Gulf double by Trade Fair

Saturday night’s racing in Dubai belonged to Western Australian based stallion Trade Fair.

Trade Storm continued his brilliant form winning the G2 Zabeel Mile (1600m) and another son Plantagenet won the Gloria De Campeao Hcp (2000m).

Trade Storm (5h Trade Fair – Frisson by Slip Anchor) had won the Jaguar XF Trophy (1800m) by more than three lengths at his previous start at Meydan on February 14.  He backed that up with a storming finish to win by over a length from Australian-bred stallion Musir (Redoute’s Choice).

“That was very, very impressive,” jockey Jamie Spencer said.  “He’s improved so much and was a lot more relaxed than last time.”

Trade Storm is now strongly favoured for the $5 million G1 Dubai Duty Free.  He had won at Newbury (2010), Doncaster (2011) and York (2012) before arriving in Dubai.

Plantagenet also settled at the rear before powering home to score by a neck for jockey Jose Martinez.  “He’s a very nice horse,” said Martinez.  “He quickened well although it wasn’t a fast pace.  He would have preferred a quicker gallop.”

Plantagenet (6h Trade Fair – Crafty Buzz by Crafty Prospector) was bred in Spain and began his career in Madrid before travelling to the Gulf via France.  He had been beaten by Con Artist a fortnight ago but turned the tables by more than three lengths on Saturday.

Trade Fair stands at John Andrew’s Alwyn Park Stud in Serpentine.