track.

This is the menu and it is easy to see why folks at Nad Al Sheba call it Super Thursday.


Nad Al Sheba 6 March 2007 – 2000m (10fur) dirt

Horses presented with best
Globeform, sires, and riders

119 – LATENCY (Slew Gin Fizz) J Mendez
118 – KANDIDATE (Kabool) R Moore
117 – LUCKY FIND (Rich Man’s Gold) K Shea
110 – JALIL (Storm Cat) + / L Dettori
109 – L’AMICO STEVE (Spend a Buck) M Kinane
106 – GLORIA DE CAMPEAO (Impression) C Lemaire
106 – IGOR PROTTI (Opening Verse) K McEvoy
106 – ROHAANI (High Yield) M Dwyer
105 – SINGING POET (Singspiel) T O’Shea
102 – ALEUTIAN (Zafonic) W Smith
101 – MUTASALLIL (Gone West) R Hills
..99 – DYNAMIC SAINT (Sweetsouthernsaint) W Supple
…? – DELUDE (Be My Guest) D O’Donohoe

A “+” after horse denotes improvement expected
A “?” after horse denotes provisional rating

Latency has been one of the top horses in South America over the past four years, and if he takes his best form to the table he will be tough to beat here, in what is his prep for the Dubai World Cup (G1) in just over three weeks’ time. An impressive 3-length winner of the Gran Premio Carlos Pellegrini (G1) over 2400 metres at San Isidro in Buenos Aires last December, Latency is also effective over 1800 and 2000 metres, and he is an incredibly tough and conistent performer. He outclassed Puchet in the Pellegrini, after coming from off the pace (and forced wide) to finish with real zest to lead with under a furlong to go. Puchet is an improving young horse. He beat the favourite Candy Gift (a previous Group 2 winner) by 1 ½ lengths for second, while the two Group 1 winners Life of Victory and Fairy Magic finishing fourth and fifth. No fewer than 23 horses ran in the Pellegrini, considered the most important event in the South American racing calendar.

His Pellegrini success was Latency’s tenth win overall, and his seventh in Group One company. He ran fourth in the Pellegrini in 2004, when he was a three-year-old. Trained by top handler Juan Udaondo, Latency was coming off a long break when landing the Pellegrini. He had not raced since winning the Gran Premio General San Martin (G1) over 1800 metres at Palermo in Argentina in August, when he beat Star Plus by a neck.

Latency, who was bred by the Haras Las Dos Manos, is out of multiple Group 2 winner Latencia (El Asesor). Latency was voted Champion Miler and Champion Older Horse in Argentina in 2005, when his wins included the Gran Premio Estrellas Classic (G1) – an equivalent to the Breeders’ Cup Classic in North America.

This son of Slew Gin Fizz is a thoroughly battle hardened runner and, with strong form over a variety of distances and at different tracks in South America, we can safely call him the “streetwise guy”. He is an absolute fighter, and he has experience with big fields. These qualities will stand him in good stead at Nad Al Sheba, where he has been drawn wide in the Al Maktoum Challenge RIII (G2). That may not be a bad starting point, for a horse with his running style, and not much will faze Latency on Super Thursday. A good win this week will set him up for a crack at Curlin and Asiatic Boy in the World Cup. Now that will be a different ballgame – and race that tells us exactly how good this ten-time winner really is.

Kandidate is also a tough performer with plenty of experience, and he has performed really well here at Nad Al Sheba. His career best came when he hammered the very useful runner Mullins Bay by nearly six lengths to win last year’s Al Maktoum Challenge RII (G3), with Singing Poet back in third in the 14-runner field. Kandidate was 14-1 with English bookmakers that day and he has won at a good price before, as he is a horse people do not seem to believe in. On his day, he is bordering on Group 1 class though, and he should not be underestimated. His trainer Clive Brittain has a habit of producing such horses in peak form for valuable events. Kandidate beat only one (Discreet Cat) of his six rivals in the Dubai World Cup (G1) last spring, but he came back to form in England, where he ran third to the Breeders’ Cup winner Red Rocks in the Gordon Richards Stakes (G3) in April and filled the same place behind Echo Of Light in the Strensall Stakes (G3) in September.

He was readily beaten by Mike de Kock’s Lucky Find in the Al Maktoum Challenge RII (G3) here a month ago, however, and Kandidate may be hard pressed to close the 2 ¼-length gap that opened up between them as Lucky Find proved the strongest that day - in what was a ‘two horse affair’. Imperial Star was 7 lengths behind Kandidate in third. Kandidate’s form was clearly better last year, and we still have him just above Lucky Find on ratings. If Kandidate takes a nother step up, and reproduces his best, maybe he can beat the South African runner. On the other hand, Lucky Find can also improve again – off what was a very solid win in the second round of the series, and he is preferred for our exacta.

In January, Lucky Find beat the subsequent winner Third Set by 7 ½ lengths in a handicap – like the ‘Maktoum II’ run over 1800 metres. He likes to come from just off the pace and the way he ran on last time suggests that he will be equally effective over 2000 metres.

Jalil, a $9.7 million purchase as a yearling, and a brother to the North American Grade 1 winner After Market, has taken a long time to pay back some of that hefty investment, but he is beginning to look pretty good now. Coming off two honest wins over this track, he is taking a step up in class, in an attempt at gaining a berth in the Dubai World Cup (G1). He will probably improve again – but Jalil needs to find quite a bit more to match the best of his rivals here.





Nad Al Sheba 6 March 2007 – 2400m (12fur) turf

Horses presented with best
Globeform, sires, and riders

121 – QUIJANO (Acatenango) A Starke
117 – ORACLE WEST (Western Winter) J Murtagh
116 – HALICARNASSUS (Cape Cross) T O’Shea
114 – CRIME SCENE (Royal Applause) + / T Durcan
114 – CHAMPIOSHIP POINT (Lomitas) R Mullen
113 – IMPERIAL STAR (Fantastic Light) K McEvoy
111 – GRAVITAS (Mark Of Esteem) + / L Dettori
111 – ILLUSTRIOUS BLUE (Dansili) M Dwyer
110 – MOURILYAN (Desert Prince) + / M Kinane
110 – DIAMOND QUEST (Saumarez) R Moore
105 – GOWER SONG (Singspiel) R Hills
103 – FLEETING SHADOW (Danehill) R Ffrench



Nad Al Sheba 6 March 2007 – 1600m (8fur) dirt

Horses presented with best
Globeform, sires, and riders

123 – ASIATIC BOY (Not For Sale) J Murtagh
116 – MARBUSH (Linamix) M Kinane
111 – BLACKAT BLACKITTEN (Inchinor) + / L Dettori
111 – BECKERMET (Second Empire) T Durcan
109 – ROMAN’S RUN (Tiznow) + / D O’Donoghoe
105 – BOSTON LODGE (Grand Lodge) M Dwyer
105 – GREEN COAST (Green Desert) + / W Supple
105 – WATCH WHAT HAPPENS (Stravisnky) D Whyte
103 – DRIFT ICE (Western Winter) K Shea
102 – JET EXPRESS (Jet Master) R Ffrench
…? – HALKIN (Chester House) M O’Callaghan
100 – BRAVE TIN SOLDIER (Storm Cat) K Latham
100 – ELUSIVE WARNING (Elusive Quality) + / K McEvoy
..90 – ETIHAAD (Dubai Millennium) A Nicholls

Please note: Marbush / GF 116 in 2006.



Nad Al Sheba 6 March 2007 – 1200m (6fur) straight / dirt

Horses presented with best
Globeform, sires, and riders

119 – DIABOLICAL (Artax) K McEvoy
116 – AFRASHAD (Smoke Glacken) L Dettori
112 – PRINCE TAMINO (Mozart) R Ffrench
112 – SALAAM DUBAI (Secret Savings) R Mullen
110 – NEW FREEDOM (Burooj) T O’Shea
108 – DRAYTON (Danetime) J Murtagh
106 – FROSTY SECRET (Put It Back) K Shea
106 – STAR CROWNED (Kingmambo) M Kinane
104 – VISIONIST (Orpen) W Smith
101 – GRAND VISTA (Danehill) R Moore
101 – SARISSA (Music Prospector) ? / C Lemaire
100 – HURRICANE SPIRIT (Invincible Spirit) W Supple
100 – SUBPOENA (Diktat) L Jones
100 – MALAYEEN (Anaba) A Ajtebi
..99 – OLYMPIC CITY (Yagli) ? / D Smith
..97 – SEA HUNTER (Lend A Hand) T Durcan


Nad Al Sheba 6 March 2007 – 1800m (9fur) dirt

Horses presented with best
Globeform, sires, and riders

111 – HONOUR DEVIL (Honor and Glory) + / J Murtagh
110 – ROYAL VINTAGE (Rich Man’s Gold) + / K Shea
100 – NUMAANY (A P Indy) L Dettori
..99 – MUTABAYEN (Doneraile Court) R Ffrench
..97 – AQUINO (First American) ? / R Moore
..95 – PAVEROC (Royal Applause) J Egan
..90 – TOOLITTLEYOURLATE (Harlan’s Holiday) R Mullen

A “+” after horse denotes improvement expected
A “?” after horse denotes provisional rating



Nad Al Sheba 6 March 2007 – 1770m (8.9fur) turf

Horses presented with best
Globeform, sires, and riders

116 – ROYAL OATH (Kingmambo) L Dettori
115 – DANAK (Pivotal) R Hills
115 – RACINGER (Spectrum) M Dwyer
113 – SEACHANGE (Cape Cross) T Durcan
113 – VIVA MACAU (Sendawar) D Beadman
112 – JAY PEG (Camden Park) + / R Moore
111 – LORD ADMIRAL (El Prado) M Kinane
111 – ADMIRALOFTHEFLEET (Danehill) J Murtagh
110 – YASOODD (Inchinor) C Lemaire
106 – AFRICAN APPEAL (Model Man) K Shea
106 – TRAFFIC GUARD (More than Ready) J Egan
105 – SENOR DALI (Peintre Celebre) T P O’Shea
…? – GRAND HOMBRE (Grand Slam) A Nicholls
103 – ADVICE (Seeking the Gold) R Mullen
100 – ALPACCO (Desert King) K Latham

..98 – ALMURAAD (Machiavellian) W Supple

A “+” after horse denotes improvement expected
A “?” after horse denotes provisional rating

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