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  • 06 April 2014

    Meydan Group Stages Successful Running of Inaugural China Raceday

    Royston Ffrench rode a first- and-last-race double, while Dubai trainers Ali Rashid Al Raihe and Musabah Al Muhairi, claimed two wins each at the inaugural international raceday at Jinma Lake Racecourse in Wenjiang, a district in the Garden City of Chengdu, today (Sunday).

  • 03 April 2014

    UAE based racehorse trainer Doug Watson and jockey Royston Ffrench met members of the local media at Jinma Racecourse in the Wenjiang District of the Garden City of Chengdu on Thursday morning, when both expressed their delight at the prospect of taking part in the groundbreaking China raceday on Sunday 6 April.

  • 30 March 2014

    African Story proved the catalyst for the Meydan grandstand to erupt on Saturday evening as Saeed bin Suroor’s Godolphin runner streaked away with the 19th running of the US$10m Dubai World Cup sponsored by Emirates.

    The trainer was winning the world’s richest race for a sixth time and provided HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, with a seventh triumph.

  • 30 March 2014

    Silvestre De Sousa (jockey, African Story (GB), 1st) – “The horse has got very good track form and he’d won the Godolphin Mile here previously. He traveled so well and quickened great. It’s so special to win this race. I’m over the moon.”

  • 30 March 2014

    The dual Japan Cup-winning Japanese mare, Gentildonna made up for her unlucky second in this same race last year with a record-breaking win in the Dubai Sheema Classic, presented by Longines (2400m) this time around.

    She crossed the line in 2:27:25, a length and a half to the good of the French veteran Cirrus Des Aigles and Christophe Soumillon.
    Moore settled the mare just off the pace, but had to use all his guile and persuasion to drive the 5y/o home ahead of one of the best fields yet assembled for the $US5 million race.

  • 30 March 2014

    Ryan Moore (jockey, Gentildonna (JPN), 1st) – “It is hard to say just how good she is because when she gets there, she doesn’t do a lot but she’s a very tough horse. It’s hard to get to the bottom of her.”

    Sei Ishizaka (trainer, Gentildonna (JPN), 1st) – “She’s getting even better. It was a tough race. Her main target will be a third attempt at the (G1) Japan Cup. This was her second time and she’s really getting used to being here and I thought she would make it when Ryan (jockey Moore) shifted her to the outside. I am impressed with her gutsy performance.”

  • 30 March 2014

    Just A Way (JPN) unleashed lightning acceleration to win the US$5m Group 1 Dubai Duty Free sponsored by Dubai Duty Free, in the process slicing more than two seconds off the Meydan Racecourse track record for 1800m on turf.

    One of three challengers from Japan, Just A Way (JPN) had impressed in his attitude to morning work all week and took that mood to the track.

    The 5y/o son of Heart’s Cry was towards the rear early as compatriot Tokei Halo (JPN) set sail through some sizzling early fractions.

  • 30 March 2014

    Yuichi Fukunaga (jockey, Just a Way (JPN), 1st) – “He didn’t start well and he wanted to take the mid-field position but followed Soumillion’s horse but when I got to the straight, he quickened very well as I thought he would,”

    Naosuke Sugai (trainer, Just a Way (JPN), 1st) – “We had two tactics: one was to get in a good position from gate 2 or Plan b was to sit behind in midfield as we did in the Tenno Sho. The jockey went for Plan B and gave him one of the best rides I’ve seen.”

  • 30 March 2014

    In what marked the second consecutive win of the night for Hong Kong and jockey Joao Moreira, the Australian-bred Sterling City wore down a familiar foe in Rich Tapestry to win the $2 million Dubai Golden Shaheen Sponsored by Gulf News.

    Rich Tapestry got first run off the turn, but Sterling City leveled off on the outside at the top of the stretch and caught the G3 Mahab Al Shimaal winner late stretch to score by three-quarters of a length in a final time of 1:10.88 for 1200m on the all-weather.

  • 30 March 2014

    Joao Moreira (jockey, Sterling City (AUS), 1st) – “Last time he ran to his best but he couldn’t handle the surface. When he gets kick back in his face, he comes off the bit. Without kickback in his face, he finishes strong. Once I gave him a clear run he just showed off. He's a very good horse. Rich Tapestry had the experience of racing here before and my horse didn't, but once I got to his outside, I knew my horse was going to kick in. He's lovely and such a pleasure. There is more to come. I dedicate this wife to my family, my wife and two kids.”

  • 30 March 2014

    Amber Sky lived up to his lofty reputation a ball of pure speed by making every yard of the running in the Al Quoz Sprint empowered by IPIC.

    The latest sprinting bomb from Hong Kong set a new track record for the Meydan straight 1000m at 56.21 seconds in defeating Ahtoug and Shea Shea by a neck and a head.

    It was Hong Kong’s second victory in the race since Joy And Fun won it in 2010 and trainer Ricky Yiu’s first success on Dubai World Cup night.

  • 30 March 2014

    Joao Moreira (jockey, Amber Sky (AUS), 1st) – “After winning a race like this, I couldn’t be any better. He’s a fast horse and very easy to ride. He proved himself worldwide. He’s a very special horse. I was able to not let him go too fast in the early stages. When I asked him to kick, he just gave me another gear and kept going to the line. Near the line, there were a few horses attacking me but he was just too good for them.”

  • 30 March 2014

    Bursting down the stretch to the wild cheers of his owner and trainer, Toast of New York upset the $2 million UAE Derby sponsored by The Saeed & Mohammed Al Naboodah Group in dominant fashion, prevailing over more highly heralded runners from Coolmore and Godolphin.

    “In my wildest dreams I didn’t expect him to win like that,” said a beaming trainer Jamie Osborne, a former National Hunt jockey in England who trains Toast of New York for Michael Buckley, also better known for his winners in jumps racing.

  • 30 March 2014

    Jamie Spencer (jockey, Toast of New York (USA), 1st) – “I’m delighted to get my second winner [of the night]. Michael Buckley is an absolute gentleman. I’m the wrong person to be asking (whether this horse could handle dirt and perhaps run in the Kentucky Derby.)

    Richard Hughes (jockey, Asmar (IRE), 2nd) – “He ran a blinder but he got beaten by a very good horse. Turning for home, I was hoping (the winner) couldn’t stay. It was very good run.”

  • 30 March 2014

    Irishman Michael Halford and his 6yo gelding Certerach ended fellow trainer Saeed bin Suroor’s record run of having won all five previous Dubai Gold Cup, sponsored by Al Tayer Motors contests– but only by a fast-diminishing neck and after a 15-minute stewards inquiry.

    After a muddling pace had produced several leaders, Certerach came into the straight eight horses wide under Jamie Spencer and was still four from the rail when Silvestre de Sousa on last year’s winner, Cavalryman attempted a run on his inside.