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  • 23 March 2016

    By Joe Kristufek

    One of the top qualities of a good trainer is their ability to understand the talents of their horses and place them where they have the best chance of success.
    At the beginning of the Dubai World Cup Carnival, Team McLaughlin had three horses with comparable abilities, all proven to be effective between 1200 to 1600m on dirt, in Confrontation (USA), Marking (USA) and Watershed (USA).

  • 23 March 2016

    California Chrome (USA) – He was the penultimate horse drawn and trainer Art Sherman picked stall 11. Sherman said: “The outside draw is good if you’ve got the horse and I hope we have.
    “There wasn’t too much I could do about the draw. He’s got tactical speed so I’m not going to worry about it.”

    Candy Boy (USA) - The fourth horse out with trainer Doug Watson opting for stall 6.

  • 23 March 2016

    By Howard Wright

    A last link with the great Black Caviar is how Australian trainer Robert Heathcote describes his stable star Buffering (AUS), who has already written his own rags-to-riches story and bids to add another significant chapter in the Al Quoz Sprint sponsored by Meydan Hotels and Hospitality.

  • 23 March 2016

    Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s Purebred Arabian Handassa (FR), trained by François Rohaut in Pau in the South West of France, is the horse everyone has to beat in this year’s edition of the Dubai Kahayla Classic, empowered by IPIC.

    That is the word on the street and is a scenario his work rider Doric Binot, who has come over to Dubai with him from France, imagines every day when he goes out for a canter on the Meydan track.

  • 23 March 2016

    By Jeremy Greene

    Caspar Fownes has proven form at the very highest level. He has three times been crowned champion trainer in Hong Kong, arguably the world’s most competitive racing jurisdiction. The winner of a growing list of Group 1 races at home and abroad, he now turns his attention to the Dubai World Cup meeting with a couple of lively outsiders in Gun Pit (AUS) and Domineer (GB).

    “I feel both horses will pick up cheques for their owners,” he predicted.

  • 23 March 2016

    By Michele MacDonald

    In Arabic, the name of Al Shaqab Racing’s Mshawish (USA) means ‘confusing’ or ‘not clear”.

    The six-year-old horse who previously was a star on turf has a chance to live up to that name in the most dramatic fashion when he enters the starting gate for the Dubai World Cup sponsored by Emirates with what his connections believe is a strong chance to upset favorites California Chrome (USA) and Frosted (USA).

    Throughout his life, the handsome bay has done his share of confusing, outperforming expectations since the time he was a foal.

  • 23 March 2016

    Celebrated Brands Back to Support World’s Richest Raceday

    A new chapter in the narrative of the Dubai World Cup will enter the history books on Saturday March 26, 2016 when some of the world’s highest-rated horses vie for a share of the US$30m purse.

    The most anticipated event on Dubai’s social and sporting calendar, the Dubai World Cup has attracted the partnerships of some of the UAE, and the world’s, most distinguished brands.

  • 22 March 2016

    United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi -22 March 2016
    ERA Stewards today concluded an inquiry into a report received from the Equine Forensic Laboratory, that the prohibited substance clenbuterol was detected in the post-race urine sample taken from NEGMAH (OM) after it ran 2ND in the Ghantoot Maiden (1400 metres) at Abu Dhabi on Sunday 6 March 2016.

  • 22 March 2016

    By Martin Kelly

    It was Dubai World Cup night 2011 that launched the training career of Roger Varian and five years later the quietly-spoken Englishman is back with Postponed (IRE) and Intilaaq (USA) bidding to provide him with two winners on the biggest stage of all.

    Varian inherited the Newmarket yard of the late Michael Jarvis in February 2011 and just weeks later was in Dubai for his first runner as a licenced trainer with Laheeb, who finished a solid fourth in the Dubai Sheema Classic presented by Longines.

  • 22 March 2016

    By Howard Wright

    Oman stunned the cricketing world by beating Ireland in the ICC World T20 tournament earlier this month. Now Meadow Creek (GB) is aiming to do something similar for the sultanate’s Thoroughbred racing community when he tackles the Dubai Gold Cup sponsored by Al Tayer Motors.

    The Royal Cavalry of Oman’s distinctive green, yellow and red colours, in which Meadow Creek runs, are well known in the Gulf and Europe for being worn by many quality Arabian racers, but this will be the first time they have been carried by a Thoroughbred on Dubai World Cup night.

  • 21 March 2016

    South African Mike de Kock has few peers when it comes to international competition and his 12 previous winners on Dubai World Cup night stands second only to Godolphin stalwart Saeed bin Suroor.

    After six more at the 2016 Dubai World Cup Carnival, he enters this year’s showpiece event with no obvious standouts, as opposed to 12 months ago when Mubtaahij (IRE) looked to hold serious UAE Derby claims.

  • 21 March 2016

    Freshly confirmed as UAE champion trainer for a fourth time, American-born Doug Watson has not only enjoyed a magnificent domestic season with a personal best of 56 winners, but also an excellent Dubai World Cup Carnival campaign.

    Watson has saddled nine winners at the international extravaganza since it started in January, more than any other trainer bar Godolphin stalwart Saeed bin Suroor.

    Therefore it is probably not surprising that Watson and his Red Stables operation head into Saturday’s Dubai World Cup meeting with genuine chances in at least two races.

  • 21 March 2016

    ABU DHABI EQUESTRIAN CLUBS’S final meeting of the season on Sunday was highlighted by the Group 1 Emirates Championship (2200m) won by the HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan-owned Abhaar who led from start to finish.

    Racing beyond 1700m for the first time the Eric Lemartinel-trained Abhaar showed stamina was not an issue under rider Wayne Smith and, combined with his undoubted tenacity, was able to hold off a persistent challenge from Sha’Red who looked the likely winner 300m from home but just could not get past.

  • 20 March 2016

    AL AIN RACECOURSE'S final meeting of the season on Saturday was highlighted by the 1600m Al Ain Mile, a Prestige conditions contest, won narrowly, by RB Rich Surprise, ridden by Wayne Smith for trainer Eric Lemartinel and owner, HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nayan.

    The speedy Shateh and jockey Harry Bentley tried to make all and had the majority of their ten rivals in trouble as the runners turned into the long Al Ain straight but Smith and RB Rich Surprise, saving ground on the inside, set off in pursuit.

  • 19 March 2016

    ADEC offers black type as season ends.

    HH SHEIKH AHMED BIN RASHID AL MAKTOUM’S Dormello will seek to make history at the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club’s final fixture of the campaign on Sunday evening.

    The club’s major Thoroughbred race the Group 3 Abu Dhabi Championship (2200m), first run in 1993, has never been won by the same horse twice but the Dhruba Selvaratnam-trained eight-year-old entire has every chance of rectifying that by repeating his victory of 12 months ago.