Dubai World Cup

Archives 2004



The mile-and-a- quarter group-one race, for four year olds and above, offers an incredible US$ 6 million prize fund with US$ 3.6 million going to the winner. It is no surprise that the best horses, jockeys and trainers make the annual trip to the United Arab Emirates.


The Dubai World Cup (Group 1)

The Dubai Kahayla Classic (Group 1)

The Godolphin Mile (Group 2)

The UAE Derby (Group 2)

The Dubai Sheema Classic (Group 1)

The Dubai Golden Shaheen (Group 1)

The Dubai Duty Free (Group 1)


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The Dubai World Cup (Group 1) - 2004  

Pleasantly Perfect tracked the leaders from the start of the Dubai World Cup race to headway over 2 furlong out before staying on well under pressure to win the world’s richest race at Nad Al Sheba last Saturday 27th March.

The Dubai World Cup meeting now firmly established as one of the greatest race around the world delivered a thrilling finish between Perfectly Pleasant and Medaglia d’Oro. The race presented a perfect occasion for a rematch between these two top class American horses after their duel in last year’s Breeder’s Cup Classic at Santa Anita where they finished just a length and a half apart at the finish.

Fleetstreet Dancer, mount of Jon Court, lead in the early stages of the race before being tracked down by Bobby Frankel-trained Medaglia d’Oro ridden by Jerry Bailey. The latter was talking no chances and sent the 2-1 favourite of the race to the front early in the straight. A determined Alex Solis responded immediately on Pleasantly Perfect, the second favourite at 5-2 in the UK betting prices. The American pair battled fiercely in the last 400 yards with Medaglia d’Oro fighting back gamely in the final yards. Pleasantly Perfect proved too strong on the night and clinched the US$ 6,000,000 race by three-quarters of a length. The South African- trained Victory Moon claimed third place five lengths behind. Godolphin’s Grand Hombre ran a good debut race under Frankie Dettori to claim fourth place.

Richard Mandella, trainer of Pleasantly Perfect, observed after the race, “We’ve come close in this race before, but I always believed that in racing if you keep trying then you will get there and I had a lot of faith in this horse.” He added, “Pleasantly Perfect will go home now, we will rest him up and then train him for the Breeder’s Cup.” Mandella dedicated this victory to his mentor, former trainer Lefty Nickerson, who died on Friday.

Commenting on the third place of Victory Moon, South African trainer Mike De Kock said, “He ran his heart out, he is a super horse.”


Pleasantly Perfect (USA) 6-y-o (4 February 1998) b h

Pleasant Colony (USA)- Regal State (USA) by Affirmed (USA)

Current Owner: Diamond A Racing Corporation

Current Trainer: Richard E Mandella

Breeder: Clovelly Farm

(Yahia Nazroo)

The Dubai Kahayla Classic (Group 1) - 2004  

Kaolino owned by Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, ridden by Richard Hills and trained by Gillain Duffield won the opening race of the Dubai World Cup meeting 2004. After having followed in the middle of the field for the most part of the race, Hills moved in and took the lead as the field entered the home straight. Kaolino flew to victory with a comfortable three and a half length ahead of Jiysh, ridden by French jockey, Dominique Boeuf. Ted Durcan’s mount, Van Nistelrooy, took third place.

(Yahia Nazroo)

The Godolphin Mile (Group 2) - 2004  

The US$ 1,000,000 Godolphin Mile (Gr II), sponsored by Jebel Ali International Hotels over 1600 metres on the Nad Al Sheba dirt track was won for the second year in a row by Firebreak, ridden by Frankie Dettori. Having positioned his mount comfortably throughout the race, Dettori drew clear of Jerry Bailey’s, During, which cracked under pressure over two furlongs out. Firebreak progmade steady progress round the final bend and took the lead 350 metres out and ran on to a comfortable four and a half lengths win ahead of Tropical Star ridden by Richard Mullen. Dettori commented after the race, “When I pressed the button, he took off. He is the most honest horse of the stable and I love him even more now” He also praised the winning trainer, Saeed Bin Suroor who won the race for the seventh time in nine runnings. The latter said, “Firebreak was more relaxed than last year. He worked much better.” Excessive Pleasure, trained by Doug O’Neill and ridden by Jon Court finished third. Jon Oxx’s D’Anjou, ran a disappointing last under the saddle of Mick Kinane.

(Yahia Nazroo)

The UAE Derby (Group 2) - 2004  

The Brazilian bred three-year old, Lundy’s Liability, ridden by an inspired Waichong Marwing, scored a double for South African trainer Mike De Kock in the US$ 2,000,000 UAE Derby. The determination of jockey Marwing proved too good on the night as he drove Lundy’s Liability to a hard fought battle to the line with Little Jim ridden by Ted Durcan and trained by Satish Seemar, finishing second. Jerry Bailey’s Petit Paris took a good third place. Having followed close to the lead group, Marwing’s mount got up in the final 50 yards to win by three quarters of a length. De Kock commented after the race, “We thought we would run very well. He improves with every start. This makes the South African form look strong.” Jockey Marwing thought, “Things did not work out in his first two races, but he went like a dream today. He is so tough and he refused to give in down the straight.” Goldolphin’s Great Exhibition could only managed eighth place of nine.

(Yahia Nazroo)

The Dubai Sheema Classic (Group 1) - 2004  

US jockey, Gary Stevens, stole the show in the US$ 2,000,000 Dubai Sheema Classic (Gr. 1) sponsored by The Palm, by winning on Andre Fabre’s Polish Summer. Prince Khalid Abdullah’s horse hit the front after leader Warrsan, ridden by Mick Kinane, faded in the final half furlong to clinch the race ahead of Hard Buck ridden by John Velazquez who briefly led before settling for second. Stevens commented, “I was always travelling well. Andre Fabre told me that when Polish Summer gets into a long battle, he tends to hang, so I was happy to hold on to him.” Fabre said, “ He has always been a big player. He runs well fresh. We’ll save him for the Coronation Cup at Epsom. He was given a brilliant race and it was a fairy tale start to our partnership (Stevens is the new stable jockey for Fabre). I was happy with Christophe Soumillon but could not share him with the Aga Khan.” The next most likely target for Polish Summer seems to be the Vodafone Coronation Cup but trips to Hong Kong and Italy are not dismissed. Scott’s View took a good third for trainer Mark Johnston. Warrsan managed a good fifth.

(Yahia Nazroo)

The Dubai Golden Shaheen (Group 1) - 2004  

America’s first win of the evening came from John Sadler’s Our New Recruit in the US$ 2,000,000 Dubai Golden Shaheen (Gr. 1) over 1,200 metres. Breeder’s Cup S winner Cajun Beat was favourite at 13-8 to land another Group 1 victory but Jerry Nailey’s mount could not find that extra kick in the final stages and finished fourth. Alke, the second favourite at 9-2 came second behind the 20-1 Our New Recruit ridden by Alex Solis. Akle looked a winner at one point but failed to keep up the pressure. Conroy took third place under the saddle of Gary Stevens. Sadler observed after the race, “You feel relieved, you hope to run well and if you don’t its tough. He travels superbly. He needed time to build up, he’s a very powerful horse and was unlucky in his last two starts.” Jockey Alex Solis commented, “Down the straight Alke and Cajun Beat were very close but my horse felt really strong and I felt good about it.” Velazquez, rider of Akle, thought the winner was “just a little better than mine.” The five-year old, Our New Recruit, looks set to compete in the Breeder’s Cup. Conroy finished third with jockey Stevens commenting, “He wasted energy at the start and I wouldn’t be sure he wouldn’t have got there if he had thrown a tantrum.”

(Yahia Nazroo)

The Dubai Duty Free (Group 1) - 2004  


The most thrilling finish of this ninth running of the Dubai World Cup was undoubtedly the battle to the line between Paolini and Right Approach who were head to head at the wire in the US$ 2,000,000 Dubai Duty Free (Gr. 1) sponsored by Dubai Duty Free over 1777 metres on turf. After having analysed the photo finish, the judge declared a dead heat between the Andreas Wohler-trained Paolini ridden by Eduardo Pedroza and Mike de Kock-trained Right Approach mount of Weichong Marwing. This was the first dead heat in the history of the Dubai World Cup meeting. Nayyir under the saddle of Mick Kinane looked a sure winner 10 furlongs out but Paolini and Right Approach closed in on him in the final metres of the race to win by a neck. Crimson Palace ridden by Frankie Dettori finished fourth. After the race, jockey Pedroza said, “It feels super, I have watched this race meeting before on TV and dreamt about just taking part here and now with winning this is a dream come true. I am sure I am going to sleep quite nicely on the plane on the way home.” Right Approach’s trainer Mick de Kock praised stable jockey Marwing after the contest, “He was confident about Right Approach, it was his pick.”

(Yahia Nazroo)


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