Dubawi To Be Odds-On in Guineas
Nineteen horses still remain eligible Thursday for the UltimatePoker.com Two Thousand Guineas (Eng-I), the first British classic of the season at Newmarket on Saturday. Despite the sizable field, all eyes will be on the unbeaten colt, Dubawi.From the only crop of the ill-fated Dubai Millennium, a classic victory would be one of the sweetest--perhaps even the sweetest--yet tasted by owner Sheikh Mohammed.Sheikh Mohammed's Dubai Millennium (Seeking the Gold--Colorado Dancer, by Shareef Dancer) was Horse of the Year in 2000 in the UAE and champion 3-year-old colt and older male in England. He stood only one season at stud, 2001, before dying from grass sickness while standing in England.Out of the stakes-winning Deploy mare Zomaradah, Dubawi was three-for-three last year, winning the Dunnes Stores National Stakes (Ire-I) and the Weatherbys Superlative Stakes (Eng-I). Trained by Saeed bin Suroor, Dubawi will be ridden by Frankie Dettori in the race worth £320,000.Dubawi has one recent trend to overcome--he is set to go off the shortest-priced favorite since Xaar was beaten at odds-on in 1988 and only one favorite has been successful in the last 15 years. That was Zafonic at 5-6 in 1993.The ground on the Rowley Mile remains "good-to-firm" after Newmarket missed the forecast showers Wednesday afternoon. Fine, warm weather is in the weekend forecast.Lisa Hancock, Newmarket's managing director, said: "With a fantastic weather forecast and temperatures set to hit 21C (70 degrees), we're all set for a memorable UltimatePoker.com Guineas Festival this weekend
by Blood-Horse Staff
Date Posted: 4/28/2005 1:56:57 PM
Last Updated: 4/30/2005 12:53:01 PM
"The word on the streets of Newmarket is that Dubawi will not be beaten and one can sense a growing feeling we might be going to witness a very special performance here Saturday," she said.
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