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Justify’s Retireme
Justify’s Retirement Leaves Big Void in American
Author: Michele MacDonald
07/08/2018
HOURS after Justify’s brief reign of glory ended with a simple retirement proclamation due to an inflamed ankle, America’s 3yo males reshuffled their ranks as last year’s Champion Juvenile Good Magic staked a claim to divisional leadership for the second half of the season. Comment....
Fingers crossed Masa
Fingers crossed Masar can bounce back
Author: Nicholas Godfrey
07/08/2018
On both sides of the Atlantic, summer’s premier skirmishes are continuing minus the main attractions. Just as the Eclipse Stakes at Sandown Park went ahead without Epsom hero Masar after a very late setback, Saturday’s King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes contained no Derby winner....
Nothing Accidental a
Nothing Accidental about Eve’s success
Author: Howard Wright
07/08/2018
Have you ever picked up a book and not been able to put it down until the very last page has been devoured? It happened to me last week, and all because of this year’s Queen Anne Stakes, traditionally the first race on the first day of Royal Ascot. Not many will have backed the winner. After a....
Justify Rewrites Ame
Justify Rewrites American Racing History with Uniq
Author: Michele MacDonald
02/07/2018
After waiting 37 years for American Pharoah to come along in 2015 and sweep a Triple Crown, ending the long drought that ensued following Afffirmed in 1978, the American racing world seems to be a mix of curious, confounded and maybe even a little cynical in the wake of Justify’s coronation on....
Bill Mather: first a
Bill Mather: first and last of the Dubai racing le
Author: Howard Wright
02/07/2018
FIFTY SIX comments on Pat Buckley’s Facebook account, compiled within a few hours of each other, told their own story. Buckley had been the first to record the death of his longtime UAE racing ally earlier this month at the age of 82, and the responses told you everything you needed to know ab....
Competition bites fr
Competition bites from Dubai to Hong Kong
Author: Howard Wright
10/05/2018
The premier leagues in European football might have been sewn up weeks ago, but international competition in horse racing has never been hotter. Not if the events of the last couple of months from Dubai to Hong Kong are any indication. It was always going to be difficult for overseas trainers at thi....
Conditions against M
Conditions against Meydan stars
Author: Nicholas Godfrey
10/05/2018
Say what you like about the Kentucky Derby, but last weekend’s results at Churchill Downs will surely be taken in America as further evidence that Dubai is not the place to prepare horses for the Triple Crown. Let me be clear on this: I don’t think that’s entirely fair, as there we....
Further evidence...o
Further evidence...or am I a bit biased about the
Author: Nicholas Godfrey
05/04/2018
LAST WEEK’S column was all about track bias; specifically, the inside speed bias that has dominated proceedings on the Meydan dirt strip at this year’s Dubai carnival. This column, too, is largely about bias, albeit now with the evidence of another brilliant Dubai World Cup card to consi....
Pointers to bright f
Pointers to bright future on World Cup night
Author: Howard Wright
05/04/2018
New names, old names; horses coming from behind to win, others following the golden Meydan dirt highway by scorching away from the front; track records by the barrowload; and a scare or two before class prevailed. The 23rd staging of Dubai World Cup night had something for everyone. Everyone except ....
Thunder Snow, Mendel
Thunder Snow, Mendelssohn Burst Through Boundaries
Author: Michele MacDonald
05/04/2018
“A GOOD horse can run over broken glass.” That saying is an old and reverential American salute to extraordinarily talented runners we see only occasionally, those that can compete and win over any surfaces and in any kind of conditions. The simple yet colourful words are sometimes attri....
Attention switches f
Attention switches from Meydan to Hollywood
Author: Derek Thompson
05/04/2018
It is not easy to follow such an incredible event as Dubai World Cup night but we can because this weekend we are in Los Angeles for the Darleys: the American Arabian racing awards! There is no finer setting than the Dolby Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard, yes the same venue that hosts the glittering ....
The Right Start?
The Right Start?
Author: John Berry
05/04/2018
You know how sometimes you watch commercial TV stations and find that it seems as if it’s all advertisements? Well, you might think that that was the case on At The Races in Britain last Thursday night when, impossible though this sounds, there were two ‘ad breaks’ between the star....
We Shall Remember Th
We Shall Remember Them
Author: John Berry
31/03/2018
Having taken the opportunity in this column both before and after the Cheltenham Festival to moan about the renaming of the Mildmay of Flete Steeplechase, I suppose it had to happen: the news broke last week that Fred Winter’s name too seems likely to be dropped next year from the race which c....
The big day is upon
The big day is upon us
Author: Nicholas Godfrey
31/03/2018
DEADLINES, deadlines, deadlines. So the Dubai World Cup meeting is almost upon us and by the time you read this, you’ll know the final fields and post position draw. Unfortunately, at the time of writing, the latter remains an unknown and a potentially crucial unknown at that, one that largely....
Home from home for S
Home from home for Sheikhzayedroad and Simcock
Author: Howard Wright
31/03/2018
SHEIKH ZAYED ROAD: the most famous thoroughfare in the UAE, so how fitting that the horse named after the highway connecting Dubai and Abu Dhabi should have become such a fixture at Meydan on Dubai World Cup night. Not even local hero Reynaldothewizard can match the record of Sheikhzayedroad, who on....
Can North America la
Can North America land World Cup?
Author: Derek Thompson
31/03/2018
SATISH SEEMAR and Richard Mullen are great ambassadors for the sport of racing and the UAE, so wouldn’t it be fitting if this top trainer and jockey combination could pull off the biggest win of their careers with North America in the Emirates Dubai World Cup? It’s a massive task but tha....
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07 Aug 2018
Issue Number: Issue 647
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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