Dubai was on everyone’s lips in
the lead-up to the Class 1 Penfold Park Handicap (1200m, dirt) at Sha Tin
on Wednesday night with Fabulous One (Elusive City x Beautiful Unicorn) (pictured with white cap and red stars) touted as a G1
Dubai Golden Shaheen candidate.
The Trelawney Stud graduate remains set for a plane ride to the
emirate despite losing out this time to the gutsy Eroico.
Few in the crowd could have
called the result with any confidence as Eroico Almababy,
Dundonnell and the wilting front-runner Fabulous One flashed
past the post in a frantic four-way blitz. When the still frame appeared on Sha
Tin’s big screen, Eroico had it by a nose.
Fabulous One, having his first
race since June, took the eight runners through fast early fractions of 22.81s
and 22.18s under Oisin Murphy. But lack of a recent race told late on as he
faded through the final 400m in 23.69s to finish fourth, a head behind the
“Yes, Dubai is still on,” the
five-year-old’s trainer Chris So declared. “That was a good run. I’m happy with
the horse – of course, if he’d won I’d have been happier. But he carried 130
(pounds) and he’s run really well.
“The sectionals were quick early
and he stayed on well, he just got tired the last strides, which is
understandable, this is his first run for a long time and with that weight,