As the warmth begins to show up for the world’s richest ($35 million)
race assembly within the Dubai World Cup night time three weeks from now, Tremendous
Saturday at Meydan Racecourse is about to stage a top-quality gown
rehearsal, together with a pair of Group 1 affairs and a complete of seven
stakes value $2.65 million. Every of the seven is a course and distance
copy of a Dubai World Cup card function and is sponsored by pillar
associate Emirates. The primary race is scheduled for Four:00 p.m., whereas the
featured Al Maktoum Problem Spherical Three, which stars reigning Dubai World
Cup sponsored by Emirates Airline champion Thunder Snow, is scheduled
for six:55 p.m. (Race 6).
AL MAKTOUM CHALLENGE ROUND Three (Group 1 | $600,000 | 2000m)
Because the recognised 2000m prep for the world’s richest horse race, the $12 million Dubai World Cup, the Al Maktoum Problem R3 sponsored by Emirates Airline (G1) has attracted a top quality subject of 10, together with Godolphin’s Thunder Snow, who completed second on this race earlier than profitable the Dubai World Cup. The 2017 UAE Derby (G3) winner made historical past when victorious within the 2018 Dubai World Cup by turning into the primary horse to finish that exact double and is looking for a second area of interest in UAE racing folklore by turning into the primary horse to win the Dubai World Cup twice. On his most up-to-date outing, the Saeed bin Suroor secure star completed third within the Breeders’ Cup Basic (G1) at Churchill Downs in November. In complete, he has three G1 wins and earnings of greater than $9 million from 21 begins (7 wins).
“He had a busy 2018, so we now have given him a pleasant break,” Bin Suroor
stated. “He did a really good last critical piece of labor final Saturday and
we additionally took him over to Meydan for a gallop, which went very nicely.
Clearly the Dubai World Cup is the primary goal, with this the apparent
stepping stone. We anticipate him to run properly, however he will certainly
enhance for the outing.”
Bin Suroor has gained the race on a minimum of 11 events, whereas
fellow Godolphin handler Charlie Appleby is in search of a maiden success in
the competition and can be counting on filth debutant Nordic Lights. The
Four-year-old Intello gelding gained a turf handicap over 1800m on the Dubai
World Cup Carnival on his newest begin and broke his maiden at first
asking on the Lingfield all-weather simply shy of a yr in the past.
Appleby stated: “He works on filth at residence the place the floor is sort of
deep and I feel the one at Meydan will go well with him higher. The Jebel Hatta
was the choice, however we’re nicely represented in that and we expect,
given his type of racing, good gate velocity and pure velocity, he might
take to the dust. Thunder Snow is clearly going to be onerous to beat,
however the remaining are fairly evenly matched, so it appeared value a go.”
Three horses, all educated by Bin Suroor for Godolphin, have gained the
Al Maktoum Problem R3 en path to victory within the massive race itself, most
notably Dubai Millennium in 2000. Electrocutionist in 2006 was probably the most
South Korea’s Dolkong was a winner simply 9 days prior, dismantling
his Curlin Handicap (Listed) foes over the identical journey. Hoping to earn
their approach into the proverbial huge dance, coach Simon Foster and Proprietor
Lee Tae In will give it one other go.
Calmly raced New Trails will make simply his eighth lifetime begin and
has been progressive for Ahmad bin Harmash. Worse than second solely
as soon as, he exits a superb second to North America within the Al Maktoum
Problem Spherical 2 (G2) and was a winner over this journey in November.
Fourteen-length Mina Rashid Handicap winner Capezzano will line up
for Salem bin Ghadayer and proprietor Sultan Ali, however should show himself as
greater than a miler. He ought to present some tempo for the race, however will
doubtless be joined up entrance early by Doug Watson trainee Cosmo Charlie,
who carries the colors of Ramzan Kadyrov, whose North America gained this
final yr for Satish Seemar. Additionally a winner over this journey, he was third
in Spherical 2 and should enhance.
Bin Ghadayer, who gained this race two years in the past with Lengthy River, additionally
begins U.S. classic-placed Gronkowski, who chased residence Triple Crown
winner Justify within the final leg of stated triad. The Phoenix Thoroughbreds
colt was final seen when a lacklustre third in Grade Three firm in New
York. The yard completes a trio of starters with current Listed winner
Montsarrat, who has confirmed a constant and gifted performer, however is
ambitiously positioned on this spot.
South American Grade 1 winners Furia Cruzada, a two-time Dubai World
Cup alumnus and third on this race final yr, and Logrado present
intrigue from the Inexperienced Stables of Erwan Charpy. The latter makes his
native bow and is a Grade 1 winner over this journey in Argentina. An enormous,
long-striding sort, he has impressed onlookers whereas coaching, however his
coach has warned that he will certainly want the run.
JEBEL HATTA (Group 1 | $400,000 | 3YO+ | 1800mT)
The seventh and remaining race on the cardboard, the Jebel Hatta sponsored by Emirates Airline (G1), over the identical 1800m on grass because the $6 million Dubai Turf sponsored by DP World (G1), arguably appears probably the most aggressive race on the cardboard with Godolphin chargeable for half of the ten declarations.
Charlie Appleby saddles 4, together with final yr’s winner Blair
Home, however jockey bookings would recommend he isn’t notably anticipated
by connections to grow to be the primary twin winner of the race and Brett
Doyle takes the experience. Secure jockey William Buick has opted to companion
Wootton, thought-about a real Basic contender in France final yr for
Henri-Alex Pantall, however arguably dissatisfied. Now a Four-year-old, the
Wootton Bassett colt was staying on, regardless of a troubled journey, when
fourth within the Zabeel Mile (G2) on his first begin for Appleby.
James Doyle, aboard Blair Home final season, will associate
well-regarded Four-year-old New Strategy colt Loxley, who was extremely
progressive in Europe final yr aside from when failing to remain within the
St Leger (G1) over 2900m at Doncaster. Mickael Barzalona rides the
fourth Appleby hope First Contact, who will probably be having his third outing
of the season at Meydan and most just lately forward of Wootton when third in
the Zabeel Mile.
Appleby commented on his 4 trainees: “Blair Home gained this final
yr when every thing fell into place for him. If the gaps open once more he
ought to run nicely and we have been happy together with his comeback. First Contact and
Wootton each happy us within the Zabeel Mile and with a transparent run, we
really feel the latter would have completed a good bit nearer. The Dubai Turf
has all the time been Loxley’s goal, so this was the apparent race for his
Saeed bin Suroor depends on Dream Fort, who seems the one to beat
after one-sided course and distance victories within the Singspiel Stakes
(G2) and Al Rashidiya (G2) in January. The 5-year-old son of Frankel
will as soon as once more have the providers of Christophe Soumillon and breaks
from barrier 9 in an try and make it Three-for-Three since being gelded.
“All the things has actually gone nicely for him in Dubai this yr and this,
as with Benbatl (in 2018), is the pure development for him,” Bin
Suroor stated. “Clearly, he’s stepping up in school once more, however he has
executed nothing flawed and labored very nicely the opposite day.”
Educated by Simon Crisford, who celebrated a Dubai World Cup Carnival
double final Thursday, Abdulla Belhabb’s Century Dream was runner-up in
the aforementioned Zabeel Mile and seems the primary menace to the
Godolphin runners underneath Oisin Murphy. Anticipated to return on from his
effort, he should overcome a two-week turnaround, however a return to the shape
that noticed him a three-quarter-length third within the Queen Elizabeth II
Stakes (G1) behind Roaring Lion makes him a critical participant.
Seventh in stated Ascot function was Richard Fahey-trained Forest Ranger
(Tony Hamilton), who makes his first begin since ending second in
Group Three Newmarket firm and should enhance to determine. The sector is
accomplished by South Africa’s Majestic Mambo (Bernard Fayd’Herbe) and
Janoobi (Jim Crowley) from the Mike de Kock yard and regionally based mostly
Muzdawaj (Dane O’Neill).
DUBAI CITY OF GOLD (Group 2 | $300,000 | 2410mT)
The course and distance prep for the $6 million Longines Dubai Sheema Basic, the Dubai Metropolis of Gold (G3) might be sponsored by Emirates SkyCargo and have a subject of 10 lining as much as contest 2410m on turf. Three representatives from the UK—Marco Botti’s Topped Eagle, the mount of main Dubai World Cup night time rider Frankie Dettori, Melbourne Cup third Prince of Arran and up to date Canadian Worldwide Stakes (G1) winner Desert Encounter—have to be revered, however Godolphin’s Charlie Appleby begins the 2 doubtless favourites, Previous Persian and Spotify.
The mount of William Buick, Previous Persian is the highest-rated runner
within the subject and boasts a resume that features a Sky Guess Nice Voltigeur
Stakes (G2) win over 2400m at York’s 2018 Ebor Pageant, beating
subsequent Melbourne Cup winner Cross Counter. Stablemate Spotify will
bid to make it a 3rd win in a row at Meydan with common companion James
Doyle, having gained the Dubai Millennium Stakes (G3) final out, beating
Racing Historical past and Staff Speak, who additionally make their begins right here for Saeed
First rider (for Bin Suroor) Christophe Soumillon has opted to experience
Racing Historical past, with the son of Pivotal having completed within the cash in
every of his final three begins within the Carnival’s Group races. Stablemate
Workforce Speak will get a hand from Patrick Cosgrave, together with his greatest race at
Meydan in 2019 being an in depth second to Oasis Appeal within the Jafza
Desert Encounter, unplaced within the Longines Dubai Sheema Basic final
yr, will doubtless want the run, however has improved with age—as lots of
coach David Simcock’s runners do. Topped Eagle has reportedly been
coaching properly in Newmarket, however should step up towards the likes of those,
whereas South African Group 1 winner Marinaresco should do the identical.
Godolphin Mile (G2) winner of 2017 Second Summer time (Royston Ffrench) tries
a brand new avenue on this spot, whereas Sharpalo (Connor Beasley), second to
Spotify in handicap firm two again, completes the sector.
NAD AL SHEBA TURF SPRINT (Group Three | $350,000 | 1200mT)
Godolphin’s Blue Level, to be ridden by William Buick for Charlie Appleby, is the category act within the subject dealing with 10 rivals within the 1200m Nad Al Sheba Turf Dash (G3) sponsored by Arabian Adventures. Victorious in final yr’s King’s Stand Stakes (G1) at Royal Ascot and a dominant victor within the Meydan Dash (G2) final out, he will probably be exhausting to beat, however Hugo Palmer’s twin Group Three winner Gifted Grasp is poised to provide him a robust battle if returning to his Goodwood Stewards’ Cup profitable type. James Doyle rides the son of Kodiac.
Faatinah and Ekhtiyaar symbolize the Shadwell blue and white of His
Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum and should each be revered.
Faatinah, representing Australia and to be ridden by Dane O’Neill, is
a two-time Carnival winner and was second by a distance to Blue Level
final out. Doug Watson trainee Ekhtiyaar goals to comply with up on his
spectacular 5¼-length runaway victory within the Land Rover Discovery
Handicap 16 days in the past and can in all probability sit cosily behind Blue Level
earlier than making a transfer within the turf sprint underneath Jim Crowley.
One other high-class contender who has been wanting able to go in his
morning exercises is Darren Bunyan’s Hit the Bid (Chris Hayes), who will
be recent after ending an in depth second to Mazzini six weeks in the past. The
aforementioned Fawzi Nass trainee will goal to make it a fifth victory in
a row, with secure jockey Adrie De Vries on board. Crown Prince Sheikh
Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum’s Excessive On Life shall be one other hazard,
having persistently knocked on the door this season, with Zabeel
Secure’s Riflescope (Richard Mullen) being prepped to check his
capabilities towards the large boys after a pair of fantastic handicap
runs. Portamento (Fernando Jara), Log Out Island (Tadhg O’Shea) and
Ajwad (Bernardo Pinheiro) full the sector.
AL BASTAKIYA (Listed | $300,000 | 1900m)
Solely Asiatic Boy in 2007 has gained the UAE Triple Crown, however Godolphin’s Estihdaaf has an opportunity to emulate him; already winner of the UAE 2000 Guineas (G3), he’s considered one of 14 declared within the center leg, the Al Bastakiya (Listed) sponsored by emirates.com over the identical 1900m on filth because the concluding leg, the $2.5 million UAE Derby sponsored by The Saeed & Mohammed Al Naboodah Group (G2). Christophe Soumillon will journey the son of Arch, whose dam is a full-sister to multi-surface G1 winner Higher Fortunate. His foremost hazard might be UAE Oaks (G3) heroine Divine Picture, additionally owned by Godolphin, however educated by Charlie Appleby, who has been gaining expertise with every begin. Brett Doyle rides with the 53kg impost.
Argentinian Grade 1 winner Grecko—by Asiatic Boy’s sire Not for
Sale—shall be anticipated to point out enchancment with a Meydan run beneath his
belt for Kenny McPeek. Senior jockey Frankie Dettori takes the experience on
the handsome gray colt, who has been coaching properly within the mornings
over the native floor. He’s joined by one other U.S.-trained colt in
Tone Broke, who breaks from the rail beneath Mickael Barzalona. The son of
Damaged Vow can also be anticipated to enhance type his sixth within the Al
Bastakiya Trial for 2008 Dubai World Cup-winning coach Steve Asmussen.
Al Bastakiya Trial winner Manguzi (Fernando Jara) made all on his
final begin to simply maintain off Estihdaaf and shall be a robust contender for
Ali Rashid Al Rayhi. Unexposed The Track Of John (Richard Mullen) for
Satish Seemar and the Contact Gold Racing syndicate provides a degree of
intrigue to the race, having completed sixth in his most up-to-date outing in
the Bashford Manor Stakes (G3) at Churchill Downs, after having damaged
his maiden on his first begin.
Denmark’s Purple Cactus, a late-closing son of Exhausting Spun, was a great
third to Estihdaaf within the UAE 2000 Guineas and will appreciated the
improve in journey when Elione Henrique Chaves takes the reins, whereas
native winners Moshaher (Pat Dobbs), Superior (Connor Beasley) and the
filly Al Hayette (Fabrice Veron) are very extremely regarded by their
connections, however should return to their greatest type to issue.
The sector is accomplished by Shanty Star (Bernardo Pinheiro) and Tabarak
(Adrie de Vries) for Rashed Bouresly, England’s Fintas (Shane Kelly)
and the imposing filly Al Shamkhah (Royston Ffrench).
MAHAB AL SHIMAAL (Group Three | $350,000 | 1200m)
A aggressive renewal of the $2.5 million Dubai Golden Shaheen sponsored by Gulf Information (G1) prep will kick off Tremendous Saturday, with Doug Watson secure star Drafted headlining the sector for the Mahab Al Shimaal (G3) sponsored by Emirates Skywards. If the eye-catching gray manages to reproduce the scintillating turn-of-foot that gained him victory within the Al Shindagha Dash (G3) on his final begin, the gang can be in for a deal with, however that could possibly be an enormous ask with lots of his rivals approaching peak type.
Asmussen saddles Switzerland, who hopes to make it a primary Meydan
victory, having discovered Satish Seemar’s Lavaspin too good on his most
current outing on Valentine’s Day. Drawn very properly in publish two underneath
Mickael Barzalona, he might particularly be a hazard if he breaks properly and
holds place over the likes of Lavaspin, who seeks a fourth straight
win at Meydan, having posted three victories over the 1200m course and
distance for a mean profitable margin of 3¼ lengths. Two-time UAE
Champion jockey Richard Mullen taking the experience on the Satish Seemar
Al Shindagha Dash second Tato Key begins for David Marnane and can
most probably benefit from the velocity on supply on this dust dash. As a stalker
breaking from the surface publish 10 underneath Shane Foley, he’ll possible be
the primary to pounce if the early runners deplete an excessive amount of petrol early.
Progressive Jebel Ali Dash (Listed) winner Thammin (Jim Crowley)
soundly beat Excessive On Life and My Catch on his final begin and can be out
to offer coach Musabbeh Al Mheiri with a second win within the function.
Swedish I Kirk (Carlos Lopez) will bid for a fifth consecutive
victory, having been stored recent after his mid-January 3¼ size victory
within the Azizi Farishta Handicap, placing him on par (110) on score as
Drafted. Coach Susanne Berneklint has been very happy with the son
of Eishin Dunkirk and circled this run after his handicap victory.
Aforementioned My Catch (Sam Hitchcott), dirt-debuting Lansky
(Royston Ffrench), comebacking Comicas (William Buick) and native winner
9 Under Zero (Adrie de Vries) have the deck stacked towards them, however
wouldn’t be an entire shock if fortune shines upon them in a race
that’s so typically gained by the most effective journey.
BURJ NAHAAR (Group Three | $350,000 | 1600m)
Doug Watson-trained Muntazah, second in final yr’s Godolphin Mile (G2), and Salem bin Ghadayer’s American invader Axelrod (Royston Ffrench) lead the 12-strong subject within the Burj Nahaar (G3) sponsored by Emirates Holidays on scores. The latter, a twin Grade Three winner and Pennsylvania Derby (G1) second to McKinzie, is out to discover the Meydan monitor for the primary time. Final yr’s Burj Nahaar winner Kimbear has been withdrawn and would have been thought-about one of many favourites on this spot, however Doug Watson will begin one other who shall be well-fancied in Muntazah (Jim Crowley), who soundly beat the son of Temple Metropolis of their final outing, the Firebreak Stakes (G3).
In a area of seven, 5 will probably be coming right here on the again of that
race, giving Muntazah’s 4½-length dominating victory much more weight.
Final yr’s Godolphin Mile (G2) winner Heavy Metallic (Mickael Barzalona)
is one who did not land a blow towards Muntazah within the Firebreak or
North America within the Al Maktoum Problem R1 (G2) in January. He has
drawn favourably and must be anticipated to enhance from a health
Jebel Ali Mile (G3) winner and Firebreak runner-up Secret Ambition
take his possibilities for Satish Seemar, who additionally saddles Behavioral Bias, a
son of Shackleford who not been seen within the winner’s circle since
profitable a 1200m Allowance Non-compulsory Claiming race at Truthful Grounds in
December 2017. Regionally, his Jebel Ali Mile third exhibits he has stored his
type and his connections have warned that his poor displaying within the
Firebreak is a line-through.
Jaguar F Tempo Handicap winner Rodaini can be flying the flag for
Ahmad bin Harmash, getting assist from the gifted younger jockey Connor
Beasley. Turkish champion Good Curry (Halis Karatas) will take his
possibilities after a fourth positioned effort in his first Meydan begin over
1200m on dust, with the three-time Group 1 winner most certainly relishing
the step up in journey, together with his top-level wins all being over 1500m.
Musabbeh Al Mheiri begins Moqarrab (Ben Curtis) and Ibn Malik (Dane
O’Neill), Fawzi Nass brings stylish comebacker Musawaat (Adrie de Vries)
and Jaber Ramadhan-conditioned GM Hopkins (Antonio Fresu) full the
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