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Cumani on Presvis in advance of QE II Cup

Luca Cumani spoke to the Hong Kong Jockey Club about the chances of his stable star, Presvis, on the chances of repeating in the Audemars Piguet QE II Cup (G1) at Sha Tin next week.

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  1. Other than his run in the Al Rashidiya, where Presvis came flying from last to blow by Alexandros, quite a good colt in his own right, I can’t really say that I was very impressed with the 2010 Dubai Racing Carnival that Presvis had this year. Allybar beat him badly in the Al Tayer Motors Handicap, a race with only three horses in Allybar, Presvis, and Zulu Chief. But his worst performance of the carnival was certainly his disappointment in the Dubai Duty Free as the race favorite. Christophe Lemaire, frankly speaking, gave Presvis the worst ride in the race that I can remember him ever getting in his whole career. Coming from the rear, as Presvis often does, there’s no way that Christophe shouldn’t have been able to see where horses were beginning to stack up in front of him. But instead of avoiding the traffic, Lemaire rode Presvis just as dead straight into a wall of other horses as he could ride him. I don’t think Presvis, or any of the field, with the best possible run could have beaten El Shamali on that night. But if Lemaire had at least gone wide with Presvis, to avoid the traffic problems, I’m certain Presvis could have finished much better in the Dubai Duty Free than he ultimately did. But I do think that both Presvis and Gloria De Campeao are two of the best international racing colt’s in the world. Meaning that they often travel to different countries for big events, and usually both do very well wherever they may race. TJMO.

  2. Allybar’s win over Presvis wasn’t awful considering he comes back to win and then was two noses beaten for the Dubai World Cup. That being said, Presvis had an awful ride in that race and was never let to have his head with the dawdling pace, which did him in completely. The one true run he had was a devastating win in the Jebel Hatta.

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