THE HOARSE WHISPERER By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today, 31 March 2010, Wednesday
PCSO Silver Cup
“In the spring, a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of…” the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Silver Cup. That’s how it is in horseracing, at least, when punters look forward to this classic race for elite thoroughbreds.
Traditionally held in honor of the sitting president’s spouse, the Silver Cup is open to local horses and is set for April 18 at San Lazaro Leisure Park, according to sources from the PCSO. Declaration of entries begins next week.
Since the crème de la crème 3YO are gearing up for the Triple Crown series to kick off on May 9, older horses are expected to be the stars of the 15th edition of this glittering event.
Some horseowners and trainers, though, are concerned that the announcement of the race came less than a month before the event, giving them not enough time to prepare. Perhaps a move to late April or mid-May should be considered.
Things have been quiet on the local racing front lately, with no other major stakes races in the offing. The attention of racing fans is now focused on the more active international scene. In the richest race in the world, the US$10 million Dubai World Cup (G1), held last Saturday at the billion-dollar showcase Meydan Track, Gloria de Campeao ran wire-to-wire to demolish a field of thirteen other runners to win a place in history.
Held for the first time on an all-weather (Tapeta) surface, the 1-1/4 mile (2,000 meter) race saw runners from all over the world converge for the glamorous Dubai Racing Carnival. An example of the multiculturality of the event was the winner and his connections. The 6YO Gloria de Campeoao is Brazilian-bred, sired by Argentine stallion Impression, owned by Swedish horseman Stefan Friborg, and conditioned by French trainer Pascal Bary.
Impression, foaled in 1996, is a gray by Rubiano out of Improbable Lady. Rubiano was a son of Fappiano from the Northern Dancer line. Improbable Lady’s great-grandsire was Bold Ruler, sire of the great Secretariat. Her dam’s great grand-sire was Nasrullah, sire of Bold Ruler. This lineage gives Gloria de Campeao a double dose of Nasrullah from the dam side, with a dash of Mr. Prospector and Nijinsky (Can) on the sire side. This prestigious bloodline may be the source of Gloria de Campeao’s stamina and endurance.
Analysts say that it was the horse’s campaign at Meydan over the winter that gave him an edge in the Dubai Cup owing to familiarity with the track and the surface.
In other news, the racing industry bids farewell to lawyer David B. Puyat, brother of horseman Raymund B. Puyat, a former director of the Metropolitan Association of Race Horse Owners. Atty. Puyat’s name is familiar to racegoers, as there were several horses registered in his name. He was an alumnus of the University of the Philippines, where he earned his undergraduate and law degrees. ***