Racing at Meydan – 21 November 2019.
➊ GOEORGE VILLIERS (IRE)
➋ BOCHART (GB)
➌ MARK OF APPROVAL (USA)
The seconditis continued for ZRacing Stables in the Longines Master Collection when BOCHART was caught on the line, but fortunately for Satish Seemar and company, they also trained the winner! GEORGE VILLIERS gets up in time under a lovely Tadhg O’Shea ride.
The featured Thoroughbred contest, the Longines Master Collection over 1600m, was dominated by trainer Satish Seemar, who finished one-two with Tadhg O’Shea-ridden George Villiers chasing down Bochart and apprentice Sean Kirrane on the wire. Nearer last than first leaving the back straight, the winner, who finished plastered in kickback, started to make progress between horses before digging deeply for his jockey to lead where it mattered. The 4-year-old son of Dubawi has now won four times, twice at Meydan for owner Mohd Khalifa Al Basti after having raced in Britain for John Gosden. The effort earned the half-brother to Grade 1 winner Laughing and Hong Long legend Viva Pataca a Dubai World Cup Carnival-worthy 92 rating.
“We always knew this horse had a lot of ability and he was a willing partner tonight,” O’Shea said. “The team always hoped he was a Carnival horse and this suggests he can be. I had a lovely low weight, but turning for home I thought Bochart had the race, but my fellow, who does not really like the kickback, has really responded well.”