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Lord North, a six-year-old son of Dubawi, the superstar Darley stallion, is said to be heading to Dubai in great shape



Lord North’s double victory at Dubai Turf was one of the highlights of the 2021 Dubai World Cup meeting. (AFP file)

By Leslie Wilson Jr

Released: Wed, March 16, 2022, 00:00

Despite rupturing a blood vessel during the race, the British-trained Lord North with the royal name showed what he’s made of when he denied Japan another success at G1 Dubai Turf, one of the richest turf competitions in the world a prize money of 5 million US dollars.

Twelve months later he will defend his crown at Meydan where he will again have to deal with a Japanese canter, in this case the 7/2 favorite Schnell Meister.

Lord North’s two-time victory in Dubai Turf was one of the highlights of the 2021 Dubai World Cup meeting, although it ended sadly when the gelding had blood in one nostril on his return to the scale and a subsequent endoscopic examination revealed a nostril degree of bleeding .

He was then given time to recover by his twin guides, the father-son team of John and Thady Gosden, before showing up at the all-weather track at Lingfield in England to claim a very fine second place finish in the G3 Winter Derby.

Lord North, a six-year-old son of Dubawi, the superstar Darley stallion, is said to be heading to Dubai in great shape.

Following his comeback run earlier this month, Gosden Sr. reported: “Lord North was justified in needing his comeback run at Lingfield after such a long layoff and has come out of it in fine form.”

Lord North has amassed over £2.3million in prize money over his career, mostly through victories at top events such as the Cambridgeshire Handicap at Newmarket, England and the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Unlike last year when he started as an 11/8 favourite, with 8/1 shot he is the first horse to win the Dubai Turf in consecutive years.

His rivals include the Japanese-trained Schnell Champion, who must be respected given the home nation’s dominance at last month’s Saudi Cup meeting, where they won four races.

Schnell Meister won at both Group 1 and Group 2 levels on grass last year in Tokyo before chasing Gran Alegria home in the prestigious Mile Championship at Hanshin in November.

Emirati driver Saeed bin Suroor, who has won the races six times in the past and most recently in 2018 with Benbatl, enters the progressive Real World.

The four-year-old won four times in Britain last season, including the Royal Hunt Cup and Group 2 Prix Daniel Wildenstein at the Arc weekend at Longchamp, before his handler took the bold step of putting him where he came out on dirt Bravura landing at Zabeel Mile.

A posh Dubai turf field also includes smart four-year-olds Mohaafeth and Saffron Beach.

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