ADMIRE MOON WINS FIRST BIG RACE AT DUBAI
INTERNATIONAL HORSE RACING
Japanese horse Admire Moon finally became a G1 winner in the world when the 4-year-colt won Dubai Duty Free at Nad Al Sheba last Saturday, Dubai World Cup Day. Irish Linngari finished the second ahead of Daiwa Major of Japan, the third place.
In United Arab Emirates, you can not bet what is winner, so nobody knows who is the favorite but about the race, Japanese fans must have expected more for Daiwa Major than Admire Moon, who had been defeated by the 6-yer-colt in Japan's Emperor Cup last October. Afterward, Trainer Hiroyoshi Matsuda made decision to fly to a Hong Kong's International race, not big races in mother soil. This was effective enough to finish the second in Hong Kong Cup past last year's winner Vengeance Of Rain, who won Dubai Sheema Classic, 2400M, just before Dubai Duty Free.
Now after farewell to Deep Impact, Japanese had had new star horse. As well as horses testing Dubai on this day, I expect more Japnese horses surprise the world this year.
Dubai Duty Free (31 Mar)
G1, 1777M, turf, at NAD AL SHEBA Racecource
1.Admire Moon #10 Yutaka Take, Hiroyoshi Matsuda, 1:47:94
2.Linngari #16 Kevin Shea, Herman Brown, by 1/2
3.Daiwa Major #13 Katsumi Ando, Hiroyuki Uehara, by 4 3/4