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Golden Shaheen: Indian Blessing meets the boys
by Globeform Webmaster ( / (
Last update: 2009-03-28 08:46:29 (First published: 2009-03-27 02:26:17 )

Nad Al Sheba: Local stars Big City Man, trained by Jerry Barton, and Diabolical, running the all blue Godolphin flag, are going to face tough competition from abroad in the Dubai Golden Shaheen (G1).

A straight dash, so often dominated by North Americans, has this year lured California’s fastest filly Indian Blessing to Dubai, alongside fellow Grade Grade One winner Black Seventeen, French champion Marchand d’Or and the talented Japanese speedster Bamboo Ere.


Nad Al Sheba 28 March 2009 – 1200m / 6 fur. dirt straight

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

121 – INDIAN BLESSING (Indian Charlie) f / 1211 / B Baffert / E Prado
123 – MARCHAND D’OR (Marchand de Sable) / 6111 / F Head / D Bonilla #
117 – BIG CITY MAN (Northern Afleet) / 2111 / J Barton / J Verenzuela #
116 – DIABOLICAL (Artax) / 3227 / S bin Suroor / L Dettori #
116 – BLACK SEVENTEEN (Is It True) / 3371 / B Koriner / C Potts #
114 – BALTHAZAAR’S GIFT (Xaar) / 1394 / R Simpson / D O’Donoghue
112 – FORCE FREEZE (Forest Camp) / 1531 / D Watson / F Jara
110 – MACHISMO (Trippi) / 2214 / J Sadler / T Baze #
.…? – LUCKY QUALITY (Elusive Quality) + / 1101 / Y Tsui / O Douleuze
108 – BAMBOO ERE (Afleet) / 8511 / A Adachi / Y Take ^
105 – CHANGE ALLEY (Elusive Quality) / 5371 / Ali Al Raihe / R French #
104 – HAMMADI (Red Ransom) / 1288 / D Watson / J Murtagh ^

Fillies, denoted by ”f”get a 2kg / 4.4lb sex allowance – add 4,4lb to ratings for direct comparison with males.

Indian Blessing was, perhaps, not favoured by the post-position draw in the big sprint. ‘Perhaps’ because she is drawn away from the other speed horses, Big City Man and Diabolical, but the fact that she is set to break from post 12 could also be an advantage. Not least if the track is wet, something she does not mind at all. Under such conditions it is always good to be clear of any traffic. Indian Blessing is very fast, and well accustomed to racing on her own on the front end. This scenario could just suit her.

Either way, Indian Blessing’s form makes her the one to beat. The best six-furlong sprining filly in North America, she should take all the beating in this year’s Golden Shaheen. A top class performer both at two and three, she impressed again when landing the La Brea Stakes at Santa Anita in late December. Bob Baffert has been preparing her for this race since, and the man who won the World Cup with Silver Charm holds the ace here.

Big City Man, coming off two solid wins over course and distance, had to settle for second behind Gayego in the final prep on Super Thursday, when Diabolical finished third. The latter, making his seasonal debut, ran very much like a horse in need of the race and he can beat Big City Man this time. The French sprinter Marchand d’Or, a winner of the Prix de l’Abbaye over a straight 1000 metres a Longchamp on ‘Arc’ day is another to consider. He likes races with a wild early pace, so he can close in on the leaders through the last quarter. Well, “pas de problem”; He will get just that here. He likes heavy turf and those horses often act on the dirt, so do not underestimate Marchand d’Or.



WIN: 12 Indian Blessing

EXACTA BOX / REVERSED: 3 - 12 and 7 - 12


12 with 2, 3, 6, 7 with 2, 3, 6, 7 (12 bets)

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