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World Cup dream alive for Seemar

Author: Derek Thompson


SATISH SEEMAR would love to win the Emirates Dubai World Cup and this year he looks to have an outstanding chance with his bargain buy, North America. The way North America demolished his high class rivals last Saturday in the Group 1 Al Maktoum Challenge R3, winning by over five lengths, over the same course and distance as the world cup, was visually very impressive. OK, he is now going to take on the best dirt horses in the world on 31 March but nobody knows the Meydan track better than Richard Mullen, who, in winning last Saturday, took his score for the season to 35 and is closing the gap on Tadhg O’Shea, who is now only six in front in the race for the jockeys’ championship.

Seemar, who helped HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum set up Thoroughbred racing in Dubai at Nad Al Sheba back in 1992, bought North America at the Meydan sales just under two years ago for just $30,000. If he wins this year’s Dubai World Cup, he will win a cool $6 million! Seemar and Mullen will also be hoping their Yulong Warrior can go on and win the UAE Derby after his easy victory in the Al Bastakiya Stakes last Saturday. The way he destroyed his rivals was jaw dropping and, although it will not be easy to beat Godolphin’s Guineas winner, Gold Town, it should now be some contest. By the way, just for good measure, they also have Dubai’s favourite racehorse, Reynaldothewizard to look forward to and just imagine the delight and celebrations if he could win on Dubai World Cup night at the age of 13!

Satish Seemar and Richard Mullen certainly have plenty to look forward to. That is also the case for the Godolphin ‘boys in blue’ who continue to dominate the carnival. Last Saturday, it was the turn of their trainer Charlie Appleby who sent out three big winners at Meydan and then two more that same night at Chelmsford City in the UK. Charlie continues to fly back every week between the UK and the UAE to look after his two stables and his hard work and dedication is certainly getting the results. He has a top class team behind him at both venues and with stable jockeys William Buick and James Doyle doing the business in the saddle, things are flying for Godolphin at the moment and they go into Dubai World Cup night with plenty of firepower.

Dal Harraild is on his way to Meydan for the Dubai Gold Cup after posting an astonishing ten length win under Paul Hanagan in the big two mile race at Chelmsford last Saturday night. Considering this was his first run for nearly six months, it was very impressive and trainer William Haggas, son-in-law of the legendary Lester Piggott, had no hesitation in saying he is on his way to Dubai and his long term aim is the Emirates Melbourne Cup. The thrilling jumping action at the Cheltenham Festival is taking centre stage in the UK this week with total crowds in excess of 250,000.

Irish jockey Paul Townend returned from a two month absence through injury to ride a four timer at Gowran last Saturday, and Ruby Walsh, 11 times leading jockey at the festival, won on his first ride back for four months. And another jockey who deserves a special mention is Welsh-born Sean Bowen who rode a four timer at Hereford last Saturday. And finally... Happy Birthday on Saturday to Paddy’s Day. The biggest winner in Arabian racing history in the USA with over $1,000,000 in prize money was born on 17 March and that, of course, is St Patricks Day and that is why he is called Paddy’s Day! Now being finely tuned in Dubai for the Kahayla Classic by Champion Trainer Doug Watson, it was a bold decision by Texan owner and breeder Scott Powell to send him to Dubai, and the man with the big stetson would make an interesting sight in the winner’s enclosure if Paddy’s Day won the Kahayla!

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22 Mar 2018
Issue Number: Issue 641
Seemar can only hope for another upward performance from North America
Dubai playing a key role in British racing, says Jockey Club boss
Busybody Tadhg looks to scale mountains after climbing Hills
Nass’ trial and error style seems to be working wonders for him
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