Scottish owner expands interest in Ballydoyle
Dr Jim Hay and his wife Fitri have further expanded their bloodstock interests at Ballydoyle by buying into the hardy Fame And Glory in the week that Cape Blanco will carry their colours and hopes in Saturday's Dubai World Cup at Meydan.
Cape Blanco, to be ridden by Jamie Spencer, has been elevated to 5/1 second favourite for the World Cup following news that well-fancied Bold Silvano, trained by Mike de Kock, is to miss the race. Favouritism in the world's richest horse race rests on the shoulders of the Henry Cecil-trained Twice Over, at 2/1.
Fame And Glory, now a five-year-old, had the misfortune to have been foaled in the same year as Sea The Stars and finished runner-up to the John Oxx-trained champion in the Epsom Derby and Irish Champion Stakes.
Last year Fame And Glory won four races, including the Coronation Cup at Epsom, and also finished a solid fifth to Workforce in the Arc. Glasgow native Hay is known to be a personal favourite of part-owner Derrick Smith, who will retain a share in the horse with Sue Magnier and Michael Tabor.
The purchase of a significant share of Cape Blanco by the Hays has paved the way for one of racing's major stand-offs to come close to an end.
The 'feud' between the Maktoums' Darley empire and the Ballydoyle/ Coolmore operation has stretched to five years, with the last Ballydoyle runner in Dubai being Powerscourt in 2005. In that time, the Maktoums have declined to bid for Coolmore-bred or owned bloodstock in the sales rings.
A win for Cape Blanco on Saturday may not change matters, but might be a starting point for a new relationship. (© Daily Telegraph, London)