DUBAI HONOUR TRIUMPHS IN SYDNEY
DUBAI HONOUR won the $5 million Group 1 Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) in impressive style at Royal Randwick on Saturday, off the back of his decisive win in the Group 1 Ranvet Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill Gardens last month and beating joint favourite, Godolphin superstar ANAMOE.
Tom Marquand piloted Dubai Honour strongly inside the final furlong and won easily, bringing Haggas’ Australian record to eight wins from 14 Australian runs. This is his third Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes win since 2020.
Owned by Mohamed Obaida, five-year-old Dubai Honour now has six wins and four placings from 17 career starts to his name. It is now likely he will be campaigned to run in Hong Kong, in the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth II Cup at Sha Tin Racecourse on 30th April.
Issy Paul, who has represented William Haggas and the Somerville Lodge team in Sydney in recent weeks along with James Hobbs, Tom Marquand and Adam Farragher, spoke with Great British Racing International after Dubai Honour’s sensational win:
“We’re absolutely delighted for the horse and for all the team. There’s a huge amount of effort and preparation as most people know that goes into this. From when he was in the UK to coming out here and all of our vets, physios and farriers at home as well as out here and the track guys at Canterbury, Adam and James. We are absolutely delighted and he’s such a credit to the boss and what a fantastic job he does. I can’t express how wonderful it’s been. It’s nice to do it again.”