More Dubai success for Touch Gold

24 February 2014

TOUCH Gold recorded another success in Dubai when taking a mile handicap at Jebel Ali on Friday afternoon.

The son of Oasis Dream was sold by Watership Down Stud privately at the Arqana Sale in 2010.

Running in the colours of H E Sheikh Sultan Bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, Touch Gold won twice for Sir Henry Cecil in the UK before continuing his career in the UAE.

He was victorious over the same distance at Meydan in January and has since finished placed twice.

He made every yard of the running on Friday and stuck on gamely up the hill to beat Kahruman by three quarters of a length.

Horses bred or sold by Watership Down Stud have enjoyed a good winter in Dubai with Godolphin’s Wedding Ring flying the flag. This Oasis Dream filly, sold for 310,000gns in 2012, won the 1000 Guineas trial in January before finishing a close fourth in the Guineas itself.

Dubai aim for The Fugue

18 February 2014

THE FUGUE is on target to make her 2014 seasonal reappearance on World Cup night in Dubai on March 29.

It has yet to be decided which race she will contest as she holds entries in the Dubai Duty Free over nine furlongs, the Dubai World Cup over a mile and a quarter, and the Dubai Sheema Classic over two furlongs further.

Simon Marsh, general manager of Watership Down Stud, said: “At the moment the intention is to run in Dubai, but at this stage I am not sure which race she will be aimed at.”

“Where she goes will be largely down to John (Gosden). She is a fantastic filly to have as she is remarkably consistent and you would have to say that she is right up there with the best.”

The daughter of Dansili, now five, has struck three times at the top level; the Nassau Stakes as a three-year-old and both the Irish Champion Stakes and the Yorkshire Oaks last year.

If she heads to Dubai, she will aim to emulate Lord and Lady Lloyd-Webber’s fellow star racemare Dar Re Mi, who landed the Dubai Sheema Classic in 2010.