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5 January 2012 - 31 March 2012

The 2012 Dubai International Racing Carnival gets under way at Meydan today with the Al Rashidiya Trial Presented By Longines taking centre stage and culminates with the running of the 17th Dubai World Cup on March 31.

US$ 125,000 Al Rashidiya Trial Presented By Longines

Meydan, Turf, 1800m

5 January 2012

The nine-furlong turf prize sees Ali Rashid Al Raihe’s prolific course winner Derbaas (USA) make his return to action. The six-year-old landed with last year’s Group Two Al Fahidi Fort before finishing last of 16 on his final appearance in the Dubai Duty Free on World Cup night. His jockey, Richard Hills, said: “He was a revelation last season and improved throughout. I have not sat on him so far this season but the trainer tells me the horse is in very good form and expects a big run. I am sure he will come on for the outing but we have to be hopeful. The bottom one looks the big danger.”

The horse Hills is referring to is Mike de Kock’s talented filly Mahbooba (AUS). After signing off a successful Carnival last year with a fine third in the UAE Derby, the five-year-old went on to compete in Britain, where she won a Newmarket Listed race by six lengths. South African champion trainer De Kock said: “She did well at the Carnival last year (on Tapeta) and then really pleased us over the summer on turf. She has been going well in her work and is ready for a race so this looked the ideal starting point.”

Godolphin trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni enjoyed a spectacular first season training in Britain, saddling numerous Group One winners and tasted Classic success with Blue Bunting in the 1000 Guineas. He is back in his homeland and saddles Sea Lord (IRE) and Laajooj (IRE) in today’s feature. “Sea Lord was a bit disappointing at last year’s Carnival so we gave him the summer off,” said Al Zarooni. “He seems in really good form now and we think he has a good chance, as does Laajooj. He won two in England but has been freshened up since June. He has pleased us in his work and it is nice to have two big hopes in the race.”

US$ 120,000 Longines Column Wheel Chronograph

Meydan, Turf, 1000m

5 January 2012

Seven of the 11 declared sprinters for the five-furlong Longines Column Wheel Chronograph Handicap hail from Europe. Frankie Dettori rides Humidor (IRE) for George Baker, while Internationaldebut (IRE) lines up for Yorkshire trainer Paul Midgley. “It’s our first runner outside England and it’s exciting stuff,” said Midgley. “The horse did ever so well for us last year, winning at York, Doncaster and Beverley. He looks great at the moment and he’s in great form. The people who’ve been with him tell me his preparation has gone to plan. The horse has been here a fortnight and he normally runs well fresh, so fingers crossed. The only negative would be that the race is over five furlongs rather than six. I’m just hoping they go fast, almost too fast to be honest, and then they come back to us in the last furlong. We’ll see how he gets on but if he looks to be enjoying it and he runs well, then the horse will hopefully be staying here for a while. There’s good prize-money on offer.”

Ireland are represented by Mick Halford’s Invincible Ash (IRE) and Nocturnal Affair (SAF) from David Marnane’s yard.

Extract from Sporting Life