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The Dubai World Cup 2023 Upset: Ushba Tesoro Wins, Algiers Places, Emblem Road Shows, And Country Grammer Finishes A Ragged Seventh

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Forbes Lifestyle ForbesLife The Dubai World Cup 2023 Upset: Ushba Tesoro Wins, Algiers Places, Emblem Road Shows, And Country Grammer Finishes A Ragged Seventh Guy Martin Senior Contributor Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. Following Mar 25, 2023, 02:29pm EDT | Press play to listen to this article! Got it! Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – MARCH 25: Yuga Kawada riding Ushba Tesoro celebrates winning the Dubai . .

. [+] World Cup at Meydan Racecourse on March 25, 2023 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Christopher Pike/Getty Images) Getty Images A surprising — yet not so surprising — mid-pack second-tier favorite, Ushba Tesoro muscled all the competition out of the way in the $12-million Dubai World Cup on Saturday evening at the Emirate’s fabled Meydan race course and took the win.

Touts in London and the States had been looking hard at the colt and were factoring him in as a horse that would work well in exotics and that could not be counted out . In the running he proved that and much more. As expected, the lone Irishman in the mix and a strong co-favorite among the London bookmakers, Algiers, put in a solid showing and placed.

Going off as the co-favorite alongside the Bob Baffert-trained defending 2022 Dubai World Cup victor Country Grammer, Algiers fought tooth and nail up the backstretch and around the far turn, but it was Ushba Tesoro under his very thankful jockey Yuga Kawada who got the better trip. Algiers went off at 11-4. The wholly outmatched Emblem Road showed mettle to hang on to third, and the holders of trifecta tickets would have been made extremely pleased with his 28-1 odds.

For his part, Country Grammer did not live up to his billing from the get-go, seeming to have trouble finding himself in the race, despite his impressive jockey Frankie Dettori’s best efforts. It was as if he didn’t quite know where he was at any given moment, a surprise for such a self-possessed, ordinarily confident runner. As the finish rushed at him, he and Dettori found themselves in a very disappointing seventh place.

Even though he was the master of it all last year, in effect, the “Kentucky-Derby-ness” of the Meydan’s gargantuan finale weekend did him in — the huge field, the distance, the traffic, the clamor of the unknown. It wasn’t Country Grammer’s day. Exactly as in the Saudi Cup last month , Ushba Tesoro’s victory made it very much was Japan’s day.

A Japanese horse beat a Baffert horse, today’s lackluster Country Grammer, last month in Riyadh, and with this evening’s win at the Meydan, Japan’s back-to-back wins of two of the world’s richest horse races in 2023 will now make every horseman in Europe, Britain and America stand a little straighter when the Japanese trainers and owners waltz into the post position draws to put their horses in to run. Kudos to them. It brings new blood to the sport.

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URL: https://www.forbes.com/sites/guymartin/2023/03/25/the-dubai-world-cup-2023-upset-ushba-tesoro-wins-algiers-places-emblem-road-shows-and-country-grammer-finishes-a-ragged-seventh/

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