Long River, a close relative of Maine Chance Farms’ proven sire Black Minnaloushe, will jump from barrier two in Saturday’s $10 000 000 Dubai World Cup.
The seven-year-old is coming into the Meydan G1 feature off a front running win in the Al Maktoum Challenge (Round 3) and will once again be ridden by Mikael Barzalona in Saturday’s big race.
Long River, who has won five times and earned over $750 000 in prize money, is a son of dual US champion sire A P Indy and G1 Breeders’ Cup Distaff winner Round Pond, whose dam Gift Of Dance is a half-sister to 3 G1 winners –including Black Minnaloushe.
The latter, sire of recent feature race winners Krambambuli and Bold Viking, is a proven sire of more than 60 stakes horses, with Black Minnaloushe’s top runners including Breeders’ Cup winner Dancing In Silks, US G1 winner Black Mamba, Triple Crown winning sire Louis The King and champion 2yos Kochka, Jokers Wild and Hollinger.
The classic winning son of Storm Cat has six lots on sale at the 2017 National Yearling Sale, including a three parts brother to Triple Crown winner Milden Magic (Lot 45), a filly out of a winning half-sister to G1 Premier’s Champion Stakes winner Exhilaration (Lot 257), and a filly out of a half-sister to champion sprinter Hinterland (Lot 353).