The very lightly raced, Group 1 winning son of Street Cry, Long John, takes to the big stage tonight in the UAE 2000 Guineas at Meydan in Dubai. Racing in Godolphin’s first colours for trainer Charlie Appleby, Long John is the clear cut favourite for tonight’s feature event. Stable mate and fellow Aussie export, Paximadia, is second in the market. Both of these horses have just squeezed stable stars, Divine Calling and Equator out of the top honours in the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas and the Group 2 Sandown Guineas. Long John and Paximadia will fly the flag for Australia in a Carnival which attracts some of the best horses from across the globe.
Long John is expected to emulate his father by winning this Group 3 event before going on to much greater things. Street Cry went on to win the Group 2 UAE Derby and came back the following year to take the World’s Richest Race, the $10,000,000 Group 1 Dubai World Cup, in impressive fashion.
On day 3 of the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, Long John’s half brother (Lot 458: Denman x Hosiery) was put through the ring. By exciting young stallion, Denman, Gai had to have him the moment she saw him at the farm. Denman needs no introduction at this stage and Gai couldn’t be more delighted with the 2 year olds that she has in training by this boom stallion. Breeders’ Plate winner, Law couldn’t have been more impressive on Saturday at Rosehill and he looks like he is right on target for the Slipper. Another very exciting 2 year old by Denman who will debut this weekend in the Group 3 Widden Stakes is Muscovado. She is an exceptionally fast filly who has trial form around stable mates Twirl and Fighting Sun, two horses who have shown the potential to be Group 1 contenders, and she is certainly not one to overlook. When Gai saw Denman x Hosiery for the first time, she made the comments, “A well grown, long, loose colt with nicely developed forearms and a great walk to him. Class.” This colt was the full package in Gai’s eyes, great physical, great pedigree, great attitude.
With the Autumn Carnival just around the corner, we begin to look towards Randwick, Rosehill, Caulfield and Flemington but lest we forget these superstars are battling on the world stage at Meydan and maybe, just maybe their little brother waiting in the wings at Tulloch Lodge.
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