Dubai World Cup Carnival

Friday's Preview: Godolphin Holds Strong Hand In Meydan Feature

With the Saudi Cup card taking top billing among this weekend's Gulf action, Friday's Dubai World Cup Carnival card at Meydan has a quieter look than its predecessors in recent weeks, with just one black-type event. Godolphin holds a strong hand in the G3 Dubai Millennium S. named for its 2000 G1 Dubai World Cup winner and contested over 2000 metres on the grass, and its four runners-two apiece for Charlie Appleby and Saeed bin Suroor-are headed on ratings by Appleby's 6-year-old Star Safari (GB) (Sea The Stars {Ire}), the...

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Real World Aims For Zabeel Mile Win

  The highlight of Friday's Dubai World Cup Carnival card is the G2 Zabeel Mile Presented By Emaar Beachfront. Saeed bin Suroor's Real World (Ire) (Dark Angel {Ire}) is riding a four-race winning streak since failing to win at the DWCC last term. One of three in the race for Godolphin, the 5-year-old entire won Royal Ascot's Royal Hunt Cup in June and followed up in a Newbury listed affair a month later. Successful in the G3 Strensall S. versus Meydan Group 1 winner Lord Glitters (Fr) (Whipper) on Aug....

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Carnival Action Heats Up in Dubai

Friday marks the second week of the Dubai World Cup Carnival at Meydan in Dubai, and three group races are slated to go ahead, as well as two G2 UAE Derby preps on the seven-race card. Godolphin fields a typically strong hand in the 1800-metre G2 Al Rashidiya Presented By Riviera Beachfront By Azizi on grass, which is an early pointer to the G1 Dubai Turf at the end of March. Aiming for a sixth consecutive renewal, the royal blue silks will be carried by a quintet from trainers-Charlie Appleby...

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O'Neill Sending Eight To Dubai World Cup Carnival

A group of eight horses trained by Doug O'Neill led by GI Pennsylvania Derby hero Hot Rod Charlie (Oxbow) is being aimed at the upcoming Dubai World Cup Carnival at Meydan Racecourse, according to a tweet from the Dubai Racing Club Monday. The octet is scheduled to touch down in Dubai Jan. 18 and their preparations will be overseen by assistant trainer Leandro Mora, O'Neill confirmed via text Monday. It will be the second time in three years that the conditioner will be represented by horses stabled in Dubai, having...

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Strong Euro Presence as DWCC Invitees Announced

A host of international Group or Grade 1 winners have been extended invites to the upcoming Dubai World Cup Carnival, including Lord Glitters (Fr) (Whipper), who enjoyed a pair of group victories during last year's event. The popular grey gelding captured the G1 Jebel Hatta and more recently added the G3 Bahrain International Trophy to his haul from the David O'Meara yard, who has also received an invite for Escobar (Ire) (Famous Name {GB}). A strong Irish challenge will be led by dual G1 Irish St Leger heroine Search For...

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New Incentives For DWCC Announced By Dubai Racing Club

Several new incentives have been unveiled for the $7.5 million+ 2022 Dubai World Cup Carnival, which begins on Jan. 13, 2022. Some of the new benefits announced by the Dubai Racing Club are as follows: Two return business class flights for trainers, in addition to three nights' accommodation at a DRC-associated hotel. Owners (one representative) will receive one Business Class return flight to use during the Carnival. Travel will also be subsidised for stable staff, with one economy class return flight provided for one groom for up to two horses,...

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DRC Offers New Incentives For Owners

There will be a range of new benefits for registered owners offered by the Dubai Racing Club in conjunction with the Emirates Racing Association for the 2021/22 UAE racing season. Some of the benefits for existing and new owners is as follows: Season Badges (1 x ERA Owner, 1 x ERA Horse Connections and 2 x Guests), but admission not included on DWC night on Mar. 26. Hospitality Invitation for two for Opening Season Racenight at Meydan on Nov. 4th Hospitality Invitation for two for Carnival Opening Night on Jan....

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Dubai World Cup Day and Dubai World Cup Carnival Receive Purse Hike

Dubai World Cup Day will now be worth $30.5 million, and the Dubai World Cup Carnival has also received a prizemoney boost, the Dubai Racing Club announced on Tuesday. The 2021-2022 racing season begins Nov. 4, and total purse money on offer throughout the season has been increased to over $40 million. Every race on the Mar. 26 Dubai World Cup card will be worth at least $1 million, while Super Saturday on Mar. 5 has had its prizemoney increased to over $2.2 million. The prizemoney for the G1 Al...

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More Distance, No Problem for Salute the Soldier in G1 Al Maktoum Challenge R3

Salute the Soldier (Ger) (Sepoy {Aus}) found the added real estate of the 2000-metre G1 Al Maktoum Challenge Round 3 no problem and earned his first Group 1 win at Meydan in front-running style on Saturday evening. The Fawzi Nass trainee scooted straight to the fence and battled with Tailor's Row (Street Cry {Ire}) and Roman Rosso (Arg) (Roman Ruler) into the clubhouse turn before shaking off those rivals to take command outright. Approaching the far bend, Tailor's Row called it a day and Roman Rosso was left to press...

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Star Safari Swoops in Dubai Millennium

Star Safari (GB) (Sea The Stars {Ire}) gave trainer Charlie Appleby his third and final win on the card in the G3 Dubai Millennium S. after the earlier success of Bright Melody (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}) in the second race and Naval Crown (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}) in the Listed Meydan Classic. Removed from the early cavalry charge, Star Safari raced last bar two as Halimi (Ire) (Teofilo {Ire}) motored along at the head of affairs. He began to slowly take closer order 500 metres from home and launched a four-wide bid...

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Volcanic Sky on Fire in Nad Al Sheba Trophy

Godolphin's royal blue silks were seemingly everywhere at Meydan on Thursday, as the operation swept four of the five Thoroughbred races on the card and both group stakes with Volcanic Sky (GB) (Street Cry {Ire}) in the G3 Nad Al Sheba Trophy and Star Safari (GB) (Sea The Stars {Ire}) in the G3 Dubai Millennium S. The former was coming in off a win in a Feb. 11 2410-metre handicap score locally and gave his trainer Saeed bin Suroor and jockey Frankie Dettori a win on the card. The bay...

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'Navy' Conquerors the 'Seas' at Meydan

Before the gates flew, all of the attention was focused on Godolphin's Master Of The Seas, a winner of the G2 Superlative S. and fourth in the G1 National S. at two, however, his stablemate Naval Crown had other ideas and fended off that rival's late charge to win the Listed Meydan Classic over 1600 metres on Thursday. Breaking better than his fellow Charlie Appleby yardmate, Naval Crown was content to make the running through the early going and opened up on the field before the far turn. Master Of...

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