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Prince Bishop Rules Dubai World Cup

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Prince Bishop Rules Dubai World Cup

Prince Bishop (Ire) (Dubawi), who competed Saturday at Meydan in the new racing colours of Sheikh Mohammed's son, Sheikh Hamdan al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai, became the oldest winner of the Dubai World Cup aged eight.

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Breakfast with a Rock Star

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Breakfast with a Rock Star

The Thursday morning prior to the Dubai World Cup meeting is billed as 'Breakfast With The Stars,' and for those up early enough at Meydan there was the chance for breakfast with a rock star. California Chrome (Lucky Pulpit) has received this lofty billing from his veteran trainer Art Sherman, and it's a title he wears with ease.

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Mike de Kock Fields Seven on Dubai World Cup Night

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Mike de Kock Fields Seven on Dubai World Cup Night

South African trainer Mike de Kock is set to saddle seven runners at Saturday’s Dubai World Cup meeting at Meydan. The meeting offers prize money of $30-million (R366-million), with $10-million up for grabs on the Dubai World Cup itself, over 2000m on the dirt.

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DUBAI WORLD CUP 2014... AN AFRICAN STORY

$10 MILLION DUBAI WORLD CUP (Group 1)

Meydan, All-Weather, 2000m

29 March 2014

African Story (GB) (Pivotal - Blixen) proved the catalyst for the Meydan grandstand to erupt on Saturday evening as Saeed bin Suroor’s Godolphin runner streaked away with the 19th running of the US$10 million Dubai World Cup sponsored by Emirates.

The trainer was winning the world’s richest race for a sixth time and provided HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, with a seventh triumph.

Bin Suroor had failed to lift the trophy since Electrocutionist scored at Nad Al Sheba in 2006 and African Story was the long-standing handler’s first win in the race at the imposing Meydan Racecourse.

Silvestre de Sousa was never worse than second aboard the 7 year old who pulled 2 1/2-lengths clear down the stretch to see off the Hamdan Al Maktoum-owned Mukhadram who valiantly tried to make all under Paul Hanagan.

The ruling Maktoum family enjoyed a terrific podium finish with Godolphin’s Charlie Appleby-trained Cat O’Mountain overcoming his outside stall disadvantage to finish third.

“This is our sixth win in the race and it has been a long time in coming,” said bin Suroor. “There has been a lot of pressure from a lot of people, but I thought two years ago this was the right horse for this race. In my heart I thought this horse could win - he is something really special and I told Sheikh Mohammed this two years ago. This is a big thrill and I dedicate this win to my mother and I will give her my golden whip.”

De Sousa had failed to frame on his two previous Dubai World Cup rides but struck lucky at the third attempt, and said: “It turned into a perfect race for me as I only had one horse in front of me. I knew I had to get past him quick and it was a big relief when I went clear. African Story has good track form having won the Godolphin Mile two years ago. He travelled well and quickened great and I am over the moon. There is pressure, but at the same time I think I have shown that I have given my best and that there may still be more to come.”

British raider Mukhadram tracked across from stall 15 under Paul Hanagan and appeared as though he had stolen a march on the field turning for home, only to be run down by African Story.

Hanagan commented: “I am very proud of him and it was a tremendous effort from William Haggas to have him ready to run after such a long layoff. We went forward and I got a breather in to him down the back straight. We kicked at the top of the home run and for a moment I thought I had nicked it but in the end we were beaten by a very good horse on the night.”

Similarly pleased was Mikael Barzalona who rode Cat O’Mountain, and commented: “He ran a blinder from where he was drawn and could have been closer but for that.”

The Hong Kong and Japanese raiders all failed to get involved while Derby winner, Ruler Of The World weakened back to 13th of the 16 runners with connections reporting he failed to handle the all-weather track.

Extract from Dubai Racing Club

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QATAR RULES

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Ruler Of The World / The Guardian (p)

RULER OF THE WORLD (IRE)

Galileo - Love Me True

Spontaneous groans and relieved smiles took their turns on Dubai’s IMAX theater stage as connections of the 16 horses that will vie for racing’s biggest prize, the $10-million G1 Dubai World Cup sponsored by Emirates Airlines, drew post positions in an elaborate ceremony yesterday.

As delighted as any of the participants who drew the most coveted numbers was Harry Herbert, Racing Advisor to Qatari Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al Thani’s Al Shaqab Racing, which yesterday sealed a last moment deal with Coolmore to purchase a 50% interest in G1 Investec Derby winner Ruler Of The World (Ire) (Galileo). From Saturday on, Ruler of the World will race in Al Shaqab’s silks under the partnership of Al Shaqab Racing, John Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith. He will continue to be trained by Aidan O’Brien and ridden by his son, Joseph O’Brien, and will stand at Coolmore upon retirement from racing.

“It’s been a very recent development, just over the last two or three days,” Herbert told PA Sport. “When he retires, Al Shaqab will also receive 50% of his stud value. He is a horse that Sheikh Joaan has always liked and pinpointed him as a horse he’d like to be involved with, especially with this weekend in mind. It’s great to be involved in races like this. Whatever happens on Saturday, it is a long season and he’ll be a great addition. Sheikh Joaan spoke to John Magnier about acquiring a stake and it went from there.”

Extract from Thoroughbred Daily News

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SANSHAAWES CARRIES DE KOCK'S DUBAI WORLD CUP HOPES

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Sanshaawes / Dubai Racing Club//Andrew Watkins (p)

$10 MILLION DUBAI WORLD CUP (Group 1)

Meydan, All-Weather, 2000m

29 March 2014

The most successful international trainer on Dubai World Cup night, with a remarkable nine winners to his name, South African Mike de Kock is set to saddle eight runners on Saturday, headed by Sanshaawes in the world’s richest horse race, the $10million Dubai World Cup, sponsored by Emirates.

Already a dual Dubai World Cup Carnival winner this year, De Kock’s big-race hope arguably produced a career best performance when second in the Group 1 concluding round of the Al Maktoum Challenge, over the same 2000m all-weather course and distance as the Dubai World Cup.

If the five-year-old gelding is successful, he will become the globe-trotting trainer’s first win in the Dubai World Cup.

“That was a great effort from a bad draw on Super Saturday,” said De Kock. “We knew when he arrived in Dubai he had a win or two in him but he has excelled our expectations. He is in great form at home but, realistically, we would be delighted with a placed effort. Hopefully, we get a good draw this time, because we certainly didn’t last time on Super Saturday.”

The trainer is set to be double handed in the Group 1 $5m Dubai Duty Free, sponsored by Dubai Duty Free. He won the Super Saturday trial, the Group 1 Jebel Hatta over the same 1800m turf trip, with Vercingetorix, who surged past re-opposing stable companion, Anaerobio, about 200m from home.

De Kock said: “I think Anaerobio produced a career best on Super Saturday and thankfully he was received an invitation, deservedly, to run here. As for Vercingetorix, we basically do not know how good he is; he is lazy at home and just does enough on the racecourse. He remains unbeaten and always looks like he will win easily, but then almost stops and waits for a challenge. Saturday will be his biggest test against the likes of The Fugue and he will need to produce a career best.”

Not surprisingly, the South African nominated 2013 Group 1 Al Quoz Sprint (1000m turf) winner Shea Shea as his best hope on the card, bidding to repeat his track-record-breaking effort of 12 months ago.

As was the case last year, De Kock’s crack sprinter takes his place in the starting line-up having won Super Saturday’s Meydan Sprint under regular jockey, Christophe Soumillon and the trainer said: “He is probably our best chance on the card and arrives here at least as fit and well as last year. There are some real speedsters in the mix which, hopefully, will suit him.”

Last year’s Godolphin Mile winner, Soft Falling Rain, is another De Kock returnee and he had a pipe-opener in the 1200m Mahab Al Shimaal on Super Saturday.

“He has really improved a lot from that return to action,” said De Kock. “Ideally I would have probably liked one more run but we plan to keep him busy in Europe this summer so we have to strike a balance.”

Of his other runners, Dubai Sheema Classic contender Mars, received a positive bulletin.

“He has come on a lot from his latest run when the blinkers perhaps did no suit. We thought he ran well though and, hopefully, he will at least be competitive,” said the trainer.

Extract from Dubai Racing Club

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BIG BLOKES AND BIG BUCKS

DUBAI WORLD CUP DAY

29 March 2014

On Saturday evening, the Dubai Racing Club will distribute something approaching R300 million in prize money at the world’s richest race meeting. The “World Cup”, as the occasion has come to be known, grew out of the sands of a barren, unforgiving desert, and in South African terms, has served to showcase the virtues of our racehorses. The World Cup and its associated Carnival, has been especially kind to Summerhill: in terms of “cheques”, we have a perfect three-for-three. Imbongi was the Carnival’s victor ludorum as its biggest money earner in 2010. Mullins Bay fulfilled a childhood dream for us, taking on the biggest owners in the world at the world’s biggest race meeting and cashing up in the Godolphin Mile (Gr.2): Paris Perfect picked up $1million (almost R11 million in today’s money) for his third place in the night’s biggest event, the $10million Dubai World Cup (Gr.1); while Imbongi completed the trifecta in the $5million Dubai Duty Free (Gr.1). Most of the country’s luminaries were trained by the man who has single-handedly propelled the nation to international prominence as a source of top class thoroughbreds, Mike de Kock.

Along the way, De Kock’s charges have taken home as many as three (50%) of the programme’s events, while it’s not uncommon for him to harness at least two (33%) of what’s been on offer. By any standards, this is an extraordinary record, yet, to get our heads around it, we should recall the names of the evening’s heroes going back to 2003: Ipi Tombe, Victory Moon, Lundy’s Liability, Right Approach, Asiatic Boy, Honour Devil, Grand Emporium, Sun Classique, Mahbooba, J.J. The Jet Plane, Masterofhounds,Musir, Soft Falling Rain and Shea Shea - some class!

Heather Morkel, Linda Norval, Greig Muir and Annet Becker, familiar to readers as members of our management team, have all made the pilgrimage, and they can attest to the extraordinary events of the day. The scale of things in Dubai, the opulence, the indulgence, is very apparent wherever you look; some call it “vulgar”; most are mesmerized. Apart from a few Bedouin lodgings, before the discovery of oil in 1966, there was hardly a thing in the way of structural heritage to speak of, yet today, Dubai is a symbol of bottomless pockets and spectacular extravagance, with hardly a sign of its well-publicized financial woes of five years ago.

For those who’ve not been there, and might be wondering what it is like to attend, we’re lucky to have in Dubai, (courtesy of the TDN,) the well-known correspondent, Lucas Marquardt, to refresh us on Dubai’s geography and history.

“If you picture the Arabian peninsula as a snowboot (seriously, look at a map), Dubai sits on a small horn that emerges from the toe, along the western banks of the Persian Gulf. Qatar is due west; Iran is a short distance across the Gulf. Though it was first mentioned in geographical literature almost a thousand years ago, Dubai wasn’t formally established until 1833, when Sheikh Maktoum bin Butti Al Maktoum, a member of the regional Bani Yas tribe, and 800 of his followers settled on Dubai Creek, a saltwater inlet that curves into the desert for roughly nine miles behind what is today the city of Dubai. Its location made Dubai for a logical port of call for traders, and in the early 20th century it was known for its pearl exports. Just forty-seven years ago, oil was discovered here, and while the reserves weren’t of the scale of the neighbouring Abu Dhabi, they provided a huge influx of capital that has changed the face of the place. In 1971, Dubai joined with Abu Dhabi and five other emirates to form the United Arab Emirates.

Today, Dubai is home to 2.1 million people, though only 17% of those are Emiratis. Indians actually comprise a slight majority (53%), with Pakistanis (13.3%) the only other group in double digits.

The Maktoums are still the ruling family, with Sheikh Mohammed succeeding the late Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum (Gainsborough Farm) in 2006. Despite a setback from the 2008 financial crisis, Dubai has largely become what Sheikh Mohammed and his father, Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, dreamed it would: a world-class metropolis that, unlike many of its neighbors in the region, isn’t dependent on oil. In 2011, oil made up just 7% of Dubai’s revenue. (Real estate and construction, by contrast, made up 22.6%.)

Okay, back to the trip at hand. There are five or six major neighborhoods in Dubai (depending on your definition), and I’ve bedded down in Deira for a few days of my trip. Deira, to the north of Dubai Creek, is one of the original neighborhoods of Dubai and its one-time commercial center, but these days I’d liken it to staying in Astoria, Queens if you were to visit NYC.

Plenty to offer, but not necessarily what you think when you think “Dubai”. The buildings are a bit older, some a drab yellow or beige, and rarely do they get above seven or eight stories. On Monday morning, I saw virtually no tourists, and probably 90% of the people on the street were men. The tip of Deira, at the mouth of Dubai Creek, is Al Ras, home to a vast array of souqs (markets) that sell gold, spices and perfumes. One estimate I read put the amount of gold on offer at the Dubai Gold Souk at any given time at 10 tons. Regardless, I decided to forgo the souks and instead caught an abra, or water taxi, across the Creek. The cost was a modest, 4 dirhams, or about a dollar. Abras are a terrific way to travel in Dubai, when possible. The low-slung wooden boats - just step on and go, take about 10 minutes to cross over to Bur Dubai.

 Another neighborhood with a lot of local history. By 8 a.m. the sun had already burned through the morning cool, and so I started along the shaded narrow alleyways of Bur Dubai, looking to get some authentic local street meat (is that just an NYC term?) to start the day. I found a tiny ‘cafeteria’ that held maybe four or five people and told the proprietor, who spoke little English, to give me whatever he wanted, so long as it didn’t contain fish. Five minutes later, he handed over a hamburger. Well played, sir. From there I wandered around Bur Dubai, then doubled back to the Creek, where ferries run to the Dubai Marina. The ride, which takes you out into the Gulf and runs a good 70 minutes, provides a good lay of the land. As you travel southwest. Down the coast, the massive skyscrapers of downtown Dubai spring into view. Dubai has 140 Skyscrapers. Only Hong Kong (295) and New York (231) have more, and the king among Dubais is Burj Khalifa. At 2,717 feet, the Burj Khalifa is the world’s tallest building, and not by a little bit. It’s over 700 feet taller than the second-highest, Shanghai Tower, and with 163 floors, has 61 more floors than the Empire State Building. It resembles a series of tubes and half-tubes springing out from one another, like a clutch of straws of varying lengths. The Ferry brings you under The World, the man-made collection of islands that shaped to resemble Earth’s continents, and then Palm Jumeirah, another made-made grouping of islands, this one shaped like palm tree. Docked on the south side of the latter is Sheikh Mohammed’s private yacht Dubai, a $300 million, 524-foot vessel that is the world’s third-largest.

Back on the mainland, there is a broad expanse of residential housing to the south of downtown Dubai, and then a second group of skyscrapers rises around Dubai Marina, a man-made waterway that is flanked on all sides by an impressive collection of modern architecture that borders on futuristic. It’s safe to say that if breeders got weak at the knees when Sheikh Mohammed came to inspect their yearlings at September, architects and building contractors get downright giggly when he’s involved in one of their projects. My personal favourite was the Cayan Tower, an 80-story behemoth that twists a full 90 degrees. Walkways line both sides of the marina. This is the Dubai you imagine. Sleek glass and steel buildings, high-end shops and restaurants, and a well-heeled international crowd sipping cappuccinos in fashionable cafes. Later, back in Deira, I felt like I’d at least gotten a rough outline of what’s where, and tomorrow, after some rest, we head to the track.”

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SOUTH AFRICA WELL REPRESENTED ON DUBAI WORLD CUP NIGHT

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DUBAI WORLD CUP NIGHT

29 March 2014

Mike de Kock has accepted seven invitations to as many races for his runners on Dubai World Cup night, including an invite for Sanshaawes to the world’s richest race, the $US10-million Dubai World Cup.

Sanshaawes finished second in last week’s Gr1 Al Maktoum Challenge (Round 3) over the Dubai World Cup course and distance, 2000m on the all-weather, and will take on some of the world’s best for the big cash.

The other accepted invitations are:

Jalotta (UAE Derby)

Shea Shea (Al Quoz Sprint)

Soft Falling Rain (Godolphin Mile)

Vercingetorix (Dubai Duty Free)

Mars (Sheema Classic)

Star Empire (Gold Cup)

Mike said: “We’ll have good representation for South Africa across the board and we’re looking forward to the occasion. Congratulations to the various owners who will have runners.”

Joey Ramsden-trained Variety Club has also been invited to the Godolphin Mile.

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SUPER SATURDAY... TOMORROW

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“SUPER SATURDAY”

8 March 2014

Tomorrow’s ‘Super Saturday’ at Meydan, the dress-rehearsal for Dubai World Cup night in three weeks time, has attracted a host of top equine stars, notably Variety Club - twice South African Horse Of The Year.

Trained by Joey Ramsden, the son of Var created a massive impression on his Dubai debut in the Firebreak Stakes last month, demolishing his eight rivals in effortless fashion. The five-year-old is a confident selection to follow up in the Burj Nahaar over 1600m on Tapeta, a Group 3 race that is worth $120,000 to the winner.

Round III of the Maktoum Challenge, the opening Group 1 event, sees Saeed bin Suroor bid to extend his remarkable record in the contest. The Emarati trainer has landed the prize on no fewer than nine occasions and has sound claims of securing a 10th victory with African Story or Prince Bishop, winner of Round II. Preference is for the former because he was unlucky behind Prince Bishop last month, having met trouble in running before storming home late. He loves the Tapeta surface and looks the one to beat.

The international challenge is led by 2013 UAE Derby runner-up Elleval, trained by David Marnane. He has taken well to Tapeta and arrives in search of a quick double after a recent victory over this course and distance. He produced an impressive turn of foot to land the spoils, stopping the clock in slick time.

Hat-trick-chasing Sanshaawes, trained by Mike de Kock, ought to make his presence felt as the South African handler chases his first Maktoum Challenge Round III victory since Asiatic Boy won in 2009. Sanshaawes needs to raise his game, stepping up to Group 1 level, but warrants consideration in his current form.

Side Glance, winner of the Group 1 MacKinnon Stakes in Melbourne last year, must be respected, along with local hope Surfer, fourth in this race 12 months ago.

The other Group 1 race, the Jebel Hatta over 1800m on turf, has attracted a classy 14-runner field, with De Kock’s exciting charge, Vercingetorix, boasting solid credentials.

The Silvano colt has yet to meet defeat in five starts and impressed on his Dubai debut last month, quickening nicely to score from Code Of Honour.

The South African trainer has an impressive record in the Jebel Hatta, having won it four times, the last in 2012 with Master Of The Hounds.

In a strong renewal, David Simcock-trained British hope Trade Storm is one to consider under Jamie Spencer. Twice a winner at Meydan, he caught the eye on Saturday last week in the Zabeel Mile (Group 2) behind French winner Mshawish. Settled at the back of the field in a steadily run race, he ran on well in the closing stages and should be spot-on for this.

Last year Sajjhaa became only the second filly to win the Jebel Hatta and L’Amour De Ma Vie bids to follow in her hoof prints. She is the only filly in the line-up.

Trained in France by Pia Brandt, she ran out a decisive winner of the Balanchine Stakes over the same course and distance. The daughter of Dansili warrants consideration at decent odds.

Shea Shea faces old rival Sole Power in the Group 3 Meydan Sprint, the trial for the Al Quoz Sprint on Dubai World Cup night.

The pair should dominate the 1000m event on turf but Shea Shea is fancied to take the prize for De Kock under regular rider Christophe Soumillon. He has finished in front of Sole Power in four of their five clashes, twice over this course and distance last year.

In the Mahab Al Shimaal, De Kock saddles classy Soft Falling Rain. The four-year-old, unbeaten in three starts at Meydan, returns from break and his hopes have been dealt a blow with a wide draw in the 14-runner event. He tackles a strong field of seasoned and experienced sprinters, many race-fit and in form, and doesn’t appeal at short odds.

Irish colt He’s No Saint can enhance his UAE Derby claims in the Al Bastakiya, the $250,000 Listed race. Returning from a break, he looked a much-improved horse when winning the Meydan Classic Trial last month on his Dubai debut. He’s No Saint is open to further improvement stepping up in trip and he hails from a yard enjoying a successful Dubai Carnival.

Godolphin, successful with Secret Number last year, are represented by Emirates Flyer, runner-up in the UAE 2000 Guineas. He looks a threat, despite concerns about the 1900m trip.

Lightly raced Asmar could emerge a bigger danger to the Irish colt, now he is stepping up in distance. He has progressed with each run and has left the impression he has more to offer.

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DUBAI WORLD CUP 2014 NOMINATIONS

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Re-experience the 2013 Dubai World Cup / DWC (p)

DUBAI WORLD CUP NIGHT

29 March 2014

The nominations for the 2014 US$10m Dubai World Cup sponsored by Emirates Airline represent a unique line-up of international stars that includes the current winners of the Breeder’s Cup Classic, the Breeder’s Cup Turf and Irish 2000 Guineas, the Japan Cup, the Epsom Derby, the Hong Kong Cup, the Durban July victor and a previous Melbourne Cup winner.

Breeder’s Cup Classic star Mucho Macho Man, Breeder’s Cup Turf winner, Magician, Japan Cup Dirt winner, Belshazzar, Epsom Derby hero, Ruler Of The World, Hong Kong Cup victor, Akeed Mofeed, Heavy Metal the winner of the Durban July and former Melbourne Cup winner, Dunaden are among 341 nominations for the world’s richest race.

The 19th renewal of the Meydan Racecourse showpiece will be held on Saturday 29 March 2014 and at the closing of the free nomination stage, has attracted entries from 15 countries.

Secretariat Stakes winner, Admiral Kitten, owned and bred by Ken Ramsey, winning owner of the 2005 Dubai World Cup with Roses in May, has also been nominated alongside Big Blue Kitten.

The 2013 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes winner, Olympic Glory, trained by Richard Hannon Jnr and John Gosden’s Irish Champion Stakes winner and Breeder’s Cup Turf and Hong Kong Vase runner up, The Fugue have also been nominated.

Game on Dude, who finished out of the placings in the 2012 Dubai World Cup for trainer, Bob Baffert is back for more after experiencing a resurgence to his best form in 2013, with three Grade 1 wins.

Godolphin’s 2014 Group 2 Cape Verdi winner, Certify, could follow in the footsteps of the Dubai racing operation’s Dubai Duty Free heroine, Sajjhaa, as she holds nominations for the same race, as well as the Dubai World Cup and the Godolphin Mile.

In addition to Epsom Derby winner, Ruler Of The World and Irish 2000 Guineas and Breeder’s Cup Turf star, Magician, the highly-successful racing operation of Irish trainer, Aidan O’Brien has nominated 13 other runners. Kingsbarns, the 2012 Racing Post Trophy winner, dual Group 3-winner, Ernest Hemingway and St Leger winner, Leading Light are among the group slated to make the trip to Dubai.

As often happens at this early stage, a number of runners hold nomination for multiple races. The Joey Ramsden-trained South African runner, Variety Club, a multiple Grade 1 winner on home soil, has been nominated for the Dubai World Cup, Dubai Duty Free, Dubai Sheema Classic and the Godolphin Mile.

Helene Superstar, a horse that may be more familiar to Dubai race fans by his former name, Lines of Battle, the 2013 UAE Derby winner, has been nominated by new trainer, Tony Cruz for the Dubai Duty Free, the Dubai World Cup and the Dubai Sheema Classic.

Japan’s best racemare, Gentildonna has been nominated for a second shot at the Dubai Sheema Classic, after finishing runner-up to the ill-fated St Nicholas Abbey in the 2013 running of the $5million turf race.

Meanwhile, the David Simcock-trained Trade Storm, the winner of the 2013 Zabeel Mile and Battle Of Marengo, a former Ballydoyle star now trained by reigning UAE Champion Trainer, Ernst Oertel both hold nominations for the Dubai Duty Free and the Dubai Sheema Classic.

The winners of both the Dubai World Cup day sprints have been nominated for a defence of their 2013 titles, with the Satish Seemar-trained Golden Shaheen hero, Reynaldothewizard and Mike de Kock’sShea Shea, the Al Quoz Sprint winner, both holding nominations for both sprint races.

Hong Kong’s newest sprint sensation, Amber Sky winner of the recent local Group 1 Centenary Sprint Cup holds a nomination for the Al Quoz Sprint.

To see complete lists of nominated horses in each race,

please click on the links below:

Dubai Kahayla Classic

Godolphin Mile

Dubai Gold Cup

UAE Derby

Al Quoz Sprint

Dubai Golden Shaheen

Dubai Duty Free

Dubai Sheema Classic

Dubai World Cup

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DUBAI, OR NOT TO BUY... THAT IS THE QUESTION

Dubai World Cup Carnival
Dubai World Cup Carnival

The Dubai World Cup Carnival begins on Thursday January 9, 2014

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DUBAI WORLD CUP CARNIVAL

9 January - 29 March 2014

The first international contenders have arrived at Meydan Racecourse ahead of the 2014 Dubai World Cup Carnival, which begins on Thursday January 9, 2014.

There are 26 international Group 1 winners among the acceptances for the three-month-long festival of racing, which concludes with the March 29, 2014 Dubai World Cup and carries combined prize money of more than US$37m.

Newmarket-based Italian handler, Marco Botti, brings an extended string to contest the Dubai World Cup Carnival this year. His runners include last season’s Group 2 Dubai City of Gold winner, Jakkalberry, this year’s Emirates Melbourne Cup fifth, Dandino and recent Group 1 Prix Royal Oak winner, Tac De Boistron. Botti’s string is also strengthened by the new additions of Australian Group 1 winner, Linton who comes to Dubai following his Hong Kong Mile run and four other Brazilian prospects belonging to Dubai World Cup-winning owner, Stefan Friborg’sEstrela Energia.

Six from Andrew Balding’s Park House Stables will make the trip, with Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes victor Side Glance chief among them. Former international footballer, Michael Owen’sBrown Panther also travels to Dubai following his Melbourne Cup run for trainer, Tom Dascombe, while Meydan stalwart, Mike de Kock comes armed with a string bristling with Group 1 winners.

Among the new recruits for South Africa’s four-time champion trainer are the Durban July winner, Heavy Metal, South Africa’s champion three-year-old colt, Vercingetorix, 2012 Champions Cup winner, Master Plan and the champion miler and dual Horse Of The Year, Variety Club.

De Kock, who claimed the Godolphin Mile with Soft Falling Rain last term, has a good record with former Aidan O’Brien-trained horses and two more are added to the ranks this year. Jersey Stakes winner, Gale Force Ten and International Stakes winner, Flying The Flag join the likes of David Livingston and Daddy Long Legs, who already bolster De Kock’s string. His globe-trotting Soft Falling Rain, now rated 122, will be back, as will the Group 1 Al Quoz Sprint-winning Shea Shea while The Apache, the 2013 Dubai Duty Free runner-up, also contests the new season.

Download the 2014 Dubai World Cup Carnival Programme

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THE WORLD CUP : THE LOWDOWN

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Animal Kingdom

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$10,000,000 DUBAI WORLD CUP (Group 1)

Meydan, All Weather, 2000m

30 March 2013

America’s TDN ran an illuminating scientific study on Animal Kingdom’s victory in the Dubai World Cup yesterday. Here it is:

How impressive was Animal Kingdom?

Quite. The first winner of the G1 Kentucky Derby/G1 Dubai World Cup double since Silver Charm capped the feat in 1998, Animal Kingdom (Leroidesanimaux) plotted a wide, but clear trip from an outside barrier draw Saturday. His final winning margin of two lengths was misleadingly cozy. At the finish, Animal Kingdom traveled 17 metres more than Red Cadeaux (GB) (Cadeaux Genereux), closing fast at the rail. Covering an extra 17 meters is the equivalent of approximately 6.5 lengths of added ground traveled. Adjusting the final margin of victory for this ground coverage suggests that the Graham Motion trainee was more than eight lengths better than rail-skimming Red Cadeaux. Given several days to absorb the data, it seems appropriate to suggest Animal Kingdom ran the best race of his life to date.

One added way to review the data from the Dubai World Cup is to compare the average speeds of horses. Horses asked to plot wider courses have to run faster to maintain their position. If four horses were lined across the course and began to corner, in order for a widely planted horse to hold his position, he would absolutely have to run faster than a horse to his inside. Animal Kingdom never lost position in running, expending more energy with the highest cruising speed in running.

After 1,200 meters of the Dubai World Cup, here is the position of each horse, in order, with their average speed to this point in the race.

Following these first six furlongs, Animal Kingdom had traveled seven meters (about 2 3/4 lengths) more than leader Royal Delta (Empire Maker), and 11 meters (about 4 1/4 lengths) more than Red Cadeaux.

At the finish, Animal Kingdom was still in control, running the second fastest final 100 metres behind only Red Cadeaux’s time, and averaging 0.7 kph more than that rival over the course of the race. Overall, Animal Kingdom’s individual sectional times are massively impressive, running 0.33 seconds faster in his fifth 400-meter segment than the fourth segment, and clocking the single fastest split in the race, from the 1600-meter pole to the 1200-meter pole in :23.20. Once Joel Rosario recognized that neither Planteur (Ire) (Danehill Dancer), who made all the running in his previous race, nor African Story (GB) (Pivotal), stretching-out off mid-pack trips in one-turn races, were interested in running forward, Rosario seized the initiative and prompted the obvious front-runner in Royal Delta.

Take note of Animal Kingdom’s sectional times below (North American readers should note that race-timing in the UAE, and much of the world, begins with an electric pulse tied to the starter’s gate-opening mechanism, yielding the slow, in appearance, opening quarter).

Animal Kingdom’s Sectional Times

400m

:26.98

800m

:23.20

1200m

:23.60

1600m

:24.88

2000m

:24.55

While the entire final 400-meter segment of the race is run in the home stretch, given Animal Kingdom’s earlier fractions, his ability to stay on really puts this performance into magnificent territory. In three previous runnings of this race at Meydan, Gloria De Campeao (Brz) (Impression) walked slow and free on the lead, Victoire Pisa (Jpn) (Neo Universe)’s fastest 400m segment was his last after he made a last-to-first backstretch move into a mind-bogglingly slow pace, and Monterosso (Fr) (Invincible Spirit) had the pleasure of running into the fastest of the four early paces in the running of the race on Tapeta.

Over the history of all-weather racing at Meydan, 38 races out of 51 at 1,200 metres were faster than the 2013 G1 Dubai Golden Shaheen, 46 races out of 49 at 1,900 meters were faster than the 2013 G2 UAE Derby, and 59 out of 65 races at 1,600 meters were faster than the 2013 G2 Godolphin Mile.

The all-weather surface at Meydan has shown a tendency to quicken slightly as temperatures cool in the desert, a phenomenon experienced in past years. The sun was setting as the Derby ran, while it was dark during the Golden Shaheen. Still, there was no cold front that swooped in and provided a wildly different course roughly two hours after the Golden Shaheen; let there be no doubt that Animal Kingdom’s race in the Dubai World Cup was phenomenal. Overall, this year’s edition ranks as the fifth-fastest race from 31 at the distance, significantly faster than the trends from earlier races on the night.

Wherever Animal Kingdom goes from here, there is no doubting his performance in the 2013 Dubai World Cup will rank as one of his most impressive.

Makes you wonder how good Golden Sword was, at his best. To this day, no horse has bettered his 2000 metre record for Dubai, and to put it into perspective, remember there have been 18 renewals of the Dubai World Cup at the distance.

Editor’s Note: We were recently in touch with Barry Irwin (CEO Team Valor) and owner and breeder of Animal Kingdom. This is what he had to say about the horse:

“I am glad most of all for what the horse has been able to do for himself. He is a real character and has a wellspring of talent that is very deep. The good ones need the right temperament and interest in order to capitalize on their talent and this horse fortunately is the complete package.”

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NOT EXACTLY A TIPPING SHEET

John Messara of Arrowfield, Barry Irwin of Team Valor and jockey Joel Rosario receive the Dubai World Cup
John Messara of Arrowfield, Barry Irwin of Team Valor and jockey Joel Rosario receive the Dubai World Cup

Animal Kingdom’s owners John Messara of Arrowfield Stud and Barry Irwin of Team Valor International

with winning jockey Joel Rosario receiving the Dubai World Cup

(Photo : Sport360)

“That’s five from six, which sounds more like a Dale Steyn

bowling return than a regular Summerhill tipping sheet.”

Let me confess, these columns are not known for any particular science in predicting the outcome of a horse race. We’re far too sentimental to be good tipsters, but occasionally we get it right. In our ramblings in the lead up to the weekend, we went out on a limb and named a few fancies.

You might argue that Shea Shea was a certainty in the $1million Al Quoz Sprint (Gr.1) in Dubai, but there’s no such thing on a world stage, particularly in an international field where the talents of the protagonists are beyond comparison. Nor could you have anticipated that he’d smash a course record which just three weeks before, he’d made his own. The son of former Summerhill sire, National Emblem, deservedly heads for Royal Ascot’s King’s Stand Stakes (Gr.1), where the world might just be treated to one of the great sprinting contests of all-time. Black Caviar is 24 from 24 as matters stand, and while she’s earned her rating as the second best horse on the planet, her connections will be the first to acknowledge that she took down a tame field in England last year. It would take a brave man to suggest that Shea Shea has her measure, but Australia is no longer the breeding ground for the out-and-out blinding speed it used to be. Increasingly, the influence of shuttle stallions has blunted the profile of the aptitudes for which Australian thoroughbreds were once famous, and whatever the outcome, on the evidence of his exertions in Dubai, Shea Shea will be a worthy foe for one of the best sprinters the world has known.

In hindsight, a seven-for-seven record tells us that anyone betting against Soft Falling Rain in the Godolphin Mile on Saturday, needed a shrink. Yet in its 18 renewals, the $1million race has never been won by a three-year-old, and that tells you something. Besides, he was drawn on the rank outside and that’s where he remained well into the finishing stretch. Pressed four and five wide for the duration of the race, the colt galloped right to the line, and he takes an unblemished record to Royal Ascot as well. The Beck family have produced some crackers in their time at Highlands and Maine Chance, but this fellow might be the pinnacle of their endeavours.

There’s not much more we can say about Mike de Kock as a racehorse trainer. As one of the greatest exponents of the art the world has known, we’ve come to expect these things from him. But even then, you’d not have stretched your anticipation to two track records, and a cracking second from The Apache in the $5million Duty Free. There have been some remarkable performances by some remarkable horses over the Dubai turf in the past two decades, and yet here we are, with the fastest 1000 and 1600 metres ever. Add to that Golden Sword’s 2000 metre still-standing record, and you’d have to believe he gives them wings.

You might have said there was no genius in picking Animal Kingdom for the $10million Dubai World Cup, and here we’d have to admit to some sentiment. He belongs to two old mates, Arrowfield’s John Messara and Team Valor’s Barry Irwin, so we might have tagged him anyway. We were on hand for his big day in America’s biggest horse race, the Kentucky Derby, though, and that and his “prep” for Dubai was enough for us. Remember too, that when we fingered him, he was only the fourth choice on the betting boards, shortening a bit when Monterosso defected at the last minute.

How many mares get two Group winners at the same race meeting? It’s happened before, but it’s not your everyday occurrence. While we were in Australia a fortnight back, Helsinge had the lofty distinction of having two Group One winners on the same weekend, though at different venues. Both are exceptional: Black Caviar is already a household name, and her younger brother, All Too Hard, is on his way to becoming one. He is already the best three-year-old in Australasia, and he might just be as good as they get anywhere in the world.

That shouldn’t detract though, from Bridget Oppenheimer’s spectacular achievement on Saturday. Not only was the winner of the Harry Oppenheimer Horse Chestnut Stakes (Gr.1)Slumdogmillionaire, appropriately bred at her nursery, Mauritzfontein, but so too, was the sublime victress of the SA Fillies Classic (Gr.1), Cherry On The Top and the gusty winner of the Jacaranda Handicap (Gr.3)Cherry On The Cake. The best measure of a great mare is one capable of getting good horses no matter her mates, and the Oaks-winning Carolina Cherry has done just that. This is a family affair: the Triple Crown aspirant who might just be the best South African-bred filly we’ve seen in decades, is a daughter of Mary Slack’s Tiger Ridge, while Cherry On The Cake is by the sadly deceased Strike Smartly, sire too, of Slumdogmillionaire. The family traces to Sir Mordaunt Milner’s great foundation producer, Miss Therese, dam of the Kannemeyer-trained Guineas winner, Man Of Property.

Revisit our column, Classics And Clues on Friday last, and you’ll find “Slumdog” and the “Cherry” in the mix as well. That’s five from six, which sounds more like a Dale Steyn bowling return than a regular Summerhill tipping sheet. Without in any way wanting to diminish your faith in our picking abilities, we have to confess that Tellina was our choice for the Colt’s Classic. Thank goodness we got that one wrong!

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ANIMAL KINGDOM DOMINATES DUBAI WORLD CUP

Animal Kingdom wins Dubai World Cup
Animal Kingdom wins Dubai World Cup

Watch Animal Kingdom winning the Dubai World Cup (Group 1)

(Photo : Ahmed Jadallah - Footage : Dubai Racing Meydan)

$10,000,000 DUBAI WORLD CUP (Group 1)

Meydan, All Weather, 2000m

30 March 2013

Sometimes, things do go according to plan. A littlemore than a year ago, Arrowfield Stud and Team Valor International’sAnimal Kingdom (Leroidesanimaux) was forced to abandon an assault on the Group 1 Dubai World Cup due to injury, at which time trainer Graham Motion thought Team Valor principle Barry Irwin was ‘crazy’ for suggesting they point their Grade 1 Kentucky Derby winner towards the 2013 Dubai World Cup. Crazy like a fox, as it turns out. The handsome chestnut got a textbook ride from Joel Rosario, took over from market rival Royal Delta (Empire Maker) travelling ominously well at the 400-metre pole and staved off a late bid from Red Cadeaux (GB) (Cadeaux Genereux) to become the first American-based winner of the Dubai World Cup since its transfer to Meydan in 2010.

Joel Rosario, much-maligned when he guided Animal Kingdom to a runner-up effort behind Point Of Entry (Dynaformer) in the Grade 1 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap on 9 February, atoned for what Irwin deemed a ‘bonehead’ ride with one that was beyond any sort of reproach Saturday. “I knew we had a chance,” the Dominican explained. “I’ve never been here before. This is my first time. I watched a lot of races. I had an idea where I needed to go from. I listened to my trainer and to my horse. He’s a very good horse. He did it. He’s very quick. It seemed like a long way home in the stretch.” Irwin, who said that Animal Kingdom was fitter for this than any other race in his career, was taken by the performance. “That was shocking,” he exclaimed. “I thought he could win but I didn’t think he could win like that. He proved that not only is he a top horse, but that he is one of the top horses in the world.”

Before Team Valor consolidated all its runners with Graham Motion, Animal Kingdom raced for the Wayne Catalano barn, finishing runner-up to subsequent MGSW Willcox Inn (Harlan’s Holiday) on his Arlington debut before graduating over the Keeneland Poly in October 2010. He turned in a promising run in his first start for this barn over the Gulfstream turf the following March and was an impressive winner of the Grade 3 Spiral Stakes back on a synthetic track before belying odds of 20-1 in the Grade 1 Kentucky Derby. He couldn’t quite catch loose-on-the-lead Shackleford (Forestry) when the Derby fourth turned the tables in the Grade 1 Preakness Stakes, and a nightmarish break in the Grade 1 Belmont Stakes effectively cost Animal Kingdom any shot - he checked in sixth.

A slab fracture diagnosed in late June marked the end of his 3-year-old campaign, and connections regrouped with an eye on the 2013 Dubai World Cup. Part one of that plan came together nicely when Animal Kingdom raced away to a Gulfstream turf allowance victory, but the colt suffered another fracture in the same leg and was shelved eight months.

Much to the surprise of many, it was announced that Animal Kingdom was to make his return in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Mile, a Graham Motion initiative also labeled at first blush by Irwin as ‘crazy,’ but a troubled runner-up effort to Horse of the Year Wise Dan (Wiseman’s Ferry) confirmed he was back with a vengeance.

In the days leading up to the Breeders’ Cup, Arrowfield Stud’s John Messara paid a visit to the barn to inspect Animal Kingdom, and several weeks later, Irwin announced that he and his partners had decided to sell a majority interest to Arrowfield to take up stud duties for the 2013 Southern Hemisphere breeding season.

Motion and Irwin labled the Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap as a stepping stone to the Dubai World Cup, and Rosario’s mid-race roll of the dice failed to pay dividends and the result was a disappointing, if useful, runner-up effort.

With the raceday scratching of defending race champion Monterosso (GB) (Dubawi), Animal Kingdom moved down into the 11 hole and left there running, but so did a few of the others to his inside, and he was four deep out of the stretch for the first time as Royal Delta (Empire Maker) was committed to a front-running try by jockey Mike Smith. Though nothing along the lines of the last-to-first move used by Victoire Pisa (Jpn) (Neo Universe) to win the 2011 Dubai World Cup, Rosario allowed Animal Kingdom to slide up outside of Group 1 Maktoum Challenge Race 3 hero Hunter’s Light (Ire) (Dubawi) and Side Glance (GB) (Passing Glance) around the first turn to target Royal Delta from second.

The two time Eclipse Award winner went along at a decent clip, covering the opening half-mile in a relatively quick :50 flat over the holding surface, but Rosario had Animal Kingdom in perfect striking position and looked to have Royal Delta at his mercy. He pushed the button exiting the final turn and in a flash, Royal Delta was gone and Animal Kingdom soon had a winning break on the field. He crossed into the final 200 meters under a full head of steam, and it was only Red Cadeaux who made any late noise. Planteur (Ire) (Danehill Dancer), recently acquired by Sheikh Joann bin Hamad Al Thani, dove home late to snag third for the second year in a row, earning back a cool $1million of his owner’s investment.

So jubilant were the connections of Red Cadeaux - after all, he did take home second prize of $2million - that track camera crews mistook trainer Ed Dunlop for the winner. “If you’re not in the race you have no chance,” said owner Ronald Arculli, former executive of the Hong Kong Jockey Club. “We debated between the Group 1 Sheema Classic and the Dubai World Cup but how often do you have the chance to run a horse in this race? I keep saying to Ed Dunlop, don’t underestimate this horse.”

Extract from Thoroughbred Daily News

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DUBAI SNIPPETS

Sei Ishizaka, trainer of Gentildonna
Sei Ishizaka, trainer of Gentildonna

Watch interview with Sei Ishizaka, trainer of Gentildonna

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DUBAI WORLD CUP NIGHT

Meydan, 30 March 2013

We did say we’d bring you some titbits on the prospects of the South African-connected runners in this weekend’s World Cup extravaganza, once we’d spoken to our pals in Dubai. The low-down at this stage looks like this:

  • Mike de Kock has at least one entry in each of the races on the card; bear in mind, they kick off at 15:45 pm on Saturday (Channel 239). While he’s hopeful of getting his grubby fingers on a bit of the largesse from each of these races, he’s a realist and he knows where he’s outgunned. His big hopes for the evening are Shea Shea in the $1 million Al Quoz Sprint, and Soft Falling Rain (despite his poor draw) in the $2 million Godolphin Mile. The latter defends an unbeaten record in his most searching contest to date, but we should add that in his education at Summerhill, the Highlands-bred always had the looks of a budding star.
  • Riding arrangements for the evening are confusing: historically, Christophe Soumillion has had the pick of the mounts in Dubai, and while he throws a leg over Shea Shea in the Sprint, Paul Hanagan will strap his saddle on Soft Falling Rain. Soumilion stays with the reluctant-looking hero of last year’s $5 million Duty Free, Master Of Hounds, but goes the mile this time. This may just be a case of history repeating itself, which explains the way the cards have been stacked. Soumillion is in the irons for Kavanagh in the Golden Shaheen ($2million), where he has a tough assignment against last year’s ace, Krypton Factor and the American flyer, Trinniburg.
  • In the UAE Derby, where his five previous scores have provided de Kock with some of his most memorable triumphs in the past, it seems Emotif and Zahee are more hopeful than likely, though with De Kock you never know. Just when you think you’ve got him on the canvas, he gets you with a hook right under the chin.
  • In the World Cup itself, Soumillion once again gets the chance on Galileo’s Treasure Beach, though here we have a sentimental favourite in Animal Kingdom, who belongs to a couple of mates, Barry Irwin’s Team Valor, who bred and raced this winner of America’s most famous race, the Kentucky Derby, and John Messara of Arrowfield Stud in Australia. They’re not alone though in a pretty competitive field, as they have the Breeder’s Cup heroine and Eclipse champion, Royal Delta to contend with, as well as Group One winners Red Cadeaux and Dullahan.
  • As usual, the $5 million Duty Free has attracted a competitive line-up, headed by the New Zealand-bred Ocean Park, (four Group Ones to his tally to date), America’s City Style and High Chaparral’s repeat Group One winner, Wigmore Hall. At her best, we’d have to think Igugu would have had the measure of them all, but we’ve only now discovered the reason behind her early lack of form. She suffered a fractured splint bone while she was in England, which set her back more than a month at a crucial time, hence the fact that The Apache, who was nowhere near her measure in South Africa, has shown superior form in Dubai, and it’s not without a chance again on Saturday. De Kock’s entry is rounded out by Mushreq, who is apparently an outside chance of making the money.
  • It’s arguable that the most competitive challenge on the card is the $5 million Sheema Classic (2410 metres), which includes the Japanese Horse of The Year, Gentildonna (see article on her astonishing work performance below), world class Ballydoyle inmate, St Nicholas Abbey, and the Melbourne Cup hero Dunaden. De Kock has an intriguing entry with Pat Cosgrave, whose said to have a special affinity with his horse: Await The Dawn was touted as a future superstar earlier in his career, but he is yet to live up to that billing in Group One company. His form in Dubai has been mixed, with a down-the-field finish when needing his opening start, an impressive romp in Handicap company next time out, and a staying-on second in the City Of Gold (Gr.2) at his last appearance, where it has to be said, he was the victim of a muddling pace. It wasn’t a star-studded field, and you might have expected more of him in that case, if he was anywhere near his top. That said, if the Await The Dawn we thought he was pitches up on the night, he will trouble his more illustrious foes, as well as the judge. Only Saturday night will tell.

Either way, there’s more than R350 million up for grabs on the day, and it’s a feast no hardcore racing fan can afford to miss.

Gentildonna looks sharp in Meydan Work…

There should be no denying the most impressive mover of Monday’s trackwork session at Meydan - 2012 Japan Cup winner Gentildonna (Jpn) (Deep Impact). Making her first appearance out of quarantine, she came on the course with two countrymates, G2 UAE Derby longshot Keiai Leone (Jpn) (Henny Hughes) and similarly big priced Dubai Golden Shaheen chance Taisei Legend (Jpn) (King Kamehameha). All three emerged in a straight line out of the 1,600-meter chute and moved onto the main course and Gentildonna was gone. Under nothing more than a Hopwood, Dubai Racing Club steady gallop, she powered away from the pair and opened up a 300-meter lead around the far turn, hitting the finish more than 200 meters in front. She pulled up seemingly on her own 200 meters past the wire and was happy as a peach, while the apparently overmatched pair behind her were lathered and winded after running on their own in a distant wake. Gentildonna’s trainer Sei Ishizaka was not on hand, but has been to Dubai before, bringing Vermilion (Jpn) (El Condor Pasa) here twice, running a distant fourth in the 2007 G1 Dubai World Cup and then last in the 2008 edition.

Extract from Thoroughbred Daily News

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THE RICHEST NIGHT IN RACING

Mike de Kock - Dubai World Cup
Mike de Kock - Dubai World Cup

Mike de Kock

(Image : HKJC/GBGC)

DUBAI WORLD CUP NIGHT

Meydan, Dubai

30 March 2013

There is an irony to religion, and I speak of the conventional form, not the kind racing fans tend to worship. For the Christian world, the coming weekend marks the observation of Easter, whilst some Muslim circles simultaneously celebrate one of the planet’s great pagan festivals at Meydan racecourse in Dubai. On Saturday, Sheikh Mohammed and his cohorts will distribute US$37.36 million (a staggering R355 million) in prize-money on the occasion of the 17th World Cup meeting, the biggest hand-out in racing.

For the past couple of seasons, South Africa has had at least three stables represented at this showpiece, Mike de Kock, Herman Brown Jnr and and Singapore-based Patrick Shaw. This year, the burden is more concentrated, though it has to be said, De Kock has ample shoulders and he won’t mind the fact that he’s our only flag-bearer. At this stage, the entries have a rich international flavour, covering 22 time zones from the United States to Japan, and the programme has a smack of an Olympiad to it, with contestants competing over distances from 1000 metres to 3000 metres. While we’ll be speaking to Mike de Kock and a few others during the course of the week and bringing you first-hand news of what you can expect, it’s eye opening to witness the banter, the horse-trading and the jostling that goes on ahead of the final gallops and Wednesday’s draw. It seems there is no end to what one rich man will pay not only to beat another one, but just to have a ticket in a race on the day.

Here are Mike’s runners on the night :

US$1 Million Godolphin Mile (Group 2)

All Weather, 1600m

#

Horse

Owner

Jockey

8

MASTER OF HOUNDS (USA)

Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum

Christophe Soumillon

9

REROUTED (USA)

Chubby Chandler and Lee Westwood

Weichong Marwing

13

SOFT FALLING RAIN (SAF)

Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum

Paul Hanagan

US$1 Million Dubai Gold Cup (Group 3)

Turf, 3200m

#

Horse

Owner

Jockey

10

STAR EMPIRE (SAF)

Mohammed Khaleel Ahmed

Christophe Soumillon

US$2 Million UAE Derby (Group 2)

All Waether, 1900m

#

Horse

Owner

Jockey

6

EMOTIF (ARG)

Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum

Patrick Cosgrave

8

ZAHEE (NZ)

Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum

Christophe Soumillon

US1 Million Al Quoz Sprint (Group 1)

Turf, 1000m

#

Horse

Owner

Jockey

7

SHEA SHEA (SAF)

Brian Joffe, Myron Berzack et al

Christophe Soumillon

US$2 Million Dubai Golden Shaheen (Group 1)

All Weather, 1200m

#

Horse

Owner

Jockey

7

KAVANAGH (SAF)

Wilgerbosdrift Pty Ltd (Nom: Mrs Mary Slack)

Christophe Soumillon

US$5 Million Dubai Duty Free (Group 1)

Turf, 1800m

#

Horse

Owner

Jockey

6

IGUGU (AUS)

Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum and Andre Macdonald

Anthony Delpech

10

THE APACHE (SAF)

Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum and Winston CHow

Christophe Soumillon

11

MUSHREQ (AUS)

Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum

Paul Hanagan

US$5 Million Dubai Sheema Classic (Group 1)

Turf, 2410m

#

Horse

Owner

Jockey

11

AWAIT THE DAWN (USA)

Katrina Partridge, Mike de Kock, Chris Haynes et al

Patrick Cosgrave

US$10 Million Dubai World Cup (Group 1)

Turf, 2000m

#

Horse

Owner

Jockey

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TREASURE BEACH (GB)

Fitri Hay, Derrick Smith, John Magnier and Michael Tabor

Christophe Soumillon

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US$10 MILLION DUBAI WORLD CUP 2013 FIELD

2013 Dubai World Cup TVC
2013 Dubai World Cup TVC

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US$10,000,000 DUBAI WORLD CUP (Group 1)

Meydan, All Weather, 2000m

30 March 2013

Final Field

#

Horse

Kg

OR

Jockey

Trainer

1

AFRICAN STORY (GB)

57.0

120

Kieren Fallon

Saeed bin Suroor

2

ANIMAL KINGDOM (USA)

57.0

124

Joel Rosario

Graham Motion

3

CAPPONI (IRE)

57.0

121

Ahmad Ajtebi

Mahmoud Al Zarooni

4

DULLAHAN (USA)

57.0

123

Gary Stevens

Dale Romans

5

HUNTER’S LIGHT (IRE)

57.0

117

Silvestre De Sousa

Saeed bin Suroor

6

KASSIANO (GER)

57.0

113

William Buick

Saeed bin Suroor

7

MEANDRE (FR)

57.0

122

Maxime Guyon

Andre Fabre

8

MONTEROSSO (GB)

57.0

126

Mickael Barzalona

Mahmoud Al Zarooni

9

PLANTEUR (IRE)

57.0

120

Ryan Moore

Marco Botti

10

RED CADEUX (GB)

57.0

116

Gerald Mosse

Edward Dunlop

11

SIDE GLANCE (GB)

57.0

115

Jamie Spencer

Andrew Balding

12

TREASURE BEACH (GB)

57.0

115

Christophe Soumillon

Mike de Kock

13

ROYAL DELTA (USA)

55.0

121

Mike Smith

William Mott

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