uae derby

UAE Derby: Gray Magician ‘Belongs In This Race,’ Plus Que Parfait ‘Full Of Energy’

Derma Louvre—UAE Derby contender Derma Louvre, of Japan, galloped a lap and a half around the Meydan dirt track first thing this morning with his regular exercise rider and groom, Takahiro Muro in the irons. “This was his first time travelling but so we had to see how he shipped, but there were no problems […]

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‘Real Chance’: Plus Que Parfait Transfers To Florida, Takes Aim On UAE Derby

While much of the focus will rightfully be on Dubai’s local contenders for the $2.5 million UAE Derby (G2) in Super Saturday’s course and distance $350,000 Al Bastakiya (Listed) and the possible team from Ireland’s Ballydoyle heading south post-Patton Stakes (Listed), candidates from elsewhere are beginning to surface. One of those is Imperial Racing’s Plus […]

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Magical, Magic Wand Lead Ballydoyle Brigade For Dubai World Cup Card

Last year’s Dubai World Cup night saw a procession from the hugely talented Mendelssohn in the UAE Derby sponsored by The Saeed & Mohammed Al Naboodah Group (G2) before targeting big races in America through his 3-year-old campaign. Such was just another example of the powerful reach that Coolmore and Aidan O’Brien-led Ballydoyle have and […]

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North America Dominates Dubai’s Al Maktoum Challenge Round 1

Thursday’s second evening of the 2109 Dubai World Cup Carnival at Meydan was highlighted by a quality renewal of the $350,000 Al Maktoum Challenge Round 1 sponsored by Yahsat, a Group 2 contested over one mile that has served as a prep for both the $12 million Dubai World Cup (G1) and $1.5 million Godolphin […]

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‘Exceptional’ Moshaher Launches UAE Derby Dreams With Dominant Debut Victory

Racing at Meydan on Saturday officially featured The District One Magnificent Stretch, a one-mile turf handicap, but the main event was upstaged from the outset when H And B’s Moshaher decimated a group of 3-year-old maidens with UAE Derby dreams in the opener. The one-mile affair, titled the District One Panorama Win, saw the Doug […]

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Violence Colt Walking Thunder One To Watch En Route To UAE Derby

Two-year-olds are always exciting this time of year, especially as the season heads down the road to the world’s richest dirt race for 3-year-olds, the $2.5 million UAE Derby (G2) on Mar. 30. Sponsored by The Saeed & Mohammed Al Naboodah Group, the 1900m (1 3/16-mile) fixture has quite often been won or placed in by horses […]

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‘Like A Dream’: Phoenix Ladies Syndicate Now Two-For-Two In Dubai

Global horseracing has moved gradually and successfully toward the embrace of syndicates, in both horses retired for stud duty and active athletes on the track, with the latter becoming increasingly popular in the UAE. One such group that has quickly made itself known in Dubai is Phoenix Ladies Syndicate, which is off to an auspicious start, […]

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He’s Back: Toast Of New York Auditions For Another Breeders’ Cup Classic

It’s not every day that Thoroughbreds return to the racetrack after being retired for stud. However, Al Shaqab Racing’s 2014 Breeders’ Cup Classic (Grade I) runner-up Toast of New York, a now 7-year-old gelding, is poised to come back into limelight in Saturday’s $200,000 Lukas Classic Presented by Budweiser (Grade III), a race that could […]

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Yulong Warrior Ready For First U.S. Start In Shared Belief Stakes

Yulong Warrior, a Florida-bred son of Street Cry, returns to his home country for Saturday’s $100,000 Shared Belief Stakes and to resume a career that has thus far taken him to Ireland and the United Arab Emirates. Purchased for $180,000 at the Keeneland September sale in 2016 by the China-based Yulong Stable, Yulong Warrior made […]

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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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