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Karaka Graduates Target Dubai

Wednesday, 21st February 2018

It's an exciting time for the connections of the three Karaka graduates set to make their debut in Dubai. Group 1 winner Music Magnate (Written Tycoon) has accepted his invitation to the Group 1 Al Quoz Sprint on 31 March, while Singapore stakes winners Gilt Complex (Gold Centre) and Bahana (Elusive City) have already arrived in Dubai and tested the Meydan track ahead of their major assignments in March. Group 1 Doomben 10,000 winner Music Magnate tuned up for his first international foray by winning a barrier trial at Rosehill on Monday, while Gilt Complex and Bahana had their first start over 2000m in Dubai on 8 February. Gilt Complex could proceed to the Group 2 Dubai City of Gold on 10 March and Bahana could line up in a race on World Cup night, Saturday 31 March. Kiwi horses have performed at the highest levels in Dubai. Former Hong Kong Horse of the Year and Champion Stayer Vengeance of Rain (Zabeel) claimed the Group 1 Dubai Sheema Classic Stakes while Joy and Fun (Cullen) won the Group 3 Al Quoz Sprint Stakes also placing twice in the race after it received an upgrade to Group 1 status. Karaka graduate Gun Pit (Dubawi) also performed admirably finishing runner-up in the Group 1 Al Maktoum Challenge Round 3 Stakes. Over the years, legendary Kiwi horses such as Sunline (Desert Sun) and Seachange (Cape Cross), and more recently Karaka graduates So You Think (High Chaparral) and Ocean Park (Thorn Park), proved themselves as highly credentialed Group 1 winners and headed to Dubai in attempts to replicate their form. Click here to view comments from the connections of the above mentioned Dubai runners.

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