al maktoum challenge

North America Leads Throughout Al Maktoum Challenge; Hawkbill Lowers Course Record

The final fixture of the 2018 Dubai World Cup Carnival, Super Saturday lived up to its billing with both Group 1 features producing memorable winning efforts. Introduced in 2003 as a dress rehearsal for the Dubai World Cup card three weeks later, all seven races are mirror images of a race to be contested on […]

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Thunder Snow Looms Large In Dubai’s Al Maktoum Challenge

Super Saturday, the second biggest fixture of the UAE horseracing season, is upon us. Introduced in 2003 as a dress rehearsal for the Dubai World Cup card three weeks later, all seven races are mirror images of a race to be contested on that ultra-valuable occasion when US$30 million will be distributed in prize money. […]

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Thunder Snow, Heavy Metal Square Off In Al Maktoum Challenge – Round 2

Thursday’s fifth meeting of the 2018 Dubai World Cup Carnival at Meydan Racecourse is a quality one with three feature races on dirt, as well as the Meydan Classic Trial on the turf. The official feature is the 1900m Group 2 Al Maktoum Challenge Round 2 sponsored by Gulf News, a race Saeed bin Suroor […]

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‘Comeback Kid’ Candy Boy Preparing For A Third Try In Dubai World Cup

The proverbial ‘comeback kid,’ 7-year-old Candy Boy has had a bittersweet career. Racing sparingly over the last few years, the son of Candy Ride has shown his immense talent against the very best since he began his career in 2013. After yet another setback and being eased because of injury in his last race (December […]

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Keen Ice Off The Board As Special Fighter Upsets Dubai Prep

Dale Romans’ Keen Ice was unable to make up any ground in Saturday’s Dubai World Cup prep at Meydan Racecourse, finishing seventh under jockey Ryan Moore. The Group 1 Al Maktoum Challenge (Round 3) went to Special Fighter, who was 33-1 in the American betting, in a final time of 2:03.11 for the 2000 meters, […]

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Keen Ice To Be Piloted By Ryan Moore Saturday In Dubai

The only horse to have bested American Pharoah last season, Keen Ice has traveled to the Meydan Racecourse to take aim on the Dubai World Cup on March 26. The Dale Romans trainee will be the star attraction of this Saturday’s third round of the Al Maktoum Challenge, and top international jockey Ryan Moore is […]

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Sherman Expects ‘Champion Run’ From California Chrome Thursday

Trainer Art Sherman and jockey Victor Espinoza both departed the United States en route to Dubai on Monday, where California Chrome is set to make his Meydan debut in a handicap event on Thursday. The 5-year-old will be making his second start off the layoff in preparation for the Dubai World Cup to be held […]

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‘I’d Be Disappointed If He Lost’: McLaughlin Confident For Frosted’s Dubai Debut Feb. 4

Godolphin Racing’s Frosted is set to make his Dubai debut in Round Two of the Al Maktoum Challenge on Thursday at Meydan. The 4-year-old colt is the highest-rated horse in the eight-horse field competing for $250,000 US, and trainer Kiaran McLaughlin doesn’t see any reason why the son of Tapit shouldn’t perform well, according to […]

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Dubai World Cup Winner African Story Returns In Al Maktoum Challenge R2

Thursday’s fifth IPIC-empowered meeting of the 2015 Dubai World Cup Carnival at Meydan Racecourse is highlighted by the middle rounds of the Al Maktoum Challenge, as well as the UAE 1000 Guineas. The 1900m Group 2 version of Al Maktoum Challenge R2 looks a fascinating renewal and has attracted a field of 11, including last […]

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