The first supplementary stage for all races on Dubai World Cup day will close on Wednesday, Feb.10, when connections can nominate their horse for 0.1% of the prize money of their chosen race.
Horse master Joel Proust hopes his stallions will soon return to the movie sets in Morocco that made his name, ranging from Hollywood epics to "Game of Thrones".
19-year-old Emirati rider exhibits extraordinary maturity and composure to complete rare hat-trick of wins in the challenging 120km ride at Ermelo, Netherlands.
Six-race card of the Sharjah Longines Racecourse’s second meeting of the season is highlighted by only Thoroughbred contest, the Dhs200,000 Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Cup, a competitive 1700m handicap for which a capacity field of 16 has been declared.
Inaugurated in 2013, the 2000m Listed feature was won by subsequent Group One winner Special Fighter in 2015, the first of what is now three victories in the race for Musabbeh Al Mheiri who also saddled Military Law to claim the prize in 2018, also under Fresu.
A valuable 1700m conditions contest afforded prestige status, carrying a prize fund of Dhs150,000, it is restricted to horses foaled within the GCC and has thus far been won, in chronological order, by horses trained and bred in Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Oman.
Racing at Sharjah on Saturday was highlighted by the fourth edition of the GCC Cup, a 1700m conditions contest afforded prestige status, carrying a prize fund of Dhs150,000 and won in a thrilling finish by Al Mustafiz, the race going to Oman as it had last season when it was staged in January.
For Watson and Dobbs, local debutant Celtic Striker will attempt to concede weight to his 12 rivals which include his stable companions Double Orb, the mounts of Sam Hitchcott and apprentice Sean Kirrane respectively.
The race is held with the support of the Sharjah Sports Council with Longines as the official sponsor and media sponsorship of Sharjah TV, with the strong participation of purebred Arabian horses, local production horses and purebred hybrid horses, with a total of 75 horses.
A 9yo Dubawi gelding, he was winning for the ninth time, all in the UAE and for a third time at Jebel Ali, his previous course success having been achieved in January 2017. He has won five times at Meydan since, most recently over 1400m last April.