South African Gr.1 Cape Derby & Gr.3 Winter Derby winner, Liquid Mercury has a high rating of 100, galloped to a commanding win the US$ 175,000 Gulf News Handicap over 2435m on turf under Christophe Soumillon. The champion jockey had no trouble securing the lead with 300m to go and crossed the wire confidently without using the stick over the last 150m.
But 6YO gelding has shown disappointing form in the last two. In his last race (also a handicap) he placed 11th in February earlier this year. He has not raced since.
When Liquid Mercury was first shipped to the UAE under top South African trainer Mike D Kock he was very satisfied with the performance delivered by his charge.
He said of his charge, “liquid Mercury is turning out to be a good bye for Sheikh Mohammed
He is a sound and honest horse and he is settling in nicely here in the desert”
Pedigree: Cape Cross (IRE) X Chantilly Pearl (USA)
Montataire owned by HH Sheikh Hamdan Mohammed Al Maktoum has only recently been shipped to Dubai. He has had the good fortune of 3 career wins and he was placed twice during his tenure in Europe. Ofcourse two of those three wins and both of those 2nd place positions were in 6 and 7 furlong races. He eventually graduated to becoming a miler he won his 1st race which was the Stonehenge Stakes. After his debut in the UAE, his last run was in The National Day Cup race where he placed 7th last year. He hasn't run since.
The lightly-raced ex-French-trained colt whose two wins in France both came on all-weather surfaces. He showed some promise in a handicap in 2017. He was also a strong 7th in the Gr.3 Burj Nahaar-G3. However since then His performance has been quite disappointing. He was placed 10th in a recent conditions race at Abu Dhabi. His dam line Pegase Hurry comes from Mr prospector the line while his sire Acclamation was runner up in the Gr.2 King's Stand Stakes (2006) which was won by Choisir.
Doug Watson has trained Desert Force for a long time. The 6YO gelding landed 3 wins and was twice placed. He has beaten stalwarts like Heavy Metal and Comicas and he was a strong fifth in the Gr.3 Firebreaks Stakes which was won North America. He has not been seen on the racecourse this season. The son of dual Gr.1 King's Stand Stakes’ winner Equiano has a “great altitude and plenty of early speed” and could be a great catch for the right owner/ trainer duo.
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