Ramzan Kadyrov, the president of Chechnya, has purchased the 2009 Argentine Derby winner, Storm Chispazo. Mr. Kadyrov’s Dubai-based trainer, South African Herman Brown, went to Argentina to inspect the horse, Brown’s assistant, Nicolas Iguacel, said.
Nicolas is currently in Dubai with the five international horses that Mr. Kadyrov owns — Bronze Cannon, Mourilyan, Racecar Rhapsody, Bankable, and a maiden. Storm Chispazo is expected to join the stable in Dubai and is likely to race in Dubai, as well as in the President’s Cup in Moscow — the most prestigious race in Russia that attracts entries from leaders of nearby countries. Last year, Mr. Kadyrov purchased the Anthony Oppenheimer-owned Bronze Cannon from John Gosden’s yard specifically for the Moscow race, in which he finished fourth. The President’s Cup is contested over dirt, as is the Argentine Derby, so Mr. Kadyrov’s recent acquisition will be better suited for the ground than was Bronze Cannon, a turf horse. The race was won by the US-bred Monomakh, a 4-year-old son of Mineshaft who’s the best horse in Russia. Last year, Monomakh won the Russian Derby. Mr. Kadyrov had purchased US-bred and-raced Racecar Rhapsody specifically for the Russian Derby, in which he was fourth behind Monomakh.