Global Heat scorches to glory in Listed Al Khail Trophy
Global Heat secured the biggest success of his career at the age of seven as he powered home in the 14-furlong Listed Al Khail Trophy at Meydan, UAE, on Friday, 20 January.
A veteran of three previous Dubai World Cup Carnivals, the talented stayer was only denied by a short-head in the 2021 G3 Nad Al Sheba Trophy in addition to capturing a non-Carnival handicap the same season.
Held up towards the rear in a well-bunched field, Global Heat still had the majority of his rivals in front of him when he was angled out by Pat Cosgrave passing the two-furlong marker.
The son of Toronado swooped down the centre of the course, hitting the front approaching the final half furlong before seeing off Away He Goes in the closing strides for a length verdict.
Trainer Saeed bin in Suroor said: “Global Heat has been doing well. The step up in trip really helped and we also used a visor to help him focus.
“We have tried him over a mile and a half but I think a longer trip is better for him. We will keep him over this trip, potentially for the Nad Al Sheba Trophy.
“He is improving with age. We have looked after him and I still think he needed the race tonight. He will be a better horse next time.”
Pat Cosgrave added: “Global Heat has loads of ability. The last time he won around here, I rode him, and that was a while ago in a non-Carnival race. He has not done a lot wrong since and has been placed a lot. He has probably been called a few names in the past but today he was good.
“I did not jump good, so I slotted him in and he relaxed. Then it all opened up nicely for me and he quickened up smartly. He probably has more of a turn of foot against these staying horses.
“I was not overly hard on him and he kept going for me. Maybe this trip or even two miles might be what he wants, as he stays well and will have a turn of foot against those horses. He was rated 99 before today but he is entitled to go into better company now.”