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Saudis plan Dubai World Cup chances

Horses racing for Saudi interests, most notably those of Prince Sultan bin Mohammed bin Saud Al Kabeer, have found success at the 2009 Dubai International Racing Carnival.  French journalist Nicolas Bruyas spoke to his countryman, the Prince’s assistant trainer, Stephane Chevalier, ...

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Reviewing Dubai Carnival Night 9

Indeed it was another thrilling night of racing at Nad Al Sheba with four stakes races and a total of eight races altogether with a melange of results.  RACE 1 – #2 BEAVER PATROL got his first victory since a ...

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Selections for Thursday’s Dubai races

Race 1: 1st – #7 NOTA BENE, 2nd – #3 GRANTLEY ADAMS, 3rd – #5 LEANDROS   Race 2: 1st – #2 BERMUDA RYE, 2nd – #4 CALMING INFLUENCE, 3rd – #12 WISE DENNIS   Race 3: 1st – #4 ...

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Oversubscriptions cause change for Thursday

Two of the stakes races on Thursday’s card were heartily oversubscribed, so the Dubai Racing Club will create some ungraded sub-divisions of the Zabeel Mile and Al Quoz Sprint to give those horses a chance to run.  What a shame ...

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Meydan takes shape, and a big shape indeed

Jim McGrath called a race at Nad Al Sheba last week, an annual ritual for the UK-based commentator.  He submitted this report to the Telegraph profiling the emergence of Dubai’s new racing jewel, Meydan. CLICK HERE to read the report. ...

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Could the filly Deem go in the Dubai World Cup?

Once again, pedigree expert Sid Fernando has outdone himself, working through the blogosphere to catch a possibly intriguing development.  Deem was making her fourth career start when winning the Cape Verdi (G3) in her Dubai debut.  Impeccably bred, this daughter of ...

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Vodka stretching in Dubai

Fourth in last year’s Dubai Duty Free, Japanese wonder mare Vodka has arrived early and is being primed for a possible two-race campaign at Nad Al Sheba.  Vodka, the reigning Japanese Horse of the Year, could appear in a prep ...

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Coming up this week in Dubai

Thursday’s card of racing at Nad al Sheba is the penultimate night of the Dubai International Racing Carnival.  Four stakes races mark the card and are listed below. $250,000 UAE Oaks (listed), 1800 meters (9F), dirt – 2008 winner: COCOA BEACH ...

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Kane Hekili, Vermilion going for February

Sunday’s February Stakes features several former Dubai World Cup runners including Kane Hekili and Vermilion.  Casino Drive, winner of the Peter Pan Stakes at Belmont, will go postward as well.  I would be none too surprised if several come out ...

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Reviewing Thursday and Friday’s races

It was a jam packed set of race days from Nad Al Sheba, filled with surprises and some previous form confirmed. Here are some thoughts from the week that was: 1.  DIJEERR was incredibly impressive on Thursday, knocking heads with ...

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Alsaqeer (aka Muller) wins King’s Cup

Sid Fernando’s blog has more on the results from Friday’s big race from Saudi, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Cup (King’s Cup), won by Argentine-bred Muller.  Racing under the Arabic name Alsaqeer, the win was earned by jockey ...

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