Gulf News

Zagato & Callan headline huge day for Al Haddad

FRIDAY’S £140,000 His Majesty The King’s Cup, over 2400m at Sakhir in Bahrain, was won stylishly by Zagato who powered clear of his rivals for trainer Hesham Al Haddad who actually saddled the first five home, as well as a quinte

First Classs riding from Thomas wins De Mieulle terrific opening day double

PATIENCE IS OFTEN spoken of as a virtue. And it can be a tip top First Classs one. Don’t bother, you read that right! And Frenchman Ronan Thomas produced a good example of said maxim en route to victory in the feature event on the opening da

Saudi Cup has a new Emblem as favourites crash out spectacularly by the Roadside

As far as upsets go, it had to be the biggest! Riyadh’s King Abdulaziz Racetrack served as the venue for one of the biggest surprises horseracing Saturday night as locally trained Emblem Road gatecrashed the party to become the first winner

Saudi Cup has a new Emblem as favourites crash out spectacularly

By Duane Fonseca

Riyadh’s King Abdulaziz Racetrack served as the venue for one of the biggest upsets in horseracing Saturday night as locally trained Emblem Road gatecrashed the party to become the fir

Appleby looking forward to Saudi challenge

For GODOLPHIN, Charlie Appleby is launching an adventurous double attack on the $1.5m Group 3 Saudi Derby, over 1600m in Riyadh on Saturday with a pair of 3yos yet to race on dirt. Appleby, the world’s number one trainer on current Thoroughb

Mishriff following same routine ahead of Saudi Cup defence

Thrice a Group One winner, Mishriff enjoyed an ‘away day’ at Chelmsford last Thursday morning for a racecourse gallop over a mile as part of his preparation before attempting to repeat last year’s success in the $20 million Saudi

Two Saudi chances for O’Brien

IRISH TRAINER Joseph O’Brien will bid to add to his glittering CV by sending two horses to the Saudi Cup meeting, Baron Samedi in the $2.5m Red Sea Handicap and Thunder Moon in the $1.5m 1351 Turf Sprint. Despite only taking out a training l

Bahrain Turf Series reaches thrilling climax as Godolphin strike at Sakhir Racecourse

BAHRAIN’S LATEST SORTIE onto the international stage reached a thrilling climax at Sakhir Racecourse on Friday with the final two legs of the inaugural Bahrain Turf Series. Godolphin landed their maiden winner in Bahrain as Silent Film led i

Showpiece Saudi Cup could go to Saudis yet again as Mishriff and Mandaloun bid bring Kingdom further glory

SAUDI ARABIAN connections could enjoy more glory 26 February with two of the top hopes for the world’s richest race, the $20million now Group 1 Saudi Cup running in colours representing Saudis. And while the John & Thady Gosden trained d

Lord to head south, not North, to Lingfield, missing out on lucrative Riyadh trip with Harrovian to step in for Saudi mission

DUAL GROUP ONE winner Lord North will miss an intended trip to Saudi Arabia on Saturday week in favour of a race closer to his Newmarket home, and worth more than £1 million less, in the Group 3 Winter Derby at Lingfield on the same day. The

Sweet 16 is the flavour as Saudi Cup prepares for first Group One edition

The third edition of the Saudi Cup programme has a sweet 16 flavour to it with horses from 16 countries entered among the candidates that will compete in the 16 races over the two days of competition. Furthermore, the field lining up for the showp

Neom Turf was to avoid giving Sheema Classic bound Pyledriver ‘different signals’

WITH THE Group 1 Dubai Sheema Classic picked as the ultimate target of his Middle Eastern sojourn, connections of Pyledriver picked the 2100m Neom Turf Cup instead of the far more lucrative Group 1 Saudi Cup to avoid giving him “different si

Hills to Run To The Saudi Cup meet

Greek trainer Christos Stavrou has hopes of landing a historic success with his first overseas runner, Run To The Hills, in the $500,000 Saudi International Handicap at King Abdulaziz Racecourse in Riyadh on Friday, 25 February. Run To The Hills w

Mishriff on the verge of making rich history

A successful Saudi Cup title defence will make Mishriff the highest earning racehorse of all time and if his conditioners are to be believed the 5yo Make Believe horse might cut an even more ominous figure this time than when he became the surpris

Saudi Cup target for Real World

GROUP TWO winner Real World, a 5yo entire homebred son of Dark Angel, reportedly pleased his trainer Saeed bin Suroor in an important piece of work last week and is being aimed at the $20 million Group 1 Saudi Cup in February.

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