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Vazirabad Will Not Compete at Meydan

His Highness the Aga Khan's MG1SW Vazirabad (Fr) (Manduro {Ger}) will not compete at the Dubai World Cup this season, Jour de Galop reported on Thursday. Last seen running second in the G1 Gold Cup at Royal Ascot and pulling up with an injury last June, the three-time Group 1 winner was pointing for the G2 Dubai Gold Cup on Dubai World Cup night, a race he has won the past three seasons. "Vazirabad will not go to Dubai," trainer Alain de Royer Dupre told Jour de Galop of the...

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Scat Daddy Filly ‘Divine’ in Oaks

Godolphin trainer Charlie Appleby was enjoying a top-notch night after saddling Spotify (Fr) (Redoute's Choice {Aus}) to take the G3 Dubai Millennium S. at Meydan on Thursday, and the evening continued to improve as Scat Daddy filly Divine Image saluted in the $250,000 G3 UAE Oaks over 1900 metres. It was the first win in the race for Appleby, and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum was on hand to witness his stable's successes. A bit reluctant to load, Divine Image perched in fifth in between horses as...

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Godolphin and Appleby Land Meydan Group Hat Trick

Mythical Magic (Ire) (Iffraaj {GB}) completed a Godolphin/Charlie Appleby clean sweep of the three Meydan group races on Thursday, as he drew off by three lengths in the G2 Zabeel Mile over a good turf course. The 1600-metre $250,000 affair was the second consecutive group victory for jockey William Buick, who had piloted Divine Image (Scat Daddy) to a win in the G3 UAE Oaks one race earlier. Sitting in fourth two back and two deep as Top Score (GB) (Hard Spun) towed the field down the backstretch, the 4-year-old...

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Spotify On Song At Meydan

With six of the eight runners in Thursday's G3 Dubai Millennium S. at Meydan carrying the Godolphin blue, the odds were always very much in favour of Sheikh Mohammed's stables, and in the end it was Charlie Appleby's Spotify (Fr) (Redoute's Choice {Aus}) who made it two on the bounce at the carnival, turning back a late drive from Saeed bin Suroor's Racing History (Ire) (Pivotal {GB}). Racing as a homebred for breeders the Wertheimer brothers through his first three seasons, Spotify had been twice Group 3-placed at three and...

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Wide Receiver Stars at Cheltenham February

The single-day Tattersalls Cheltenham February Sale showcased sales topper Wide Receiver (Ire) (Sholokov {Ire}) (lot 36), who was knocked down for £410,000 equaling 2018's top price, the joint second highest price for a point-to-pointer. Consigned by Cormac Farrell's Leamore Horses, the Feb. 10 Cragmore debut winner, who won his lone start by eight lengths, went to Tom Malone and Gordon Elliott. The 4-year-old gelding was originally purchased for €25,000 out of the Tattersalls Derby Sale last June. Wide Receiver was one of 10 lots to make six figures on Thursday,...

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Twomey Breezes On With Classic Intentions

The evolution of Paddy Twomey reached a new milestone this winter when he welcomed 32 juveniles to his Athassel House Stables outside Golden in County Tipperary. The one-time breeder, pinhooker and breeze-up consignor took out a training licence in 2012 and has forged an excellent record of maiden winners from limited numbers. To illustrate his success, he ran 10 horses in 2018: seven of those won and another finished second on both starts. To illustrate the calibre of those winners, two of them hold Classic entries. As well as training...

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Almond Eye On Track For Dubai

Japanese champion Almond Eye (Jpn) (Lord Kanaloa {Jpn}) is on track for the $6-million G1 Dubai Turf on Mar. 30 and will return to Miho Training Centre to resume serious training later this week. The 4-year-old swept Japan's fillies' Triple Crown last year before besting elders when last seen in the G1 Japan Cup on Nov. 25. Rather than taking in the G1 Dubai Sheema Classic, which is over the same 2400 metre distance as the Japan Cup and was won by Gentildonna (Jpn) (Deep Impact {Jpn}) in 2014, Almond...

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Zabeel Mile, Oaks Lead Meydan Card

Nine horses contest the G2 Zabeel Mile at Meydan on Thursday, with Jan. 24 G2 Al Fahidi Fort bridesmaid and stakes winner Mythical Magic (Ire) (Iffraaj {GB}) one of three in the race for Godolphin and trainer Charlie Appleby, who also sends out group winner and Group 1-placed Wootton (Fr) (Wootton Bassett {GB}) and stakes winner First Contact (Ire) (Dark Angel {Ire}). Mike de Kock is double-handed as South African champion and multiple Group 1 winner Marinaresco (SAf) (Silvano {Ger}) looks to rebound after a ninth in the Al Fahidi...

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Gold Cup Winner Big Orange Retired

Big Orange (GB) (Duke of Marmalade {Ire}-Miss Brown To You {Ire}, by Fasliyev), winner of the G1 Gold Cup at Royal Ascot in 2017, has been retired from racing at age eight after aggravating a suspensory ligament injury that left him on the sidelines most of last year. Racing as a homebred for Bill and Tim Gredley and trained by Michael Bell, Big Orange reeled off his first two pattern-race wins at four in the G2 Princess of Wales's S. at Newmarket and the G2 Goodwood Cup. He made his...

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Mating Plans: Merry Fox Stud

With a broodmare band approaching 20, Craig Bennett's Merry Fox Stud boards mares at Fittocks Stud in England, Ireland's Ballylinch Stud and also at Haras du Buff in France. "All the mares are already in situ in the respective countries in which they will be covered this season," says Bennett's matings advisor Gary Hadden. "It's extra important in the year of Brexit but Craig likes to have all the mares in the country where the stallions are so he is not travelling young foals." Among the jewels of this particular...

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