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DUBAI WORLD CUP CARNIVAL
28 February and 2 March 2013
Mike de Kock and his Dubai team’s persistence with Anaerobio (Arg) paid off after 11 attempts when the five-year-old entire by Catcher In The Rye scored impressively at Meydan on Thursday, winning a handicap over 1400m on turf, worth $US175,000.
Jockey Pat Cosgrave must have felt the wind at his back when he shook the reins 400m out. Anaerobio sailed on by the pacesetter and left his rivals behind, blessing the Irishman, Mike and owner Mohammed Khaleel with peace and plenty.
The winning margin was 2.50-lengths, but the runner-up was flattered and Cosgrave said: “He has run so many good races in defeat and really deserved to finally win one.”
Mike thanked his assistants and owner Mohammed Khaleel for their patience and commented: “We tried everything, we thought Anaerobio would stay all day since he won a Group 1 over 2000m in Argentina, but here in Dubai he never looked like a stayer, we were barking up the wrong tree with him. Anaerobio also had his problems and had to spend some time recovering on Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum’s farm, so this is a very happy win for all of us. It looks like 1400m is his best trip now, a mile tops.”
Khaleel, the Sheikh’s second-in-command, has enjoyed a good run himself recently with wins by Star Empire in Dubai and Al Saayef in South Africa.
Earlier, the stable’s highly-rated filly Emotif failed to live up to expectations in the UAE Oaks, beaten eight lengths into fifth by Godolphin’s Shuruq.
Mike said: “We’re going to give Emotif another run in next week’s Al Bastakiya over 1900m on the all-weather and re-assess things after that. We may have to bring her back to turf, it’s possible that she doesn’t like the Tapeta. In fairness though, I have to reiterate that Emotif is a month behind all our other runners in Dubai due to her illness when she arrived here. She was knocking on death’s door, we almost lost her, she spent two weeks in hospital and it’s showing. She will obviously need more time than we thought to come back to her own, don’t write her off.”
Speaking about his runners in Saturday’s lineup at Meydan, Mike de Kock made the following comments :
Race 1: Turf Handicap, 1200m
KAVANAGH (Soumillon): “He’s doing very well and we’re trying to get a win out of him and get his confidence up, so we picked this race, which doesn’t look that tough. He’s a runner.”
Race 2: All-Weather Handicap, 1400m
REROUTED (Soumillon): “He’s won over 1400m on the all-weather. Has a tougher task now, but he is in good form and has a chance.” FINAL BUTTON (Cosgrave): “He’s been a frustrating horse. We’re tying his tongue down as well as running him with blinkers.”
Race 3: Group 3 Nad Al Sheba Trophy, 2810m on Turf
STAR EMPIRE (Soumillon): “He takes a step up in class, but he’s in exceptionally good form and I fancy he’ll give a good account, despite being out a few pounds.”
Race 4: All-weather Handicap, 2000m
DADDY LONG LEGS (Soumillon): “He’s improved a lot and is showing us good work. A good run is expected.”
Race 5: Group Zabeel Mile, 1600m on Turf
MUSIR: (Soumillon): “Good run last week and has come on for it, but not at his peak yet. Putting ROYAL RIDGE (Paul Hanagan) back on grass, he’s made marked improvement and should go close.”
Race 6: Turf Handicap over 2000m
JARDIM: “Trying him on the grass for the first time, he is doing fine but we’re not sure how he will perform.”
Extracts from Mike de Kock Racing