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  • 30 March 2016

    Third Chengdu Dubai International Cup Takes Place Saturday

    Some of the jockeys and trainers who took part in the US$30m Dubai World Cup day last weekend were on hand to meet members of the Chinese media this morning (Wednesday) ahead of the third Chengdu Dubai International Cup race day, which will be held on Saturday.

    The Jinma Lake Racecourse in the Chinese city of Chengdu in Sichuan was the venue for a meet and greet which featured Dubai Kahayla Classic and Golden Shaheen-winning trainer, Musabah Al Muhairi, French trainer Erwan Charpy and jockeys Jesus Rosales and Marc Monaghan.

  • 26 March 2016

    By Joe Kristufek

    In a dominant, track-record setting performance compromised by the slippage of his saddle during the race, California Chrome (USA) avenged last year's second place performance by winning the $10 million Dubai World Cup sponsored by Emirates. In the process, he became the all-time leading money earner in North American racing history.

    Leaving from post position 11 in the field of 12, the five-year-old son of Lucky Pulpit established a clear stalking position but, while three-wide, the saddle slipped and made jockey Victor Espinoza's job a bit more tricky.

  • 26 March 2016

    Victor Espinoza (jockey, California Chrome, 1st) - “I'm just trying to keep my balance and not move my body. I wasn't that concerned about it (the slipped saddle), I just kept looking forward and thinking 'where's the wire'. It was not coming fast enough. I felt like if I could hit the turn three or four wide I'll be in good shape. Today it proves how he can run when he's 100 per cent. The prep he felt strong. He won easy. I didn't want to override him because I knew he was going to have a tough race today. My goal after winning the Triple Crown was to win the Dubai World Cup.

  • 26 March 2016

    Roger Varian landed a first Dubai World Cup night success as Postponed (IRE) oozed class to strike under birthday boy Andrea Atzeni in the Dubai Sheema Classic presented by Longines.

    The Sicilian-born jockey turned 25 today and was always travelling sweetly aboard the late-maturing five-year-old.

    After swinging wide into the straight he was soon in control and stretched away from Japan’s Duramente (JPN) to record a thumping two-length victory in a track-record time of 2mins 26.97 seconds.

  • 26 March 2016

    Andrea Atzeni, (jockey, Postponed (IRE), 1st) - “It was very straight-forward, he travelled brilliantly and was in a nice position all the way. I knew it would take a good horse to beat him today. It’s great for my boss Sheikh Obaid, everyone has done a really good job with him. It means a lot, it’s what racing’s all about.”

  • 26 March 2016

    There was a second Japanese success on Dubai World Cup night when Ryan Moore came with a well-timed run to take the $6m Group 1 Dubai Turf Sponsored by DP World on Real Steel (JPN).

    The son of Japanese super-sire Deep Impact paid a compliment to subsequent Dubai Sheema Classic Sponsored by Longines runner-up Duramente with the victory. Real Steel had finished second to that rival in last season’s Japanese 2000 Guineas and fourth to him in the Japanese Derby.

    Real Steel came closest to bagging a Classic success when going down a neck in the Japanese St Leger last October.

  • 26 March 2016

    Ryan Moore (jockey, Real Steel (JPN), 1st) - “He’s a beautiful horse, he’s got lots of quality. It was a big effort from the horse, he had a tough trip and was out wide but has toughed it out. He never runs a bad race. He’s a very brave horse and has had to do it the hard way.”

  • 26 March 2016

    His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s Muarrab (GB) battled with American raider X Y Jet (USA) down much of the Meydan stretch in a duel for the ages in the $2m Dubai Golden Shaheen sponsored by Gulf News.

    Both horses gave their all and ran winning races, with the final margin of victory a neck.

    “Those last 200m felt like a long way, to be honest,” said winning jockey Paul Hanagan. “Every time I kind of got his head in front, the second horse kept battling back with me.

  • 26 March 2016

    Paul Hanagan (jockey, Muarrab (GB), 1st) – “It’s great for Sheikh Hamdan to have two winners. He’s such a star, this horse. They went hard and it suited him to sit. The other horse was very hard to pass. It’s fantastic.”

    Emisael Jaramillo (jockey, X Y Jet (USA), 2nd) – “I got beaten fair and square but he’s run his heart out. There was no let up from the go and there was no chance to get a breather into him. He still managed to run like a champion. He was very tough to pass and it was only close to the wire that the winner got past. Although he was second he was still a champion to me.”

  • 26 March 2016

    Buffering (AUS) might have been the first Australian horse to take part at the Dubai World Cup meeting since 2012 but he ran out a decisive winner of the Al Quoz Sprint sponsored by Meydan Hotels and Hospitality.

    Three-quarters of a length separated Buffering from local favourite Ertijaal (IRE) and Peniaphobia (IRE), the Hong Kong Sprint champion. The time was slick at 56.34 seconds, fractionally outside the race record, and make no mistake this was strong form.

  • 26 March 2016

    Damian Browne (jockey, Buffering (AUS), 1st) – “He was in terrific form before the race. He broke really well, to be honest beforehand I was more worried about the first 200m, thinking some of the others might have been a bit too quick for him. Once he was able to travel I was pretty confident we were going to win.”

    Paul Hanagan, (jockey, Ertijaal (IRE), 2nd) – “He got very upset in the gates, he can have his day in the gates. The more upset he gets the more it can affect him. Having said that he had every chance and we can’t take anything away from the winner.”

  • 26 March 2016

    Lani(USA) defied a stumble at the start to live up to his reputation by winning the UAE Derby sponsored by The Saeed & Mohammed Al Naboodah Group by three-quarters of a length over Polar River (USA).

    This was the Maeda family’s first win in Dubai after multiple tries with Transcend and One And Only.

    Japanese-trained Lani nearly ended his Derby dreams before they began as the gates went back but recovered to trail the field into the back stretch.
    Veteran jockey Yutaka Take moved the colt wide to start picking off the competition before they approached the turn for home.

  • 26 March 2016

    Yutaka Take (jockey, Lani (USA), 1st) – “He’s a very strong horse so I really thought I had a good chance in the race. Even though he tripped at the start he travelled really well throughout. Right now he’s still rather immature so he’s got a lot of growing up to do. He’s getting better and better and I’d like to go to Kentucky (for the Derby).”

  • 26 March 2016

    Acceleration allied to stamina was the combination that propelled the four-year-old Vazirabad (FR) to his sixth win in a row, but easily his most valuable, when he collared Big Orange (GB) and held on by a neck in the Dubai Gold Cup sponsored by Al Tayer Motors.

  • 26 March 2016

    Alain de Royer Dupre (trainer, Vazirabad (FR), 1st) – “His main quality is that he has a big turn of foot and we’re not afraid to use it. He was a little tired at the end, perhaps he came too soon!”

    Michael Bell (trainer, Big Orange (GB), 2nd) – “That was a huge run. The favourite is a very good horse and he made him pull out all the stops. It couldn’t have gone better, the race went beautifully apart from the fact he got beat a neck. We’ll make a plan when we get home but that tees us up nicely for a big year.”