Wednesday, March 23 2011


The wizardry of Al Quoz


Dubai, UAE, March 23, 2011 - It is always a treasured invitation to the Godolphin pre-Dubai World Cup equine flypast. Guests entertained at Godolphin’s private Al Quoz training facility witness some of the fanciest and most expensive thoroughbreds on the planet as they are conveniently cantered past the visitors’ Majlis (meeting place).

Godolphin has remarkably supplied a third of the Dubai World Cup meeting winners since His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum inaugurated this Gulf extravaganza in 1996.





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Godolphin Media Morning Quotes


MONTEROSSO: Mahmoud Al Zarooni: “He has a lot of speed and he will stay.”

POET’S VOICE: Saeed Bin Suroor: “We think this year he is a different horse. He is more relaxed than ever.”

Frankie Dettori: “He works on [the All-Weather] every morning so it shouldn’t be a problem for him. It was a good prep run last time from a very consistent Group One performer so we have to hope for a good run. The Dubai World Cup is the richest race in the world so it’s very competitive and there are a few horses there that can win it. Let’s hope it’s my name at the top of the list.”





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Sole Power out of the shadows in the Al Quoz sprint


Dubai, UAE, March 23, 2011 - Having been responsible for one of the biggest shocks in the history of British racing, Eddie Lynam accepts that pretty much anything can happen once horses are under starters orders.

After all, the Irish trainer prepared Sole Power to become just the second ever 100/1 winner of a Group One race in Britain when taking out the Nunthorpe Stakes at York and on Saturday his four year old will make his first outing since that landmark victory last August in the US$1 million Al Quoz Sprint, sponsored by Emirates NBD.







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Martin Dwyer, Roaring to Go


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Dubai, UAE, March 23, 2011 - Martin Dwyer, who had a horrible fall at the end of September that put him out of action for nearly four months, is relishing the return to the big stage.





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Track Notes - March 23, 2011


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

Buena Vista – Buena Vista galloped on 1200m, and she covered the last 200m in 10.27 seconds. Trainer Hiroyoshi Matsuda commented, “She was very relaxed in her stable here. I am happy with her galloping today. She is superfit. Her good run can be expected on Saturday. Thanks to all of the support from Dubai Racing Club, everything has been well done so far. She will put in a slow canter tomorrow morning.”





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Tuesday, March 22 2011


Khawlah and Xin Xu Lin, the Godolphin pick


Dubai, UAE, March 22, 2011 - Godolphin is the phenomenon so good they named their trainers twice. In 1995, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Vice President and Prime Minster of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai appointed Saeed bin Suroor as the man to supervise the horses he wintered in Dubai before firing them across the racing globe. The Sheikh’s reward was - among other monstrous achievements – five Dubai World Cup winners under bin Suroor’s tutelage.

Then – almost exactly a year ago – a second trainer was brought in to prepare the swarm of horses in royal blue which have plundered Group or Grade One victories in 12 countries. Mahmoud Al Zarooni hit the ground running in his first season, highlighted by a Group One success for Buzzword and Rewilding’s initial British Group race victory for the trainer.





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Moore eager to set the record straight in Dubai Golden Shaheen


Dubai, UAE, March 22, 2011 - Hong Kong trainer John Moore feels he can finally correct the one omission to his glittering CV when he fields Dim Sum and Sunny King in the Dubai Golden Shaheen sponsored by Gulf News on Saturday evening.

Already the most successful trainer in the history of Hong Kong racing where has won five premierships and routinely outstrips his rivals in terms of prize-money earned thanks to a steady stream of winners at the highest level, it is somewhat anomalous that Moore has yet to register a Group One victory beyond his Sha Tin base.





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Special sprinter brings Baffert back to Dubai


Dubai, UAE, March 22, 2011 - The last time Bob Baffert visited Dubai, he collected his second gold whip as the trainer of a Dubai World Cup winner, leaving an impact on racing’s richest event unparalleled by any conditioner except Godolphin’s Saeed bin Suroor.

When Baffert returned on Tuesday, he found that so much had changed in Dubai he didn’t recognize the city—and he got lost in the sprawling grandstand at Meydan. But Baffert’s trademark silver hair and his equally silver tongue, in the figurative sense, saved him.





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Track Notes - March 22, 2011


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

Buena Vista – Buena Vista who is running in the US $10 million Dubai World Cup cantered easily for two laps on the All-Weather this morning. Tsuyoshi Matsuda, the work rider of Buena Vista commented, “She had a piece of work this morning. She will be galloping tomorrow. She is in a good form.”





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Just The One for Freedman


Dubai, UAE, March 22, 2011 - Two years ago a juvenile Australian colt looked sufficiently talented to pursue a lucrative Group One Golden Slipper campaign after graduating from a 4-1/2-length debut win to secure the Listed Festival Of Racing Stakes (1000m) at his next start.

Life - particularly in two year old racing - does not, however, always go to plan.





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Monday, March 21 2011


Presvis Primed for Dubai Duty Free


Dubai, UAE, March 21, 2011 - Presvis will bid to give Luca Cumani a first winner on Dubai World Cup night this Saturday after completing his preparation for the Dubai Duty Free at Meydan this morning.

The Italian-born trainer has enjoyed success around the world with the likes of Falbrav landing the 2003 Hong Kong Cup, Alkaased the 2005 Japan Cup and Presvis the Audemars Piguet QE II Cup two years ago.





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King Dancer a live Dubai Sheema Classic outsider for HK, says trainer Woods


Dubai, UAE, March 21, 2011 - For a territory that does not specialise in races over 2400m, Hong Kong’s recent record in the Dubai Sheema Classic compares more than favourably with racing’s international superpowers and Sha Tin-based trainer Sean Woods believes King Dancer can augment that statistic in the US$5 million showpiece on Dubai World Cup night.

The last three envoys from Hong Kong for the middle-distance championship event have resulted with a win and two second-placed finishes with Vengeance Of Rain landing the spoils in 2007 and Viva Pataca and Helene Vitality the runners-ups in 2008 and 2002.





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