Fawzi Nass

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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'Soldier' 'Salutes' in Al Maktoum Challenge R2

Salute the Soldier (Ger) (Sepoy {Aus}) captured the second group race of his career in the G2 Al Maktoum Challenge Round 2 at Meydan on Thursday. His win interrupted a Godolphin streak, as the royal blue was first past the post in three of the five races carded for Thoroughbreds on the day. The Alan Spence-bred settled in a tracking third as Capezzano (Bernardini) showed the way on the front end. However, Salute the Soldier sidled up to the pacesetter's outside and stuck his neck in front late on the...

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International Cast Nominated for DWC

Over 700 horses have been nominated for the 25th running of the Dubai World Cup night card on Mar. 27. Nineteen countries are represented among the 762 horses which resulted in 1,511 nominations. Leading the 176 nominations for the $12-million G1 Dubai World Cup over 2000 metres on dirt is GI Pegasus World Cup hero Knicks Go (Paynter) for Brad Cox and GI Runhappy Malibu S. victor Charlatan (Speightstown) for Bob Baffert. MG1SW Code of Honor (Noble Mission {GB}) will also take part, while Godolphin fields undefeated Maxfield (Street Sense)...

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Local Hope Simsir Takes The Bahrain International Trophy

Bahraini-based by globally successful trainer Fawzi Nass has cemented a reputation as a shrewd buyer of European horses in training both at public auction and privately, and his latest project Simsir (Ire) (Zoffany {Ire}) came good on his first start for his new yard on Friday, winning the £500,000 Bahrain International Trophy at Sakhir from John Gosden's Global Giant (GB) (Shamardal) and Aidan O'Brien's G1 Irish Derby winner Sovereign (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}). The 4-year-old gelding Simsir was plucked privately from the yard of Mick Halford just this fall, having previously...

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Home Secretary Visits Tattersalls As Swindler Steals The Show

NEWMARKET, UK—Britain's Home Secretary Priti Patel MP paid a surprise visit to Tattersalls on Tuesday and will doubtless have had impressed upon her, by those depending on international trade ahead of the major sales of October and December, the importance of lifting quarantine restrictions for incoming buyers. In the current climate, it is impossible to imagine the packed sales ring at Tattersalls on a dark, crisp December evening as a potential blockbuster mare comes under the hammer. Hopefully we will return to those moments of thoroughbred theatre in time, and...

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Sepoy's Salute The Soldier Takes The Burj Nahaar

The G3 Burj Nahaar produced a most impressive winner when Salute The Soldier (Ger) (Sepoy {Aus}) routed the opposition to give trainer Fawzi Nass and jockey Adrie De Vries another major Middle Eastern win. The winner was having his first start on dirt but that proved no barrier to the 5-year-old, who looked a horse destined for greater things when claiming the one-mile contest. Heavy Metal (GB) (Exceed And Excel {Aus}) blasted from the gates but was being harried from the start to maintain a prominent position by both Ambassadorial...

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Kodiac's Port Lions Pulls Saudi Upset

The former Irish handicapper Port Lions (Ire) (Kodiac {GB}) has enjoyed a new lease on life since being purchased privately and expatriated to Bahrain last fall, and he ran his win streak to six with a last-gasp victory over the G1 Nassau S. winner and heavy favourite Dierdre (Jpn) (Harbinger {GB}) in the 2100 metre Mohamed Yousuf Naghi Motors Cup, the opening race of the Saudi Cup Card on Saturday. Port Lions has indeed been all over the map in his five years; a €220,000 yearling, he started out with...

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