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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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2018 Dubai Turf Winner Benbatl ‘In Good Form,’ Preparing For 2020 World Cup Carnival

Benbatl  may have skipped a Dubai World Cup Carnival in 2019, but the winner of the 2018 Dubai Turf (G1) is coming in hot once again in 2020 for top trainer Saeed bin Suroor. The Godolphin-owned son of Dubawi enters Thursday’s $250,000 Singspiel Stakes (G2)—a race he dominated in 2018—as the heavy favorite for his […]

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Thunder Snow To Enter Stud At Darley Japan

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 and will stand at Darley in Japan next year. Trained by Saeed bin Suroor throughout his career, Thunder Snow made his racecourse debut in […]

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Champions Day: ‘Stiff Mile’ The Best Option For Globetrotting Benbatl

Saeed bin Suroor has no doubt that his globetrotting star Benbatl will be ideally served by the demands of the QIPCO-sponsored Queen Elizabeth II Stakes. Bin Suroor also had the option of running Benbatl in the QIPCO Champion Stakes over two furlongs further but the trainer, who won that race with Farhh in 2013, reckons […]

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Thunder Snow A No-Go For Classic But May Seek Dubai Three-Peat

Two-time Dubai World Cup winner and last year’s 3rd-place finisher in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, Thunder Snow, will not compete in this year’s Classic, his trainer told ITV. Saeed bin Suroor said that while the 5-year-old son of Helmet is getting some rest, if all goes well he’ll be pointed for another campaign next season, […]

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Banned Trainer Al Zarooni Seeking ‘Pardon’ From British Horseracing Authority

Trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni is seeking a pardon from the British Horseracing Authority, according to, to drop the remainder of his eight-year ban for anabolic steroids. The ban was handed down in April of 2013 after 11 horses in his care tested positive for the steroids ethylestranol and stanozolol. “The past six years have been […]

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‘Super Fit’ Thunder Snow To Remain In New York, Target Woodward

Godolphin’s Thunder Snow was scratched from the G1 Whitney Stakes on Saturday morning after developing a fever, but trainer Saeed bin Suroor told that the colt will be remaining in New York for the Aug. 31 Woodward Stakes at Saratoga. “He recovered good, no problem, he will run at the of the month,” Suroor said. […]

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Thunder Snow ‘Seems To Be Thriving’ At Saratoga Ahead Of Whitney

Godolphin’s multiple Group 1 winner Thunder Snow returned to the main track on Sunday for his last major work heading into Saturday’s Grade 1, $1 million Whitney Handicap. With exercise rider Walter Lynch up, the 5-year-old breezed seven furlongs in 1:27.31 to the delight of Tommy Burns, traveling assistant for conditioner Saeed bin Suroor. “He’s […]

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