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SIXTEEN winners from 31 Thoroughbred races, not to mention 14 seconds and 11 thirds among 66 runners: Godolphin’s current tally after last week’s fifth meeting of the 2018 Dubai World Cup Carnival. Remembering there has also been a pair of Purebred Arabian races, which count towards the ....
Rare blanks impact t
UNUSUALLY, the names Sheikh Khalifa, Khalid Khalifa Al Nabooda, Tadhg O’Shea, Eric Lemartinel and Ernst Oertel, were all missing from the winners’ list last weekend, though there were only six Purebred Arabian races, the field of speciality for most of them. As a result, Sheikh Khalifa a....
Saudi Arabia to anno
A new horse racing championship with prizes totalling over $17 million has been announced by Saudi Arabia’s General Sports Authority. The King Abdulaziz Horse Championship is set to become one of the sport’s richest events, is expected to rival the Kentucky Derby in size and will seek to....
Stellar harem set to
VICTORIOUS in last year’s Dubai World Cup and recently crowned the ‘World’s Best Racehorse’ for the second consecutive year, Arrogate is set to cover a first book brimming with quality when he soon commences covering duties at Juddmonte Farms, Kentucky, commanding a fee of $7....
Talismanic and Cloth
PHOTOGRAPHERS and the racing public love him, because of his distinctive white markings, so the news Talismanic, winner of the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Turf at Del Mar, is set to be a major contender for Godolphin in the Group 1 Dubai World Cup at Meydan on Saturday, 31 March, will be well receiv....
Buick’s ready and re
GODOLPHIN’S RIDING star William Buick is dead serious about there being no ‘I’ in team and takes the idiom, a modern tribute to collaborative action or teamwork, much like a mantra to make professional decisions. When discussing ambition, his personal goals are moved to the back bu....
Hammered by, or esca
REASSURING to see the majority mentioned in this column in early dispatches ran well last week, including Alabaster and Jordan Sport but with pride of place going to Los Barbados, victorious in the 2810m turf handicap. For that, we owe a huge debt of gratitude to Adrie de Vries who produced one of t....
Forjatt seeks histor
The biggest race of the Jebel Ali campaign, the Group 3 Jebel Ali Mile is, undoubtedly the highlight on today’s card, the seventh fixture to be staged on the track this season, and a cracking renewal with history possibly to be made. Racecourse patron, Sheikh Ahmed, relies on Forjatt, trained ....
Lights illuminates a
PATRIOTIC pride was, again, evident at Meydan last week after Bloodstock South Africa graduate Light The Lights provided Mike de Kock with his first win of the 2018 Dubai World Cup Carnival when he triumphed over a high class field in a 2000m turf handicap. Making a quick reappearance at the carniva....
McCutcheon, Dalbark
The new season of the HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Horse Flat Racing Festival began in the Wilayat of Barka in Oman last Friday, with Ireland’s Evanna McCutcheon and Sweden’s Andreas Tapia Dalbark clinching the opening races of the global series at Al Rahba Racecourse. Mc....
Trio please De Kock
Trio please De Kock
18/01/2018
THE CARNIVAL’S leading international trainer by some way, South African Mike de Kock, having warned his team would need their first outings after a more relaxed preparation than normal, was pleased with the way his runners performed. He explained: “Those who came from England, as I expla....
Bin Ghadayer eager f
Last week the trainer Salem bin Ghadayer was looking to follow up on his triple success at Jebel Ali a week earlier. Well he fell short by one at the end of the night at Meydan, but he left thoroughly pleased as he not only equalled his previous best of 10 winners in a season with his Meydan double,....
Caspian still Prince
Popular veteran Caspian Prince, trained by Tony Coyle, made all under Ben Curtis to win the valuable 5f conditions stakes, on Tapeta at Newcastle last week. The 9yo gelded son of Dylan Thomas, after winning this Fast- Track Qualifier, is now guaranteed a free start in the £150,000 All- Weather....
Ellahi just glad to
Unable to saddle a runner before this season since November 2015, when two of his first eight contenders had won, Irfan Ellahi announced his return to the racecourse with a vengeance on Saturday, providing his main patron, Sheikh Saeed Maktoum Al Maktoum, a double. Both his November 2015 victories w....
O’Shea extends lead
Landmark victory number 400 in the UAE is just one away for Richard Mullen after a Meydan double and solitary victory at Al Ain left him tantalisingly on the 399 mark. He was one of a trio of jockeys to partner three winners on a busy weekend, albeit but not as hectic as the upcoming period, with Ta....
Connections of Winx
Trainer Chris Waller and jockey Hugh Bowman have been on a fact finding mission to Dubai as connections of Champion Mare Winx consider another invitation to race overseas in 2018. Waller and Bowman were in Dubai almost three weeks ago and fielded offers to race Winx at the World Cup meeting in March....
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15 Feb 2018
Issue Number: Issue 636
Appleby hopes to do Godolphin proud by winning first Epsom Derby for royal blue silks
Forca Barza! Mickael keen to slay opponents with his Talismanic
De Sousa’s always chasing after the Silvestre lining
Group One hungry Lemartinel won’t go to work without lucky charm
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