Sunday, March 27 2011

Emotional Victory For Japan’s Victoire Pisa in Dubai World Cup

It started with a desert storm and it finished with one. The sandy blast which blew over Meydan Racecourse before racing was soon to fade away, but the same will never be said of the memory of the 16th running of the Group One US$10 million Dubai World Cup, sponsored by Emirates Airline.

Victoire Pisa won a race which culminated in a virtual stampede close home – sweat, whips and dirt flying everywhere - as the first five home could have been covered by a desert rug. The four year old won for trainer Katsuhiko Sumii, jockey Marco Dimuro, but most of all for some sort of poetic justice.

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Rewilding gives Dettori double delight in Dubai Sheema Classic

Rewilding gave Frankie Dettori a big race double on the night and Godolphin a third victory of the evening, when running on strongly in the home straight to take the US$5 million Dubai Sheema Classic in a new course record for the 2410m turf course at Meydan.

Frankie settled Rewilding in mid pack early on as Laaheb under Richard Hills broke smartly from gate one for the early lead before giving way to Japanese hope Rulership and Christophe Soumillon, who towed the field down the backstretch and around the home turn.

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Presvis perfect under Moore

Presvis made it third time lucky on Dubai World Cup night as Ryan Moore brought him from last to first to claim the US$5 million Group One Dubai Duty Free, sponsored by Dubai Duty Free.

The British former champion jockey is undoubtedly the key to Luca Cumani’s quirky seven year old and cut through the pack with fierce acceleration to score under the Meydan floodlights.

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Rocket Man gains deserved major title in Dubai Golden Shaheen

If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again. That might have been the motto for Rocket Man as the Singapore superstar finally and resoundingly cracked it on the global stage with a handsome victory in the Dubai Golden Shaheen sponsored by Gulf News.

Four times the pride of Kranji had previously raced in Group One races against international opposition for four frustrating second-place finishes – including in this race 12 months ago - with the combined margins of defeat amounting to barely over one length.

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UAE Oaks Winner Khawlah Takes UAE Derby

The US$2 million UAE Derby, sponsored by the Saeed & Mohammed Al Naboodah Group was an absolute thriller at Meydan on Saturday evening. Saeed bin Suroor saddled his seventh UAE Derby winner as the UAE Oaks winner, Khawlah, bravely collared Master of Hounds in the final metres to win by a nose under Mickael Barzelona in a final time of 1:58:83.

Godolphin secured its seventh UAE Derby victory, and its first with a filly. Khawlah broke from the stalls and settled in to seventh early. Mickael Barzalona followed his pre-race instructions well according to bin Suroor.

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Saturday, March 26 2011

Skysurfers a popular local winner of Godolphin Mile

The highly fancied Godolphin runner Skysurfers survived a spirited dual down the Meydan straight to win the 18th running of the US $1 million Group Two Godolphin Mile sponsored by Etisalat, getting the 1600m 1:37.65.

A full field of 14 started in the $1million purse 1600m race on the All-Weather surface.

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J J The Jet Plane Wins Second Al Quoz Sprint

For the second time in three years, J J The Jet Plane has won the US$1 million Al Quoz Sprint, bursting through between horses as the field emerged from the sand to enter the course proper and getting to the wire just a head in front of War Artist.

The South African-bred six year old son of Jet Master won this race in 2009 when it was not part of the Dubai World Cup programme but was instead a US$200,000 race contested on Super Thursday at 1200m.

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Post race quotes from the Group One US$250,000 Dubai Kahayla Classic, sponsored by Emaar

Olivier Peslier, jockey, Seraphin Du Paon, 1st – "He didn't have a good draw. He was a bit keen at the beginning, so I prefered to relax him because I know he has a good turn of foot. It worked."

Christophe Lemaire, jockey, Nieshan, 2nd – "He traveled well. He made an effort at the top of the straight. We led. Thought we had it, but Olivier's horse finished very strongly."

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Seraphin Du Paon takes Dubai Kahayala Classic

Seraphin Du Paon started Dubai World Cup night with a scintillating performance in the opener when he literally came from last to first to beat Nieshan in the Group One Dubai Kahayla Classic.

A winner of the President Cup in Abu Dhabi, the Philippe Barbe-trained Seraphin Du Paon was the obvious horse to beat in the 2000m race, but when they turned for home, he was still a long way off from leaders.

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Friday, March 25 2011

J J The Jet Plane aims high in Al Quoz Sprint

Dubai, UAE, March 25, 2011 - He's a rightful headline act - a six time Group One winner, three-time South African Champion, and the second highest-ranked turf sprinter in the world. Deeds and titles add significant expectations to a runner but the connections of Group Two Al Quoz Sprint favourite J J The Jet Plane remain notably upbeat ahead of Saturday's race.

Arriving in Dubai in mid-December following his victory in the Gr One Hong Kong International Sprint, the South African seven year old gelding had just two runs during the Dubai International Racing Carnival: an unplaced start over 1200m on the All-Weather on February 17, before a dominant win back on the turf in the US$175,000 Dubai Duty Free Finest Surprise on March 10.

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Henry Cecil hoping to win the big prize

Dubai, UAE, March 25, 2011 - Henry Cecil-trained horses have triumphed all over the world, including in some of the most prestigious events in racing’s calendar. The US$10 Million Dubai World Cup however has so far eluded him, but he hopes to change that this Saturday when he saddles the Khalid Abdulla owned Twice Over.

With over 125 horses to look after at his home in Newmarket, which by the way includes 2000 Guineas and Epsom Derby favourite Frankel, he only made it out to Dubai on Thursday.

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Track Notes – March 25, 2011

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

Buena Vista – Ryan Moore, the jockey commented, “She is very nice, and I am very happy to have a chance on riding her. I cannot say how she handles All-Weather until she comes in to the final stretch in the race. There are top class horses in the field and any of them will be capable to win, but if she has a little luck and no one will box her in, she must win, and I could confirm she had a talent to win. For the Japanese people who are now having a difficult time, I would like to say that the racing is my answer. What is going on is very terrible, and I suppose horse racing lift them.”

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