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Cumani still searching for Presvis answers

The winner of the 2011 Dubai Duty Free, Presvis is now eight, but still looks great, according to trainer Luca Cumani.

The lack of pace in his two 2012 starts in Dubai have kept Presvis from showing his late gallop.  Watch the video of his last race, the Jebel Hatta (G1) below and take a keen notice of how late Ryan Moore asks the old boy to go.

The below comments come from a Monday press release from the Dubai Racing Club media team.

“His prep races have not been ideal and have not told us a lot as there has been no pace,” said the Italian-born trainer.

“There is a question mark over whether he is still the horse he was. He is now an eight-year-old and perhaps he is on the wane but we won’t know whether that is the case until we get a race run to suit him,” he continued.  “We need to find out if he can still hack it on this circuit or if he needs to go on the senior tour.

“He is an 8-year-old now so he looks older but he still looks good. He still looks as good as ever and works as well as he has, but there is a difference between a piece of work and a race. All the signs are that he is the usual Presvis.

“We will see how he runs before deciding whether he again goes to Hong Kong and Singapore, but if the race is not run to suit then we will be none the wiser.”

“I have no confidence about the race,” he said. “I just hope things go his way and that he gets the fast pace he needs and the gaps appear up the straight. If somebody guaranteed those two things then I would be confident but without a guarantee I just have to hope.”

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  1. I also had high hopes for Presvis when he came back to Dubai again this year. But I’m beginning to suspect the incredible carnival run he had a year ago might have seen Presvis as good as he’s ever going to be seen again? Since he left Dubai a year ago, he’s struggled everywhere else he’s race. In Hong Kong, Singapore, and again in Dubai this year. Plus, this looks to be one of the deepest Duty Free fields I’ve seen in many years. The likes of Ambitious Dragon, Xtension, and California Memory all showing up from Hong Kong. Dubawi Gold, Delegator, Cityscape, and Await the Dawn from the UK and Ireland. Plus the the terrific horses of Mike De Kock’s in Musir and Mutahadee. I certainly wish Presvis all the best for a big run in Saturday’s Duty Free. But my gut tells me the old boy is really up against it this year. JMO.

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