Saturday, March 31, 2012

Dubai World Cup Day 2012


Well, I almost forgot about it but got home just in time to catch the opening ceremonies and the last 5 races of the night from the Meydan course in Dubai. Northern Dancer descendants finished in the top 3 spots of every one of the 7 races I covered here (21 for 21) - not too shabby considering the quality of International fields. The Dancer grandkids came from 6 different countries on 3 different continents. Some great images from Geety's Karim Sahib and Marwan Naamani.

Dubai World Cup 2012 - $10M


n the world's richest race it was a son of Dubawi who you can read about in this blog and my book who won the $10M Dubai World Cup. The GB bred Monterosso took home the big prize with 2 more of Northern Dancer's grandkids finishing 2nd and 3rd.

1) Monterosso (GB) great great grandson (x3)
2) Capponi (IRE) great great grandson
3) Planteur (IRE) great great grandson (x3)

images from Getty - Marwan Naamani

Sheema Classic 2012 - $5M


A great finish in the classic with the French bred and beautiful lady trained Cirrus Des Aigles nosing out St Nicholas Abbey and another 1-2-3 finish for the Dancer's descendants.

1) Cirrus Des Aigles (FR) great great great grandson (x2)
2) St Nicholas Abbey (IRE) great grandson
3) Jakkalberry (IRE) great great grandson (x2)

images from Getty - Marwan Naamani

Dubai Duty Free 2012 - $5M


It was Cityscape exploding at the top of the stretch to take the $5M Dubai Duty Free and another 1-2-3 International finish for Northern Dancer's grandkids.

1) Cityscape (GB) great great great great grandson (x2)
2) Mutahadee (IRE) great grandson
3) City Style (AUS) great great granddaughter??

images from Getty Marwan Namaani and Karim Sahib

Golden Shaheen 2012 $2M


Three more grandkids of the Dancer from 3 different countries again.

1) Krypton Factor (GB) great great grandson
2) Rocket Man (AUS) great great great great grandson
3) Lucky Nine (IRE) great great grandson

image from Getty - Marwan Naamani

Al Quoz Sprint 2012 $1M


Three more descendants of my little hero from 3 different countries again finishing 1-2-3 in the Sprint.

1) Ortensia (AUS) great great granddaughter
2) Sole Power (GB) great great great grandson (x2)
3) Joy and Fun (NZ) great great grandson (x2)

images from Getty - Karim Sahib

UAE Derby


Daddy Long Legs leads 3 more Dancer descendants from 3 different countries to the top 3 finishes in the $2M UAE Derby.

1) Daddy Long Legs (US) great great great grandson (x3)
2) Yang Tse Kiang (FR) great great grandson (x2)
3) Wrote (IRE) great grandson (x3)

Image from Getty Karim Sahib

Godolphin Mile 2012


It was a clean sweep for Northern Dancer descendants in the $1,000,000 Godolphin mile.

1) African Story (GB) great great grandson (x2)
2) Viscount Nelson (US) great great grandson (x2)
3) Red Jazz (US) great grandson (x2)

image from Getty Karim Sahib

Dubai World Cup Day 2012


The extravagant Opening ceremonies are just running now in advance of the last 3 races worth a combined $20M USD. I will post the results of the earlier races. I was not able to get any breeding for the horses in the Kahayla Classic. You can catch everything live through a couple of different feeds. see if you can catch some of the live action from the beautiful Meydan Racecourse. They say it's visible from outer space.

There was a tragic turn of events during the 3rd race - the Dubai Gold Cup - when Fox Run fell and broke a leg. The race was halted and will be run at the end of the day.

imjage from Getty - Marwan Naamani