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  • 28 March 2010

    Dar Re Mi surged up the Meydan straight to fend off a super-strong group of turf champions to win the US$5 million Dubai Sheema Classic, sponsored by Guangsha Group.

    The Japanese challenger Buena Vista produced the strongest finish just three-quarters of a way in second, with last year’s second Spanish Moon a desperately close third.

    It was a superb effort from the Lady Lloyd-Webber-owned winner, especially as she had wintered in icy Britain and had not raced since her third in the Breeders’ Cup Turf.

  • 28 March 2010

    Royston Ffrench, jockey, Al Shemali, 1st: “It was a pleasant surprise but the stable had been in terrific form and I knew he’d stay. It was the case of getting a clear split and we got it. It’s the most prestigious win of my career.”

    Kevin Shea, jockey, Bankable, 2nd: “It was a very good run. The pace was just too slow. The best horse didn’t beat us. It was the pace that beat us. But we’re happy.”

  • 28 March 2010

    UK based jockey Royston Ffrench had the most prestigious win of his career when local galloper Al Shemali upset a classy field in the Dubai Duty Free, sponsored by Dubai Duty Free.

  • 28 March 2010

    Garrett Gomez, jockey, Kinsale King, 1st: “It was wonderful. I just wanted to get involved in the race early and once he got involved, he traveled well the whole way and in the last 400 metres, he stayed on well. He ran a wonderful race.”

  • 28 March 2010

    Kinsale King announced himself as a potent new force in the global sprint ranks by taking out the Dubai Golden Shaheen, sponsored by Gulf News. Although he was making Group 1 debut, Kinsale King was always prominent in the run for jockey Garrett Gomez and never looked like relinquishing the lead having hit the front shortly after the turn for home. In the end, the five-year-old California-based son of Yankee Victor held a half-length margin at the line from the much-touted Singaporean star Rocket Man.

  • 28 March 2010

    Mike de Kock, trainer, Musir, 1st; Raihana, 2nd; Solid Choice, 13th; and Mr. Crazy Boy, 12th: “It’s a fantastic result for Sheikh Mohammed [bin Khalifa Al Maktoum], first and second and he bred them himself. It’s huge. I was never worried during the race. I said before that this was a very very good horse and I hope he’ll go very well in Australia. He now knows exactly what to do in the race.”

  • 28 March 2010

    Musir with Christophe Soumillon in the saddle produced a storming run down the Meydan straight to out gun his stable companion the three year old filly Raihana and Kevin Shea to win the UAE Derby. In doing so he gave trainer Mike de Kock a remarkable fifth UAE Derby winner, and maintained the stranglehold that he and Saeed bin Suroor have on this race, as the only two trainers ever to win it. Bin Suroor has six wins to de Kock’s five.

  • 28 March 2010

    Ahmed Ajtebi, jockey, Calming Influence, 1st: “I’m so happy to win for the trainer. I’ve been with him for five years.”

    Tadhg O’Shea, jockey, Green Coast, 2nd: “He’s run out of his skin. He’s rated a few pounds below the best of these. He’s a hold up horse and he needs daylight, so I had to ride him the way I did. I thought at the furlong pole I might get there, but his run peaked soon after. Still, I’m delighted. It was a terrific run.”

  • 28 March 2010

    Spring might not be the season for fairytales but tell that to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s Godolphin team, who were up in the clouds after Calming Influence, a first ever runner for Mahmoud Al Zarooni, who has just been appointed as second trainer to the boys in blue, came up with a dream start in the Godolphin Mile, the ninth time the Al Quoz team have won this Group 2 race.

  • 28 March 2010

    Derek Cruz, trainer, Joy And Fun, 1st: “I haven’t got the words to express it hardly. I feel really proud, he pinged out of the gates and was more prominent than I thought he would be and Brett kept him there all the way and with a great ride and I guess at home he is more of a 1400 meter horse, so his stamina for this straight told in the end.”

  • 28 March 2010

    The newest race on the Dubai World Cup programme as well as the evening’s first thoroughbred race was the US$1 million Al Quoz Sprint, sponsored by Emirates NBD. The Group 3 race is run along Meydan’s 1200m straight course and attracted a full field of 16 runners with the winner’s prize going to the New Zealand-bred Joy And Fun, a Hong Kong invader, who scored by three-quarters of a length and covered the course in 1:09.80.

  • 28 March 2010

    Adrie de Vries, jockey, Jaafer, winner: “Travelled nicely all the way around there. He was a different class. I was not concerned about being well back in the field early. He really loves the ground. It was my first ride at Meydan and to win at the first night was just amazing.”

  • 28 March 2010

    The Dubai Kahayla Classic, sponsored by EMAAR, the opening race of the Dubai World Cup night, went to Qatar after the Julian Smart trained Jaafer burst to the front in the final two hundred meters to beat the highly regarded No Risk Al Maury by five lengths. Paris Gagner, the early pacesetter, finished a further length and a quarter in third place.

    “To bring a horse from Qatar, because I don’t think it has ever been won by Qatar, is just amazing,” said Julian Smart, who is originally from the Uk and has been training in Qatar since August.

  • 27 March 2010

    The Emirates Racing Authority Chief Veterinary Officer today examined VISION D'ETAT (FR), trained by Eric Libaud, who is declared for race eight at Meydan on the 27th of March 2010.

    The horse has passed been passed fit by the Veterinary Officer and is deemed suitable to race.

    Gerard Bush
    Chief Steward

  • 26 March 2010

    The Emirates Racing Authority Chief Veterinary Officer today examined VISION D'ETAT (FR), trained by Eric Libaud, who is declared for race eight at Meydan on March 27th, 2010.
     
    The horse will be examined tomorrow morning when a final decision will be made regarding the horse's fitness to race.