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  • 28 March 2021

    American raider Zenden (USA) ran out a brilliant victor of the US $1.5m Dubai Golden Shaheen Sponsored by Gulf News but there was a sad postscript when the winner suffered a fatal injury after the finishing post.

    Winning Rider Antonio Fresu was unshipped from the horse although he was able to walk away after the fall.

  • 27 March 2021

    Japanese super mare, Almond Eye, English star, Hollie Doyle and first Dubai World Cup winning jockey Jerry Bailey are among the winners of the annual His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Horse Racing Excellence Awards, during the historic 25th Dubai World Cup meeting – the world’s most spectacular race day.

  • 27 March 2021

    Rebel’s Romance (IRE) realised the promise that his connections hoped he would when the son of Dubawi ran out an emphatic winner of the US $750,000 UAE Derby Sponsored by Emirates NBD.

    Trained by Charlie Appleby, ridden by William Buick and carrying the familiar blue colours of Godolphin, Rebel’s Romance opened up a world of opportunities for himself when coming from off the pace to reel in the front-running Panadol and draw an impressive five and a half lengths clear as they flashed past the winning post.

  • 27 March 2021

    The Brendan Walsh-trained Extravagant Kid (USA) became the first American-trained winner of the US $1m Al Quoz Sprint Sponsored by Azizi Developments when he burst through the ranks to beat the Godolphin filly Final Song by half a length, followed in third place by Acklam Express.

    The field had initially split into three groups and Ryan Moore produced an inspired ride when he took the son of Kiss The Kid towards the stands’ side from where he launched his attack to take the lead in the final 50m.

  • 27 March 2021

    Last year’s Group 1 Prix Royal-Oak winner Subjectivist (GB) ended a 22-year hiatus on Dubai World Cup night for Britain’s winning-most trainer of all time, Mark Johnston, with a brilliant victory in the US$750,000 Dubai Gold Cup Sponsored by Al Tayer Motors.

    Johnston’s longstanding stable jockey Joe Fanning tracked the early leader For The Top before hitting the front around 1200m from home and powering clear to a five-and three-quarter lengths success from German-trained runner Walderbe. Away He Goes was a head further back in third. The winning time was 3:17:77.

  • 27 March 2021

    Secret Ambition (GB) hardly saw another rival when availing of a perfect front-running ride from Tadhg O’Shea in the Group 2 $750,000 Godolphin Mile Sponsored by Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum City - District One.

    The Satish Seemar-trained 8-year-old made full use of his barrier position in stall 2 to lead the field from early in the race and clock a very quick time of 1:35:36 while recording a six-length success.

  • 27 March 2021

    French-trained Deryan (FR) broke the track record when he lifted the US$750,000 Dubai Kahayla Classic Sponsored by Mubadala, the opener on Dubai World Cup night at Meydan, in 2 minutes 11.87 seconds.

    Ridden by former French champion jockey Ioritz Mendizabal, the 6-year-old had secured a perfect position on the rail, just off the pace, and easily picked up the leader AF Alwajel 200m from the winning post to win by three-quarters of a length from the Ernst Oertel-trained AF Alwajel, while Mubasher Al Khalediah finished a further three and a half lengths back in third.

  • 26 March 2021

    Group 1 $5m Longines Dubai Sheema Classic
    Channel Maker (USA) - Unmistakable with his high head carriage, Channel Maker galloped easily around the Meydan dirt track this morning at 7am.

    He was ridden by assistant trainer Neil Poznansky, who commented on his progress: "He hasn’t missed a beat, if anything he’s better than he was in Saudi Arabia. He’s a lot of fun. He’s always bright and alert and is always looking at stuff. Every day is a new day with him. He keeps things interesting."

  • 26 March 2021

    Chuwa Wizard (JPN) - The sole Japanese contender cantered for half a lap on the dirt track with his regular work rider Kota Kato on board.

    "He feels great. I think he can go into the race a fit horse," Kato said.

    "He will put on toe outer rim (shoes) with 2mm spikes for the race, as the 2000m has two turns, and will get familiarised with them in the trotting ring tomorrow. Everything is all set and fingers crossed."

  • 26 March 2021

    Longines Dubai Sheema Classic contenders Chrono Genesis (JPN) and her jockey Yuichi Kitamura have never before ventured beyond Japanese borders but connections are hoping the inexperienced travellers can combine to a lucrative success in Saturday’s standout turf contest.

    It is ironic that the multiple Grade 1-winning pair should find themselves making a maiden trip abroad during a time when a global pandemic restricts travel and places racing behind closed doors.

  • 26 March 2021

    Dreams shape the future and for 30-year-old trainer, Jose Francisco D’Angelo, one might come true this Saturday, when his charge Jesus’ Team (USA) lines up for the 25th anniversary of the $12m Dubai World Cup Sponsored by Emirates Airline.

    The former leading Venezuelan handler found himself travelling across states during his first full year of training in the USA, him behind the wheel and his precious cargo, Jesus’ Team in the back.

  • 26 March 2021

    The Dubai World Cup meeting celebrates its historic 25th anniversary on March 27, with six Group 1 races and three Group 2s, including one of the world's premier races, the $12 million Dubai World Cup, sponsored by Emirates Airline.

    We have been paying tribute to previous Dubai World Cup winners. Today, we rewind to 2019 when Thunder Snow pulled off a record second Dubai World Cup win.

  • 26 March 2021

    Group 1 $5m Longines Dubai Sheema Classic
    Berkshire Rocco (FR) - Jockey Jason Watson will once again be reunited with Berkshire Rocco but not before the race itself as the 4-year-old continued his preparations under regular rider Claudia Metaireau.

    "We are very happy with the horse," reported Maddy O’Meara on behalf of trainer Andrew Balding. "Berkshire Rocco just did a normal canter on the turf at the main track this morning, quickening ever so slightly from the 200m to the winning post. Jason rides him again on Saturday but won’t sit on him before the race."

  • 25 March 2021

    A £21,000 (US$29,000) bargain from Tattersalls sales in Britain two years ago has taken trainer Jane Chapple-Hyam on an engrossing journey from South Korea to California that continues in Dubai on Saturday.

    Australian-born Chapple-Hyam, who oversees a boutique 28-strong stable in Newmarket, has enjoyed a dream journey with the now 7-year-old Ambassadorial who looks a live outsider for Saturday’s Group 2 $750,000 Godolphin Mile Sponsored by Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum City - District One.

  • 25 March 2021

    The master French trainer André Fabre has won most of the world’s top races and is hoping that he can finally add the $12m Dubai World Cup Sponsored by Emirates Airline to his impressive record on Saturday when he saddles the Godolphin owned Magny Cours (USA).

    The 6-year-old son of Medaglia d’Oro and Indy Five Hundred has been fairly lightly-raced but has always shown a lot of potential, which he confirmed once more last June when he beat Classic winner and hot favourite Persian King by a neck in the Listed Prix de Montretout at Chantilly.