Horses racing for Saudi interests, most notably those of Prince Sultan bin Mohammed bin Saud Al Kabeer, have found success at the 2009 Dubai International Racing Carnival. French journalist Nicolas Bruyas spoke to his countryman, the Prince’s assistant trainer, Stephane Chevalier, about the immediate future plans for their horses and the prospects of the Dubai World Cup.
One of my posts from last week referenced Sid Fernando’s hypothesis that Deem, a filly, might hold a decent chance in the Dubai World Cup, having landed her career debut in October over the dirt in Riyadh. That victory was franked in light of last week’s win by Muller (Alsaqeer) in Saudi Arabia’s most prestigious race, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Cup (King’s Cup). Muller finished third behind Deem in her maiden victory.
Chevalier, assistant to primary trainer Jerry Barton, indicated that Deem is more likely to go in one of the turf races on Dubai World Cup night - the Duty Free or Sheema Classic. Additionally, even if Muller were to contest the Dubai World Cup, the stable is higher on the chances of Joe Louis, winner of the 2008 King’s Cup and third in the 2009 edition. Chevalier noted the pace of this year’s race was much slower than normal and Joe Louis prefers running behind a fast pace and loves giving a chance to flash his push-button acceleration. The pace that aided Muller compromised the chances of Joe Louis, but the Saudi connections are hoping to turn the table on all comers with a truer race in the Dubai World Cup.