Capezzano sets Dubai stakes record on his way to the Saudi Cup

Dubai Racing Club
February 13, 2020 02:07pm
Capezzano sets Dubai stakes record on his way to the Saudi Cup
Photo: Dubai Racing Club/Erika Rasmussen
The Grade 3, $200,000 Firebreak Stakes at Meydan Race Course on Thursday was made marginally less exciting when race favorite Muntazah scratched earlier in the day, but fireworks were still in order with the resurfacing of beaten Dubai World Cup favorite Capezzano returning in a big way, putting his foes to bed with a seven-length, gate-to-wire victory under Mickael Barzalona.

The Sultan Ali-owned son of Bernardini won for the fourth time over the one-mile distance at Meydan, including three handicaps over the previous two Dubai World Cup Carnivals, and improved his record to six wins from 16 starts. He carved out quarter-mile fractions of 24.96, 47.76 and 1:11.91 en route to finishing up in a stakes record 1:36.23.

Dubai Creek Mile winner Secret Ambition overcame a poor break to finish second, three-quarters of a length to the good of Capezzano’s stablemate Matterhorn. Ambassadorial, the American Grade 2 winner Quip, Fight On, Walking Thunder and Thegreatcollection completed the order of finish.

Winner of last year’s Al Maktoum Challenge Round 3 (G1) over Thunder Snow, Capezzano was last seen finishing last of 12 in Meydan’s biggest event, but has multiple massive events on his radar in 2020. In addition to redemption in the Dubai World Cup (G1) on March 28, he is taking aim on the Saudi Cup on Feb. 29 for trainer Salem bin Ghadayer.

“We expected a big run from and it was good for him to see the track before the big races,” Barzalona said. “He ran a big race and should have plenty left in the tank. We are pretty happy with the way he is handling it before the race. He keeps improving. I’m pretty sure this will give him a lot of confidence. Now he will fly over there (to Saudi Arabia) and the track will suit him over there, as well. Hopefully he runs a big race. I’m very pleased with the way Capezzano ran today.

“Always his first time out, he doesn’t perform (well), but we saved him this year since we heard about the Saudi race and for (Dubai) World Cup,” Bin Ghadayer added. “We believe in this horse and his ability. We wanted to wait until this race. I know it’s just two weeks until the Saudi Cup, but we needed the race for his confidence and thank God he performed well. He showed his ability. We will go to the Saudi race and then (Dubai) World Cup night.”


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