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Dubai City of Gold: Highly competitive turf contest
by Handicappers ( / Globeform (
Last update: 2009-03-12 17:31:49 (First published: 2009-02-28 14:25:48 )

Super Thursday: A deep field makes the Dubai City of Gold Stakes (G2).

Run over the same 2400 metres as the Dubai Sheema Classic (G1) on World Cup night, this event has attracted solid names like Quijano, winner in 2007, Purple Moon, just touched off in the Hong Kong Vase (G1) last time he raced, and Macarthur, an excellent winner at Royal Ascot in 2008.


Nad Al Sheba Thursday 5 Mar 2009
2400m / 12fur TURF / 4yo+ / $250,000

Top ranked horse on 100, with others ranked down in pounds
worse off according to GF ratings and weights (1 length = 1,5lb).
Horses presented with sire, best Globeform rating, last placings
(most recent first / 0 = worse than 9th) / trainer and jockey.

A “+” after the rating indicates improvement expected.

100 – PURPLE MOON (Galileo) GF 119 / 2925 / L Cumani / J Spencer
..97 – MACARTHUR (Montjeu) GF 119 / 7813 / M de Kock / L Dettori
..96 – QUIJANO (Acatenango) GF 120 / 9221 / P Scchiergen / A Starke
..96 – FIERY LAD (Mull Of Kintyre) GF 110 / 3213 / G Lyons / K Latham
..94 – HATTAN (Halling) GF 113 / 2413 / M bin Shafya / A Ajtebi
..94 – YAHRAB (Dalakhani) GF 110 / 2901 / M bin Shafya / R French
..93 – MOURILYAN (Desert Prince) GF 112 / 2306 / H Brown / R Moore
..?+ – FRONT HOUSE (Sadler’s Wells) GF ?+ / 2211 / M de Kock / K Shea
..92 – KING OF ROME (Montjeu) GF 112 / 9358 / M de Kock / J Murtagh
..90 – CRIME SCENE (Royal Applause) GF 109 / 2015 / M bin Shayfa / NON-RUNNER
..87 – YOUNG MICK (King’s Theatre) GF 106 / 1628 / G Margarson / T Durcan
..87 – CLASSIC PUNCH (Mozart) GF 106 / 2047 / D Elsworth / R Hughes
..86 – KINGS GAMBIT (Silvano) GF 110+ / 4511 / H Brown / J Egan
..86 – HAPPY SPIRIT (Silvano) GF 104 / 3542 / H Brown / W Marwing
..85 – LION SANDS (Montjeu) GF 104 / 9048 / A bin Huzaim / W Supple
..81 – DRILL SERGEANT (Rock Of Gibraltar) GF 97 / 0003 / M Johnston / NON-RUNNER


..84 - POMYEANO (Rainbow Quest) GF 100 / 1261 / S Seemar / tba
…? – RAZKALLA (Caerleon) GF ? / 6004 / R Bouresly / tba
..82 – LOVE GALORE (Galileo) GF 98 / 6738 / M Johnston / tba
..71 – PEARLY KING (Kingmambo) GF 90 / 5065 / M Al Muhairi / NON-RUNNER

Purple Moon has had this race in his diary for some time, and the way Luca Cumani’s runners have been performing in Dubai this winter, it is hard not to side with the son of Galileo. It was a case of so near yet so far for us, when we recommended him at 14-1 for the Hong Kong Vase (G1) in December. He was beaten a desperate nose by the favourite, Doctor Dino. Purple Moon, who had previously been beaten just four lengths into ninth in the Japan Cup (G1), has not raced since, so it is likely that he will need this run to reach peak fitness. That is the plan, to hit that peak on Dubai World Cup night, when he is set for the Dubai Sheema Classic (G1). Winner of the Ebor Handicap in 2007, Purple Moon has developed into a high class 12-furlong plus performer. He was also second in the 2007 Melbourne Cup (G1), going down by no more than half a length to Efficiency over two miles at Flemington.

Macarthur looks his main rival and, since the Mike de Kock trainee had a run here in February (fifth to Bankable over 9 furlongs, which is too short for him), perhaps he will hold fitness advantage over Purple Moon. Macarthur, one of Aidan O’Brien’s moneymakers last year, produced solid form to win the Ormonde Stakes (G3) at Chester and Hardwicke Stakes (G2) at Royal Ascot in 2008, and in between these wins he was a good third to stable companion Soldier Of Fortune in the Coronation Cup (G1) at Epsom. This means that he ran to his best over three very different courses and Mike de Kock could be having a lot of fun with Macarthur on the global circuit this year – quite possibly beginning with a win on Super Thursday.

Quijano, a lucrative globetrotter for German trainer Peter Schiergen over that past two years, makes his seasonal debut. He won this event two years ago, when he was coming off a winning prep run, and he was fifth last year, when he did not have the benefit of a recent prep. Quijano always runs good, honest races here at Nad Al Sheba, and he must be respected, but his G1 penalty puts him at a disadvantage.

It is hard to choose between Purple Moon (favoured by the weights) and Macarthur (favoured by having a run under his belt) and we are making these two joint A-ranked for this City of Gold.

Hattan, a battle hardened performer with 6 wins from 43 career starts (plus 18 placings), is an interesting longshot. Winner of the September Stakes (G3) in England last year (with Mourilyan third), he performed well to take second behind Kirklees over 1 ¼ miles on this course in February. Hattan is better over today’s trip and he should not be underestimated.




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