Herman Brown continued his winning ways at Nad Al Sheba last night when, on an evening that was unusually quiet for the international trainers, his 5yo Irish bred Alpacco won the final race on the card - the USD110,000 Dubal Plate.
The son of Desert King had been campaigned during Dubai’s Winter Carnival over distances between 1777m and 2000m (his best a second place over 1777m on 9 February). With his trainer returning him to the shorter distance of the mile he found his form and cleared away from the pack to win by 1.25 lengths.
Brown now has 4 wins in just 3 weeks of the Carnival (just one less than his 05/06 tally).
Mike de Kock had a quieter evening, his best runner Oracle West who was a luckless third in a blanket finish in the USD200,000 Dubal Al Rashidiya. It is a race that has been dominated by South African trainers in recent years - Linngari winning for Herman Brown in 2006 and Mike de Kock with Wolf Whistle the previous year. Oracle West was beaten a short half head by Formal Decree and Ace.
De Kock also added a second placing with Drift Ice (owned by Lammerskraal Stud) in the USD110,000 Dubai Handicap (1200m, dirt).
The stable’s much fancied runner - Diamond Quest - faded 50m before the line to finish a disappointing 6th in the USD110,000 Dubal Cup.
The de Kock stable “are progressing well” reports the champion trainer from his Nad Al Sheba base. Discussing a number of his runners he said that Alexandra Rose has thrived in Dubai and is being aimed at the Cape Verdi next week. The Summerhill Stud owned Mullins Bay is being aimed at the Maktoum Challenge on Super Thursday, 1 March. “In work he has responded well to the dirt and if he reacts on the night is expected to be a serious runner”. Asiatic Boy has come on well from his debut Dubai victory and is being aimed at the Guineas. Limehouse has done well since being in Dubai and is also running in the Guineas. Whistledownthewind has came through well from her run (which De Kock reports “she needed quite badly”) and will be running in either the Cape Verdi or the Fillies Guineas. Kapil will be running on 22 February in the Al Fahidi Fort over 1600m with the trainer saying “he has acclimatised well and a good showing is expected”. Bad Girl Runs had a set back when going lame behind, “however is back in work and expected to run on Super Thursday”, 1 March 2007. Get Square is coming along well. “He is an easy horse to work with and is in hard work with a view to running him on 1 March in the Al Bastakiya” says Mike. Express Way, Drift Ice and Bennie Blue all pulled up well after their runs last Thursday.