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  • 26 March 2016

    Champion trainer Doug Watson has had a tremendous career in the United Arab Emirates but the veteran horseman had yet to win a race on Dubai World Cup night.

    On Saturday evening at Meydan, not only did the humble American from Ohio win the Godolphin Mile sponsored by Meydan Sobha, but he swept the race by finishing first, second and third with his three runners.

    “It’s an amazing feeling, said Watson. “I don’t think it will set in for a while.

  • 26 March 2016

    Af Mathmoon (AE) gave his owner HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum his eighth winner of the Group 1 PA Dubai Kahayla Classic empowered by IPIC by bravely fighting all the way to the line.

    It was a dramatic finish as the leader Thakif (FR), who looked certain to finish on the podium, suddenly veered completely to the right, losing the two-length advantage he had secured when coming into the final straight.

  • 26 March 2016

    Sam Hitchcott (jockey, One Man Band (IRE), 1st) – “He jumped and travelled so good. He kicked off the turn and went well. His most awkward part in a race is usually jumping from the stalls but he was brilliant today. It’s great for Doug and the team.”

    Dane O’Neill (jockey, Faulkner (GB), 2nd) – “It was a messy race and I lost my position early. Halfway around the turn I had to sit and wait. I was second in the end and we stayed on well but we wouldn’t have beaten the winner.”

  • 25 March 2016

    Group 1 US$10m Dubai World Cup sponsored by Emirates Airlines – 2000m (Dirt)

    California Chrome (USA) - Galloped on the main track at Meydan. The 2014 Kentucky Derby winner was noticeably more relaxed than the day before.
    “He was stirred up a little bit yesterday,” said trainer Art Sherman. “Maybe because there were a lot of people around him. I tried to keep everyone away a little bit today.”
    “Chrome”, as he’s known around the stable will train on race day, according to Sherman.

  • 25 March 2016

    By Liz Price

    Mirco Demuro, who rode Japanese raider Victoire Pisa to victory in the 2011 edition of the Dubai World Cup, is back at Meydan this Saturday.

    The Italian jockey will be riding in the Dubai Gold Cup Sponsored by Al Tayer Motors, the UAE Derby Sponsored by the Saeed & Mohammed Al Naboodah Group and the Dubai Sheema Classic Presented by Longines.

    On Thursday morning the 37-year-old jockey, who has been calling Japan his home for 12 months now, could be seen working the German filly Paradise (GER) on the grass training track at Meydan.

  • 25 March 2016

    Polar River (USA) will attempt to achieve something never been done before when she takes her place in the UAE Derby sponsored by The Saeed & Mohammed Al Naboodah Group.

    Already winner of the UAE 1000 Guineas and UAE Oaks, Doug Watson’s remarkable filly has the opportunity to land a ‘UAE Fillies’ Triple Crown’.

    Of the fillies, only Godolphin’s Khawlah has won the race, but she only contested the UAE Oaks on her local debut. Polar River has yet to taste defeat in four career outings and looks the stand-out runner.

  • 25 March 2016

    A minor injury sustained to reigning champion Solow appears to have left the door for Saturday’s Dubai Turf sponsored by DP World wide open for Godolphin’s Tryster (IRE).

    Winner of both his UAE starts, most recently in Super Saturday’s Jebel Hatta sponsored by Emirates, Tryster looks a potential superstar for Charlie Appleby.

    Previously considered an ‘all-weather specialist’ having won all six starts on synthetics in England last year, he has again shown an amazing burst of acceleration this year.

  • 25 March 2016

    Joe Kristufek

    Home is where the heart is. For the McLaughlin family, two places occupy theirs.

    Kiaran McLaughlin, trainer of leading Dubai World Cup sponsored by Emirates contender Frosted (USA), was at a crossroads in his career back in 1993. Horses were in his blood, but with a young family to support and stability a priority, the Kentucky native had to make change.

  • 25 March 2016

    By Michele MacDonald

    A sight that has never been seen before in the history of the Dubai World Cup sponsored by Emirates could unfold on Saturday night if American challenger Hoppertunity (USA) unleashes enough of his trademark closing kick to win the world’s richest race.

  • 25 March 2016

    John Moore, pre-eminent harvester of Hong Kong’s biggest prizes, is back at Meydan in search yet another major title.

    And, buoyed by saddling the first two past the post in last Sunday’s Hong Kong Derby, he is not short of confidence when appraising the prospects of Not Listenin’tome (AUS) in the Al Quoz Sprint sponsored by Meydan Hotels and Hospitality.

    “I won the Golden Shaheen two years ago with Sterling City but I’d say this horse is in even better condition,” the veteran Australian-born handler said.

  • 24 March 2016

    Group 1 US$10m Dubai World Cup sponsored by Emirates Airlines - 2000m (Dirt)

    California Chrome (USA) – The 2015 big race runner-up arrived at the main track at Meydan at 7am and stood like a statue in front of a throng of admirers before he set off to train with exercise rider Dihigy Gladney aboard.

  • 24 March 2016

    By Kate Hunter

    Hideyuki Mori, often regarded as the boldest internationalist among Japanese trainers, will start two horses in Saturday’s $2m UAE Derby sponsored by The Saeed & Mohammed Al Naboodah Group.

    Either Yu Change(JPN), ridden by Joao Moreira, or On the Rocks(JPN) and Mirco Demuro could earn an opportunity to run in the 142nd Kentucky Derby this May.

  • 24 March 2016

    Edward Lynam believes a ferocious gallop will suit Sole Power (IRE) as the evergreen speed machine bids for his title defence in the Al Quoz Sprint sponsored by Meydan Hotels and Hospitality at Meydan on Saturday.

    With plenty of pace amongst his 13 rivals in the Group 1 1000-metre dash, the nine-year-old has plenty in his favour as he prepares to repeat his win of 12 months ago.

    The now-retired Richard Hughes was in the plate on that occasion but it will be Chris Hayes doing the steering this time around as Sole Power bids for a sixth victory at the top level.

  • 24 March 2016

    Saturday’s 2016 $10m Dubai World Cup sponsored by Emirates promises to be a cracker with a formidable American challenge appearing to hold the strongest hand.

    Horses trained in the USA have won the world’s most valuable horse race on nine occasions, while Godolphin-owned horses have won the race six times, so Godolphin’s Frosted (USA), trained by Kiaran McLaughlin in America, has a lot in his favour.

    McLaughlin, a former multiple UAE Champion Trainer, has a Dubai World Cup victory to his name already, having won the race in 2007 with Invasor for HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

  • 24 March 2016

    By Carolyn Conley

    Frank Taylor, vice president of boarding operations at Taylor Made Farm, can barely contain his enthusiasm when it comes to talking about this Saturday’s $10m Dubai World Cup sponsored by Emirates.

    Not just because his family’s Thoroughbred breeding operation, owned in partnership with his brothers Duncan, Mark and Ben, have 30 per cent of one of the top contenders, California Chrome (USA). Frank Taylor’s reason is much more personal.