Monday, March 25 2013

Dubai World Cup Trackwork Notes - March 25, 2013

Group 1 US$10M Dubai World Cup, sponsored by Emirates Airline
Royal Delta – Royal Delta galloped once around Meydan and visited the starting gate as part of the typical routine trainer Bill Mott follows with his runners before a race. The two-time American champion stood quietly in the gate as assistant starters patted her neck.
“Everything is good so far,” said Mott’s assistant Rodolphe Brisset, who also serves as Royal Delta’s exercise rider. “She just flew over this track.”

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Wednesday, March 28 2012

Assistants Keep Asmussen’s Far Flung Stables Ticking

Dubai, UAE, 28 March 2012 - Steve Asmussen trains approximately 200 horses, and he does it on a world-class level. But the Texas native can’t possibly be everywhere at once. Fortunately, he doesn’t have to be in order to maintain one of the most successful racing stables in the world. His photographic memory and top notch assistants make it all possible.

Part of the Asmussen equation is his string at Woodbine Racecourse near Toronto, Canada, overseen by assistant trainers Devron Leingang and Mandy Seim. Leingang and Seim are in Dubai to supervise the training of Group 1 US$1million Al Quoz Sprint, sponsored by Emirates NBD, contender Regally Ready.

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Smart bid for Dubai Kahayla Classic

Dubai, UAE, 28 March 2012 - Julian Smart has already trained the winner of the Group 1 Dubai Kahayla Classic, sponsored by EMAAR on two occasions with Nez D’Or in 2002 and two years ago with Jaafer.

The 2,000m contest on the all-weather track is regarded as one of the most prestigious races for Purebred Arabians and the second of those victories was achieved from his current base in Qatar and the English-born trainer, who did not have a runner last year, is back for another crack.

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Speedy Giant Ryan Tries the all-weather track for First Time in Dubai Golden Shaheen

Dubai, UAE, 28 March 2012 - A winner of six straight races in the United States including the Grade 1 Vosburgh Invitational at Belmont Park before having that skein stopped with an eighth-place finish in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Churchill Downs last November, Shivananda Parbhoo’s Giant Ryan will be making his first start since that defeat on Saturday when he challenges a world-class field of 12 including defending champion Rocket Man in the Group 1 US$2 million Dubai Golden Shaheen, sponsored by Gulf News.

Trained by the owner’s father, Biznath Parboo, both trainer and owner, father and son, are quick to dismiss the lackluster run by the son of Freud in the Breeders’ Cup.

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Former Aussie Champ So You Think Leads O’Brien Team to Track

Dubai, UAE, 28 March 2012 - There was a pleasant surprise for some of the Australian contingent in Dubai as their former champion So You Think led the six strong team of Irish trainer Aidan O’Brien onto the track for the first time at Meydan Wednesday morning.

The handsome stallion looked more like his old self since some of his charismatic floppy forelock hanging down his forehead has grown back.

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Trackwork Notes – Wednesday March 28, 2012

Group 1 US$10 million Dubai World Cup, sponsored by Emirates Airline

Eishin Flash - Did a fast workout on the all-weather track. Trainer Hideaki Fujiwara had the jockey Yuichi Fukunaga, sit on this horse this morning.

Trainer Fujiwara commented, “Eishin Flash galloped very well, which was as scheduled. I imagine that the race will become tough especially in the closing stage, so it was a good preparation for the race. He is very relaxed even in the different surroundings, and this is his talent, and he is the horse who can handle it.What I do is to do my best and keep his best condition until the race.”

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Tuesday, March 20 2012

World Richest Day in Horse Racing Gets out of Starting Gate at 4:30PM

The 17th running of the Dubai World Cup racemeeting will feature an expanded race programme of nine events, offering a world record in total prizemoney US$27.25 million for the March 31st day of racing.

The title event is sponsored by Emirates Airline and is worth US$10 million alone – making it the world’s richest race. Gates will open for the public at 12:00pm with the following post time schedule for the impressive roster of races:

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Saturday, March 17 2012

Classy night to end Abu Dhabi season

Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club stage their final meeting of the season and arguably looks to be their best to date. The high-quality seven-race card will feature the Purebred Arabian Group 1 Abu Dhabi Championship and the Group 3 Emirates Championship for Thoroughbreds, both contested over 2200m and generously sponsored by Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club.

The winners of last year’s edition of both races are back to defend their crown, with Periander, trained by Gill Duffield, set to face 10 rivals in the Emirates Championship in a photo from the Eric Lemartinel-trained Raked who will bid to go one better this year.

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Thursday, March 15 2012

Saturday to Serve as Final Race Day Before Dubai World Cup

The Dubai World Cup Carnival will offer its final racemeeting before the much anticipated Dubai World Cup on March 31 as six races are scheduled to get underway at 4:30pm.

All the races that day will be held on the all-weather surface on a racecard to be sponsored by Gulf News, a pillar partner of the Meydan Group.

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Thursday, March 08 2012

Super Saturday to Serve as Preview for 17th running of Dubai World Cup

The spotlight is set to shine this Saturday, March 10 at Meydan Racecourse when the highly-anticipated Super Saturday racemeeting is to take place with over US$1.2 million in prizemoney up for grabs.

The stellar programme will be sponsored by Emirates Airline and features seven Thoroughbred and one Purebred Arabian contests that serve as the final prep tests for many of the contenders for the world’s biggest day of racing, the Dubai World Cup on Saturday, March 31.

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Friday, March 02 2012

South Africans banking on Meydan feature

The Commercial Bank Of Dubai sponsor their second racemeeting at Meydan this weekend, a six-race card starting at 6.35pm highlighted by the Al Dana Wealth turf handicap worth $175,000 over 2000m.

Twelve have been declared with South African Mike De Kock responsible for both Anaerobio and Rerouted. The former will be having his fifth 2012 Dubai World Cup Carnival outing and will be ridden by Mirco Demuro, while Kevin Shea partners Rerouted who will be having his fourth start at Meydan and is running for the third consecutive week.

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Wednesday, February 29 2012

Classy field for mile

The 1,600m Group 2 Zabeel Mile is the official feature on a high-class Dubai World Cup Carnival meeting at Meydan on Thursday, which also includes the Group 3 Nad Al Sheba Trophy over 2,810m.

At a meeting kindly sponsored by the Commercial Bank Of Dubai, both features are on the turf and have attracted the maximum field of 12.

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