Jungle Cat, Comicas and Baccarat provide Godolphin with strong representation in the G2 Duke Of York Stakes over six furlongs Wednesday.
All three horses are trained by Charlie Appleby and started the year brightly at Meydan, with Jungle Cat (William Buick) easily winning the six-furlong Nad Al Sheba Turf Sprint on March 4 before going on to finish fourth in the G1 Al Quoz Sprint over the same course and distance on March 25.
Comicas (James Doyle), a sixfurlong dirt handicap winner on February 11, ran a superb race on Dubai World Cup Night, coming home second in the G1 Dubai Golden Shaheen, also over six furlongs on dirt.
Baccarat (Adam Kirby) could only finish down the field in the Al Quoz Sprint, but the eight-yearold had previously taken second in the Nad Al Sheba Turf Sprint and beaten Jungle Cat into second in a handicap on turf over six furlongs on January 26.
Appleby said: “Jungle Cat had previously put together a good set of performances on quicker going and, if he can reproduce those efforts, he should be competitive on a sounder surface.”
The general public are being given the chance to take part in the breeding of Dubai World Cup and Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome’s successor.
Fear not, there will be no hands on insemination, rather a public vote to pick a suitable mare for California Chrome to partner with and to follow the thoroughbred family’s journey through immersive experiences on the farm, along with other stable matters, and eventually buying shares in the foal.
Taylor Made Farm, one of Kentucky’s leading, innovative horse farms, is partnering with adventure magazine True.Ink to offer the experience.
Chrome, one of the most popular and wealthiest racehorses in recent history, retired in January to start his stud career.
The horse racked up an astounding $14.7 million in winnings in his career, including the Dubai World Cup in March last year.
That added to Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes glories – both in 2014 – for a horse twice named Horse of the Year.
“This project is a real opportunity for all of us to experience what it¹s like to not only own a horse, but learn about the process from conception to the racetrack, and share it all in real time,” said Duncan Taylor, President of Taylor Made. “The goal is to increase the amount of fun, joy and inspiration of breeding a horse, without the heaviness and stress of a big investment.”
You can take part and find more out about the project by visiting http://peopleshorse.com/.
Thunder Snow, Godolphin’s courageous winner of last month’s G2 UAE Derby at Meydan, is set to have a crack at the G1 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on Saturday.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed has given the green light for the Helmet colt to travel to America to take up the ‘win and you are in’ option open to the winner of the Dubai Classic.
Trainer Saeed bin Suroor will be saddling his seventh runner in the Kentucky Derby – his best-performed was China Visit, who finished 6th of 20 runners behind Fusaichi Pegasus in 2000.
Saeed has long felt Thunder Snow would be suitable for the challenge of America’s famous ‘Run For The Roses.’
“Sheikh Mohammed has made the decision to run Thunder Snow in the Kentucky Derby,” the trainer said.
“The horse is in good form. He is sound, healthy, and working really well, and I am so happy with him.
“It is great to see another horse from Godolphin travel to the Kentucky Derby as it is one of the best races in the world.
“Thunder Snow prepared (for this race) in Dubai. He will be in quarantine for two days and then it will be back to his normal routine,” the trainer said.
Thunder Snow has had a solid grounding for his biggest challenge. He finished second in Doncaster’s G2 Champagne Stakes, 4th in the G1 Dewhurst at Newmarket, and then put together a hat-trick of high class wins, in the G1 Criterium International at Saint-Cloud, and the UAE 2,000 Guineas and Derby at Meydan.
Christophe Soumillon will again take the ride.