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Tuesday, March 24 2009


Bruss confident of big Dubai World Cup run


Saudi Arabian-based Neil Bruss has high hopes that his first runners in the UAE could win the sport’s biggest prize, the Dubai World Cup, sponsored by Emirates Airline.

Zimbabwe-born Bruss only moved to the Middle East this season but the trainer - who is a familiar name in Africa - has enjoyed a fairytale start to his Saudi experience.





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Hay team peaking at the right time


Dubai-based owner Jim Hay is no stranger to success at the Dubai International Racing Carnival but a Dubai World Cup meeting winner still eludes him.

However, this year Hay, and his wife Fitri, in whose colours the horses run, have a real chance of turning that around with Balcarce Nov and Redding Colliery in the UAE Derby and King’s Gambit in the Dubai Sheema Classic.





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Dubai Duty Free contender Paco Boy flight went like a dream


Paco Boy, who is likely to be one of the favourites for the $5m Dubai Duty Free on Dubai World Cup night, has settled into his new surroundings at the International Barn, having “travelled like a dream” on the flight over from Britain on Saturday, according to Steve Knight, head lad to trainer Richard Hannon.

Knight, a former jump jockey who won the Grand National - universally known as the greatest steeplechase in the world – on Maori Venture in 1987, was expecting Hannon to arrive in Dubai on Monday night.





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2009 Dubai World Cup latest – Tracknotes March 24


DUBAI WORLD CUP, SPONSORED BY EMIRATES

Standing at the backstretch rail on Tuesday morning, assistant trainer Trish McLaughlin watched Albertus Maximus virtually soar past her while pulling against exercise rider Rob Massey in an impressive show of contained strength and speed.

“He’s happy—he just loves to train,” McLaughlin said with a smile. “It’s been another perfect morning.”





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The spectator guide to the 2009 Dubai World Cup


The date is Saturday March 28th. The place is Nad Al Sheba Racecourse. The event is the Dubai World Cup meeting – Dubai’s premier sporting and social highlight.

Whether you’re ensconced in one of the elegant and sophisticated suites inside the grandstands and private boxes, or lounging outdoors on the lawns, every spectator should make the most of this unique and fabulous experience.





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Monday, March 23 2009


2009 Dubai World Cup latest – March 23


Albertus Maximus, the Dubai World Cup contender owned by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid al Maktoum, galloped over 2000m after standing quietly and surveying Nad al Sheba from the finish line.

With exercise rider Rob Massey aboard, Albertus Maximus exhibited eagerness with a strong stride and he evoked memories of Sheikh Hamdan’s 2007 Dubai World Cup winner Invasor as he turned his head to look around while galloping. Assistant trainer Trish McLaughlin said Massey reported that Albertus Maximus felt “awesome.”





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Sunday, March 22 2009


Style Stakes fashion ahead of the competition


The countdown to Dubai’s sporting and social highlight officially begins today. Nad Al Sheba is set to host the 14th annual Dubai World Cup racemeeting, packed with glamour and excitement both on and off the track.

In addition to the thrills of world class racing, the frills of fashion-savvy race goers will turn the heads of those who admire the ritz and pizzazz that goes hand-in-hand with the Dubai World Cup and its signature fashion competition, the Style Stakes.





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Wednesday, March 18 2009


Hospitality for 2009 Dubai World Cup


The 2009 Dubai World Cup, the final racemeeting to be staged at Nad Al Sheba, is set to take place on Saturday March 28.

Interest in this year’s event has been exceptional, with the most popular venue, Apron Views now completely sold out. Taking over from the International Village, Apron Views will play host to the Style Arena, Bubble Lounge, Irish Village and Wine Room, and is the best spot to experience all aspects of the electric atmosphere of a Dubai World Cup racemeeting.





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Tuesday, March 17 2009


2009 Dubai World Cup Likely Fields


A top class, well balanced field of a record-breaking 15 runners looks set to promise an intriguing contest on Saturday March 28, when the US$6million Dubai World Cup, sponsored by Emirates Airline, will be staged, led by US-trained raider Albertus Maximus and local hero Asiatic Boy.

The Dubai Racing Club today reveals the likely fields for the seven races at the US$21.25million race meeting, the world’s richest race day of racing, which could see horses prepared by trainers from as many as 12 countries. The final fields will be declared on Monday, March 23, and then released at the Post Position Draw ceremony on Wednesday, March 25.





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Thursday, March 05 2009


Super Style Stakes at BurJuman Fillies & Fashion


Dubai Racing Club, official fashion partner BurJuman and event sponsors Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts and Contempo Events, played host to the glamorous finale – the Super Thursday edition of the BurJuman Fillies & Fashion series.

Combined with exquisite cuisine, and of course some of the best racing from all corners of the globe, it was certainly a night to remember.





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Boys dominate Al Maktoum Challenge


The final meeting of the 2009 Dubai International Racing Carnival, Super Thursday, was kindly sponsored by Shadwell Farms and a cracking night’s racing served as the perfect aperitif for the final meeting ever at Nad Al Sheba – Dubai World Cup night – on 28th March.

The official feature was the Group 2 Maktoum Challenge III - Invasor, over 2000m on dirt and a race won three times previously by subsequent Dubai World Cup winners.





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Wednesday, March 04 2009


Super competition on the cards for penultimate meeting at Nad Al Sheba


Super Thursday, kindly sponsored by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s Shadwell Farms, the American arm of his breeding empire, is the second biggest meeting of the season and a dress rehearsal for Dubai World Cup night in just over three weeks time.

With trial and/or prep races for all seven contests on the big night, the world’s most valuable day of racing, it is no surprise to see a high-quality Super Thursday card, highlighted by the Group 2 Al Maktoum Challenge Round III - Invasor, over the same 2000m dirt course as the $6million Dubai World Cup, the world’s richest horse race.





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