Some of the leading show jumpers from around the world, including the highest ranked from the UAE and Arab region will take part in the prestigious competition.
Now an 8-year-old, after 20 starts he has won just once, his final appearance in his native France, over 1,700m on turf, in July 2018. He joined Mohd Ramadan, making a very pleasing local debut in a conditions race over the same 2,000m as Friday’s race.
Brilliant filly Exhilarates reverts to a proven formula when she tackles Saturday’s G3 Fred Best Classic at Doomben prior to lining up for her major autumn mission in the G1 Stradbroke Handicap at Eagle Farm a week later.
Charlie Hills-trained Battaash, the highest-rated horse among the hundreds worldwide carrying the Shadwell blue and white of Sheikh Hamdan, is on schedule for his 2020 and 6-year-old debut, per his conditioner.
Woman’s Heart has made two appearances this season, coming home a close sixth in the G2 Tulip Sho at Hanshin in March before returning to the same course to finish down the field in the G1 Oka Sho in April.
Maxfield enjoyed the perfect start to his three-year-old campaign as he maintained his unbeaten record with a cosy success in the extended-mile G3 Matt Winn Stakes on dirt at Churchill Downs, US, on Saturday.
The 146th Derby usually would have dominated the first Saturday in May, but it was pushed back to Sept. 5 by the coronavirus pandemic.
The Abu Dhabi turf played host to six races on Sunday and UAE champion Jockey Tadhg O’Shea landed four consecutive races for a memorable four-timer, including doubles for both Khalid Khalifa Al Nabooda and Ernst Oertel.
The race was organised by the Emirates International Endurance Village in Al Wathba, in cooperation with the UAE Equestrian and Racing Federation, and witnessed the participation of 127 jockeys representing different equestrian clubs of the country.