Maktoums Buy Crimson Palace from Team Valor

By Jason Ford

Team Valor has sold Crimson Palace, the highly impressive winner of a conditions race on the opening night of the Dubai International Racing Carnival, to the Maktoums, and the South African filly will join Godolphin trainer Saeed bin Suroor's string.

The private sale was concluded Thursday and Friday with H E Sheikh Rashid bin Mohamed Al Maktoum (Sheikh Mohammed's son) being described as the buyer.

Team Valor only purchased an interest in the filly in April and she has run just the once in their colors for Mike de Kock, whom they moved her to.

They and de Kock formed a fruitful partnership last year with the remarkable Ipi Tombe, wo went on to win the Dubai Duty Free (UAE-I) on Dubai World Cup Night. Crimson Palace broke Ipi Tombe's track record at Nad Al Sheba when winning over the same course and distance.

A 4-year-old daughter of Elliodor, she won four of her six starts in South Africa, including group I company, before Team Valor purchased her and sent her to de Kock.

She will be trained at Al Quoz by bin Suroor.

A philosophical de Kock said: "I think they have a real nice mare on their hands. I am proud to have trained one good enough to go to Godolphin and I would love to see her win the Duty Free in the blue silks."

Bin Suroor feels that race will be her next start.

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