Ushba Tesoro took the lead at the $12 million Dubai World Championships (G1) at Meydan Racecourse on March 25, was overtaken by his only remaining opponent near the finish line and finished. ended another big international night for Japan with a 2 3/4 win.
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The effort to win from last to first was amazing.
locally trained Algeria seemed to have a firm grip on the race, holding the lead after taking the lead for a long time. After that, equestrian Yuga Kawada worked actively on Ushba Tessoro. The 6-year-old, who died last at the long bend, responded with a perilous leg turn to get through it all. Algiers holds second place by a short period line icon 2022 Saudi Arabian Football Cup (G1) champion, who showed.
Last year’s winner, national grammar ranked seventh.
“He dances pretty well,” Kawada said of Ushba Tesoro, through an interpreter. “I was able to focus on maintaining the horse’s rhythm.
“This is his first time going abroad, his first time being on another surface (not Japan). He has traveled quite well. The only problem is that he can enter the race. just how much.”
I rode for the first time today but it was an honor to ride it and there was a lot of pressure when Japan’s top equestrian entered the race.”
Ushba Tesor and driver Yuga Kawada enjoy the moment after their victory at the Dubai World Cup
Winning coach Noboru Takagi said winning the World Cup was “the greatest honor of my career so far.”
Takagi gave no indication of plans for Ushba Tesoro. The only remaining top-level land race in Japan is the Championship Cup (G1) on December 3 at Chukyo Racecourse.
“We will go back to Japan because he is a bit vulnerable in hot weather,” said the coach. “We’ll see how he does over the summer and come up with a plan for him.”
Ushba Tesoro, runner-up 2013 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe Orfevre get out King Kamehameha mare Millefuifinished 2,000 meters (about 1 1/4 miles) on the fast track in 2:03.25, about two seconds short of the land race record.
He has achieved this position as a gentle long-range shot in the international market despite four consecutive home wins in Japan, including Tokyo Daishoten (G1) at Oi Racecourse.
Ushba Tesoro spent most of his early career on the pitch, with pretty respectable results. He blossomed when last April Takagi moved him to the dirt courts, where he now has five wins from six starts.
With off-road racing still an afterthought in Japan, the international arena is a logical venue for a horse bred by Chioda Farm Shizunani. He wears two colors blue and yellow of Ryotokuji Kenji Holdings.
“He ran so big in Saudi Arabia and I would never be in it today,” said Dettori, taking part in his last World Cup before retiring. “I pushed him but he felt lethargic. When they get too big, sometimes they take longer to recover than you think.”
For Algiers relationships, failure comes as a rude awakening. Bred by Godolphin but raced for Hamdan Sultan Ali Alsaboosi, 6 year old kid Shamardal gelding was the easy winner of his two local prep races during the Dubai World Cup Carnival season. With James Doyle, he took the lead from early pace but was unresponsive to Ushba Tessoro’s surge.
Algiers co-coach Ed Crisford said: “He jumped well and turned in, I think we had it in the bag. “But the last mile he stepped on the water a little. Maybe he got out of step with the pace of the race.”
The Japanese ties sent 27 horses to compete in the World Cup program, eight of whom participated in the World Cup itself. Despite raising the Cup, their overall performance in that particular race was not overwhelming.
One major disappointment is Panthalassa , a $20 million Saudi Cup (G1) winner in the previous start. In that race, he took a clean lead and held it steady throughout the race, holding only Country Grammer at the end. In Dubai, he passed the outer gate, hustling for the top spot and with nothing left to go, 10th.