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  • 28 March 2019

    Divine Image, who has drawn post number 6 in the Group 2 UAE Derby sponsored by Saeed & Mohammed Al Naboodah Group, is bidding to become only the second filly to lift the 1900m dirt race that two years ago produced 2018 Dubai World Cup winner Thunder Snow. Trained by Charlie Appleby, the daughter of Scat Daddy has been victorious on her last two starts at Meydan and produced an impressive performance when she burst clear by 7 ¼ lengths, beating the boys in the Listed Al Bastakiya three weeks ago.

  • 28 March 2019

    The 2019 US $2.5 million Group 1 Dubai Golden Shaheen sponsored by Gulf News is set to be a clash of titans, with a five-strong U.S. attack headlining the field, as well as contenders from the United Arab Emirates, Japan, Bahrain, Ireland and Hong Kong. Arch rivals and multiple Grade 1 winners Imperial Hint and Roy H headline, taking their show on the road, having clashed in the last two Breeders’ Cup Sprints.

  • 28 March 2019

    When the table is set for a race as wide open as the $12 million Dubai World Cup sponsored by Emirates Airline (G1) of 2019, the ensuing proverbial chess match meets the absolute apex of horseracing excitement. While multiple storylines exist—as they often do in a complex renewal of any world-class race—one that shines in this year’s edition is that of the luckless and much-loved North America, a truly local product and hero trained at Zabeel Stables by Satish Seemar.

  • 27 March 2019

    There are few hotter properties in world racing right now than super filly Almond Eye, who has her first test outside her native Japan in a great renewal of Saturday’s $6 million Dubai Turf sponsored by DP World, featuring a truly international 13-strong field. Having won all three legs of the Filly Triple Crown and the Japan Cup (G1), it was little wonder that the daughter of Lord Kanaloa was named the Japan Racing Authority’s 2018 Horse of the Year.

  • 26 March 2019

    $6 million Dubai Turf (G1) sponsored by DP World
    Almond Eye—The Japanese superstar stretched her legs over the turf course first thing this morning.

    “We just wanted her to get acquainted with the track before we breeze her Wednesday,” trainer Sakae Kunieda said. “She has relaxed into her Dubai surroundings very well. The grass here is a bit long, but I think she will like it.”

  • 26 March 2019

    Audible—Audible hit the Meydan dirt track after 7:00 a.m. and put in a steady gallop under exercise rider Amelia Green, who is overseeing the colt’s preparations for the $12 million Dubai World Cup sponsored by Emirates Airline (G1) for trainer Todd Pletcher and owners China Horse Club, WinStar Farm, Head of Plains Partners, and Starlight Racing.

  • 25 March 2019

    $6 million Dubai Turf (G1) sponsored by DP World
    Almond Eye—Almond Eye trotted 800m then cantered another 1400m over the Meydan dirt track at 5:00 a.m. before schooling in the gate. The 2018 Japan Cup winner Almond Eye will be headlining the Dubai Turf Sponsored by DP World as she makes her first start of the 4-year-old season along with her regular rider Christophe Lemaire.

    “She lost a bit of weight while traveling, but not more than what we expected. She has settled in and is eating well now,” assistant trainer Keisuke Miyata said.

  • 25 March 2019

    Audible—See subsequent Features release.

    Axelrod, Capezzano, Gronkowski—All three Salem bin Ghadayer trainees are preparing off site and will all likely breeze on Tuesday morning.

    Dolkong—See subsequent Features release.

    Gunnevera—Trainer Antonio Sano is currently in Miami overseeing his home team, so Gunnevera’s preparation for Saturday’s $12 million Dubai World Cup sponsored by Emirates Airline is being monitored by his two sons, Alex and Maurizio. The chestnut had a gentle morning on the dirt track.

  • 24 March 2019

    Monday, March 25
    9:00 a.m.
    Interview Room, Meydan Grandstand

    At the end of daily Track Work, Monday-Friday, there will be press conferences at 9:00 a.m. with various trainers, jockeys, owners and associated connections to Dubai World Cup meeting runners.



  • 23 March 2019

    The ERA Stewards opened an inquiry on Wednesday 20th March 2019, into the notification by the Dubai Equine Forensic Unit that the pre-race urine sample taken from NADER AL KHALEDIAH (SA) prior to it competing in Race 6 “The GCC Cup” over 1700 metres at Sharjah Racecourse on Saturday 16th February 2019, was found to have a concentration of cobalt in excess of 100 micrograms per litre in urine.

  • 23 March 2019

    On Wednesday 13 March, 2019 the Emirates Racing Authority Stewards inquired into a report received from the Dubai Equine Forensic Unit, that the prohibited substance cobalt, above the permitted threshold, was detected in a pre-race urine sample taken from MAJD AL SHARQ (AE) at Al Ain racecourse on Friday 15 February, 2019 after finishing 14th in the Oud Al Touba Maiden (1600m).

  • 22 March 2019

    Friday’s final meeting of the 11 staged at Jebel Ali this season was highlighted by the Jebel Ali Classic (Silver Jubilee), a 1400m conditions race and having won the inaugural edition in 2017, Shamaal Nibras regained the crown with a smooth success to maintain trainer Doug Watson’s record of landing the race each year, having also won it last year with Cosmo Charlie.

  • 22 March 2019

    Please be informed that Dubai World Cup media credentials for all approved media are available for pick up at the 5th Floor Media Center in the Meydan Grandstand.

    Those members of the media who have received approval emails from our side are invited to pick up their badges at the earliest.

    Media Badges can be collected at the following times and locations:
    March 23 (Saturday) – between 10 am and 4 pm at the DWC Media Centre, located on the fifth floor of the Meydan Grandstand.

  • 22 March 2019

    The ultimate machiine. he ultimate machine. Speed, size and imposing presence. North America has become as big as his name implies in 2019 in just two starts and is now the Dubai World Cup sponsored by Emirates Airline (G1) favourite.

    The son of stellar stallion Dubawi has made a procession of things so far, winning both the Al Maktoum Challenge Round 1 (G2) and Round 2 (G2) with ease. Going directly to the front, he has shown no mercy to his foes, winning by open lengths under a confident Richard Mullen.

  • 21 March 2019

    Having kicked off the UAE season in late October, Jebel Ali race for the 11th and final time this season on Friday when a seven-race card is highlighted by the Jebel Ali Classic (Silver Jubilee), a 1400m conditions race inaugurated in 2017 when won by Shamaal Nibras. Trained by Doug Watson, as was 2018 winner Cosmo Charlie, Shamaal Nibras did not defend his crown last year, instead contesting the following week’s Group 2 Godolphin Mile.