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Planteur can make his fitness tell in the globe’s richest race, the Dubai World Cup

March 29th, 2013 Sports


Planteur can make his fitness tell in the globe's richest race, the Dubai World Cup


Morning glory: Horses return from exercise at Meydan race track in Dubai Photo: EPA




Those likely to benefit are horses stabled here during the winter and visitors
from Australasia and the Far East, who have prepared in much sunnier climes.

The weather at Chantilly had been so bad recently that trainer Alain de
Royer-Dupré brought forward the last scheduled gallops for his four runners
prior to their trip, and the situation has been no better in Britain.

The New Zealand horse Ocean Park should capitalise on the circumstances in the
$ 5 million Dubai Duty Free. He is a Cox Plate winner and warmed up for this
by winning easily at Ellerslie, Auckland. He should find this ready made to
showcase his talents before to a stint in Britain.

The David Simcock-trained Trade Storm, a new purchase for Qatar Racing, has an
impressive turn-of-foot, and as Jamie Spencer will be forced to drop him out
from the 14 draw, he should get an opportunity to show his customary late
flourish.

Marco Botti’s Planteur is the selection in a highly-competitive $ 10 million
World Cup, which is only to be expected in the world’s richest horse race.
Trained in Newmarket, he has had the benefit of a run under the belt –
albeit at a frosty Lingfield – before being shipped out.

He finished third to Monterosso and Capponi in last year’s race, and the
astute Botti has approached this mission in a slightly different way. Ryan
Moore will have his chance to get in from stall seven in the jostle to the
first turn.

There can be no doubting the class of runner, particularly with the Kentucky
Derby winner Animal Kingdom in the line-up. Unfortunately for his
connections he has been drawn wide in stall 12.

In the Dubai Sheema Classic, St Nicholas Abbey is the highest-rated horse
officially and Joseph O’Brien should have him up on the speed, but Japanese
raider Gentildonna, a gritty filly, may just better him for a turn of foot.
Dunaden is another who can display impressive acceleration and is the main
danger.