Meydan

‘Like A Dream Journey’: Japanese-Trained Serein Targeting Kentucky Oaks Points In Dubai

Promising Japanese 3-year-old filly Serein has made the ambitious move from her home base to Dubai’s Meydan Racecourse and is zeroing in on the Group 3 $250,000 UAE Oaks next Thursday, Feb. 20. A daughter of champion Uncle Mo and G1 winner Tiz Miz Sue, the Mikio Matsunaga-trained Kentucky-bred exits a gritty victory in the […]

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American Import Quip Will Make Dubai Debut In Thursday’s Firebreak Stakes

Thursday’s Group 3 $200,000 Firebreak Stakes at Meydan will mark numerous firsts for multiple G2-winning American import, Quip. It will be his first start of 2020 and in the UAE, as well as for trainer Doug Watson and in the orange and black colors of Sheikh Rashid bin Humaid Al Nuaimi. “Obviously, he has the […]

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Saudi Cup, Dubai World Cup Contender Benbatl Impresses At Meydan, Nearly Breaks Stakes Record

Thursday’s sixth meeting of the 2020 Dubai World Cup Carnival at Meydan Racecourse, a seven-race $1.38 million card, was highlighted by the Al Maktoum Challenge R2 (G2), UAE 2000 Guineas (G3) and Dubai Sprint (Listed). Otherwise, a trio of handicaps and the conditioned Meydan Classic Trial gave us even deeper glimpses of the kind of […]

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Godolphin Turf Star Benbatl To Try Dirt In Al Maktoum Challenge Round 2

Godolphin’s star pupil Benbatl will make his much-anticipated first start on dirt in Thursday’s Group 2 $450,000 Al Maktoum Challenge Round 2 at Meydan for trainer Saeed bin Suroor. While this experiment may have happened sooner had now-retired stablemate and two-time Dubai World Cup winner Thunder Snow not existed, its timing is no less potent, […]

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O’Neill Sends Fight On In Search Of First Dubai Carnival Victory

After a pair of fourth-place finishes and a sixth from his first three Dubai World Cup Carnival runners last week, American trainer Doug O’Neill will fire three more bullets from his 11-strong, history-making string on Thursday. Said triad is led by CTR Stable and O’Neill’s Fight On, who tops the weights in Thursday’s fourth race […]

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O’Neill Assistant Leandro Mora Heads To Dubai With String Of 11 Horses

Santa Anita is missing one of its friendliest faces for a spell, as Leandro Mora is in Dubai for 2 1/2 months. A trusted and valued assistant of two-time Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Doug O’Neill for 18 years, the 61-year-old Mora departed Thursday for the Middle East where O’Neill will campaign 11 horses on a regular basis for […]

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Gronkowski ‘Going The Right Way’ For Bin Ghadayer In Dubai

Trainer Salem bin Ghadayer is entering the first big card of the UAE season on Thursday with proverbial guns blazing and the biggest piece of his arsenal appears to be Phoenix Thoroughbreds and Khalid bin Mishref’s $12 million Dubai World Cup sponsored by Emirates Airline (G1) runner-up Gronkowski who makes his first start since losing […]

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Accepted Horses For Dubai World Cup Carnival Represent 16 Countries, 76 Trainers

Dubai Racing Club has released the list of horses accepted for the 10-meeting 2020 Dubai World Cup Carnival, which runs for nine consecutive Thursdays (Jan. 2-Feb. 27) before culminating with Super Saturday (March 7), the official dress rehearsal for the historic 25th edition of the world-leading $35 million Dubai World Cup card on March 28. […]

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X Y Jet Fires Bullet At Palm Meadows, Targeting Title Defense In Dubai Golden Shaheen

No stranger to Dubai racing fans and Meydan Racecourse, in particular, reigning $2.5 million Dubai Golden Shaheen (G1) winner X Y Jet has returned to serious training in South Florida and signaled his fervor and fitness with a sharp half-mile breeze in a best-of-20 46.70 seconds on Nov. 15 at Palm Meadows Training Center. The […]

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Two-Time Dubai World Cup Winner Thunder Snow Retired; Stud Plans Pending

Thunder Snow, the first (and so far, only) horse ever to win back-to-back Dubai World Cups and a G1 winner at two, three, four and five, has been retired from racing. Trained by Saeed bin Suroor throughout his career, Thunder Snow made his racecourse debut in the May of his 2-year-old season and won easily. […]

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