al maktoum challenge

Quip ‘Moving A Lot Better’ Heading Into Saturday’s Al Maktoum Challenge Round 3

Sheikh Rashid bin Humaid Al Nuaimi’s multiple Grade 2 winner Quip leads a strong Doug Watson-trained team this weekend in Dubai and looks to improve upon a disappointing local bow when he makes his second UAE start in Super Saturday’s Group 1 $600,000 Al Maktoum Challenge Round 3. The son of Distorted Humor was a […]

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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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Dubai: Group 1 Winner Capezzano Using Thursday Stakes As Stepping Stone To Saudi Cup

Sultan Ali’s Group 1-winning Capezzano, the beaten market favorite in last year’s $12 million Dubai World Cup (G1), is scheduled to return to action on Thursday for the yard of Salem bin Ghadayer in the Group 3 $200,000 Firebreak Stakes. The son of Bernardini was a one-sided winner of a pair of handicaps last DWC […]

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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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‘Honest’ Capezzano Defeats Thunder Snow In Al Maktoum Challenge Round 3

Super Saturday, an evening sponsored by pillar partner Emirates, lived up to its name at Meydan Racecourse. The dress rehearsal for the world’s richest race day, the $35 million Dubai World Cup card, boasted seven races worth $2.65 million, including two Group 1 affairs, a Group 2, triad of Group 3s and a wide-open Listed […]

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Thunder Snow Seeks Unprecedented Dubai World Cup Double

As the recognized 1 1/4-mile prep for the world’s richest horse race, the $12 million Dubai World Cup, the Al Maktoum Challenge Round 3 sponsored by Emirates Airline (G1) has attracted a quality field of 10, including Godolphin’s Thunder Snow, who finished second in this race before winning the 2018 Dubai World Cup. The 2017 […]

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UAE Talent North America Tops Thursday’s Round 2 Of Al Maktoum Challenge

It is hard to imagine North America being more impressive than he was four weeks ago in the one-mile Group 2 $350,000 Al Maktoum Challenge Round 1, but he has apparently exited said effort in top shape and will get a chance to stretch out to what many believe is an even better distance for […]

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Dubai World Cup Carnival Boosts Prize Money By 12 Percent

The 15th Dubai World Cup Carnival will be one of historic proportions in 2019, with record purses during the course of its 10 meetings at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Prize money will be boosted 12%, totalling US $12,670,000, and the Dubai World Carnival will take place on Thursdays from January 3 through February 28 for […]

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Seemar Living The ‘Dream’ With North America In Dubai

As Dubai’s senior trainer, Satish Seemar has experienced all the massive changes in the Emirates racing landscape, and he could be forgiven for taking another big night at Meydan as a matter of course. Yet, with five runners to saddle on Saturday, he is approaching the world’s richest single day’s racing with the enthusiasm of […]

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