Brittain confident of Luso's chances
Globetrotting trainer Clive Brittain is convinced the Mick Kinane-ridden Luso has what it takes to win the $30 million World Cup in Dubai on Saturday. And at 33-1 in England, he strongly advises those who can to have a little something each-way. 'The odds-makers have got it wrong in putting him at that price. The American horses obviously have an advantage on dirt but none of them is in the same league as last year's winner, Cigar, and I think Luso is very generously priced,' he said. Brittain was the first Englishman to win a Breeders' Cup and the first to plunder the Japan Cup, before winning the International Vase at Sha Tin with Luso.
'He has travelled out there a very fit horse and everything's gone according to plan. He has settled in well and he's eating well. And he's done all his work during the winter on the deep-sand at Newmarket,' said Brittain, who has booked Kinane for the ride. 'Mick won the Italian Derby on him and a very good race in Germany last season. There were complications over the Hong Kong race in December and Frankie [Dettori] rode him, but I am delighted to have him for Dubai,' said Brittain. The American horses, Siphon and Sandpit, head the market primarily because they have won on dirt. Also in the race is Arc winner Helissio, who failed in the Japan Cup which was won by Singspiel who also contests the World Cup with American rider Jerry Bailey up. Like Luso, it will all come down to whether he takes to the surface.
Kinane, pleased to be back on the impressive Vase winner, said: 'He's a very good horse and he's tough. But dirt is different and not all horses take to it. 'It would be a good advertisement for Hong Kong racing and the International Races if he could win it.' An insurance claim over Cigar's infertility has been settled for US$25 million, a London brokerage firm confirmed yesterday. Cigar, the 1995 and 1996 US Horse of the Year, has been a failure at stud since being retired last year.