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  • 04 April 2019

    Racing at Al Ain Racecourse on Thursday is a seven-race card which begins with the sole Thoroughbred contest, a 1400m handicap, looking particularly competitive with the maximum allowed field of 15 declared and the weights headed by Good Contact.

  • 30 March 2019

    Winner: Thunder Snow
    Owner: Godolphin
    Trainer: Saeed bin Suroor
    Jockey: Christophe Soumillon

    Official Time: 2:03.87 (2000m, Track Record: 2:01.38 – Thunder Snow, 2018)

    Margin of Victory: Nose

    Thunder Snow overcame a huge amount of difficulty to become the first horse in history to land consecutive wins in the US$12 million Dubai World Cup sponsored by Emirates Airline (G1).

  • 30 March 2019

    Winner: Old Persian
    Owner: Godolphin
    Trainer: Charlie Appleby
    Jockey: William Buick

    Official Time: 2:27.17 (2410m, Track Record: 2:26.85 – Hawkbill, 2018)

    Margin of: 1 ½ lengths

    Old Persian proved too powerful in the US$6 million Longines Dubai Sheema Classic (G1) to present owners Godolphin and potent trainer-jockey combination Charlie Appleby and William Buick with a remarkable treble on the Dubai World Cup card.

  • 30 March 2019

    Winner: Almond Eye
    Owner: Silk Racing Co Ltd
    Trainer: Sakae Kunieda
    Jockey: Christophe Lemaire

    Official Time: 1:46.78 (1800m, Track Record: 1:45.52 – Just a Way, 2014)

    Margin of Victory: 1 ¼ lengths

    She arrived in Dubai with a huge reputation and Japan’s super filly Almond Eye proved herself on a world stage at Meydan when showing brilliant acceleration to win the US$6 million Dubai Turf sponsored by DP World.

  • 30 March 2019

    Winner: X Y Jet
    Owner: Rockingham Ranch and Gelfenstein Farm
    Trainer: Jorge Navarro
    Jockey: Emisal Jaramillo

    Official Time: 1:10.75 (1200m, Track Record: 1:10.12 – Mind Your Biscuits, 2018)

    Margin of Victory: 1 ½ Lengths

    X Y Jet was first out of the gate and first home with a powerful front-running performance to capture Saturday’s US$2.5 million, Group 1 Dubai Golden Shaheen sponsored by Gulf News at Meydan Racecourse.

  • 30 March 2019

    Winner: Plus Que Parfait
    Owner: Imperial Racing LLC
    Trainer: Brendan Walsh
    Jockey: Jose Ortiz

    Official Time: 1:58.41 (1900m, Track Record: 1:55.18 – Mendelssohn, 2018)

    Margin of Victory: ¾ lengths

    Brendan Walsh, who once spent a decade working on the Godolphin team in Dubai before heading to the USA with hopes of becoming a trainer, saw his long-held dream come true when his his first runner in the Dubai, Plus Que Parfait, won the $2.5 UAE Derby Sponsored by the Saaed & Mohammed Al Naboodah Group (G2).

  • 30 March 2019

    Winner: Blue Point (Ire)
    Owner: Godolphin
    Trainer: Charlie Appleby
    Jockey: William Buick

    Official Time: 1:08.39 (1200m, Track Record: 1:08.24 – Jungle Cat, 2018)

    Margin of Victory: 1 ¼ lengths

    Blue Point stamped his claim to being the best sprinter on the planet when he stormed to victory in the 1200m Al Quoz Sprint sponsored by Azizi Developments (G1).

  • 30 March 2019

    Winner: Cross Counter (GB)
    Owner: Godolphin
    Trainer: Charlie Appleby
    Jockey: William Buick

    Official Time: 3.19.00 (3200m, Track Record: 3:17.92 – Vazirabad, 2018)

    Margin of Victory: 1 1/4

    Cross Counter successfully bridged the gap between Australia and the UAE with a brilliant victory for jockey William Buick over Isopolini – like the winner a 4-year-old owned by Godolphin and trained by Charlie Appleby – in the Dubai Gold Cup sponsored by Al Tayer Motors (G2), run over 3200m and with a purse of $1.5m.

  • 30 March 2019

    Winner: Coal Front
    Owner: Robert LaPenta and Head of Plains Partners LLC.
    Trainer: Todd Pletcher
    Jockey: Jose Ortiz

    Official Time: 01:36:51 (1600m, Track Record: 1:34.99 – Muntazah, 2019)

    Margin of Victory: three-quarters

    Over 1600m on the Meydan dirt surface, the $1.5 million Group 2 Godolphin Mile sponsored by Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum City-District One produced a thrilling finish with Heavy Metal looking set to defend his title only to be caught in the dying strides by Coal Front.

  • 30 March 2019

    Winner: AF Maher (AE)
    Owner: Mr. Khalid Khalifa Al Nabooda
    Trainer: Earnest Oertel
    Jockey: Tadhg O’Shea

    Official Time: 2.15.67 (2000m, Track Record: 2:13.68 – Tallaab Al Khalediah, 2018)

    Margin of Victory: Nose

    AF Maher confirms his class in the Dubai Kahayla Classic

  • 29 March 2019

    YOSHIDA: AN INTERNATIONAL SUCCESS STORY
    By DWC Notes Team Member Keith McCalmont
    The globalisation of horseracing is never more apparent than at international events such as the Dubai World Cup. On Saturday, horses from around the world will test their mettle against the best of their generation while an audience watches on TV and engages with trainers, owners and journalists on social media.

  • 29 March 2019

    $6 million Dubai Turf (G1) sponsored by DP World
    Majestic Mambo—Majestic Mambo, trained by South African Mike de Kock, is having just his second start for the yard. Last out, he finished sixth to Dream Castle in the Group 1 Jebel Hatta over the Dubai Turf’s 1800m turf trip.

    “That was a very good run,” De Kock said. “He needed that race badly and had a really good blow afterwards. Three weeks on, he is now much straighter, but it is a very strong race.”

    In the same race, De Kock also saddles Yulong Prince who will be having his first start for the trainer.

  • 29 March 2019

    Audible—“Best I’ve ever seen him go,” Elliott Walden of WinStar Farm laughed as Audible briefly emerged from the fog that descended over Meydan Racecourse Friday morning, only to be shrouded again as he went through his gallop. As he stood on the rail and took in what he could of Audible in advance of Saturday’s signature test, Walden tucked into the fact that what he has seen from the son of Into Mischief since arriving in Dubai confirmed to him that the colt was as ready as he could be for his international test.

  • 28 March 2019

    The world’s elite horseracing performers from 2018 will be honoured at the His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Horseracing Excellence Awards, on March 28, 2019, two days ahead of the world’s richest race meeting, the US$35 million Dubai World Cup 2019. An initiative of the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the awards are a testimony to sporting excellence in the UAE and across the globe.

  • 28 March 2019

    $6 million Dubai Turf (G1) sponsored by DP World