By Jon Lees
GB: Top Uruguayan performers El Patriota and Ajuste Fiscal are heading to Newmarket for a European campaign after competing in Dubai over the winter for their nation’s dominant trainer Antonio Cintra.
Uruguayan Derby winner El Patriota came to prominence as his nation’s first-ever winner at the Dubai Carnival, where the three-year-old was one of only a handful of international winners, landing the Al Bastakiya Trial before coming third in the UAE Classic itself.
Although was a never-dangerous eighth of 14 in the UAE Derby, he is a Classic winner, having last November landed the Gran Premio Nacional – the final leg of his nation’s Triple Crown at Maronas in Montevideo, a G1 event in local terms but only a Listed race internationally.
On the other hand, year-older Ajuste Fiscal is a ‘proper’ G1 winner, having recorded a seven-length victory in Uruguay’s most prestigious race, the internationally-recognised Gran Premio Jose Pedro Ramirez, in January 2020. Widely considered the top horse in the country, he was eighth behind Mystic Guide in the Dubai World Cup.
The two horses, who have each won on both turf and dirt, will be based at Ismail Mohammed’s Grange House Stables in Newmarket.
The plans were revealed by Guillermo Liberman, owner of La Pomme farm, in an interview with Ovacion Digital. “In the future the horses will travel to Newmarket, to a Dubai Racing training centre,” he said. “They will be there for two months and then we will see with the team where they will compete.
“From there we can race all over Europe and there is the possibility of returning to Dubai in November with an open chance to be able to race at other racetracks.”
Cintra said another member of the five-horse team he took to Dubai, sprinter Upper Class, would also head to Newmarket.
“The objective is to prepare them for the 2021-2022 season in Dubai, where I will wait to train them again,” he said in a statement quoted by Burreros.com.
“Before this they will receive a well-deserved rest in a field for two months. After that they will go to the Dubai Racing Club stables where they will be in the care of Ismail Mohammed to start training, I will always be involved at each stage.”
He added: “As for Almoradi and Trancaferro, they had 50% of their rights sold and they will stay in Dubai for the next season.”
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