Two Carnivals ago, trainer Erwan Charpy debuted a South American import who quickly made a big splash in Chilean-bred, Argentine multiple Group 1 winner Furia Cruzada. Said charge has since competed in two Dubai World Cups, placed in a pair of Group 1s and won 2017's Al Maktoum Challenge Round 2 (G2) over subsequent Godolphin Mile (G2) winner Second Summer. The iron mare is now preparing for her third Carnival assault.
Meanwhile, Charpy's arsenal of Argentine form has grown. Last month, he took over the care of a hulking bay grandson of Unbridled named Logrado, who comes to Dubai with similar credentials. An emphatic five-length winner when taking the prestigious Republica Argentina (G1) over 1 1/4 miles (in a brilliant time of 1:58.50) on dirt two starts ago on May 1, the half-brother to Group 2 winner and multiple Group 1-placed Lencelot has had seven starts and was last seen running when third in the Estrellas Classic (G1) over that
same trip on July 9. Overall, he has a 3-1-1 record and has impressed onlookers in the mornings at Meydan since arriving.
“I quite like him,” Charpy said. “He's a very good horse and a tough, huge horse. A typical South American horse; very strong. I think he could be a very good Carnival horse. We have not had him for very long, but he came to us a pretty fit horse.
“I am aiming for the Singspiel Stakes on the first meeting of the Carnival,” Charpy continued “It's nine furlongs on the turf and it should be a good place to get started for him. Furia (Cruzada) will run in The Entisar on (December) 20th and then we will decide what to do with her after that, but will likely point her to the (Al) Maktoum Challenge series.”
The Singspiel is part of a blockbuster opening night Jan. 3 card for the Carnival that includes six races worth a total of US$995,000. A Group 3, it was won last year by Godolphin's Benbatl, who would go on to win the Dubai Turf (G1) in smashing style.
Logrado is a son of Manipulator, a regally bred Unbridled stallion, whose dam is dominant Breeders' Cup Distaff (G1) winner and U.S. champion Inside Information. Being out of an Interprete mare, he sports a pedigree that is as versatile as he has shown on the racetrack. After breaking his maiden at first asking over six furlongs on dirt, he was a good fourth in the Gran Criterium (G1) over a mile on grass. In addition to his aforementioned G1 tally on dirt he also owns a one-sided allowance victory over a mile on grass last April, stopping the clock in 1:33.94.
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