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  • 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.”

  • 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.