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  • 28 March 2017

    ERA Stewards concluded an inquiry on Monday 20th March 2017, into a report received from the Equine Forensic Laboratory, that the prohibited substance meldonium had been detected in the post-race urine sample taken from IKHTISAS (USA) after it ran and finished eight (8th) in the “Longines Master Collection Handicap” (2000 metres) at Sharjah on Saturday 26th November 2016.

  • 25 March 2017

    After missing the start and falling far behind, American champion Arrogate (USA) unleashed one of the most spectacular performances in the 22-year history of the Dubai World Cup sponsored by Emirates Airline - and perhaps in all of racing worldwide - as he powered home to a two-and-a-quarter-length victory in front of a madly cheering crowd.

    “It goes to show you how great this horse is. He did that with all class. He’s the best I’ve ever seen in my life,” said an emotional trainer Bob Baffert, who gave up all hope when Arrogate broke slowly from the starting gate.

  • 25 March 2017

    Trainer John Gosden and jockey William Buick again teamed up to superb effect in the Longines Dubai Sheema Classic as Godolphin’s Jack Hobbs (GB) stormed back to his brilliant best.

    Seven years have elapsed since Buick launched his association with Gosden by landing the race on Dar Re Mi, and the now Godolphin-retained rider was sporting his famous blue silks as he strode clear for a two-and-a-quarter-length victory.

  • 25 March 2017

    Jockey Joao Moreira left Meydan spellbound by his magic touch as he conjured a dashing late run from the Japanese filly Vivlos (JPN) to capture the Dubai Turf sponsored by DP World.

    Quietly ridden for most of the race by the brilliant Brazilian, Vivlos cut down the French-trained Heshem (IRE), who looked likely to pull off a shock result at the 200m, inside the final strides of US$6 million showpiece to win by half a length. An identical margin behind finished Ribchester (IRE) in third having raced prominently throughout.

  • 25 March 2017

    Not a bad way for a trainer to get his first winner. Chad Summers was winless in four starts since taking out his license last month, yet the 32-year-old brought his best horse to Meydan and the four-year-old Mind Your Biscuits (USA) came through by storming down the centre of the track to dominate the Dubai Golden Shaheen sponsored by Gulf News. There were three lengths back to Comicas (USA) and it was a short head back to Morawij (GB), who stayed on gamely for third.

  • 25 March 2017

    Going 1200m on the turf straight of Meydan, the Al Quoz Sprint sponsored by Azizi Developments had the potential to deliver an exciting finish.

    On Saturday afternoon it outdid itself when French-trained The Right Man (GB) held on by a diminishing nose over American invader Long On Value (USA) in a thrilling finish in a swift 1.09.59.

    Ridden by Francois-Xavier Bertras in the colours of Pegase Bloodstock, the son of Lope de Vega won for the ninth time in 17 starts, and at the top level for the first time. Previously he was a Group 3 victor in France last November.

  • 25 March 2017

    It was a battle to the finish for the UAE Derby Sponsored By The Saeed & Mohammed Al Naboodah Group but in the end the Godolphin blue made it to the wire with a few inches to spare.

    Local rising star Thunder Snow (IRE) got a short-head past the popular Japanese raider Ephicharis (JPN) in what was the eighth win in the race for both Godolphin and trainer Saeed bin Suroor.

    Winning jockey Christophe Soumillon said “He is a champion with a big big heart. He gave me everything. He is a champion. I knew he was going to be something special when he won in England last year.”

  • 25 March 2017

    History repeated itself times over in the Dubai Gold Cup sponsored by Al Tayer Motors as Vazirabad (FR) became the first dual winner of the race, which joined the Dubai World Cup programme in 2012.

    As last year Vazirabad, representing owner the Aga Khan, trainer Alain de Royer-Dupre and jockey Christophe Soumillon, mowed down the leaders with a stunning turn of foot in the straight that took him to the front in the shadow of the winning post and won by the same distance, a neck.

  • 25 March 2017

    Qatari based trainer Julian Smart celebrated a third success in the Group 1 Dubai Kahayla Classic Empowered by IPIC, when Reda (QA) came with a late but powerful burst down the straight to beat RB Burn (USA) by two and a half lengths.

    It was a dream result for His Excellency Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Thani's son of Burning Sand and Ba’scherit, who had only received the invitation to run in this 2000m event last Saturday.

  • 25 March 2017

    UAE Champion Trainer Doug Watson kicked off Dubai World Cup night in style as he sent out his second consecutive Godolphin Mile sponsored by Meydan Sobha winner Second Summer (USA). Watson finished first, second and third in the 2016 edition, winning with One Man Band (IRE).

    "I didn't quite expect this to happen,” said Watson. “I didn't know if he could act on this ground. I think everybody was in the same boat. We have never had a sealed track over here. I'm sure he had some training on some sealed tracks in America. He came home so nicely.”

  • 24 March 2017

    Limato attempts to add another big prize to jockey Harry Bentley’s trophy cabinet
    By Martin Kelly

    Harry Bentley has been the star turn in Qatar over the last couple of seasons and the youthful Englishman is looking to Limato (IRE) to provide him with a first Dubai World Cup night winner in the Al Quoz Sprint sponsored by Azizi Developments.

    Bentley has four times being crowned champion jockey in Doha but has drawn a blank in seven previous mounts under the dazzling Meydan lights.

  • 24 March 2017

    Awardee is one of two Japanese half-brothers in the Dubai World Cup

    Two siblings will meet for the first time on the biggest stage of all in Saturday’s Dubai World Cup sponsored by Emirates.

    Among 10 runners from Japan at the meeting are the two half-brothers Awardee (USA) and Lani (USA), both out of the Sunday Silence mare Heavenly Romance and trained by Mikio Matsunaga for owner-breeder Koji Maeda.

  • 24 March 2017

    Ask Jorge Navarro about the left-front foot injury Sharp Azteca (USA) sustained and you will probably be treated to a series of gruesome cell-phone images.

    There is no recognisable horse anatomy, just an abstract mass of hair and blood. The trainer does not show off these images for shock value; to him you need to see them to fully comprehend the will of his colt and the horsemanship of his team.

  • 24 March 2017

    Trackwork Notes from our team of journalists, with updates on and build -up to all nine races to be held Dubai World Cup Day
    Group 1 US$10m Dubai World Cup sponsored by Emirates Airline – 2000m (Dirt)

    Gun Runner (USA) — Continues to impress in the mornings for trainer Steve Asmussen. Left the quarantine facility and arrived at the main track at 5.05 am. He went on to gallop one circuit under exercise rider Carlos Rosas and then walked went back to his barn.

    Assistant trainer Scott Blasi, on horseback, escorted him to and from the racetrack.

  • 24 March 2017

    There will be some celebration if Heartbreak City wins for his Irish owners on Saturday.

    Dubai World Cup night has seen its share of special celebrations over the years but things will reach a new level of bedlam on Saturday if Heartbreak City (FR) wins the Dubai Gold Cup sponsored by Al Tayer Motors.