By Margaret Ransom
Magny Cours is a Kentucky-bred, mostly French-raced son of Medaglia d’Oro and the A.P. Indy mare Indy Five Hundred. He is one of three “house horse” runners expected from the powerhouse Godolphin conglomerate of Sheikh Mohammed al Maktoum to line up in the 10-furlong Dubai World Cup.
The 6-year-old is trained by multiple French champion trainer Andre Fabre and will be making his dirt debut in the Dubai World Cup. He is group 3-placed and is a two-time stakes winner in 2020, one in France (Prix de Montretout at Chantilly) and one in England (Coral Gala Stakes at Sandown Park) and after spending the second half of 2020 shelved he returned to win an allowance race at Chantilly three weeks ago as a prep for the Dubai World Cup.
Fabre has had some success in Dubai, his charge Polish Summer won the Dubai Sheema Classic in 2004. He has sent out 19 runners on the Dubai World Cup cards in the event’s 25-year history, including five in the Dubai World Cup itself. His best finisher in the main event was Loup Sauvage, who was third behind Silver Charm in 1998.
Trainer: Andre Fabre
Jockey: Pierre-Charles Boudin
Age: 6 (horse)
Career record: 8-5-2-0
Career earnings: $119,771
Top Equibase speed figure: N/A
Pedigree: Medaglia d’Oro—Indy Five Hundred, by A.P. Indy
Running style: Stalker/mid-pack runner
Notes: Magny Cours is a commune in the Nièvre department, an area in central France named after the River Nievre… horse’s dam, Indy Five Hundred, won the 2003 Garden City Handicap (G1T) at Belmont Park… she was purchased by Godolphin’s then chief executive, John Ferguson, for $3 million in foal to Kingmambo…