Wednesday, January 18 2012


The Saeed & Mohammed Al Naboodah Group to sponsor Dubai World Cup Carnival Racemeetings on January 2


Dubai, UAE, 18 January, 2012 – The excitement of the Dubai World Cup Carnival continues on Friday and Saturday, January 20-21 with both racemeetings sponsored by The Saeed & Mohammed Al Naboodah Group.

They are pillar partner supporters of the Meydan Group and title sponsors of the Group Two UAE Derby, held on Dubai World Cup Day, Saturday, March 31.





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Thursday, January 12 2012


Musir conquers challenge


Etisalat was the generous sponsor of Thursday's third meeting of the Dubai World Cup Carnival and the phone lines to South Africa must have been busy after the ultra-impressive victory of Musir in the Group Three Maktoum Challenge Round I (for Thoroughbreds), the featured 1600m all-weather contest.

Trained by South African Mike de Kock, Musir, the UAE 2,000 Guineas and UAE Derby winner of 2010 was always going well under Christophe Soumillon who eased his mount to the front over 200m out to score an easy victory with stable companion Master Of Hounds running on strongly to snatch second.





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Wednesday, January 11 2012


Etisalat connects with Meydan’s Dubai World Cup Carnival this Thursday


The 2012 Dubai World Cup Carnival continues at Meydan on Thursday night with a seven race programme, sponsored by Etisilat, featuring the opening rounds of the Maktoum Challenges for Thoroughbreds and Purebred Arabians. Both races are 1600 metre contests on the all-weather track.

In the thoroughbred division Mendip, winner of the race 12 months ago, will be one of three to carry the familiar blue colours of locally based powerhouse Godolphin stables.





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Friday, January 06 2012


Williams and Gamilati master Meydan


His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minster of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, was present at Meydan Racecourse on Friday afternoon to watch Godolphin's Gamilati score a bloodless victory in the 1400m UAE 1000 Guineas Trial Presented By Longines on the all-weather.

A Group Two winner on turf in the UK, the three-year-old daughter of Bernardini was always travelling ominously well under Frankie Dettori and once the pair hit the front about 200m out the result was never in doubt.





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Maxime Guyon wants more of Dubai


Frankie Dettori said that the next generation of talented jockeys was in France. Judging by Mickael Barzalona’s success at the opening day of the 2012 Dubai World Cup Carnival, he was absolutely spot on.

However, in France, the jockey who was talked about the most in 2011 was Maxime Guyon. At 22, he is only two years older than Barzalona, who happens to be working in the same yard of André Fabre and is also a close friend.



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Thursday, January 05 2012


Mahbooba takes Al Rashidiya Trial


The Mike de Kock-trained Mahbooba was the impressive winner of the 1800m Al Rashidiya Trial Presented By Longines, the featured turf race on the first night of the 2012 Dubai World Cup Carnival at a meeting kindly sponsored by Longines.

First one past the post in last year's UAE 1000 Guineas, Mahbooba was a winner in England during the summer and won well to the delight of winning jockey Christophe Soumillon who said: "She was good on [all-weather] last year but seems just as good on the turf. This trip of 1800m was probably as short as she would want as she won over 2400m in England and stays well. I am not sure what future plans will be but we should have plenty of options with her and she is an ideal sort for the Carnival."





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Meydan snares Cowell


Sitting on the patio of the Meydan Hotel, enjoying a cup of tea in the sunshine while watching some horses canter by, English trainer Robert Cowell freely admits that there is no other place in the world where he would like to be right now.

In a few hours he will saddle Monsieur Joe in the Longines Column Wheel Chronograph at Meydan, which is opening tonight for the 2012 Dubai World Cup Carnival and he says: “I started coming here in 2005 with a filly that I had bought for John Greetham and she won. I don’t know how or why, but Eddie Ahern rode her on the old Nad Al Sheba track. And I was hooked. Hook, line and sinker, I was absolutely hooked and since then I have always tried to bring something back. We have skipped a few years, as I didn’t have anything good enough, but for the last years we have been lucky to have some good horses and so we were able to come.”





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Who masters Meydan?


Longines, the official timekeeper at Meydan, generously sponsor Friday's Meydan meeting which is highlighted by the UAE 1000 Guineas Trial and also features the three concluding legs of the Meydan Masters International Jockeys Challenge.

Six have been declared for the 1400m all-weather feature with Godolphin's Gamilati and Alsindi, having her first start for last season’s Champion Trainer Ali Rashid Al Raihe, look likely to dominate the minds of Pick Six players.





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Tuesday, January 03 2012


Dubai World Cup Carnival to Begin with racing on January 5 & 6


Dubai, UAE, January 3, 2012 - Meydan will offer its first double-header of the new year on Thursday January 5 and Friday January 6 as the Dubai World Cup Carnival gets underway.

Featuring some of the best horses in racing, the weekend also plays host to the 3rd annual Meydan Masters International Jockeys’ Challenge, where 12 of the world’s top jockeys are set to compete against each other in a series of four races.





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Friday, December 30 2011


Meydan sees out year with action aplenty


Al Basti Equiworld sponsor Saturday's Meydan card, the final race meeting of 2011 here in the UAE, with two quality Thoroughbred handicaps sharing the limelight.

Of these, the penultimate UAE race of 2011 is a 1400m handicap, the Al Basti Equiworld - Hartog Cup, and has attracted a competitive field of 12 and Champion Trainer Ali Rashid Al Raihe is well represented with three of the runners.





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Thursday, December 29 2011


Meydan races into the New Year with Al Basti Equiworld


Dubai, UAE, December 29, 2011– Saturday’s racemeeting at Meydan is sponsored by Al Basti Equiworld and will kick off at 4.30pm. The meeting will be the final racing of 2011 with admission gates to open at 3pm for the six-race programme.

Racing will continue at Meydan on January 5 – 6, 2012 as the Dubai World Cup Carnival will begin with 16 racemeetings including the Dubai World Cup on March 31, 2012.





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Friday, December 23 2011


AF Alghabra outshines the boys in Mazrat Al Ruwayah


Former Champion Tadhg O'Shea was the jockey to follow at Meydan on Friday when winning half of the six races, including the featured Group Two Mazrat Al Ruwayah, the only Purebred Arabian race on the card kindly sponsored by Al Tayer Motors.

He rode the Gill Duffield-trained AF Alghabra, the six-year-old and only mare in the field, to land the 1600m feature to register an eighth career win for her owner/breeder Khalid Khalifa Al Nabooda.





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