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03/25/2014

Triple-Winning Trainer Claims Both Dubai World Cup Carnival Features at Meydan

02/07/2014 Dubai Racing Club

Godolphin trainer, Saeed bin Suroor, was the man to follow at Meydan’s fifth meeting of the 2014 Dubai World Cup Carnival on Thursday, winning both Thoroughbred features, highlighted by Prince Bishop’s victory in the Group 2 Al Maktoum Challenge R2.

A tenth winner in the 1900m race for the trainer, Kieren Fallon rode Prince Bishop who was chased home on Meydan’s all-weather track by fast-finishing stable companion, African Story, the mount of Silvestre De Sousa.

Fallon, who won on Prince Bishop in England last year, sent his mount for home about 600m out and the pair hung on well from the closing African Story, breaking the track record in the process.

Fallon said: “I like this horse and I think he has more to offer. I really thought I went for home too soon and he was getting a bit tired and a bit lonely but luckily we hit the line in time.

“It was a good performance and a great result for the yard.”

Earlier Bin Suroor won the UAE 1000 Guineas for a seventh time after the ultra smooth victory of Ihtimal under De Sousa. Drawn one, De Sousa settled the filly in midfield before asking her to close as the runners swept for home.

She eased into contention before sweeping past toiling rivals to win easily.

Winner of last year’s Group 2 May Hill Stakes before an excellent third in the Group 1 Fillies’ Mile, De Sousa was impressed.

“She has a bit of class and her only defeats have been behind very good fillies. She was a bit keen early on but I was always happy.

“When I asked her to win her race she did so in a matter of strides. You have to be impressed.”

Godolphin, Bin Suroor and triple-winning De Sousa also enjoyed an Excellent Result in the 2810m turf handicap when the horse of that name led close home to deny Star Empire, winner of the race last year.

De Sousa said: “They went very slowly which did not really help me as I had to get him settled but he certainly finished well and I was confident of getting there close home.”

Ihtimal’s win completed a big race double for De Sousa after the 2200m Group 1 Purebred Arabian version of the Al Maktoum Challenge R2, also on the all-weather, went to the Majed Al Jahouri-trained, Rabbah De Carrere.

The jockey said: “I was pretty confident before the race and he travelled really well. I went to the front going strongly and he quickened away nicely.

“He stays well but also has a turn of foot.”

Irish trainer, Michael Halford and jockey, Shane Foley doubled their tally for the campaign with the victory of Eastern Rules in the 1400m all-weather handicap. A good third on his local debut last week, he was produced to lead about 200m this time and held on grimly.

Foley said: “That was a great run last week and all ours have been running well. That was a good effort in an ultra competitive handicap.”

Fellow Irishmen, David Marnane and Fergal Lynch then repeated the dose, with He’s No Saint providing their second 2014 Meydan Racecourse winner in the 1400m Meydan Classic Trial, over 1400m on turf.

The pair won the same contest last year with Elleval, subsequently second in the UAE Derby and both horses are owned by Damien Lavelle.

Lynch said: “This has been the plan all along and he was impressive. I was really travelling well on him but had to wait for a gap – when it opened he quickened nicely.”

Racing concluded with a 1600m turf handicap and William Buick produced UK raider, Mont Ras to lead close home and provide trainer, David O’Meara with a first UAE winner.

Buick explained: “This was his third run here at Meydan but first on turf and he has really appreciated the switch of surface. I am delighted for everyone as there is a great bunch of owners here with the horse.”

Ten American Horses Versus Globe’s Best on World Cup Day

03/21/2013 By Michele MacDonald
  
     A total of 108 horses from 13 countries have been deemed likely to compete on the world’s richest day of racing, with ten American-based runners trying to win some of the big purses on the $27 million Dubai World Cup (G1) program of eight Thoroughbred events. First post will be at 9:10 a.m. EDT on March 30.
     An average of 13 horses will run in each race, with the big fields of world-class competitors offering outstanding wagering opportunities. Ten Group 1 winners are poised to start in the potential field of 13 for the $10 million Dubai World Cup over 2000 meters (about 1 ¼ miles) on Meydan Racecourse’s all-weather track.
     American champions Royal Delta and Animal Kingdom will join Dullahan in the World Cup, where they will tangle with 2012 World Cup winner Monterosso and four other Godolphin runners including likely favorite Hunter’s Light, a multiple Group 1 winner and victor in the main Cup prep, the Al Maktoum Challenge Round III (G1) on March 9.
     The World Cup also has drawn French-based three-time Group 1 winner Meandre, last year’s Godolphin Mile (G2) winner African Story (one of three horses in the Cup trained by Saeed bin Suroor), and 2011 Irish Derby (G1) and Secretariat Stakes (G1) winner Treasure Beach.
     In the $5 million Dubai Sheema Classic (G1), 2012 Japanese Filly Triple Crown and Japan Cup (G1) winner Gentildonna will take on 2011 Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1) winner St Nicholas Abbey, ’11 Melbourne Cup (G1) winner Dunaden and multiple Group 1 winner Shareta in a field of 11.
     Last year’s Breeders’ Cup Turf winner Little Mike heads the $5 million Dubai Duty Free (G1), contested over 1800 meters (about 1 1/8 miles) on grass. In the likely field of 14 are four Group 1-winning mares, including South Africa’s reigning Horse of the Year Igugu and 2012 Beverly D. Stakes (G1) winner I’m a Dreamer, as well as such talented males as five-time Australian and New Zealand Group 1 winner Ocean Park.
      Godolphin will send out several horses familiar to American fans, with last year’s Forego Stakes (G1) winner Emcee making his 2013 debut in the $2 million Dubai Golden Shaheen (G1), which has drawn a field of 14 including American champion sprinter Trinniberg and defending title holder Krypton Factor.
     Last year’s Travers Stakes (G1) winner Alpha will take on 15 tough rivals in a very competitive edition of the $1 million Godolphin Mile (G2). Grade 1-placed Fortify will run in the $2-million UAE Derby (G2), which has drawn two other American-raced colts: Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) runner-up He’s Had Enough and El Camino Real Derby (G3) winner Dice Flavor.
      The complete Dubai World Cup program likely fields, with trainers and jockeys when known, are:
 
$10 Million Dubai World Cup (G1), 2000 meters (about 1 ¼ miles), all-weather

1

 
MONTEROSSO (GB)
UAE
Al Zarooni Mahmoud
 
2
ROYAL DELTA (USA)
USA
Mott William
Mike Smith
3
ANIMAL KINGDOM (USA)
USA
Motion Graham H
Joel Rosario
4
DULLAHAN (USA)
USA
Romans Dale
Gary Stevens
5
MEANDRE (FR)
FR
Fabre Andre
Maxime Guyon
6
CAPPONI (IRE)
UAE
Al Zarooni Mahmoud
 
7
PLANTEUR (IRE)
GB
Botti Marco
Ryan Moore
8
AFRICAN STORY (GB)
UAE
Suroor Saeed bin
 
9
HUNTER'S LIGHT (IRE)
UAE
Suroor Saeed bin
 
10
RED CADEAUX (GB)
GB
Dunlop Edward
 
11
TREASURE BEACH (GB)
SAF
de Kock Mike
Christophe Soumillon
12
SIDE GLANCE (GB)
GB
Balding Andrew
 
13
KASSIANO (GER)
UAE
Suroor Saeed bin
 

 

 
$5 Million Dubai Sheema Classic (G1), 2410 meters (about 1 ½ miles), turf

1

 
GENTILDONNA (JPN)
JPN
Ishizaka Sei
Yasunari Iwata
2
ST NICHOLAS ABBEY (IRE)
IRE
O'Brien Aidan
Joseph O'Brien
3
SHARETA (IRE)
FR
De Royer Dupre Alain
Christophe Lemaire
4
DUNADEN (FR)
FR
Delzangles Mikel
Jamie Spencer
5
AWAIT THE DAWN (USA)
SAF
de Kock Mike
Pat Cosgrave
6
TRAILBLAZER (JPN)
JPN
Ikee Yasutoshi
Yutake Take
7
GIROLAMO (GER)
GER
Schiergen Peter
Andrasch Starke
8
VERY NICE NAME (FR)
QAT
de Mieulle Alban
Olivier Peslier
9
MASTERSTROKE (USA)
UAE
Al Zarooni Mahmoud
 
10
PRINCE BISHOP (IRE)
UAE
Suroor Saeed bin
 
11
SHARESTAN (IRE)
UAE
Suroor Saeed bin
 

 

 
$5 Million Dubai Duty Free (G1), 1800 meters (about 1 1/8 miles), turf

1

 
LITTLE MIKE (USA)
USA
Romans Dale
Gary Stevens
2
OCEAN PARK (NZ)
NZ
Hennessy Gary
Johnny Murtagh
3
GIOFRA (GB)
FR
De Royer Dupre Alain
 
4
I'M A DREAMER (IRE)
GB
Simcock David
Hayley Turner
5
SAJJHAA (GB)
UAE
Suroor Saeed bin
 
6
IGUGU (AUS)
SAF
de Kock Mike
Anthony Delpech
7
FRENCH FIFTEEN (FR)
FR
Clement Nicolas
 
8
THE APACHE (SAF)
SAF
de Kock Mike
Christophe Soumillon
9
MUSHREQ (AUS)
SAF
de Kock Mike
 
10
TRADE STORM (GB)
GB
Simcock David
 
11
WIGMORE HALL (IRE)
GB
Bell Michael
 
12
AESOP'S FABLES (USA)
UAE
Suroor Saeed bin
 
13
CITY STYLE (USA)
UAE
Al Zarooni Mahmoud
 
14
FULBRIGHT (GB)
UAE
Al Zarooni Mahmoud
 

 

 
 
$2 Million Dubai Golden Shaheen (G1), 1200 meters (about six furlongs), all-weather

1

 
MENTAL (AUS)
UAE
Al Zarooni Mahmoud
 
2
GORDON LORD BYRON (IRE)
IRE
Hogan Tom
William Buick
3
TRINNIBERG (USA)
USA
Parbhoo Shivananda
Willie Martinez
4
REYNALDO THE WIZARD (USA)
UAE
Seemar Satish
Richard Mullen
5
KRYPTON FACTOR (GB)
BAH
Nass Fawzi
Kieren Fallon
6
KAVANAGH (SAF)
SAF
de Kock Mike
Christophe Soumillon
7
EMCEE (USA)
UAE
Al Zarooni Mahmoud
 
8
TAMAATHAL (GB)
UAE
Al Raihe Ali Rashid
 
9
PRIVATE ZONE (USA)
USA
O'Neill Doug
Martin Pedroza
10
FREDERICK ENGELS (GB)
HK
Moore John
Weichong Marwing
11
TAISEI LEGEND (JPN)
JPN
Yahagi Yoshito
Ryan Moore
12
UNITED COLOR (USA)
UAE
Selvaratnam Dhruba
James Doyle
13
BALMONT MAST (IRE)
IRE
Lynam Edward
Johnny Murtagh
14
REPLY (IRE)
IRE
O'Brien Adan
 

 

 
 
$1 Million Al Quoz Sprint (G1), 1000 meters (about five furlongs), turf

1

 
SHEA SHEA (SAF)
SAF
de Kock Mike
Christophe Soumillon
2
MR BIG (AUS)
SING
Freedman Michael
Zac Purton
3
DUX SCHOLAR (GB)
USA
Benzel Seth
Ulubaev Khamzat
4
EAGLE REGIMENT (AUS)
HK
Man Ka Leung
Olivier Doleuze
5
GREAT ATTACK (USA)
USA
Ward Wesley
Joel Rosario
6
SPIRIT QUARTZ (IRE)
GB
Cowell Robert
 
7
VARSITY (USA)
USA
Clement Christophe
Joe Bravo
8
JOY AND FUN (NZ)
HK
Cruz Derek
Tye Angland
9
SOLE POWER (GB)
IRE
Lynam Edward
Johnny Murtagh
10
MEDICEAN MAN (GB)
GB
Gask Jeremy
Harry Bentley
11
MONSIEUR JOE (IRE)
GB
Cowell Robert
 
12
RUSSIAN ROCK (IRE)
UAE
Al Muhairi Musabah
Wayne Smith
13
STARSPANGLEDBANNER (AUS)
IRE
O'Brien Aidan
 
14
RUSSIAN SOUL (IRE)
IRE
Halford Michael
Shane Foley
15
INVINCIBLE ASH (IRE)
IRE
Halford Michael
 
16
GANAS (IRE)
UAE
Oertel Ernst
 

 

 
$1 Million Godolphin Mile (G2), 1600 meters, all-weather

1

 
ALPHA (USA)
UAE
Suroor Saeed bin
 
2
PENITENT (GB)
GB
O'Meara David
Daniel Tudhope
3
REROUTED (USA)
SAF
de Kock Mike
 
4
CAPTIAL ATTRACTION (USA)
UAE
Oertel Ernst
 
5
MASTER OF HOUNDS (USA)
SAF
de Kock Mike
 
6
MOONWALK IN PARIS (FR)
UAE
Al Zarooni Mahmoud
 
7
SOFT FALLING RAIN (SAF)
SAF
de Kock Mike
 
8
BARBECUE EDDIE (USA)
UAE
Watson Doug
 
9
MUFARRH (IRE)
UAE
Al Raihe Ali Rashid
 
10
SARKIYLA (FR)
FR
De Royer Dupre Alain
Christophe Lemaire
11
ZAZOU (GER)
GER
Hickst Waldemar
 
12
SURFER (USA)
UAE
Seemar Satish
Richard Mullen
13
RED JAZZ (USA)
GB
Hills Charles
Ryan Moore
14
HAATHEQ (USA)
UAE
Al Raihe Ali Rashid
 
15
TIME PRISONER (USA)
UAE
Al Zarooni Mahmoud
 
16
SAAMIDD (GB)
UAE
Suroor Saeed bin
 

 

 
 
$1 Million Dubai Gold Cup (G3), 3200 meters (about two miles), turf

1

 
IMPERIAL MONARCH (IRE)
IRE
O'Brien Aidan
 
2
SADDLER'S ROCK (IRE)
IRE
Oxx John
Declan McDonogh
3
CAVALRYMAN (GB)
UAE
Suroor Saeed bin
 
4
ROYAL DIAMOND (IRE)
IRE
Carmody Tommy
Johnny Murtagh
5
AHZEEMAH (IRE)
UAE
Suroor Saeed bin
 
6
SEISMOS (IRE)
GER
Wohler Andreas
Mirco Demuro