Variety Club - Firebreak Stakes (Group 3) / Dubai Racing Meydan (p)
$200,000 Firebreak Stakes (Group 3)
Meydan, All-Weather, 1600m
13 February 2014
South African Horse Of The Year, Variety Club, emerged as a serious Dubai World Cup day contender last night with an impressive victory in the Group 3 US$200,000 Firebreak Stakes over 1600m of the all-weather track for South African trainer, Joey Ramsden.
South African jockey Anton Marcus, last seen in Dubai when he won the 2008 Dubai Duty Free on Jay Peg, made his second visit count last night. His mount quickened away from the field early in the straight and was in control from a long way out - posting a fast time in the process. Marcus can fully expect to be in action on another Dubai World Cup night following the eye-catching performance.
“This is great for me and South African racing and it’s a relief as well,” said Marcus. “He is a superstar at home and well done to connections for bringing him here. There was a vision for this horse and it’s fantastic that the first leg of this plan has come to fruition. Hopefully he will turn out to be a serious Dubai World Cup horse - though we could always go back to turf if need be. He is versatile, classy and has a big heart.”
Extracts from Dubai Racing Club