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Green Destiny purchased by Kadyrov for Dubai World Cup

The president of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, has purchased former Willie Haggas-trainee Green Destiny, with the aim being the 2012 Dubai World Cup, the Racing Post reported today.  Herman Brown, Kadyrov’s Dubai-based, South African trainer, has confirmed the purchase.  Kadyrov also owns Gitano Hernando, the winner of the 2011 Singapore Airlines International Cup, and a two-time runner in the Dubai World Cup.  CLICK HERE for the full story.


  1. Read about this story earlier on Racing Post.com. This sale kind of just happened over night, because there wasn’t a peep heard about it going to happen until it was already finalized. I’m a fan of the silks of Ramzan Kadyrov, and huge fan of Herman Brown as a trainer. I’ve rooted for and backed several of his horses over the years. Including Gitano Hernando, Bankable, Mourilyan, Bronze Cannon, and Mikhail Glinka. Although I must confess to not having backed Mikhail Glinka in any of his races since he left Ballydoyle. So it won’t be a problem for me to continue to root for Green Destiny at all in these colors. Kadyrov’s bought himself what seems like a very progressive horse in Green Destiny. He won the John Smith’s Cup, G3 Strensall Stakes, G3 Arc Trial, and finished 6th in a very deep G1 Champion Stakes field at Ascot. He certainly looks to be a horse with a lot of potential that could still win a lot of races for the stable. I don’t think he’s going to lose anything from switching trainers from William Haggas to Herman Brown, either. Although both are really good trainers. All the odds makers I’ve seen to this point have Green Destiny as a general 20-1 shot in the Dubai World Cup, which could end up being a good e/w bet? Kadyrov may end up having a strong hand in the race this year if he sends out both Green Destiny and Gitano Hernando for the Dubai World Cup, IMO.

  2. Green Destiny was ultra-progressive in 2011 for sure. He won the John Smith’s Cup at York in early July over 10f, then showed up at Goodwood in late July for the Totesport Mile. Which ended up proving a trip too short for Green Destiny that day, IMO, because he finished a dismal 16th of 19 at Goodwood. But when he reappeared again in mid-August at York, William Haggas made the jump from handicaps to patent stakes with him, and won the G3 Strensall Stakes over 9f with Tazahum and Dux Scholar in behind him in 2nd and 3rd. He went on to Newbury from there and stepped up to 11f and won the G3 Arc Trial in what was arguably his career best performance to date. Showing an impressive turn of foot to run down Al Kazeem, who looked to have the race won, in the shadow of the post. He ended his season with a very respectable 6th place finish at Ascot in the G1 Champion Stakes over 10f, with the 5 horses who finished in front of him being Cirrus Des Aigles, So You Think, Snow Fairy, Midday, and Nathaniel. All G1 stakes winners. At 20-1 for the DWC, he could potentially be one of the better e/w bets in the race? But the big question surrounding Green Destiny, IMO, is how will he handle the surface switch from turf to tapeta?? He only has 1 career start off of the turf which was the very first race of his career. A Maiden Stakes run over 1 mile on the all-weather at Kempton Park, and he didn’t run well at all that day. He ended up finishing 7th of 14 runners. But I will say this, Green Destiny’s in excellent hands in the barn of Herman Brown, and Brown has a ton of experience over the years training horses for these races at the Dubai Carnival. I’m sure Green Destiny won’t be the first turf horse that Herman Brown has had to prepare to run a race in Dubai off the turf and onto the tapeta.

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