An unique athlete
One of the elite band of horses
|Country of Origin||: FR||Owner||: Dr Javier Martinez Salmean|
|Colour / Sex||: Chestnut / Horse||Last Rating||:|
|Import Type||: VIS||Sire||: Muhtathir|
|Total Stakes*||: $15,960,000||Dam||: Logica|
|No. of 1-2-3-Starts*||: 2-0-0-2||Dam’s Sire||: Priolo|
The Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Vase 2400 Meter (Int’l – G 1)
He won by 1 1/2 lengths in front of QUIJANO.
Victory reverted back across the English Channel to France.
Olivier Peslier, jockey: “I was fourth early but there was no pace and when the others were coming past me on the outside there was no way out. So I had to be patient and stay on the rail. He showed a great turn of foot and when he got out I knew he’d win. The horse‘s win today was down to the trainer who’s done a great job with him. It’s his first time at 12 furlongs and we came here rather then Japan because this is a flatter track and an easier trip.”
Richard Gibson, trainer: “We’ve always had positive vibes about him this week but you need luck in running and things didn’t look too good early in the straight. But when you have the likes of Olivier Peslier riding for you then you don’t worry. We had become sick of running well in big races around the world but in the last two months he has won two Group Ones and since, this was first time over a mile and a half, who knows what’s next? Running in events like this are the reason one gets up in the morning and this is absolutely great. Racing is a team effort and I want to thank all my staff for bringing about such a great result, especially to his work rider Eric Gandon who looks after him with such enthusiasm.”
DOCTOR DINO, France’s great international traveller, returned to Sha Tin to land back-to-back victories in a thrilling finish to be touch off by the luckless PURPLE MOON in the HK$14 million Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Vase.
Richard Gibson’s grand old servant is now the first horse since the British-trained LUSO in 1996 and 1997 carrying of this 2400m prize.
A thrilled Gibson said: “He has joined an elite band of horses. He is a unique athlete.”
In a slowly-run race DOCTOR DINO had to be settled out in the rear from his wide draw but his ice-cool jockey Olivier Peslier, who has now ridden a record six winners at the meeting – including four in this race – never panicked.
Turning into the straight DOCTOR DINO still had a lot to do but Peslier made up ground on the wide outside to wear down the brave runner-up inches from the line.
Gibson’s first thought after the race was to commiserate with PURPLE MOON’s trainer Luca Cumani, who had to suffer more agony with defeat in a big international race.
Jockey Olivier Peslier: “He moved well down the back straight and being on the outside helped him. He takes a little time to wind up but the horse who came at me on the outside [JAGUAR MAIL] also helped me. I want to thank the owner and trainer and in particular Eric Gandon who rides him every day.”
Trainer Richard Gibson: “Before anything I want to commiserate with Luca Cumani and PURPLE MOON for the great race they ran. But the story is about DOCTOR DINO and he has joined an elite band of horses to win this race twice. He’s a very unique, powerful athlete and I am very proud of him.”
DOCTOR DINO won the race for supreme stayers all over the world twice in a roll.
European horses dominated the odds before the race.
In 2008, the same racing season, DOCTOR DINO captured the Grand Prix de Chantilly (Fr-G2).