where the horse is always the hero
Article Item
Posted 2022-02-26 19:29:52  
Japanese Dominate Saudi

The Japanese domination of King Abdulaziz Racecourse continued in The Riyadh Dirt Sprint presented by Saudia, with a facile victory for Dancing Prince (JPN) giving Christophe Lemaire and Japan an unprecedented fourth victory at The Saudi Cup meeting.

The Keisuke Miyata-trained six-year-old had the run of the Group 3 race from the off after bursting from the gates to claim the lead. Setting blistering early fractions, he maintained his advantage and galloped into the straight with Good Effort (IRE) in hot pursuit. Ismail Mohammed’s runner was always going to have to settle for second, however, as Dancing Prince surged further clear in the closing stages to win by five and three-quarter lengths.

The winner of his only two starts in Japan in the last 12 months, including the Grade 3 Capella Stakes in December, the consistent Dancing Prince has now won nine of his 13 lifetime starts.

Adding to Japan’s incredible night in Riyadh, Chain Of Love (JPN), trained by Michihiro Ogasa, ran on well to take third, three and three-quarter lengths behind the runner-up. 

Takuhito Sawae, assistant to trainer Keisuke Miyaga, Dancing Prince, 1st: "This is only our third season training, so this is huge. This is our best moment."

Christophe Lemaire, jockey, 1st: "This is unbelievable. I knew this was a very good horse and it’s easy when you are riding good horses. I’m so happy for connections. I have been in Japan for two years with the restrictions and no travel, so I was fresh tonight! My horses were just too good tonight. I don’t know what to say."

Jim Crowley, jockey, Good Effort, 2nd: "He ran a massive race. He has a lot of speed when he jumps, but I didn’t have the speed to lead and he was quite content. The winner is a good horse and won by about five lengths, but it was a very good run by Good Effort."

Image Saudi Cup/Kelly 

Email link to a friend | Printable Version
  • International
    Displaying 10 ResultsSee All
    james mcdonald named world's best jockey 4 days ago

    James McDonald proved unstoppable during the 2022 Longines World’s Best Jockey competition. He...

    View | Add Comment
    flightline price set, stallions compared 2022-11-10

    Flightline, the star of the horseracing world of late, has been retired to Stud. The key next questi...

    View | Add Comment
    playing games in woodbine mile2022-09-19

    Modern Games (IRE), a 3-year-old son of Dubawi (IRE)-Modern Ideals (GB), was simply stunning in vict...

    View | Add Comment
    how to bet on horse racing?2022-09-12

    Betting on the results of official horse races may be entertaining and profitable. Horse racing be...

    View | Add Comment
    korea dominates its big race day 2022-09-04

    Hong Kong’s hopes of international success with Computer Patch and Kings Shield were clinicall...

    View | Add Comment
    baeed tops world rankings 2022-07-15

    The world's leading horses have been ranked again with the unbelievably takened Baeed heading the ra...

    View | Add Comment
    frankie dettori & olivier peslier ride in 96th running of turkish derby2022-06-24

      Gazi Derby, being held uninterruptedly for 96 years, in the name of our great leader Gazi Mu...

    View | Add Comment
    jamie kah has sights set on royal ascot 20222022-05-10

      The last 12 months have been something of a rollercoaster ride for Australian jockey Jamie K...

    View | Add Comment
    joint no. 1's in latest world rankings 2022-04-16

    Following his easy victory in the Furphy T J Smith Stakes (G1), NATURE STRIP (AUS) [124] has joined ...

    View | Add Comment
    herholdt's first ride, first winner2022-04-09

    South African jockey Francois Herholdt made a winning start to his stint in Malaysia, piloting BINEL...

    View | Add Comment