This weekend brings us the annual weekend of international races from Veliefendi Racecourse in Istanbul, dotted with veterans from the Dubai World Cup Carnival.
Saturday’s races feature Maktoum Challenge Round 1 (G2) and Burj Nahaar (G3) winner Shuruq entered for the Istanbul Trophy (G3), limited to fillies and mares, over 1,600 metres on grass. Mark Johnston also entered Hard Spun daughter Kosika, who ran in the 2013 UAE 1,000 Guineas Trial without impact before greater success in 2014 in handicap company. Saeed bin Suroor trainee Windhoek is among a small group entered for the Anatolia Trophy (G2) over 2,000 metres of the Polytrack.
Sunday brings the bigger of the two days, but still some shorter fields amongst the three internationally-available contests. The Topkapi Trophy (G2), over 1,600 metres on turf, is led by Richard Hannon trainee Toormore. Carnival winner Belgian Bill, a regular in the top handicaps in the UK, is also amongst the entries, as is Godolphin Mile participant Glory Awaits.
The Bosphorus Cup (G2) sees just six nominations, but it includes Dubai City of Gold (G2) winner Excellent Result. For the purebred Arabians, the President of the UAE Cup Malazgirt Trophy is the feature with Jean-Francois Bernard trainee No Problem Al Maury leading the way for Al Shaqab Racing. Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s Sivit Al Maury could be one we see in Dubai later this year.
For more details, including eventual live video of the races, please visit the Turkey Jockey Club’s website. This is a direct link to the entries (scroll to September 6 or 7 for specifics of this weekend’s big card).