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Diverse assembly of Dubai grads headline Emirates Champion Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday

Three runners from the 2010 Dubai World Cup will make their next start in the top shelf Emirates Champion Stakes (G1) at Newmarket on Saturday.  Lining up for the ten furlong race include Twice Over (10th), Vision D’Etat (12th), and recent comeback winner Gitano Hernando (6th), returning to turf for the first time since May 2009 at Chester.  Debussy, who appeared in the 2010 Dubai International Racing Carnival, and broke through with a win in the 2010 Arlington  Million (G1), will line up in the expected field of eleven.  Earlier on the card, 2010 Burj Nahaar (G3) winner Cat Junior will go in the Dewhurst Stakes (G1) over seven furlongs and will be joined by 2010 opening night winner Sir Gerry.

Also of note, former Carnival runner Balthazaar’s Gift is one of 12 entered for the Nearctic Stakes (G1) at Woodbine, a six-furlong turf prep for the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint.

2 comments

  1. Daylight and dark. That’s the difference between between how well Vision D’ Etat, Twice Over, and Gitano Hernando will run in the Champion Stakes as compared to how their respective run’s in the Dubai World Cup turned out. I still believe had Kieren Fallon not allowed Gitano Hernando to get trapped on the rail, and got him into the clear far too late in the race, that Gitano Hernando would’ve had a huge shot at winning the Dubai World Cup. Gitano Hernando’s synthetic form is second to none, save Zenyatta’s. His 6th place finish in the Dubai World Cup is his only career defeat on any synthetic track anywhere in the world. That said, I think Gitano Hernando’s turf form is suspect at best. Far below his synthetic form. Very much like Allybar. Gitano Hernando’s prep for the Champion Stakes was on the all-weather at Dundalk. Winning the G3 Diamond Stakes. Twice Over has ran very well this season. But has come up short in all of his G1 races on turf. 2nd to Byword at Ascot in the G1 Prince of Wales’s Stakes. 2nd to Rip Van Winkle in the G1 Juddmonte International Stakes at York. And 3rd, with both himself and Rip Van Winkle galloped off of their feet by Cape Blanco in the G1 Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown. Which leaves me with Vision D’ Etat. Who I believe is the best, and classiest G1 winner on turf entered in the Champion Stakes. He never had any business on the Tapeta in the Dubai World Cup. That race took a ton out of him, and kept him off of the track until August. But when he reemerged at Deauville. He looked like his old self again. Beating Cirrus Des Aigles, winner of the recent G2 Prix Dollar, in the G3 Gantaut-Biron. I think Vision D’ Etat is a very fresh horse. Who’s form is rock solid again. After he defeated Cirrus Des Aigles at Deauville. Vision D’Etat win’s the 2010 Champion Stakes at Newmarket. JMO.

  2. As good as Gitano Hernando is on the all-weather. His turf form is just as equally suspect. He hasn’t raced on turf since he was beaten in a photo finish at Chester in May, 2009, by South Easter in the G3 Goddard Dee Stakes. South Easter’s form has really dipped a great deal in since that race. His best form in 2010 was in the recent G3 Kilternan Stakes at Leopardstown in September. Where South Easter finished 2nd. Well beaten by Aidan O’Brien’s Await The Dawn. I just don’t think Gitano Hernando’s form on turf stacks up to Vision D’ Etat’s, Twice Over’s, Debussy’s, or a horse I very much like in the race, Wigmore Hall. Who’s raced very well in his last half-dozen races. Including a 2nd in America to Paddy O’ Prado in the G1 Secretariat Stakes at Arlington.

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