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Invasor Wins Gr1 Dubai World Cup
Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid al Maktoum's Shadwell Stable-owned & Argentine-bred 5YO entire Invasor (Candy Stripes-Quendom, by Interprete) scored a 1.75-lengths victory in the world's richest race, the US$6 million Gr1 Dubai World Cup (2000m on dirt) at Nad Al Sheba in the United Arab Emirates. Invasor (ridden by Fernando Jara for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin) defeated front-running fellow US-based 5YO Premium Tap (Pleasant Tap-Premium Red, by Thirty Six Red) with 8-lengths back to 3rd-placed 8YO gelding & Hong Kong 2006 Horse-Of-the-Year Bullish Luck (Royal Academy-Wild Vintage, by Alysheba). Invasor took his record to 11 victories from 12 starts for over US$7.8 million earnings: he won his initial 5 races in Uruguay & was named 2005 Horse-Of-The-Year in that country before being purchased privately by Sheikh Hamdan; he suffered his only defeat at this same meeting last year (in the Gr2 UAE Derby) & has since added 5 successive Gr1 wins in the US in the 2006 Pimlico Special, Suburban Handicap, Whitney Handicap & Breeders' Cup Classic, plus February's Donn Handicap. He finished 2006 being named US Eclipse Award Horse-Of-The-Year & the world's highest-rated galloper (with a 129 figure) in the 2006 World Thoroughbred Racehorse Rankings. Meanwhile just a month ago his sire Candy Stripes (Blushing Groom-Bubble Company, by Lyphard) died at Haras Carampangue in Argentina due to colic at age 25.