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  • 27 March 2015

    Some of the UAE’s Most Celebrated Brands Back World’s Richest Race

    The history of the Dubai World Cup, from Cigar to African Story, Nad Al Sheba to Meydan, will reach a major chapter in its narrative this Saturday March 28, 2015 when the 20th renewal of the US$30m race day gets underway.

    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.

  • 27 March 2015

    Group 1 US $1m Dubai Kahayla Classic empowered by IPIC – 2000m (Dirt)

    Bigg N Rich (US) – Trained by Eric Lemartinel in Abu Dhabi, he only did a steady canter on Friday morning.

    The trainer confirmed: “He didn’t need a lot of work anyway as he ran not long ago. So this morning he did just a slow canter and I’m happy with him. He was drawn seven and that is a good draw as he likes to travel with the pace.”

    Djainka Des Forges (FR) and Taraf (QA) – Julian Smart saddles both.

  • 27 March 2015

    Bill and Susan Casner have won many of America’s most prestigious races, from the Kentucky Derby with Super Saver to the Belmont Stakes with Drosselmeyer, but the pinnacle of their years in horse racing was reached thousands of miles away from their Texas home.

    Bill Casner still vividly remembers the words commentator Terry Spargo summoned when he called the finish of the 2009 Dubai World Cup, and his eyes still reflect the bright glimmer of that victory in the final race ever run at Nad Al Sheba.

  • 27 March 2015

    IF Susan and Paul Roy, owners of Sloane Avenue (USA), ever need to rename the colt, they might seriously consider calling him Misfortune.

    Although the four-year-old has won three of his five races – all on all-weather surfaces in England last year – ill luck has dogged his short career and is even following him to Dubai, where he has been allotted gate 15 of 16 in the Godolphin Mile sponsored by Meydan Sobha.

  • 27 March 2015

    The longest race on the card and the most recent addition to the Dubai World Cup night card, having been added in 2012, is the $1million Dubai Gold Cup, sponsored by Al Tayer Motors, a turf race for the stayers.

    Brown Panther (GB), part-owned and bred by ex-England footballer Michael Owen, appears the star performer, having won the Group 1 Irish St Leger last year.

    He is trained by Tom Dascombe, no stranger to Dubai success from his spell as assistant to Mike De Kock and the mount of Richard Kingscote.

  • 27 March 2015

    The traditional curtain raiser on Saturday’s card, the Group 1 Kahayla Classic, empowered by IPIC, has enjoyed a healthy rise in purse and looks another fascinating renewal.

    Last year’s runner-up in the Purebred Arabian equivalent of the Dubai World Cup itself, Djainka Des Forges (FR) is bidding to go one place better for Qatar-based trainer Julian Smart, who has twice saddled the winner of the race.

    Richard Mullen rides the mare in a race now worth $1m, having been denied only close home 12 months ago by Rabbah De Carrere (not been seen this season) and drawn 14 of the 15 runners.

  • 27 March 2015

    Since its inception in 2000, the Group 2 $2m UAE Derby, sponsored by The Saeed & Mohammed Al Naboodah Group, has been pretty much dominated by Godolphin, Saeed bin Suroor and South African Mike De Kock.

    In fact, prior to the victory of the Aidan O’Brien-trained Daddy Long Legs in 2012, only Bin Suroor and De Kock had actually registered a victory in the race.

    However, since Bin Suroor’s Khawlah (the only filly to win the race), landed the spoils in 2011, both trainers have drawn a blank.

  • 27 March 2015

    Peniaphobia is one of his rivals but it is aerophobia that has prevented trainer Tony Carroll from being present to see his bold front-runner Caspian Prince (IRE) his chance in the Al Quoz Sprint empowered by Ipic.

    The likeable Englishman missed the Dubai World Cup Carnival due to his fear of flying and has had to abandon plans to make the journey from his Worcestershire base to Dubai for Saturday’s raceday.

    And by doing so he will miss his six-year-old taking on 15 rivals in the 1000m Group 1 which features runners from Ireland, Hong Kong, USA, South Africa, the UAE and Bahrain.

  • 26 March 2015

    The $6million Dubai Sheema Classic, presented by Longines, may only have attracted nine runners but still looks wide open with a case to be made for each of the nine.

    Run over 2410m on the turf, the relatively small field may render the draw less vital so the Japanese connections of Harp Star (JPN), drawn widest of all, should not be too disheartened.

    A dual Classic winner in her homeland last year, she will be best remembered by Europeans for her sixth in the Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe when she was finishing rapidly having been set an impossible task.

  • 26 March 2015

    Group 1 US $1m Dubai Kahayla Classic empowered by IPIC – 2000m (Dirt)

    Bigg N Rich (USA) – Bigg N Rich’s preparation is progressing well and his trainer Eric Lemartinel said: “This morning he cantered over 1000m and then cantered a bit faster again over 1000m. He quickened nicely and I am very happy with him.”

    Valiant Boy (FR) – The grey American-trained star galloped about 1600m on the Meydan dirt track and gave his trainer Elizabeth ‘Liz’ Merryman all the signs she likes to see before a race.

  • 26 March 2015

    The joint-largest field of the day will see 16 speedsters frantically hurtling down the straight 1000m turf track in the ultra competitive $1million Al Quoz Sprint, empowered by IPIC.

    Wide open would be an understatement and luck-in-running is going to be of paramount importance for those held up off the early speed, which is sure to be scorching.

    Joy And Fun in 2010 and Amber Sky (AUS) last year have won this for Hong Kong and the latter is back to defend his crown, with Ryan Moore taking over in the saddle from Joao Moreira.

  • 26 March 2015

    With the maximum field of 16 declared, the 1600m Group 2 $1million Godolphin Mile sponsored by Meydan Sobha promises to be the most competitive of Saturday’s five dirt contests.

    With a low draw considered a massive advantage, plenty of connections were left rueing their luck but connections of Tamarkuz (USA) were not among them.

    Trained by Musabah Al Muhairi for HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Tamarkuz has won his three most recent outings, all over this course and distance, and on each occasion taking full advantage of a good draw.

  • 26 March 2015

    The 1200m Group 1 $2m Dubai Golden Shaheen, sponsored by Gulf News, has attracted a full field of 14 and the dirt sprint promises be a real speed duel.

    American challengers tended to dominate the race when contested on dirt at Nad Al Sheba and it would be no surprise if the Stateside raiders were to celebrate a tenth victory in the race.

    Bob Baffert saddles Secret Circle (USA) who may not have won since November 2013, but that was in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint, America’s premier 1200m dirt sprint championship.

  • 26 March 2015

    The $6m Dubai Turf, sponsored by DP World, has a new name this year but keeps its tradition of being one of the the strongest races on the Dubai World Cup card.

    Ten have been declared and there’s a strong French connection with both Solow (GB) and Cladocera (GER) trained in France, as well as last year’s Prix du Jockey Club hero The Grey Gatsby (IRE) in the field.

    Trained in England by Kevin Ryan, The Grey Gatsby finished his highly successful three-year-old campaign with victory in the Irish Champion Stakes under Ryan Moore, who has only been beaten once on the horse.

  • 26 March 2015

    French trainer Freddy Head has not made many mistakes in his career, neither as a jockey, nor as a trainer. But by his own admission he did fail to recognise that despite coming from a proper stayer’s family, his Group 1 Dubai Turf sponsored by DP World contender Solow (GB) is actually a true miler.

    “Yes,” he laughed. “It’s very funny because he is bred to stay 2400m, even further than that. So that is why I made the mistake as I ran him over longer trips all the time and one day I decided to run him over the mile (1600m) and that is when things started to go better.”