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Sheikh Hamdan Criticises Jara & Godolphin Tactics

Wednesday, 4th April 2007

In Dubai overnight, Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum "launched an unexpectedly public attack on the jockey who on Saturday won him the world's richest race & at the same time has openly criticised the tactics used by Godolphin for Sheikh Mohammed's defeated Discreet Cat," reported racingpost.co.uk. Sheikh Hamdan (who on Saturday night celebrated the Gr1 Dubai World Cup triumph of his horse Invasor with 19-year-old rider Fernando Jara) yesterday "revealed to the world his dissatisfaction with the jockey's performance at Nad Al Sheba". Hamdan "not only criticised Jara but also questioned Godolphin, who he said had denied Discreet Cat any chance of winning the World Cup because of the race plan they devised for the previously unbeaten colt". Talking first about Invasor (hailed by Sheikh Hamdan as "the best horse in the world") he declared Jara should have committed his mount sooner than he did & argued that he waited too long before sending the American colt past compatriot Premium Tap; he noted: "I spoke to Jara after the race & told him his mistake could have cost him the race, because the horse may not respond again when asked the question for the 2nd time. It was a risky misjudgement & I warned Jara not to do it again. The Panamanian is still very young & did not understand what would have been the tactical cost of such a move." Hamdan "then switched his focus to Discreet Cat" & said the tactics employed on his brother's horse had been futile: "In fact, I expected the Godolphin horse to lose even before the start of the race. Saeed Bin Suroor told me they were planning to come off the pace & I didn't like the idea; that was why Discreet Cat failed to keep pace & faded away in the early stages of the trip. How do you expect someone to win a race while you are pulling him from his shirt?"

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