Appropriate defence in Northern Dancer Stakes

Wigmore Hall will target the G1 Dubai Sheema Classic in March after a successful defence of his G1 Northern Dancer Turf Stakes crown at Woodbine.

Appropriately, he is inbred 3 x 4 to Northern Dancer.

On Monday, trainer Michael Bell announced the five-year-old is likely to spell in preparation for the 2400 metres feature on Dubai World Cup night.  “He’s deserved to win another nice race,” Bell said.  “The other option is to set him for the Gran Premio del Jockey Club in Milan next month.”

Wigmore Hall (5g High Chaparral – Love And Laughter, by Theatrical) cemented a winning weekend for his sire in Canada.  The victory came a day after High Chaparral colt Toronado claimed the G2 Champagne Stakes at Doncaster.

Wigmore Hall has banked over  $1.95 million since winning his maiden at Newmarket in September 2009.  He broke through for G2 victory in the 2011 Jebel Hatta in Dubai prior to a troubled third in the G1 Dubai Duty Free.

His 2012 campaign began with unplaced runs in the Jebel Hatta and the Duty Free.  He travelled to North America on the back of more unplaced efforts at Royal Ascot and York’s Ebor meeting but had an excuse in the latter where he was badly hampered.

Wigmore Hall is by Coolmore Stud shuttler High Chaparral from a daughter of Hoh Dear (Sri Pekan) who was a G3 winner of the 1999 Natalma Stakes at Woodbine.