Dubai World Cup

International Campaign For Oxted

G1 July Cup winner Oxted (GB) (Mayson {GB}) is set for an international campaign after being beaten just a length when fifth in last weekend's G1 British Champions Sprint S. The 4-year-old gelding could take in the G1 Hong Kong Sprint on Dec. 13 or wait and prepare for the G1 Al Quoz Sprint on Dubai World Cup night next March. "He's fine. He's come out of the race well; no ill effects, so that's good," said trainer Roger Teal of Oxted's Ascot effort. "He was probably just a bit...

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Arrogate Yearlings Keep the Torch Burning

Arrogate's first book of 143 mares, a who's who of some of the top breeding stock in the country, reflected the jaw-dropping career of North America's richest racehorse. Dual Eclipse Champion Songbird (Medaglia d'Oro) was one of several champions sent to Arrogate during his first year at stud. "Arrogate's first book was incredibly special," said Juddmonte's Stallions Nominations Manager Leif Aaron. "Half of the book was graded stakes winners or graded stakes producers, and a quarter of it was Grade I winners or Grade I producers. Breeders brought their very...

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Breeders’ Cup Classic Hero Pleasantly Perfect Dies in Turkey

Pleasantly Perfect (Pleasant Colony--Regal State, by Miswaki), who completed a historic Breeders' Cup four-timer for trainer Richard Mandella in the 2003 GI Classic and went on to sire a trio of top-level winners, passed away Wednesday in Turkey. He was 22 years old and died of natural causes. Bred in Kentucky by Clovelly Farms, Pleasantly Perfect was purchased by Gerald Ford's Diamond A Racing Corp. for $725,000 at the 1999 Keeneland September sale. Turned over to Mandella, the strapping bay won back-to-back runnings of the GII Goodwood Breeders' Cup H....

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Arrogate Euthanized After Suffering From Undetermined Illness

Arrogate (Unbridled's Song--Bubbler, by Distorted Humor), the richest North American racehorse in history, was humanely euthanized Tuesday morning at Juddmonte Farms in Lexington, Kentucky, after suffering from an undetermined illness, Juddmonte Farms announced via press release. He was 7-years-old. "It is with great sadness that Juddmonte confirms that Arrogate was euthanized this morning, after a battle to save him [from] an illness that began last week. It is still unclear what the illness was and a post -mortem is currently being carried out," the release said. "Arrogate had a very...

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Eight Vintage Dubai World Cups

If not for the COVID-19 pandemic, Saturday would have been the 25th renewal of the Dubai World Cup. The iconic 2000-metre dirt race (and for five renewals synthetic) has held sway as the world's richest race for 22 of its 24 renewals, first at Nad Al Sheba and later Meydan, and it has produced some sterling results. The TDN's Tom Frary has paid homage to Dubai Millennium (GB) on the 20th anniversary of his victory, and so with that notable performance aside we look back on some of the other...

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A Millennium And A Milestone

   On the 20-year anniversary of Dubai Millennium's track record-setting victory (a mark that still holds today) in the Dubai World Cup, Tom Frary looks back on the legendary performance by the storied horse. As the final Saturday in March 2000 slipped into evening, an already exhilarated Nad Al Sheba gathering waited with a mix of eagerness and angst for the main event. The fifth running of the $6-million G1 Dubai World Cup featured a beautiful, inspiring bay colt with an edict placed upon him by the talismanic Sheikh Mohammed...

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Dubai World Cup Cancelled
Dubai World Cup Cancelled

The Dubai World Cup is the latest sporting event to fall victim to the COVID-19 pandemic, with the Dubai Racing Club on Sunday confirming that the 25th edition of the world's richest day of racing, set for next Saturday, Mar. 28, has been cancelled. A statement from the Dubai Racing Club read, "To safeguard the health of all participants, the higher organising committee of the Dubai World Cup has decided to postpone the 25th edition of the global event to the next year. Further to the UAE government's precautionary measures...

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Moore To Ride Gronkowski In Dubai

Gronkowski (Lonhro {Aus}), runner-up by a nose in last year's G1 Dubai World Cup, will have Ryan Moore in the saddle in his bid to go one better next Saturday at Meydan. Moore rode Gronkowski in his first two starts in Britain in the autumn of 2017, both defeats, but hasn't been aboard him since. Frankie Dettori, who partnered Gronkowski last out in an off-the-board finish in the Saudi Cup, rides GI Belmont S. winner Sir Winston (Awesome Again) in the World Cup. Oisin Murphy, who rode Gronkowski in last...

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O’Brien Horses To Bypass World Cup
O’Brien Horses To Bypass World Cup

Aidan O'Brien has removed his team of runners from consideration for next weekend's G1 Dubai World Cup because of the growing concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, Racing Post reports. O'Brien told that publication, "With such concerns over international travel we are really disappointed not to be able to go to the Dubai World Cup. We were really looking forward to the meeting and felt that we had a very strong team representing us this year." O'Brien's Dubai team was set to include G1 Investec Derby winner Anthony Van Dyck (Ire)...

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Dubai World Cup To Be Held Without Spectators

After taking the measure earlier this week of barring patrons from each of its remaining meetings this season leading up to the Dubai World Cup card as a precaution against coronavirus, the Emirates Racing Authority confirmed on Thursday that the world's richest day of racing on Mar. 28 would as well be closed to the public. The World Health Organization declared coronavirus a pandemic on Wednesday. All related Dubai World Cup events, including the post position draw on Mar. 25, Breakfast with the Stars on Mar. 26 and the Welcome...

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Loxley Denies Defoe In City of Gold

Coming into the G2 Dubai City of Gold on the back of some mixed winter form, Loxley (Ire) (New Approach {Ire}) held on stoically to repel red-hot favourite Defoe (Ire) (Dalakhani {Ire}) by a rapidly diminishing margin, claiming his first victory since August 2018. Just a short head separated the pair at the wire after Loxley swept from near the rear of the field off the home turn to pass Defoe, bumping him fleetingly in the manoeuvre. The classy grey recovered swiftly to switch into top gear under Andrea Atzeni...

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Raven’s Pass’s Matterhorn Completes Dirt Transition

The unusual trend of ex-British-trained turf horses upping their game when encountering dirt continued on Saturday when Matterhorn (Ire) (Raven's Pass) proved a dominant winner of the G1 Al Maktoum Challenge R3. The former Mark Johnston- trained 5-year-old had previously shown adaptability on different synthetic surfaces in Britain and he put that adaptability to good use to put up a career best, beating the favourite Military Law (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}) by an impressive 5 1/2 lengths. Mickael Barzalona had an armchair ride on the Salem Bin Ghadayer-trained entire and, after...

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