Qatar Racing stallion set for Cox Plate

Brilliant English five-year-old Trade Storm will be set for the $3 million W S Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley in October.

Trade Storm (5h Trade Fair – Frisson by Slip Anchor) was purchased by Qatar Racing Limited after winning the G2 Zabeel Mile in Dubai on March 2.  He subsequently finished a luckless fourth in the G1 Dubai Duty Free on March 30.

Qatar Racing Limited is owned by Sheikh Hamad, Sheikh Suhaim and Sheikh Fahad Al Thani from the royal family of the oil and natural gas-rich country.  Sheikh Fahad enjoyed instant Group 1 success in Australia with 2011 Melbourne Cup and 2012 Caulfield Cup wins with rags-to-riches stayer Dunaden.

Qatar Racing manager David Redvers sold Trade Storm’s sire Trade Fair to a West Australian syndicate headed by Perth Racing chairman Ted van Heemst.  He stands at John Andrew’s Alwyn Park Stud in Serpentine.

Redvers said Trade Storm had been flown back to England and would be prepared by Newmarket trainer David Simcock for the G1 Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot on June 18.

Long-term he will be nominated for both the Cox Plate and the Breeders Cup Mile at Santa Anita in November.  “The Cox Plate is our priority,” said Redvers. “Sheikh Fahad is expanding his Australasian racing and breeding interests and Trade Storm can further lift our profile.

A Cox Plate triumph would seal a shuttle stud deal for Trade Storm.  “He’s world class,” Redvers said.  “We wouldn’t entertain bringing out a horse if he wasn’t up to it.”

Sheikh Fahad Al Thani purchased 8 fillies at the Sydney Easter Yearling Sale and they will all be trained in Australia.  Qatar Racing also plans to buy a number of highly-bred maiden mares in England and have them covered by Frankel to southern hemisphere.  The progeny will then be sold in Australia.

Elsewhere, Trade Fair gelding Packing Whiz is also on a Group 1 assignment for the HKJC Champions Mile on May 5.