03/30/2007 11:00PM

Asiatic Boy dominates UAE Derby


DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - As brilliant as Discreet Cat looked winning the 2006 United Arab Emirates Derby, Asiatic Boy might have been even better on Saturday at Nad Al Sheba. Discreet Cat won the UAE Derby by six lengths, and while last year's field might have been a stronger one than this year's, Asiatic Boy was home by 9 1/2 lengths, that after contesting a fast early pace, and getting caught three paths wide around the Nad Al Sheba turn. None of it bothered Asiatic Boy, who went clear close to a quarter-mile from the finish and ran through the stretch by himself, giving trainer Mike de Kock his third win in the $2 million race.

"He's a super-horse," said de Kock, who trains Asiatic Boy for Sheikh Mohd bin Khalifa al Maktoum.

Asiatic Boy was bred in Argentina and is a 4-year-old on Northern Hemisphere time. He was brought to Dubai via France after being privately purchased shortly after finishing second in the Group 1 Gran Criterium on May 20 in Argentina. Twice second before being bought, he now has won four times in Dubai by a combined 25 3/4 lengths.

"This is the best horse I've ever ridden in my career," said veteran jockey Weichong Marwing.

De Kock believes Asiatic Boy, timed in an excellent 1:48.82 for about nine furlongs on dirt, can be equally effective on turf, and plans on sending him to England for a summer campaign. However, he did not rule out a trip to the U.S. for the Breeders' Cup Classic. Asiatic Boy paid $3.80 to win in the United States.

De Kock and trainer Saeed bin Suroor have won every running of the UAE Derby, but bin Suroor's trio of runners failed to have an impact this time; Eu Tambem was seventh, Day Pass ninth, and the filly Folk 10th.

Jack Junior - U.S.-bred, English-owned, and still a maiden - finished second, just less than three lengths ahead of the Saudi Arabian-owned colt Adil.