Celebrated Hungarian-based sprinter Overdose (pictured above in this post and in the blog header), undefeated in 11 starts in Europe, makes his much anticipated season debut Sunday at Kincsem Park in Budapest, Hungary. Leading European rider Christophe Soumillon will fly in to to ride Overdose in the 1000-meter Hungarian Group 1 race. There are questions surrounding the readiness of the colt, whose every move has been captured by the local media. He apparently missed at least five days of training due to some sensitivity in his right front foot but did work last Friday, according to a published account.
The 4-year-old English-bred son of Starborough and the Warning mare Our Poppet sold for only 2,000 guineas as a small and unattractive yearling but last year became one of the best sprinters in Europe with convincing group-race wins in Germany and Italy. His most famous performance, however, came on Arc day in the marred Group 1 Prix de l’Abbaye. Overdose “won” and ran in near-record time but the race was nulled because one stall didn’t open; the race was re-run later that day but Overdose didn’t participate. By year’s end he’d done enough, however, to be named the champion 3-year-old European sprinter (1200 meters) on the 2008 World Thoroughbred Rankings.
Owned by Zoltan Mikoczy and trained by Sandor Ribarszki, Overdose came to fame through the backwater tracks of Europe, like Kincsem Park, Bratislava in Slovakia, and Magna Racino in Austria. Then he exploded on the international scene in Germany, where he won the 1200-meter Group 2 Golden Peitsche at Baden Baden — the most prestigious sprint in the country. The colt ended the year in November by taking the Group 3 Premio Carlo e Francesca Aloisi in Rome by 10 lengths!
Messrs. Mikoczy and Ribarszki have an ambitious schedule in place for Overdose (which was published in Hungary):
4.19. Kincsem Park — OTP-Hungária Nagydíj
5.23. Haydock Park — Temple Stakes
6.16. Ascot — King’s Stand Stakes
6.20. Ascot — Golden Jubilee Stakes
7.10. Newmarket — July Cup
8.30. Baden-Baden — Goldene Peitsche
10.04. Longchamp— Prix de l’Abbaye
11.07. Santa Anita — Breeders’ Cup or Melbourne (Australia)
12.13. Sha Tin — Hong Kong Sprint
Below are links to videos of Overdose:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1MoVkUljx8&feature=related (Premio Carlo e Francesca Aloisi, Italy)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QiLvi58gyBc&feature=related (Prix de l’Abbaye, France)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUOZgXMFyRo&feature=related (Paraded at Kincsem Park, Hungary, 9/7/2008)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4F5__12p20&feature=related (Lotto-Hamburg Trophy, Germany)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXu1TfaiUHs&feature=related (Szent Laslo Dij, Hungary)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w7G7W4lLvu0&feature=related (Lanson Cup, Germany)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uoL7kKDvXTU&feature=related (Austria, dirt)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXrV9tvOheA&feature=related (Austria, turf)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p30ky5R0aUY&feature=related (Overdose paraded at Kincsem Park New Year’s Eve)