RFO 1 November 1998
Last week saw the Mole make his first journey to Yarmouth – a venue so far east it was evens whether the racecourse or the Great Wall of China would appear first. Yours truly just had to inspect the last of the juvenile stars on show and it was well worth the venture.
The first to show was Dubai Millennium – yet another off the David Loder juvenile winner conveyor belt. In the past so many of the David Loder two year olds have failed to train on and fulfil their precocious promise. This is mostly due to the fact that they lack the size and strength to make it in the big boys league as three year olds. This is not the case with Dubai Millennium who apart from being a rangy good bodied individual also has the strength in the quarters and hamstring muscles that you need if Group One races are on the agenda. As the late Eddie Waring might have said “theres meat pies in them thighs”. In the case of Dubai Millennium its more like coiled titanium springs. The Epsom Derby has been nominated as his target and let us hope he makes it on the 5th of June next year.
RFO 18 May 1999
Goodwood this week and on Tuesday Dubai Millennium can show if he has the right stuff for Epsom. Though his work in the desert has not been sparkling old Moley believes we have yet to see the best of this colt. He looked to have the potential when viewed at Yarmouth last autumn and with his dam having won the 13.5f Prix de Pomone he will have no problems with the trip.
RFO 1 June 1999
Dubai to take the Derby in Millennium Year
Cheltenham may hold the best meeting on Earth and Aintree the finest spectacle but Epsom will once again stages the finest race in the world when the Derby is run on Saturday. As a contest it has spawned more imitations than Rory Bremner on overtime but this is the true original. As Federico Tesio noted “the winning post at Epsom is the most important piece of wood on the planet”.
This years renewal is a fascinating encounter and will be won by Dubai Millennium. Moley was knocked over when he first saw the colt before his opening race as a two year old and is not about to desert him now. Back in early November following his Yarmouth introduction the Old Mole mentioned this star in the making to readers. What was said then holds true today ? that Dubai Millennium is “a rangy good bodied individual who has the strength in the quarters and hamstring muscles that you need if Group One races are on the agenda. As the late Eddie Waring might have said “theres meat pies in them thighs”. In the case of Dubai Millennium its more a case of coiled titanium springs”.
Moley saw the colt at Goodwood and he again impressed in physique and was more settled in the prelims than he had been at Doncaster where he had got a bit stewed up.
He has yet to be extended in his races and lack of experience is the Wise Ones only fear for the colt. Dubais dam won the Prix de Pomone over 13.5 furlongs and his stamina credentials are strong enough. However he has yet to come off the bridle in any of his contests. That aside Frankie Dettori should have him in the best position and he can show his speed to win the Classic in style.
RFO 10 August 1999
To add to the Group One Roll of Honour Dubai Millennium will be putting his best foot forward at York next week in the Juddmonte International stakes. Coral have already gone up on the heat and make the colt an 8/1 chance to add to his recent win in the Prix Eugene Adam. The “Time Bandits” blew a fuse after clocking the colts running at Maisons Lafitte and reckon the stopwatch revealed an exceptional performance. Making all in the race he had them all off the bridle and won easing down to defeat the Andre Fabre trained Shinto State by 3 lengths. As that colt had finished second in the Prix Hocquart respectively, it was no mean performance.
The Moles mum and his other reader will know the Whiskered One went Nap on the beast for the Derby. Unfortunately the colt boiled over before the race and never gave his true showing. Some critics reckoned he never got the trip. It looks the argument is now academic as the Godolphin team believe he has so much speed they might even drop him down in trip after York.
With the recent easing in the ground and with the track tailor made for his front running style he could be the one to catch on the Knavesmire.
RFO 17 August 1999
Dubai Millennium confirmed the Moles confidence on Sunday by taking the wrong Group One when landing the Prix Jacques le Marois and he continues down the right path.
RFO 28 September 1999
The weather did its best to put a damper on the Ascot Festival but it could not prevent an exhilarating display from Dubai Millennium which was the highlight of Sundays card. After the race Sheikh Mohammed said that the colt was “the best horse Godolphin has ever had”. Readers of the column knew it all along.
RFO Annual March 2000
In the 1999 Ten To Follow a big mention was made of this most imposing individual and he was put forward as a possible Derby contender. He went off favourite for the Blue Riband at Epsom but lost the race in the preliminaries sweating badly and simply boiling over. He was never in the hunt at the Surrey venue but returned to form with impressive consecutive victories.
He won the Group Two Prix Eugene Adam in good style in a fast time and then stepped up to take the Prix Haras de Fresnay and the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot.
After the concluding victory Sheikh Mohammed was quite emphatic that this was the best horse ever to have run in the Godolphin colours. More importantly his appearance in the paddock confirmed he had continued to make the kind of progress that now stamps him as a truly outstanding individual.
He will be targeted at the Dubai World Cup and hopefully returns to these shores to battle for the top prizes.
RFO 28 March 2000
Breathtaking is the only word to describe the superb performance of Dubai Millennium when winning the Dubai World Cup on Saturday evening. The colt finally silenced his critics with a relentless show of speed. The Moles confidence evaporated before the off when he saw the colt sweating between the legs and feared he might be boiling over as he had done before the Derby. Any thoughts of selling him on the spread were quickly despatched. It would have been worse than selling your children. Mole was adamant that that the colt would have stayed the Derby trip if he had stayed cool and the way he finished on Saturday indicated there was plenty left. A crack at the King George VI at Ascot in July would let us know if he can beat the best at the championship distance. It is the only thing he has yet to prove.
SA 23 May 2000 Horses To Follow
The last of the magnificent six to follow has to be Dubai Millennium. I travelled to Yarmouth one sodden afternoon to check him out. He was a two year old at the time and the trip was worth it. The rest is history though I lost my bet when he boiled over before the Derby last year. Hopefully he might be chanced again over the championship distance of a mile and a half. Having won the World Cup it is the only thing he has yet to prove.
RFO 20 June 2000
The highlight of the meeting is the Prince of Wales Stakes over ten furlongs on Wednesday and the reappearance of the brilliant Dubai Millennium. Column readers have known all about this star since his first appearance at Yarmouth back in 1998 when the Mole forecast a Group One future for the contender. Since then his career has blossomed and apart from that dark day when he lost the Derby his CV has contained nothing but success. His work on the gallops gives every indication that he is ready to join the fray and he can make any spectators journey to the Berkshire course well worthwhile.
RFO 1 May 2001
It is with a heavy heart that Moley learned of the death of Dubai Millennium. The column supported him without fail and it seems like the passing of an era.
RFO 8 May 2001
It was with a heavy heart that the Mole heard last week of the death of Dubai Millennium. The column followed his career avidly from the first time he stepped onto a racecourse and it was a privilege to be at Yarmouth the first time he appeared.
On a dark and dank autumn afternoon he lit up the sky with fireworks with a breathtaking display and the Mole was happy to report on the colts potential the following week.
Thereafter Epsom was always going to be the big objective. However the support failed to be rewarded and a dismal performance ensued. Perhaps we too willingly imbue our heroes with an air of immortality and in the noise and curfuffle of Epsom on Derby Day the contender took a dose of stage fright and his temperament frayed. It is all too easy to forget that these are nervous thoroughbreds barely turned three years of age and the environment was enough to unsettle the star on this occasion.
The disappointment was quickly left behind when his career was resumed in glittering style with emphatic wins in France including a Group One win at Deauville. He wrapped up his three year old career with a six length win at Ascot which left claims to be the top three year old.
His target was then the Dubai World Cup at Nad el Sheba in March and he was crowned World Champion with a relentless show of class where he just ran further and further away from a top class field.
Dubai Millennium showed his versatility by winning on all types of surfaces and proved himself a true champion by winning at all ages.
The real tragedy of course is that we will only see one generation of his progeny compete and his passing is an immeasurable loss to the breeding industry and racing in general. It seems like the end of an era.
SA 31 October 2002
Yarmouth is often the venue for the start of many a career for some talented horses and it was at the corresponding meeting three years ago that Dubai Millennium first set foot on a racecourse.
One of the best individuals for a decade his triumphs in Group races last season was topped again last spring when he ran away with the Dubai World Cup in a breathtaking display. He confirmed that performance on turf at Royal Ascot that exhausted the last of the superlatives and it was a rare pleasure to have witnessed such displays of an outstanding example of a classic racehorse.