x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 July 2017

Triumph for Theoretically in President of the UAE Cup stakes

Bill Smith, the trainer of pure-bred Arabians, won the President of the UAE Cup stakes at the Curragh Racecourse in Ireland yesterday for the second year in succession.

Bill Smith, the trainer of pure-bred Arabians, won the President of the UAE Cup stakes at the Curragh Racecourse in Ireland yesterday for the second year in succession.

Smith sent out Nokomys 12 months ago to win the 1,600m contest, and Smith followed up this year with Theoretically, who landed the second race in the series in gutsy style.

Simon Walker, the jockey, set a modest pace aboard the grey and three furlongs out he set sail for home.

The six-year-old, owned by the Saudi Arabian Athbah Stud, was challenged strongly by the favourite Kasih, ridden by Olivier Peslier, but held on well to claim the €30,000 (Dh156,000) prize.

The next race in the series is at Baden Baden's Spring Festival on June 5. The Group 2 race is run over 2,000m and offers a purse of €40,000.

At the same meeting, Godolphin's Campanologist came second in the Tattersalls Gold Cup.

The form showcased on Dubai World Cup night at Meydan racecourse in March held up well in Singapore yesterday when Rocket Man and Gitano Hernando won the feature races at Kranji.

Rocket Man, who won the Dubai Golden Shaheen at Meydan, cruised to victory in the Group 1 KrisFlyer International Sprint to set up a potential clash with Godolphin's Delegator in the Golden Jubilee at Royal Ascot next month. Happy Dubai, trained by Ali al Raihe, finished 10th.

Felix Coetzee, the jockey, missed Rocket Man's prep at Kranji earlier this month due to a broken collar bone.

The South African, who had returned to race riding only on Saturday, pushed his mount into a prominent position, much like at Meydan, but Perfect Pin and Better Be The One took him on for the lead.

Once the field turned into the straight, however, Coetzee put the race to bed in a matter of strides to win in 1min 9.14secs.

"I have said that the Dubai race was best night of my life. This is 20 times better though," said Alfredo Crabbia, Rocket Man's owner. "Everyone who has been with him and supported him all this time I thank you. I love you all."

Patrick Shaw, Rocket Man's trainer, claimed his charge to be "the best in the world", a bold statement considering the recent exploits of Black Caviar, the crack Australian sprinter.

"We'll see how he pulls out tomorrow [Monday] but hopefully he'll go to Royal Ascot for the Golden Jubilee," Shaw said.

Gitano Hernando, who has finished sixth in the past two Dubai World Cups, found the Singapore Airlines International Cup much easier when winning the 2,000m contest from River Jetez, trained by Mike de Kock, and Irian. Wigmore Hall was seventh, while Presvis could never land a blow in 10th.

Gitano Hernando was bought by Ramzan Kadyrov, the Chechen president, in the build-up to the Dubai World Cup, and was transferred from the stables of Marco Botti to Herman Brown after the world's richest race.

Godolphin did have one winner yesterday, with Wavering triumphing in the Montjeu Coolmore Priz Saint-Alary at Longchamp in France.

 

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