Last week saw the glittering running of the 27th Dubai World Cup event, held at Meydan Race-course, Dubai.
The headline event of the evening the 2000m Group One race with a prize purse of $12 million was won by Ushba Tesoro from Japan. In second place was local horse Algiers and in third Emblem Road owned by Price Saud bin Salam of Saudi.
Ushba Tesoro settled towards the back making his run during the final stretch and leading the pack by the final 100metre sprint. Jockey Yuga Kawada later told reporters, “I’m very proud of my horse and myself for winning the greatest race in the world.”
Overall, Japanese horses stole the night with Lovely Equinox winning the Dubai Sheema Classic, Danon Beluga taking second in the Dubai Turf, and the first four places in the 1900 metre UAE Derby also going to Japanese horses.
“Japanese horses are really beginning to show the world what they can do,” says David Robson Co-Founder and Managing Director of Equitrans, “and its truly a testament to their impressive buying, breeding and training programmes which are now clearly bearing fruit internationally.”
“And, I think we’re only going to see more of their successes,” he continues, “with the Japanese Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry’s easing of the mandatory quarantine periods for returning racehorses, I think they will be participating in many more overseas races.”
“Equitrans regularly ships racing horses both to and from Japan. As experts in premium performance horse transport we are consistently the carrier of choice for many of these horses. Our Japanese clients know we really understand and work with their planning concept… important things, like health conditions… trainers, head lads, and vets travelling with their superstars. We get it, we understand it, and we make it happen! The rise and rise of the Japanese superstar is exciting to watch and exciting to be a part of!”
Our congratulations go to all the successful podium placed horses last week, and of course, especially to our many connections.”