Group 2 Mill Reef Stakes is the top highlight of Dubai Duty Free International Weekend at Newbury Racecourse.
Gulf Today, Staff Reporter
The Group 2 Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes, highlight of the Dubai Duty Free International Weekend at Newbury Racecourse on Friday and Saturday, has attracted 17 high-class two-year-olds at the five-day confirmation stage.
They include Weatherbys Super Sprint winner Gubbass, the John and Thady Gosden-trained Dhabab and three of the first four home in last month’s Group 2 Al Basti Equiworld Gimcrack Stakes: Gis A Sub, Twilight Jet and Fearby.
The Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes is one of three Group races on Saturday’s programme backed by the weekend’s title sponsor who this year celebrate 26 years of sponsorship at the Berkshire course.
Entries for the Group 3 Dubai International Airport World Trophy are headed by Khaadem who carries the Shadwell Estate Company colours made famous by the late Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
Khadeem, was last seen winning the Listed Scarborough Stakes at Doncaster over the same five furlongs trip earlier this month for trainer Charlie Hills and is likely to be joined in the line-up by Tis
Marvellous, winner of the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Dash at Ascot in August and The Queen’s King’s Lynn who won the Listed Achilles Stakes at Haydock in May.
Shadwell also look set to be represented in the Group 3 Dubai Duty Free Legacy Cup with Al Aaasy who returns to Newbury having won the Group 3 Dubai Duty Free Finest Surprise Stakes in April and the Group 3 Aston Park Stakes at the same venue the following month.
Friday’s card is headlined by the Dubai Duty Free Cup a Listed contest for three-year-olds and over, run over a distance of seven furlongs. Among the entries are Al Suhail and D’bai for trainer Charlie Appleby will be hoping to continue his run of big race successes for Godolphin after winning last Saturday’s St Leger, the final Classic of the season, with the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby winner, Hurricane Lane.
Colm McLoughlin, Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of Dubai Duty Free said, “We are delighted that many of the sport’s leading owners and trainers continue to support the feature races at the Dubai International Weekend providing us with a valuable platform for the promotion of our brand.
“We wish them all the very best as look forward once again to enjoying top quality racing at Newbury.”
The Dubai Duty Free International Weekend concludes the 2021 racing season for Dubai Duty Free in Great Britain and Ireland which began with the Dubai Duty Free Spring Trials Weekend at
Newbury in April ahead of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at The Curragh in June before heading to Ascot for the this year’s renewal of the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup last month.
Tower Of London lowered the six-furlong course record at Hanshin, Japan, as he stormed to a comprehensive victory in the G2 Centaur Stakes on Sunday. The Kazuo Fujisawa-trained Raven’s
The UAE riders dominated the FEI Meydan World Endurance Championship for Young Riders and Juniors held at the San Rossore racecourse in Italy. The event was part of the trilogy of races
A cast of 14 Group or Grade 1 winners with a combined 23 victories at the highest level are set to line up for the 25th running of Dubai World Cup day at Meydan Racecourse on March 27. A total of 117 horses from 11 countries will compete across
Friday’s final meeting of the Jebel Ali season is highlighted by The Jebel Ali Classic (Silver Jubilee), a 1400m conditions contest which has been dominated by Doug Watson since it was inaugurated in 2017, the American having saddled all four winners to date.
Namibia reached the Twenty20 World Cup second round for the first time on Friday when they defeated Ireland by eight wickets.World number 19 Namibia, the lowest-ranked team in the tournament, chased down their modest target of 126 with skipper Gerhard Erasmus making an unbeaten 53.
Fans from both the nations have shown immense interest in watching Sunday's game in Dubai as tickets for the key contest were sold out hours after they went on sale early this month.
Ireland and Namibia face off in a knockout clash of the T20 World Cup with a Super 12 berth at stake in Sharjah on Friday. The match will mark the exit for the loser while winners will punch a ticket for the Super 12, which gets under way on Oct.23.