WITHOUT PAROLE (GB) is one of the stellar names in a strong Team British Racing squad on Dubai World Cup Night at Meydan on Saturday (March 30).
Trained in Newmarket by John Gosden and bred at Newsells Park Stud by owners John and Tanya Gunther, the four-year-old son of FRANKEL (GB) features in the Group 1 Dubai Turf over nine furlongs.
Without Parole will be having his first start for over 200 days, but the star colt, who last year won the Group 1 St James’s Palace House Stakes at Royal Ascot, is reported in rude health for his seasonal bow.
Tanya Gunther said:
“John is right up there as being one of the best trainers in the world and Without Parole would not be in Dubai if he was worried the horse was not fit enough.
“It’s a tough race – there’s ALMOND EYE in there and a bunch of other really nice horses – so we’re jumping in at the deep end a bit on his first start of the year.
“It’s going to be nervous times, and there’ll be a lot of fingers being crossed, but he has settled in well.
“This is our first time in Dubai and it’s fabulous to have a runner here. We are really looking forward to Without Parole representing Team British Racing at Meydan.
“All the hard work has been done. He looks well and he enjoys doing the job.”
Without Parole will be joined in the Dubai Turf line-up by fellow Team British Racing challenger LORD GLITTERS, trained in North Yorkshire by David O’Meara and owned by Geoff and Sandra Turnbull.
Team British Racing is also well represented in the Group 1 Dubai Sheema Classic by DESERT ENCOUNTER, who last year emerged victorious in the Grade 1 Canadian International at Woodbine.
Newmarket trainer David Simcock said:
“He’s obviously been out here a while now and is ready for Saturday. He’s a very straightforward horse and we’re very happy with him.”
Fellow Team British Racing contender PRINCE OF ARRAN (GB) finished a brilliant third behind CROSS COUNTER (GB) in the Melbourne Cup last November and renews rivalry in the Group 2 Dubai Gold Cup over two miles.
The globetrotting six-year-old, owned by Saeed bel Obaida, finished eighth in the race twelve months ago and was a promising fourth in the Dubai City of Gold on ‘Super Saturday’ at Meydan on March 9.
Trainer Charlie Fellowes said:
“The journey continues. All is well with him and he had the perfect prep run. I could not have been happier with that as he did not have a hard run.
“That has put him spot-on for Saturday’s race, which is weaker than it was last year.
“Mentally, he’s in a better place than 12 months ago and when you consider we got beaten by Cross Counter in Melbourne, giving him 5lb, you’d have to say he is in with a shout.
“It’s nice to be involved with Team British Racing and it would be great to finish in the first three.”
Today saw the official launch of the Weatherbys Hamilton Stayers’ Million (WHSM) 2019
Bjorn Nielsen’s 2018 Weatherbys Hamilton Stayers’ Million victor, STRADIVARIUS, looked
magnificent and showed his wellbeing in no uncertain style as he was paraded.
His trainer, John Gosden, and regular pilot, Frankie Dettori were on hand to lend their
support to the initiative which aims to build on the success of last year and bring more
attention and excitement to the Stayers’ division.
For 2019, the WHSM has been further enhanced with the introduction of four qualifying
races in Dubai, Germany, France and Ireland to supplement the four British qualifiers
which remain as last year.
Consequently, this means that the WHSM will be awarded to the connections of a horse
that first wins one or more of eight elite staying races staged between March and May:
• Dubai Gold Cup sponsored by Al Tayer Motors (Dubai) – March 30th
• Vintage Crop Stakes (Navan) – April 28th
• Longines Sagaro Stakes (Ascot) – May 1st
• Boodles Diamond Ormonde Stakes (Chester) – May 9th
• Comer Group International Oleander-Rennen (Berlin-Hoppegarten) – May 12th
• Matchbook Yorkshire Cup (York) – May 17th
• Matchbook Henry II Stakes (Sandown Park) – May 23rd
• Prix Vicomtesse Vigier (ParisLongchamp) – May 26th
If one of these horses can then go on to win the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot (June 20th),
the Qatar Goodwood Cup at the Qatar Goodwood Festival (July 30th) and the
Weatherbys Hamilton Lonsdale Cup at York’s Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival
(August 23rd), its connections will win the £1 million prize.
As in 2018, the £1 million will be split between the connections of the successful horse,
with 70% awarded to the owner and 30% divided equally between the trainer, stable
staff, breeder and jockey.
Speaking at the launch, John Gosden confirmed that the Matchbook Yorkshire Cup
would again be the likely starting point from which Stradivarius would seek to defend
Also at the event, Lord Grimthorpe, racing manager to Prince Khalid Abdullah, revealed
that WEEKENDER (GB), a stablemate of last year’s victor, could be looking at the WHSM.
John Gosden said: “The great thing about the Stayers’ Million this year is that there are
so many more entry races. It starts in Dubai on Saturday and there are now races in
Germany, France and Ireland. These new races mean that the dream will stay alive at
least until after the Gold Cup and hopefully Stradivarius can do it again. Stradivarius is
in great form with himself and the plan is to start off as he did last year in the Yorkshire
Charles Hamilton (CEO Weatherbys Hamilton) said: “I really thought the Stayers’ Million
could be done at this time last year even though there were doubters. The Gold Cup is
the key race and once that is in the bag the Goodwood Cup and Lonsdale Stakes are a
good fit in the calendar.
“We dipped our toe in the water last year as regards qualifying races but we thought we
would extend it to Europe and Dubai this year.”
Frankie Dettori partnered Stradivarius to three of his four key victories last year. He said:
“Stradivarius is remarkable in that he’s a stayer with a turn of foot.
“What he did was remarkable but when it came to the last race in the Lonsdale Cup he
was pretty much a tired horse. We’re going to try again but it will be more difficult this
year with more competition and more miles on the clock.”
AVILIUS (GB) on Saturday claimed a first Group 1 victory of his career with an authoritative triumph in the Ranvet Stakes at Rosehill in Australia.
And in doing so he became the 29th individual Group 1 winner for his sire, PIVOTAL (GB).
Bred and owned by Godolphin, the five-year-old gelding came from a long way back in the mile-and-a-quarter Ranvet Stakes to deny former British raider HE’S EMINENT by two and a quarter lengths in the hands of Kerrin McEvoy.
Avilius, out of SUNDAY SILENCE mare ALESSANDRIA (GB), has been in inspired form since his switch to James Cummings’ yard, having previously been in the care of Andre Fabre.
He has won seven times from 10 outings in Australia and has only tasted defeat once in four starts in 2019.
Avilius is a full brother to the Group 2-winning SAINT BAUDOLINO, who also finished second in the 2012 French Derby, and a half-brother to Listed scorer ARMY BULLETIN.
“We had him cherry ripe for today and I’m very impressed for the team.
“This horse has done a fantastic job. He’s a super horse and that was a demonstration of the supreme turn of foot that he can exhibit.
“He had a bit to turn around from his performance in the Australian Cup and we knew it but he’s had a fantastic fortnight and I’m just proud of the team.
“I’m just so impressed by the horse to come from such a difficult position to claim them and win with authority.
“That’s the sort of weight-for-age promise that he demonstrated when he hit the racetrack in Australia last year.
“He’s got up and won us a Group 1 so we’re thrilled for the horse.
“It’s a great result for the entire operation.”
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