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If the Sheikh races them it will be on his turf and on his dime in Dubai. I know I'm already looking forward to March.
I'll bet you a dollar to a donut (not a great bargain anymore) that Bernardini is retired within 48 hours of the Classic.
I love the Smiths reference...when I lived near Manchester, I used to see people going on Smiths tours, which was entertaining.Not entertaining is the possibility of Bernardini and/or Discreet Cat heading to the breeding shed at the end of the season...I still refuse to put Discreet Cat in the Classic division until he runs in a race I feel qualifies!
Discreet Cat beat Invasor in the Dubai World cup pretty convincingly. I think they can still get both Bern and DC to Dubai for March, retire both right after the race, plenty of time to book mares for the Spring. I would imagine the book fills up no matter how high they set the fee.
Patrick - Is there any precedent for them racing a horse in Dubai in March and then immediately retiring them? I so badly want to believe that there's still a chance that they'll race each other.
Breeding season starts on July 4th, so plenty of time.
Patrick, if they stand them in the Southern Hemisphere you are correct, but there would not be enough time to stand to a full book in the North. They could retire immediately and breed solely to their own mares and maybe have a book of 40 each.