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Posted 2024-03-28 08:27:41  
Mature Defending Champ aims for more success

Ushba Tesoro, the reigning champion of the 2023 Group 1 Dubai World Cup sponsored by Emirates Airline, returns to Meydan in hopes of defending his title.

The transition from turf to dirt has been a game-changer for the seven-year-old, leading to an impressive record of eight wins out of 11 starts on dirt.

Trainer Noboru Takagi reflects on Ushba Tesoro's growth, noting the horse's remarkable physical and mental maturity since the switch.

Facing tough competition in Saturday's event, including Senor Buscador, who narrowly defeated him in the Saudi Cup last month, Ushba Tesoro sees an opportunity for redemption from stall five in the US$12 million contest.

Takagi remains confident regardless of the starting gate, emphasizing Ushba Tesoro's racing style and current form.

As Ushba Tesoro approaches retirement at the end of the year, plans include races like the Grade 1 Champions Cup in December and a final appearance at the Grade 1 Tokyo Daishoten.

Looking ahead, Takagi sets sights on the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Classic at Del Mar this autumn, highlighting Ushba Tesoro's exceptional journey from turf races to international dirt stardom.

Ushba Tesoro's captivating journey continues, promising an exciting remainder of 2024. 

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