Ushba Tesoro Completes Japanese Desert Double in Dubai World Cup

One race prior to the running of the G1 Dubai World Cup Sponsored by Emirates Airline, Equinox (Jpn) (Kitasan Black {Jpn}) stamped himself as ‘the one’–the best hope, perhaps ever, to give Japan a breakthrough victory in the G1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in Paris. Saturday evening at Meydan Racecourse, the 6-year-old entire Ushba Tesoro (Jpn), a son of the horse that had the Arc all but parceled up before famously giving it away–the temperamental and increasingly important dirt sire Orfevre (Jpn)–came with a barnstorming rally from the back of the pack under a patient Yuga Kawada and swamped them late, taking the $12-million affair by an ultimately comfortable 2 3/4 lengths. The victory came four weeks after Panthalassa (Jpn) (Lord Kanaloa {Jpn}) won the second-richest dirt race in the world, the G1 Saudi Cup in Riyadh four weeks ago. Local hope Algiers (Ire) (Shamardal) worked out a good trip from his high draw and could not resist the winner, but held for second over 2022 G1 Saudi Cup hero Emblem Road (Quality Road). T O Keynes (Jpn) (Sinister Minister) and last year’s G2 UAE Derby winner Crown Pride (Jpn) (Reach the Crown {Jpn}) finished fourth and fifth, respectively, for a nation that has become the talk of the racing world. Sales history: ¥25,000,000 Ylg ’18 JRHAJUL. O-Ryotokuji Kenji Holdings Co Ltd; B-Chiyoda Farm Shizunai; T-Noboru Takagi.

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