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  • 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.

  • 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.