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Current Odds: 8-1 Ch. h. 5, by Dubawi (IRE) - Portmanteau (GB), by Barathea (IRE)
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July 28, 2013 - Mch
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May 19, 2013 - Sin
Signapore Airlines Cup
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March 30, 2013 - Mey
Dubai World Cup
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March 9, 2013 - May
Al Maktoum Challenge Round 3
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Feb. 7, 2013 - Mey
Al Maktoum Challenge Round 2
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SAEED BIN SUROOR was born in Dubai. He is a former policeman who took out his trainer’s license in the United Arab Emirates in 1994 to start Desert Stables. He saddled his first runner, Lock’s Heath, on Dec.
Ryan Moore was born Sept. 18, 1983. His father Gary is a trainer and his brothers, Jamie and Josh, are both steeplechase jockeys. Ryan initially rode over jumps, winning on his very first ride, Mersey Beat, trained by his father, at Towcester on May 18, 2000. His first flat winner came on the all-weather track in January 2002, when he rode Marwell's Kris to victory for Belgian trainer E C Chopin.
Godolphin Racing, Inc. is the Dubai arm of Sheikh Maktoum al Maktoum’s and Sheikh Mohammed’s racing empire. Godolphin was formed in 1994 with the idea of taking some of their best horses away from the natural pasture of England to the desert nation of Dubai in order to make a racing nation there. Top Godolphin horses include Swain, second in the 1998 Dubai World Cup and later third in that year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic; Daylami, winner of the 1999 Breeders' Cup Turf; Dubai Mil
Hunter's Light is by Dubawi, a champion son of the late, great Dubai Millennium. Dubawi ranked as the best three-year-old miler in both Ireland and France in 2005, through victories in the Irish 2000 Guineas and Prix Jacques le Marois.
The well-bred Dubawi has done so well at stud that he has virtually assured a lasting influence for the ill-fated Dubai Millennium. Dubawi has sired major winners the world over -- current European star Al Kazeem, whose five-race winning streak includes the Prince of Wales's at Royal Ascot and the Eclipse at Sandown; Lucky Nine, newly crowned as Hong Kong's champion sprinter; 2010 European champion Makfi, hero of the 2000 Guineas who emulated his sire by taking the Jacques le Marois; 2012 Dubai World Cup winner Monterosso; Italian highweight Worthadd; multiple Grade/Group 1 winners Dubawi Heights (Southern California), Happy Archer (South Africa) and Secret Admirer (Australia); and last year's Arlington Million runner-up, Afsare.
Hunter's Light was produced by the Barathea mare Portmanteau, who was twice a winner in England. Barathea, an English/Irish highweight miler in 1993 after capturing the Irish 2000 Guineas, went on to land the 1994 Breeders' Cup Mile in course-record time at Churchill Downs. The Sadler's Wells stallion has tended to sire top fillies, such as English highweights Tante Rose and Pongee and Australian Group 1 vixen Porto Roca, the dam of Monterosso (who is thus bred on the same cross as Hunter's Light). Barathea mares are also responsible for multiple Group 1 winner Shareta, the 2011 Arc runner-up; 2006 French One Thousand Guineas victress Tie Black; and Italian highweight half-brothers Crackerjack King and Jakkalberry, last year's American St Leger hero.
Portmanteau is herself a half-sister to Group 2 victor Courteous, the third-place finisher in the 1999 Canadian International. Their dam, Dayanata, is a full sister to French champion and superb sire Darshaan. Dayanata is also a half-sister to Group 1 queen Darara, dam of such standouts as Dar Re Mi and Rewilding.
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Well travelled five-year-old comes off a third place finish in a Group One in Germany in his first start since finishing sixth in the Singapore Cup in May and has won Group One events in the past in Italy and in Dubai. Son of Dubawi has won five of his fourteen starts on grass while bankrolling over $800K and has a record of 7-3-1-1 at this distance for trainer Saeed bin Suroor who saddled Sulamani to win this event on 2003. Chestnut, who has produced some of his best efforts on firm turf, has shown some tactical speed and should be in good position from the start and can be the one to beat with leading European rider Ryan Moore in the saddle and while receiving Lasix for the first time and starting from a good post.