5th Group 1 for ST NICHOLAS ABBEY(IRE)
31 March 2013
The culmination of the Dubai Carnival took place on Saturday with the spectacular Dubai World Cup meeting. The world’s richest race the Dubai World Cup was won impressively by the Graham Motion trained ANIMAL KINGDOM who will now be aimed at Royal Ascot. There was quite a bit of Irish representation on the night and both Irish trained and bred horses acquitted themselves extremely well.
Irish success was headed by the victory of ST NICHOLAS ABBEY (IRE) in the Group 1 Dubai Sheema Classic. The son of MONTJEU (IRE) showed he is a world class Group 1 performer as he quickened clear of Japanese challenger GENTILDONNA to win for Joseph & Aidan O’Brien and the Coolmore team. ST NICHOLAS ABBEY (IRE) is now the highest prize-money earner for Ballydoyle and he should take centre stage in all the middle distance top level races he runs in this season.
It was the second victory of the day for Aidan O’Brien as he combined earlier with Ryan Moore to land the UAE Derby with LINES OF BATTLE. There were also some fantastic performances in defeat and with staggeringly high prizemoney on offer these performances were all the more important.
ELLEVAL(IRE) posted a personal best to finish second to LINES OF BATTLE for David Marnane and owner Damien Lavelle. ELLEVAL (IRE), a son of KODIAC won at the Carnival earlier in the year and Saturdays second placing brought his earnings to over €350,000. Similarly BALMONT MAST (IRE) also grabbed the runner up spot in the Group 1 Golden Shaheen; a super result for Eddie Lynam who co-owns BALMONT MAST (IRE) with Tara Stud’s Derek Iceton.