The fields are gradually congealing for one of the top turf races in the world, the $6 million Dubai Turf sponsored by DP World (G1) on Dubai World Cup night. While it is widely known that Vivlos, Deirdre, Benbatl, Dream Castle, Blair House and Century Dream are hoping to make the 1 1/8-mile test, the grass feature got an added boost with the addition of another “possible” in John and Tanya Gunther's Without Parole.
The Gunthers, a father and daughter team who also bred American Triple Crown winner Justify and are among the three finalists for champion breeder at the Eclipse Awards this weekend, are hoping that the lightly raced son of Frankel can prove to trainer John Gosden that he is worthy of a trip to the UAE.
“Fingers are crossed,” Tanya Gunther said. “Neither my dad or I have been to the Dubai World Cup, so it would be exciting if it happens. He's doing well at the moment and Gosden will make the call in due course regarding whether he heads to Dubai.”
Arguably one of the more unexposed Group 1 winners in his division, Without Parole shot onto the scene last June with a brilliant tally in Royal Ascot's St James's Palace Stakes (G1)—his first Group-level try in what was his fourth start. Thrown into the deep end, he finished off the board in consecutive Group 1 races behind the likes of Lightning Spear, Roaring Lion and Recoletos.
Victory on Dubai World Cup night would not be a surprise for his bloodline, as it were. His half-brother, Shadwell Stable's Tamarkuz, won the 2015 Godolphin Mile (G2) with ease, as well as the Dubai World Cup Carnival's Firebreak Stakes (G3) and Burj Nahaar (G3). The Gunthers also bred said eventual Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (G1) winner, who now stands at Shadwell Stud in Kentucky.
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