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  • 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.

  • 23 March 2017

    It should be worth the wait for when Arrogate (USA), officially the best dirt racehorse and joint highest-rated of any horse on the planet, takes to the Meydan dirt surface in anger on Saturday evening.

    He will face 13 rivals in the UAE’s flagship race, the 2000m Group 1 US$10m Dubai World Cup sponsored by Emirates Airline, as one of two runners for trainer Bob Baffert who already boasts two winners of the race when it was contested at Nad Al Sheba.

  • 23 March 2017

    Reigning champion Muarrab (GB) is not the only previous winner among the field for the 1200m Group 1 US$2m Dubai Golden Shaheen

    Reigning champion Muarrab (GB) is not the only previous winner among the field for the 1200m Group 1 US$2m Dubai Golden Shaheen sponsored by Gulf News, although when Reynaldothewizard (USA) landed the prize in 2013 it was on the old all-weather surface, not today’s dirt.

    Trained by Musabbeh Al Mheiri 12 months ago, HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s Muarrab, the mount of Jim Crowley, will be having his first start since joining Ali Rashid Al Rayhi.

  • 23 March 2017

    Al Quoz Sprint has attracted a field of 12 with much attention sure to be focused on Ertijaal (IRE).

    Being contested over 1200m for the first time, a 200m increase on its previous distance, the Group 1 US$1m Al Quoz Sprint sponsored by Azizi Developments has attracted a field of 12 with much attention sure to be focused on Ertijaal (IRE).

    Owned by HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum and trained by Ali Rashid Al Rayhi, Ertijaal was second in the race last year, denied close home by Buffering from Australia.

  • 23 March 2017

    Godolphin’s strongest chance this year would appear to be Ribchester (IRE).

    Robbed this week of last year’s victor, Japan’s Real Steel (JPN), there will be a new name on the trophy for the 1800m Group 1 US$6m Dubai Turf sponsored by DP World.

    Godolphin have owned the winner on three occasions, all trained by Saeed bin Suroor who himself can boast five victories in the turf feature and they combine with Very Special (IRE), sixth in this race 12 months ago.

  • 23 March 2017

    Triple Nine (KOR), the nation’s horse of the year in 2016, is set to run in the Godolphin Mile
    By Carolyn Conley

    South Korean horse racing has much at stake on Saturday night at Meydan. Triple Nine (KOR), the nation’s horse of the year in 2016, is set to run in the Godolphin Mile sponsored by Meydan Sobha. His mere presence in the Group 2 race on Dubai World Cup night marks a major milestone for the Korean Racing Authority.

  • 22 March 2017

    Group 2 Godolphin Mile was dominated by Doug Watson 12 months ago and he saddles two of 13 runners this year

    Promoted to opening race on the card this year, the Group 2 Godolphin Mile sponsored by Meydan Sobha was dominated by Doug Watson 12 months ago, who saddled the first three home in the 1600m dirt contest.

  • 22 March 2017

    Group 1 Kahayla Classic has a familiar look to it with three of the first four from the 2016 renewal clashing again.

    It may have a new time slot among the nine races but the only Purebred Arabian race on the card, the Group 1 Kahayla Classic empowered by IPIC has a familiar look to it with three of the first four from the 2016 renewal clashing again.

  • 22 March 2017

    Notes from our team of journalists, with updates on and build -up to all nine races to be held Dubai World Cup Day, March 22, 2017

    Dubai World Cup sponsored by Emirates Airline Post- Position Draw Quotes:

    Apollo Kentucky (USA)
    Stall – 1
    Kenji Yamauchi, trainer – “I didn’t really want the outside so I’m happy enough with an inside draw. I’ll have to wait to see if the horse can live up to his American pedigree on dirt.”

    Arrogate (USA)
    Stall – 9

  • 22 March 2017

    Saturday’s longest race on the card, the Group 2 Dubai Gold Cup 2017 looks a strong renewal this year

    Saturday’s longest race on the card and one of four turf features, the 3200m Group 2 Dubai Gold Cup sponsored by Al Tayer Motors looks a particularly strong renewal this year with the 14 runners headed by the first two home from 12 months ago.

    Victory then went to France and Vazirabad (FR), trained by Alain de Royer-Dupre and, on that occasion, as a four-year-old, in receipt of weight from runner-up Big Orange (GB), representing Britain and Michael Bell.

  • 22 March 2017

    16 set to face starter in 2017 Group 2 UAE Derby

    A maximum field of 16 is set to face the starter in the final Classic of the local season, the Group 2 UAE Derby sponsored by The Saeed & Mohammed Al Naboodah Group.

    Not surprisingly, Godolphin is well represented and responsible for three runners, seemingly headed by Thunder Snow (IRE) who, along with stable companion, Top Score (GB), will be seeking to give trainer Saeed bin Suroor an eighth victory in the race but first since 2011.

  • 22 March 2017

    Slow starter, fast finisher: that has been the career path for Medicean Man
    by Howard Wright

    Slow starter, fast finisher: that has been the career path for Medicean Man (GB), who at the age of 11 would become the oldest winner in the history of Dubai World Cup nights if he were to carry off the Al Quoz Sprint sponsored by Azizi Developments.

    Yet British trainer Jeremy Gask could not have dreamed of being anywhere near the Meydan winner’s enclosure when he took over the son of Medicean following his purchase by Angie Loder for 80,000 guineas (£76,190) as a yearling in 2007.

  • 21 March 2017

    For the last couple of years, French trainer Alain de Royer Dupre has left Meydan with at least one valuable prize in his pocket. In 2014, Dolniya (FR) was an easy winner of the Group 1 Longines Dubai Sheema Classic and last year Vazirabad (FR), who sports the same colours as the filly, took the honours in the Group 2 Dubai Gold Cup sponsored by Al Tayer Motors.

    This year, he is counting on Zarak (FR) and Vazirabad, who are both owned by HH the Aga Khan, to continue his winning streak on Dubai World Cup night.