By Nicholas Godfrey
UAE: Though he is trained by the legendary Andre Fabre for Godolphin, Magny Cours is in many ways the forgotten horse of the Dubai World Cup.
The US-bred son of Medaglia D’Oro is a 12-1 shot after creeping almost by stealth into the $12 million event, having been a late addition to the field after scoring on his seasonal debut on the Chantilly Polytrack on March 2. “That was what we wanted and he came out of the race very well,” said Fabre, speaking to the Dubai Racing Club media team.
The lightly raced six-year-old’s form on turf brings him right into the reckoning – but the burning question now is whether Magny Cours will act on the Meydan dirt as he makes his debut on the surface. “Obviously, there is a question mark about how he will adapt to the track,” added the 24-time French champion trainer.
Magny Cours is ridden by William Buick, leading jockey at this year’s Dubai Carnival. Buick partnered the gelding to victory in the Coral Gala Stakes at Sandown last summer, a Listed race over 1m2f in which he beat G1 winner Aspetar.
“William rode him at Sandown and that was a really good performance,” added Fabre. “He beat a Group 1 winner whilst carrying a penalty. I really believe this horse has a lot of ability and I am confident that he can be close.
“Yes, he has had his issues,” the trainer went on. “But now he is in perfect condition and form. He had an excellent journey over to Dubai, he drank up, he ate up and everything is going well. He is six now and is just more stabilised in his body.”
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