Dubai Sheema Classic

Brilliant Sun proves too strong for brave Pataca

Viva Pataca did everything right, loomed to win but ultimately had no answer to emerging South African filly Sun Classique, who streaked away to win last night's US$5 million Dubai Sheema Classic by 23/4 lengths.

Sunday, 30 March, 2008, 12:00am

Viva Pataca still the one to beat

Despite his bad alley, Moore's star is in shape to shake up Dubai

An awkward barrier draw may have downgraded Viva Pataca from 'good thing' to good chance, but the champion Hong Kong stayer is still the one they all have to beat in tonight's US$5 million Dubai Sheema Classic.

29 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Cruz's stars in Dubai holding pattern

Senior handicapper Nigel Gray believes an invitation for Viva Pataca to participate in the US$5 million Dubai Sheema Classic should be a formality, but it will be a waiting game for perhaps another 11 days for trainer Tony Cruz to see if Floral Pegasus and Bullish Luck are invited for the Dubai Duty Free.

26 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

The magnificent seven: An early-bird guide to Cup contenders' form

Ramonti: Excellent third to The Duke in the Mile last year when trained in Italy and Europe's best older miler in 2007 for Godolphin, winning three Group 1s and twice second over 1,600m. Unsuccessful in both attempts beyond a mile - not been tried since May 2006 - but ran a head second in the 2005 Italian Derby (2,400m) so no real stamina concerns at 2,000m.

8 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Delpech puts Vengeance ride on the line to defend his name

Anthony Delpech spent one of the toughest days of his professional life yesterday, torn between his reputation and his long-time partnership with champion galloper Vengeance Of Rain, before lodging an appeal against a six-week riding ban.

4 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Ho family fury as Pataca is pipped at the post

Vengeance Of Rain steals Horse of the Year award

Vengeance Of Rain controversially stole the Horse of the Year award from his two-time late-season conqueror Viva Pataca yesterday, leaving the family of owner Stanley Ho Hung-sun angry and disillusioned.

3 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

You can bet your bottom Pataca on Viva beating Vengeance in poll

As improbable as it seemed after his history-making triumph in the desert on Dubai World Cup night, Vengeance Of Rain will almost certainly lose out for Horse of the Year honours.

6 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Vengeance to get the breaks in rematch with Pataca

The last Group One of the season today looks the ultimate showdown between Hong Kong's best stayers in the $8 million Champions & Chater Cup (2,400m), and Vengeance Of Rain should have the race break the right way to win it for a second time and stake his claim as Horse Of the Year.

3 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Delpech warms up in style for the QE II Cup with hard-fought treble

South African rider Anthony Delpech will head into Sunday's Audemars Piguet QE II Cup on a high with Vengeance Of Rain after landing a brilliant three-timer at Happy Valley last night as his tune-up.

26 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Derby winner eyes QE II Cup

Sir Percy could be become the first Epsom Derby winner to race in Hong Kong next month if all goes to plan in Saturday's US$5 million Dubai Sheema Classic.

29 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Big-weight Byron just too good

Double winner Whyte amazed at the transformation that John Size has achieved with gelding's 'best win yet'

Jockey Anthony Delpech landed Magic Temple the final winner on the dirt at Sha Tin last night as a belated celebration of the decision by Vengeance Of Rain's connections to tackle the US$5 million Dubai Sheema Classic next month.

1 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Marwing believes in Irridescence

While it's no surprise that jockey Weichong Marwing will pilot a 'live chance' in Sunday's $14 million

Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Cup, the fact that he is back for a Hong Kong stint might have

surprised a few people.

Not that Marwing, 36 last Friday, is out of place here - the South African was a leading light over some

20 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Bullish Luck

Christophe Soumillon will be hoping for more of this type of celebration with Bullish Luck when he partners Tony Cruz's galloper in the Dubai Duty Free, the second leg of the Asian Mile Challenge, at Dubai's Nad Al Sheba Racecourse. Cruz will also have Russian Pearl in the race.

24 Mar 2006 - 12:00am


Indigenous will go hunting for gold and glory in the Dubai desert in March.

But it will not be in the US$5 million Dubai World Cup, the richest horse race in the world.

Trainer Ivan Allan prefers the $15.8 million Dubai Sheema Classic because it is raced on grass.

15 Dec 1999 - 12:00am