Dougie Readies For Dubai World Cup Night

SA champion readies Hong Kong star stayer

Hong Kong’s Russian Emperor has stamped his Gr1 Dubai Sheema Classic credentials with a charging fifth in the Gr1 Jebel Hatta (1800m) at Meydan Racecourse on Saturday night, delighting trainer Douglas Whyte with the performance.

“It was very pleasing, he got knocked down on the turn. I was hoping he would run fourth or fifth – and he ran fifth,” Whyte said.

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“We got a little further back than expected but that’s what happened due to circumstances but the way we really accelerated down the straight, it was pleasing to watch – so he’s on song.”

Russian Emperor – perfect prep for the big night (Pic – HKJC)

Winner of the QAT Gr1 H.H. The Amir Trophy (2400m) on 18 February at his previous start in Qatar, Russian Emperor was freshened by Whyte for his Dubai debut and Hong Kong’s Champion Stayer underscored his form by storming from second last at the 400m to close to within two and three quarter lengths of Alfareeq, who won the Gr1 Jebel Hatta for the second year in a row under Dane O’Neill.

Forced further back than planned under Alberto Sanna, Russian Emperor fanned to the outside of the 14-horse field to close impressively ahead of the Gr1 Dubai Sheema Classic on 25 March.

Hong Kong’s last win in Dubai was in 2016 when Rich Tapestry won the Al Shindagha Sprint.

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