Trade Fair Star To Chase International Glory
Trade Fair star Trade Storm has been bought by the rapidly-emerging Qatar Racing and is bound for an international campaign later this year.
Qatar Racing was formed for Sheikh Hamad, Sheikh Suhaim and Skeikh Fahad Al Thani from the Qatar royal family. Sheikh Fahad Al Thani also operates Pearl Bloodstock, and races Dunaden, winner of the Group 1 Melbourne Cup, Caulfield Cup and Hong Kong Vase and the 2011-12 champion Australian stayer.
Trade Storm, a five-year-old prepared by English trainer David Simcock, has created a big impression winning at his last two starts during the Dubai World Cup carnival.
He won the Jaguar XF Trophy (nine furlongs) by 3 3/4 lengths on February 14 then took the Group 2 Zabeel Mile by 1 1/2 lengths on March 2 and is now a major fancy for the $US5 million Group 1 Dubai Duty Free (nine furlongs) on March 30, Dubai World Cup night.
David Redvers, the racing manager for Qatar Racing, is fully versed in the success of the Trade Fair stock.
Redvers bought Trade Fair off the track from Prince Khalid Abdullah, owner of the world champion Frankel, and stood him at his Tweenhills Farm & Stud, Gloucestershire.
WA bloodstock agent John Chalmers arranged for Trade Fair to shuttle here and later organised his outright purchase to a local syndicate headed by Perth Racing chairman Ted van Heemst’s Lynward Park Stud.
Trade Fair stands at John Andrew’s Alwyn Park Stud, Serpentine.
Redvers tweeted: ” Excited to report that Trade Storm has been purchased by Qatar Racing and will remain with David Simcock, who had done so well with him. He remains firmly on course for the Dubai Duty Free and will hopefully compete at the top level over eight furlongs around the globe.”