Gentildonna set for Dubai bid
Japan Cup winner and horse of the year Gentildonna has accepted an invitation to race on World Cup Day in Dubai.
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The star four year old filly, who has won six of her seven career starts, is set to line up in the Dubai Sheema Classic at Meydan on March 30.
She will be joined by the three year old Keiai Leone who is set to line up in the UAE Derby while fellow Japanese raiders Trailblazer and Faridat are already in the UAE ahead of the valuable meeting.
Trailblazer already has experience of international travel and competition having finished fourth, beaten under three lengths, in the Breeders' Cup Turf.
Faridat is being aimed at the Golden Shaheen although Shigeki Matsumoto's charge will have to run well in his prep races in order to qualify for the big night.
They could be joined in Dubai by Mililtary Attack and Xtension who are trained in Hong Kong by John Moore.
Moore is considering a trip to Dubai after Military Attack won the Citibank Hong Kong Gold Cup this weekend.
Moore has always believed in the Oratorio gelding who achieved his first Group One success in the 10 furlong contest at Sha Tin.
Ridden for the first time by Zac Purton, he was settled on the rail after breaking from the one box before being switched in the straight to challenge between Same World and the flagging Liberator.
When asked the question, Military Attack responded with a spurt at the furlong pole that took him to a commanding two and a half-length verdict over the deep closing Pure Champion with the Moore trained Xtension a further short-head back in third.
Owner Steven Lo Kit Sing and Moore will consider options for both Military Attack and the owner's Xtension, with a venture overseas a possibility for both.
"I'll look at the Dubai Duty Free for Military Attack and Zac can ride him, if we're invited," said Moore. "Xtension's run was full of merit. He was not quite at his tops yet and he could go to Dubai too if invited - Douglas (Whyte) would ride him."