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Sheema Classic: Wide open turf contest
by Geir Stabell (geir.stabell@globeform.com) / Globeform (http://www.globeform.com)
Last update: 2009-03-28 08:52:58 (First published: 2009-03-27 01:28:15 )


The Dubai Sheema Classic (G1) is shaping up to be an excellent race.

We can can look forward to a mouthwatering clash with the likes of Youmzain, twice runner-up in the ‘Arc’, back-to-back Hong Kong Vase (G1) winner Doctor Dino, last year’s Canadian International (G1) winner Marsh Side, Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1) winner Red Rocks, the classy globetrotter Quijano, and recent course and distance winner Front House. Amongst others!


GLOBEFORM RATINGS
DUBAI SHEEMA CLASSIC (G1)

Nad Al Sheba 28 March 2009 – 2400m / 12 fur. turf

Horses presented with best Globeform, sire, last placings
(most recent first / 0 = worse than 9th) / trainer and jockey.

A “+” after the horse indicates improvement expected.

# = Same jockey as last time out
^ = Better jockey than last time out


124 – YOUMZAIN (Sinndar) / 2312 / M Channon / R Hills #
121 – DOCTOR DINO (Muhtathir) / 1523 / R Gibson / O Peslier #
120 – QUIJANO (Acatenango) / 2922 / P Schiergen / A Starke #
119 – PURPLE MOON (Galileo) / 4292 / L Cumani / J Spencer #
119 – MACARTHUR (Montjeu) / 8781 / M de Kock / D Beadman
118 – KIRKLEES (Jade Robbery) / 4132 / S bin Suroor / L Dettori #
118 – RUSSIAN SAGE (Jallad) / 2271 / M de Kock / B Fayd’Herbe
117 – THE BOGBERRY (Hawk Wing) / 4315 / A de Royer-Dupre / tba
116 – MARSH SIDE (Gone West) / 7144 / N Drysdale / E Prado
116 – RED ROCKS (Galileo) / 8016 / GF 119 in 2007 / M Hennig / J Castellano #
110 – FRONT HOUSE (Sadler’s Wells) + f / 1221 / M de Kock / K Shea #
115 – SPANISH MOON (El Prado) + / 1213 / Sir M Stoute / R Moore
113 – EASTERN ANTHEM (Singspiel) / 1161 / M Bin Shafya / Ajtebi
113 – KING OF ROME (Montjeu) / 3935 / M de Kock / J Murtagh
113 – KINGS GAMBIT (Silvano) / 5451 / H Brown / J Egan #
106 – DEEM (Dalakhani) f + / 5111 / J Barton / M Kinane #

Fillies, denoted by ”f”get a 2,5kg / 5lb sex allowance – add 5lb to ratings for direct comparison with males.


Quijano, running for Germany, could finally win the Sheema Classic. Some will be looking back and seeing that he has been beaten a couple of time in the Sheema, but this year’s scenario is different. Quijano ran a remarkable race when making his seasonal debut in the Dubai City of Gold on Super Thursday, where he was burdened with a tough weight. Quite frankly, I felt his chances of making the frame were pretty slim, but Quijano finished strongly for second, just half a length behind the filly Front House, who had enjoyed the run of the race in front. Quijano was conceding 9lb to the winner, while in the Sheema the difference will be only 4lb.

Also, Quijano was giving weight to the third placed King Of Rome and the fourth placed Purple Moon. They are both shorter than him in the betting! Some may also think that Quijano, who is now seven, cannot improve but I am not so sure about that. This horse did not race at all at two and three, and he has gained 12 wins from 23 races, three of them over this course and distance. This is quite an open race but Quijano’s versatility (he has run well in races with no pace as well as in races with a strong pace) sways me his way.

Youmzain is the class act, having finished second twice in the ‘Arc’ and of course deserves to be the favorite. Any rain will be in his favour, as Youmzain acts well on soft. He must have a strong pace to produce his best, sometimes one does not get that over 2400 metres here, but give him a decent pace to run at and this horse will be strong down the lane.

Doctor Dino, back-to-back winner of the Hong Kong Vase at this distance, is a bit like Quijano, in that he also has the ability to close into slow early fractions. He is another with a winning chance, as are Front House (perfect post), Purple Moon (beaten by slow pace last time) and Kirklees (if he stays this trip).

GLOBEFORM SELECTIONS

A: 10 QUIJANO
B: 6 YOUMZAIN
C: 1 - 4 - 7 - 13 - 14


WIN: 10 Quijano

EXACTA BOX / REV.: 6 and 10

20 TRIFECTAS

A: 6, 10 with 6, 10 with 1, 4, 7, 13, 14 (10)
B: 6, 10 with 2, 4, 7, 13, 14 with 6, 10 (10)







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