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Halling's Cavalryman Shows Class in G3 Dubai Gold Cup
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3rd at MEYG3 Dubai Gold Cup  [3200m (T)]Winner: Cavalryman (GB), h, 7 by Halling
   Cavalryman (GB) (Halling), making his third appearance on World Cup night, recaptured the form of his sparkling sophomore campaign to lead home a one-two finish for Godolphin in Saturday’s G3 Dubai Gold Cup. The 7-year-old raced in mid-pack early as several rivals tugged along behind a slow pace. The field proceeded unhurried in an orderly fashion with Saddler’s Rock (Ire) (Sadler’s Wells) setting the pace. The frontrunner came under pressure into the homestretch and was overtaken by a host of runners, but it was Cavalryman, tipped out four wide in upper stretch, who surged to a commanding lead in the final furlongs for a confident victory. "Everything went to plan for me--the pace was a bit slow to halfway and I was happier when it quickened," commented winning rider Silvestre De Sousa. "He travelled well throughout and quickened up well. It is a big night, but the pressure will come later. At least the Godolphin horses are running well."

Saturday, Meydan, United Arab Emirates
DUBAI GOLD CUP (SPONSORED BY AL TAYER MOTORS)-G3, $1,000,000, Meydan, 3-30, NH4yo/up, SH3yo/up, 3200mT, 3:25.31 (hand timed), gd.
1--CAVALRYMAN (GB), 126, h, 7, by Halling
1st Dam: Silversword (Fr) (GSP-Fr), by Highest Honor (Fr)
2nd Dam: Silver Cobra, by Silver Hawk
3rd Dam: Copperhead, by Hawaii (SAf)
O-Godolphin; B-Darley; T-Saeed bin Suroor; J-Silvestre de Sousa; $600,000. Lifetime Record: G1SW-Fr, MSW-Eng, G1SP-Ity & Ger, 30-7-4-4, $2,437,158. Werk Nick Rating: B+. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2--Ahzeemah (Ire), 120, g, 4, Dubawi (Ire)--Swiss Roll (Ire), by Entrepreneur (GB). (60,000gns wnlg ‘09
TATDEC). O-Godolphin; B-G O’Brien; T-Saeed bin Suroor; $200,000.
3--Verema (Fr), 116, f, 4, Barathea (Ire)--Vermentina (Ire), by Darshaan (GB). O-H H The Aga Khan; B-H H
The Aga Khan’s Studs SC; T-Alain de Royer-Dupre; $100,000.
Margins: 3, NK, NK.
Also Ran: Jutland (GB), Star Empire (SAf), Imperial Monarch (Ire), Saddler’s Rock (Ire), Tenenbaum (GB), Averroes (Ire), Seismos (Ire).
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   During his 2009 sophomore campaign, Cavalryman won the G1 Grand Prix de Paris and was third behind Sea the Stars (Ire) in the G1 Prix de’l Arc de Triomphe. He went winless in 2010 and 2011, but kicked off 2012 with a runner-up effort in the G2 Dubai City of Gold before running seventh on the big night in the G1 Dubai Sheema Classic. He recorded wins at York and Sandown last summer before ending the year with a 12th-place effort in the G1 Melbourne Cup. In his prep for this, the bay was a close-up third in the Mar. 9 City of Gold. "We had tried him over the two miles last year and he got the trip well when winning at Sandown, so we were very happy with the horse," said winning trainer Saeed bin Suroor. "The reason I was confident tonight was that the horse has a very good turn of foot."

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