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WORLD CLASS: Approach even further clear than he was at two   Leave a comment

Dawn Approach - Newmarket 04.05.2013

Dawn Approach (right): his record suggests he’s a miler

PICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)

Approach even further clear than he was at two

 Racing PostBY SAM WALKER1:05PM 6 MAY 2013

WORLD CLASS: an analysis of the international scene according to Racing Post Ratings

Jim Bolger looks set to point 2,000 Guineas winner Dawn Approach at the Derby. It’s a bold move since there’s no evidence in his pedigree or on the racetrack that he’ll see out the extra half mile.

Bolger admitted the colt’s breeding does not scream stamina, suggesting his relaxed temperament and abundant class gives him a ‘reasonable chance’ of seeing out the extra distance he would encounter at Epsom next month. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted May 7, 2013 by belesprit09 in World Class

WORLD CLASS: Out-of-favour Orfevre could reassert supremacy   Leave a comment

Orfevre - Longchamp - 16/09/2012

Orfevre (left) threw away the Arc but he could become Japan’s hero again

PICTURE: ScoopDyga.com

Out-of-favour Orfevre could reassert supremacy

 Racing PostBY SAM WALKER11:52AM 29 APR 2013

WORLD CLASS: an analysis of the international scene according to Racing Post Ratings

Orfevre, who came within a hissy fit of landing Europe’s greatest race, was not Japan’s Horse of the Year in 2012. He didn’t even come second. Instead Gentildonna was elected champion, with Gold Ship second and the boy wanderer only third.

When he was three-lengths clear in the Arc, Orfevre must have been long odds-on to become a national icon; the best loved horse the country had ever seen, set to see his chestnut mug plastered all over billboards hawking everything from probiotics to primo robotics. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted May 1, 2013 by belesprit09 in World Class

Stage is set for Black Caviar to be champion   Leave a comment

Luke Nolen riding Black Caviar

Black Caviar: Royal Ascot would provide a fitting finale to career

PICTURE: Getty Images

Stage is set for Black Caviar to be champion

 Racing PostBY SAM WALKER8:00AM 25 MAR 2013

WORLD CLASS: an analysis of the international scene according to Racing Post Ratings

They say Black Caviar has nothing to prove. Unbeaten in 24, 14 Group 1s in the bag and she’s rarely been out of a canter, but trainer Peter Moody thinks she has some ‘unfinished business’.

Sunday’s news that connections are considering sending the fastest horse on the planet to Royal Ascot, and then to Frankel for a southern hemisphere covering, was the clearest indication yet that a return to Europe is being given serious thought. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted March 26, 2013 by belesprit09 in World Class

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WORLD CLASS: Pletcher holds all the aces for Kentucky Derby   Leave a comment

Shanghai Bobby and jockey Rosie Napravnik win the Champagne Stakes (Gr I) at Belmont Park 10/6/12. Trainer: Todd Pletcher. Owner: Starlight Racing

Shanghai Bobby: leading Kentucky Derby chance for Todd Pletcher

PICTURE: Jessie Holmes/EquiSport Photos

Pletcher holds all the aces for Kentucky Derby

 Racing Post homeBY SAM WALKER8:27AM 17 DEC 2012

IT wasn’t long ago they said Todd Pletcher couldn’t win the Kentucky Derby.

It’s hard to know precisely what ‘they’ were implying. Was the multiple champion trainer thought somehow incapable? Perhaps he was he trying not to win the nation’s favourite race? Or was he simply cursed by a witch with an aversion to roses?

Like all dead ends (trends), this incidental factoid became a historical footnote when the law of averages cut the handler a break in 2010 with Super Saver, his 25th runner in the opening Classic. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted December 18, 2012 by belesprit09 in World Class

WORLD CLASS: Ambitious Dragon makes his point in Mile   Leave a comment

Ambitious Dragon - Sha Tin - 09.12.12

Ambitious Dragon (near): back in business with Hong Kong Mile success

PICTURE: Masakazu Takahashi

Ambitious Dragon makes his point in Mile

 BY SAM WALKER1:26PM 10 DEC 2012

WORLD CLASS: an analysis of the international scene according to Racing Post Ratings

JOCKEY Zac Purton pointed a finger at Douglas Whyte as they passed the line in the Hong Kong Mile. Ambitious Dragon had won the race that mattered.

The reigning Hong Kong Horse of the Year had been turned over by Hong Kong’s second best miler, Glorious Days, on their previous meeting last month.

Whyte took his opportunity that day to point at Purton, suggesting he had Ambitious Dragon in his sights for the big one. But on Sunday the champ was back in business, overcoming an overnight lameness scare to pass the vet and defeat his rival with something to spare. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted December 11, 2012 by belesprit09 in World Class

WORLD CLASS: Frankel gone but plenty to look forward to   Leave a comment

Nihonpiro Ours - Japan Cup Dirt (g1) - 02/12/2012

Nihonpiro Ours: performance of the week came in the Japan Cup Dirt

PICTURE: Masakazu Takahashi

Frankel gone but plenty to look forward to

 BY SAM WALKER1:19PM 3 DEC 2012

WORLD CLASS: an analysis of the international scene according to Racing Post Ratings

THE loss of the dizzying highs provided by Frankel will mean a radical comedown for British racing next season. His was a standard impossible to maintain.

Elsewhere in the world, however, the carryover is looking decidedly healthy, with the leading horses from France, Australia, America and Japan all set to race on in 2013.

The most notable retirements this term include Frankel, Excelebration, Nathaniel, So You Think, Solemia, I’ll Have Another, Bodemeister and Union Rags, but there are still plenty of talented horses to look forward to.

AUSTRALIA Read the rest of this entry »

Posted December 4, 2012 by belesprit09 in World Class

WORLD CLASS: Ambitious Dragon still has plenty to prove   Leave a comment

Glorious Days - 18/11/2012

Glorious Days: claimed the notable scalp of Ambitious Dragon at Sha Tin

PICTURE: HKJC

Ambitious Dragon still has plenty to prove

 BY SAM WALKER9:36AM 19 NOV 2012

WORLD CLASS: an analysis of the international scene according to Racing Post Ratings

A YEAR ago Ambitious Dragon looked set to take the racing world by storm. He won his first six starts in 2011, including three Group 1s, and posted the highest RPR in Hong Kong.

Then things started to go wrong. He suffered an odds-on defeat in the Jockey Club Mile before finishing only fourth in the Hong Kong Cup – a race where he was sent off favourite over Cirrus Des Aigles.

After that he regained form with two more top-level wins, but a series of problems in his preparation for the Dubai Duty Free saw him finish just seventh – again as clear favourite. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted November 20, 2012 by belesprit09 in World Class

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