DUBAI, 26th March, 2022 (WAM) — A Case Of You has secured a momentous win for Ireland in the Group 1 Al Quoz Sprint, sponsored by Azizi Developments, to spark emotional celebrations for its exultant relationship.
Predictions that the race would go when it mattered on the grandstand rail proved accurate as A Case Of You, drawn closest to the side nearest Gate 16, ran easily under its regular driver Ronan Whelan .
The Hot Streak colt hit the front between the final two furlongs and never looked vulnerable afterwards, scoring a length and a quarter past British raider Happy Romance to the delight of Dublin County coach Ado McGuinness and of its owners, led by long-time customer Gary Devlin, who shouted happily into Meydan’s parade ring.
The favorite Man Of Promise didn’t seem to have any particular excuse, but still raced with the credit of being third, a neck further.
A Case Of You, bred by Derek Iceton at Tara Stud, failed to attract the reserve price of €3,000 at the Sportif Goffs Sale as a yearling. He started his career with trainer John McConnell before selling privately to stable McGuiness after winning the Group 3 Anglesey Stakes as a juvenile. This is the second Group 1 victory of his career after winning the Prix de l’Abbaye at ParisLongchamp last October.
Winning trainer Ado McGuinness said: “I knew he had improved a lot since the last day. Ronan Whelan gave him a great trick, he was super cool.”
He continued: “Ian Brennan looked after him here and did a great job with him. He is a very, very good horse. It was sure that it was not a weak race today. He’s only four years old and he’s only going to get better. I think he will win another Group 1 this year and the long term goal at the end of the year will be to return to the Breeders. ‘ Chopped off.”
A Case Of You jockey Ronan Whelan said: “I was afraid to come a little early but he was doing so well. His last stage is still his strongest and he is such a tough and genuine horse “Five stadiums, six stadiums, soft ground, fast ground, it doesn’t matter to him. I love him. He’s come so much from the Super Saturday warm-up race. He’s enjoyed having that experience and he’s has improved so much. It means everyone the whole team. Winning such a great race at Meydan is something you dream of but don’t think will happen.”
Richard Hannon, trainer of runner-up Happy Romance, said: “I’m delighted with that, she had a really good race. You can’t be disappointed with that, she seems to be getting better and better and she’s got us going. worth some very nice sum of money.”
Happy Romance jockey Sean Levey added: “She ran a blinder. I thought the draw was maybe costing me a length and I think she would have been there with a better draw. She ran a blinder and the year is young.”