Team British Racing begins its second season with a bang when it is represented by all 15 British-trained runners at Super Saturday, a seven-race US$1.775 million (£1.138 million) card at Meydan in Dubai on Saturday (March 7th) which acts as trials day for Dubai World Cup Night at the same venue on March 28th.
The group includes horses from no less than eight trainers making their Team British Racing debuts – Tony Carroll, Robert Cowell, Rae Guest, Dean Ivory, Paul Midgley, John Ryan, Bryan Smart and Ian Williams.
This powerful Team British Racing raid is led by Newmarket trainer David Simcock, who saddles four runners including all three of the horses that last year he sent across the Atlantic to plunder a trio of Canada’s top races – Sheikhzayedroad, Trade Storm and Caspar Netscher.
Simcock is particularly sweet on the chances of Sheikhzayedroad in the Group 2 Dubai City Of Gold. “Sheikhzayedroad is fresh and happy and is one of the easier ones to get ready. He has his optimum conditions – a mile and a half on fast ground – and has all the right attributes,” he said.
“Trade Storm, by contrast, will need his run in the Jebel Hatta in order to blow the cobwebs away. It will be his first run back from a break and you know what you get from him – once that first run is out of the way he is usually a model of consistency.”
“Caspar Netscher will be dropping back to five furlongs for the first time since his juvenile days in the Meydan Sprint but he is not suited by the sand so we have decided to try something different with him. Some sprinters definitely do get quicker with age and though he will improve for the run, how much I can’t tell you.”
“Calling Out is a horse that we have only had since December but he trains pleasingly and shows a certain amount of ability. He was undercooked and got very tired on his first Meydan run [when seventh on February 19th] so I expect him to improve but the Jebel Hatta looks a very hot race.”
Caspar Netscher is one of no less than nine Team British Racing contenders for the Group 3 Meydan Sprint. His rivals include both the Group 3 winner and Nunthorpe Stakes third, Extortionist (below), and Moviesta, who was one place behind Extortionist in the Nunthorpe and went on to finish a fearfully unlucky third in the Prix de l’Abbaye.
Olly Stevens, trainer of Extortionist, said: “He is incredibly well and is a little tighter than for his first run last year. He worked very well under Andrea [Atzeni] at Lingfield the other day but I will not be surprised if he needs the race – it should put him spot on for three weeks time.”
“As a nation we have to be aware that we are in an export market, whether that means chasing lucrative opportunities abroad [like this one] or attracting overseas owners, and I am very much in favour of the concept of Team British Racing and everything else that Great British Racing International is doing.”
Bryan Smart, trainer of Moviesta, said: “He has done really well over the winter, growing and strengthening, and he travelled over to Dubai well too. He has had a racecourse gallop, is in very good order and will love the fast ground.”
A full list of the Team British Racing runners is as follows:
Meydan, Saturday March 7th
US$200,000 Mahab Al Shimaal sponsored by Emirates Skywards – Group 3, 6f (dirt)
Speed Hawk (Andrea Atzeni/Robert Cowell) 1.45pm GMT
US$175,000 Meydan Sprint sponsored by Arabian Adventures – Group 3, 5f (turf)
Caspar Netscher (Andrew Mullen/David Simcock)
Caspian Prince (William Carson/Tony Carroll)
Extortionist (Andrea Atzeni/Olly Stevens)
Lancelot du Lac (Jim Crowley/Dean Ivory)
Line Of Reason (Oisin Murphy/Paul Midgley)
Mirza (James Doyle/Rae Guest)
Moviesta (Paul Mulrennan/Bryan Smart)
Monsieur Joe (Pat Dobbs/Paul Midgley)
Sir Maximilian (Keiren Fallon/Ian Williams)
2.20pm GMT US$200,000 Burj Nahaar sponsored by Emirates Holidays – Group 3, 1m (dirt) Ocean Tempest (Kieren Fallon/John Ryan)
Sirius Prospect (Richard Hughes/Dean Ivory)
2.55pm GMT US$250,000 Dubai City Of Gold sponsored by Emirates SkyCargo – Group 2, 1m 4f (turf)
Sheikhzayedroad (Martin Lane/David Simcock)
4.05pm GMT US$300,000 Jebel Hatta sponsored by Emirates Airline – Group 1, 1m 1f (turf) Calling Out (Jim Crowley/David Simcock)
Trade Storm (Andrea Atzeni/David Simcock)
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Great British Racing International (GBRI) has extended its efforts to bring overseas investment to the British racing and breeding industries with today’s announcement of a partnership with British Polo Day.
British Polo Day – presented by Land Rover – is a global network of exclusive, invite-only polo events, creating a platform to showcase and champion British luxury goods in ten international markets. Its venues range from California to China, Morocco to Mexico, India to Australia.
This partnership will offer the opportunity to introduce British racing to a new audience, with the aim of attracting individuals with an interest in equine sport and luxury to become involved in the Sport of Kings.
As 2015 marks the 20th running of the Dubai World Cup, it is fitting that GBRI will be joining British Polo Day for the first two events of the 2015 Global Series – British Polo Day Abu Dhabi on March 21st and British Polo Day Dubai six days later on March 27th. With the global spotlight on the Middle East this March, some of Great Britain’s finest jockeys, polo players, racehorses and polo ponies will be representing the best of British polo and racing.
Commenting on the new partnership, Carter Carnegie, International Executive of Great British Racing International, says: “GBRI is delighted to join forces with British Polo Day as they have developed the ideal platform to introduce the joy and excitement of British racing to an international high net-worth audience, who congregate at British Polo Day events around the world to celebrate the horse and British culture. Working with the Federation of Bloodstock Agents (FBA) and others in British racing, we hope that these functions will provide an opportunity for the industry to cultivate new owners. GBRI will be working closely with the FBA to source and develop new opportunities for British racing during British Polo Day events”
Richard Frisby, FBA Vice Chairman, explains: “British Polo Day will provide our members with a chance to network with some of the world’s wealthiest horse enthusiasts and talk to them about the prestige and tradition that surrounds British racing. This new association between GBRI and British Polo Day is an exciting innovation and the FBA is delighted to be working with GBRI on this project.”
Ed Olver, CEO and Co-Founder of British Polo Day says: “The story of British Polo Day stems from a love of the history and traditions of the ancient sport of polo and a deep affinity with the horse. We are delighted to be working alongside Great British Racing International (GBRI) to raise the profile of Britain’s equestrian prowess. The horse was man’s first luxury – when he stopped walking, he started riding – and the sporting excellence of the British polo and racing worlds certainly continues to foster this sense of heritage, glamour and prestige.”
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