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What the Horse Racing Nation is saying about Mendip...

Mendip has been retired and will stand in Turkey
Blogger Jasen Mangrum breaks down the Dubai World Cup entrants and provides his selections for the world's richest race.Read More
SO YOU THINK, favourite for the Dubai World Cup, will mount his challenge from stall four of 14 after the draw for the world's richest race was conducted on Wednesday.Read More
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  • larooski · Turfway has had 1 fatel breakdown in 4 months of winter racing. They know how to take care of their track. So what if it's too loose, it's super safe. They know what they're doing. · 750 days ago ·
  • wantwoman100 · Larooski:I was just saying i think the track was to loose,i have to check the replay.The stuff flying up in the air more then what dirt does ,make a really differents in how a horse will perform ..I don't know Turfway Park,it sure looks beautiful..i bet Santa Anita,Aqueduct,Woodbine..It's nice to hear they take care of the track,well i hope you have a great weekend of racing.. · 750 days ago ·
After the final main local prep for the 2012 Dubai World Cup, we provide our projected field for the $10 million race. #1 – CIRRUS DES AIGLES Trainer: Corine Barande-Barbe Estimated UAE Rating: 126 Initially after a second in a Chantilly all-weather prep, it was announced that he would aim for one o...Read More
     More than 20 international Grade/Group 1 winners are likely to compete on the March 10 Dubai Super Saturday card of seven stakes worth a total of $1,775,000 that are the principal preps for the world’s richest day of racing—the  $27-million Dubai World Cup (G1) program ...Read More
Mendip must have just needed that first race in the G3 Al Maktoum Challenge Rd.1 a month ago? Because it was like the difference between daylight and dark watching Mendip win the G2 Al Maktoum Challenge Rd. 2 at Meydan on Thursday. Mendip got a beautifully timed and executed ride by Kieren Fallon. This was a very deep field in this race, too. I personally think it was a deeper field than Allybar beat in this same race in 2010, and deeper than Bold Silvano beat in this same race in 2011. Finishing behind Mendip were the likes of Haatheq, Master of Hounds, Biondetti, Richard's Kid, and Dubai Prince, just to name a few. No mugs themselves, none of them. Last year, the hesitancy to run Mendip in the DWC was distance, according to Godolphin. They weren't sure if he'd get 10f or not? Which is why he ended up on turf in the G1 Duty Free over 9f, still his only career start on turf. But Kieren Fallon proved today that properly ridden, the 10f trip in the DWC won't be an issue for Mendip at all. This race was over 9-1/2f, and Fallon still had a ton of horse left under him when he asked Mendip for his run at the top of the stretch. Mendip's the best tapeta surface horse that Godolphin have by a street, and one of the best horses I've seen on just that one surface period over the past 3 Carnivals held at Meydan. IMO, he's the best shot that Godolphin have at winning the DWC in 2012. He showed today he can stay the trip, and he can beat class horses. Godolphin would be foolish not to race Mendip in the DWC in March, IMO.
Listed below is the barrier draw for the 2011 Dubai World Cup, Dubai Sheema Classic, and Dubai Duty Free, all Group 1 races run at Meydan on Saturday.  The unofficial, but suggested DubaiRaceNight.com odds are listed as well.  The barriers were drawn in a ceremony on Wednesday night from t...Read More
I think Godolphin have their wires crossed badly concerning the races on DWC night. They're sending Mendip to the Duty Free, and Poet's Voice to the DWC. I can't say I really understand that decision at all? Poet's Voice ran an outstanding race on the turf in the Jebel Hatta. Finishing 2nd by a nose to Wigmore Hall. He has no career starts on synthetics, and struggled going 10f in his only career start at that distance in this year's Champion Stakes at Newmarket. Mendip has no career starts on turf, but has really been a beast on the tapeta surface over the past 2 carnivals. His only loss on the surface was a 3rd place finish behind Musir and Raihana in the 2010 UAE Derby. Mendip's definitely the best tapeta surface horse that Godolphin has in Dubai, and IMO should have been sent to the Dubai World Cup.
Reports to DubaiRaceNight indicate that Game On Dude, controversial winner of the 2011 Santa Anita Handicap (G1), has received a formal invitation to the Dubai World Cup (G1).  Further, Chantal Sutherland is scheduled to retain the ride for Bob Baffert, making her the first woman to r...Read More
Ok, let’s get it out of the way.  We totally, COMPLETELY missed on Twice Over.  Call us ungrateful considering we said we wouldn’t bet Twice Over with borrowed money.  We stand by that opinion, but based only on what we knew going into the night of racing.  Grab that dunce cap an...Read More
Frankie Dettori and Mendip will look to notch their second straight stakes win when they go to the post in the $200,000 Burj Nahaar Sponsored by Emirates Airline (UAE-III) Mar. 3. The eight-furlong contest is the fifth race on the Super Thursday stakes program at Meydan Racecourse.The son of Harlan'...Read More
Some adjustments have been made to our projection for the 2011 Dubai World Cup field, which will be updated one more time after Super Thursday.  DubaiRaceNight.com does not have full knowledge of which of these horses have received official invitations to the big race.  The projected field...Read More
At $10 Million the Dubai World Cup is the richest race in the world, so it can be no surprise when many of the best horses from all over the world flock to the Middle East to contest the ten furlong race contested over Meydan‘s Tapeta surface. The popularity of the World Cup, to be run on the evenin...Read More
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  • peteclara · What's happened with Richard's Kid? They pulled him out of the Breeders Cup Classic, supposedly for this race. Is there something wrong with him or something wrong with his owners? And why did they take him away from Baffert? He was doing a great job with Richard's Kid. · 1164 days ago ·
  • medlocke · I think a new era had began for the Dubai World Cup in 2010 at Meydan. What happened in 2010, I fear, will now be likely in many Dubai World Cup's to follow. Horses that show up early for the carnival and get two or three run's under their belt on Meydan's tapeta surface will be more of a factor in deciding the outcome of the Dubai World Cup than horses that ship all the way to Dubai for just that one race. Take last year's DWC for example. Gloria De Campeao, Lizard's Desire, and Allybar ran #1,2, 3. All three of those horses showed up at the beginning of the carnival and ran well in handicaps prior to DWC night. Gio Ponti's 4th place finish, and Mastery's 5th place finish were best among the shippers. I personally think this year is likely to be very much the same. Mike De Kock already has 3 likely starters for the DWC that are burning the tapeta up. Bold Silvano, winner of the Al Maktoum Challenge Rd. 2, Musir, 2nd in the Firebreak Stakes and winner of last year's UAE 2000 Guineas and Derby, and Golden Sword who has one win and one place at this year's carnival. Then there's Godolphin's Mendip. Who won the Al Maktoum Challenge Rd. 1, and took 2 races on the tapeta last season. He really look's the kind of horse that could be a big player in this year's DWC to me. Gitano Hernando finished 6th in last year's DWC, and 5th in this year's Al Maktoum Challenge Rd. 2. But he's had troubled trips in both races, and is an outstanding synthetic surface horse. That's why I believe Gio Ponti's connection's should already have him in Dubai preparing to prep in the Al Maktoum Challenge Rd. 3 instead of in the U.S. prepping on turf. JMO. · 1156 days ago ·
Heavily favored Mendip took the lead at the top of the stretch and was never challenged, sailing home for an easy victory in the Al Maktoum Challenge-Round I Sponsored by Longines (UAE-III) at Meydan Race Course Jan. 13.Ridden confidently by Frankie Dettori, Mendip raced comfortably in third as Sea ...Read More
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  • Rossington · This being the second season that the new Meydan facility has been in existence in Dubai. And the main track now Tapeta, and no longer conventional dirt as was the case at the old Nad Al Sheba facility. I've not seen a horse dominate a surface like Mendip has done on the Tapeta main track at Meydan. He just eats that surface up. At the 2010 Carnival, he made the 09' Breeders Cup Juvenile winner, and his stablemate, Vale of York look like a maiden colt. Mendip really thrives at Meydan. I also believe that Godolphin doesn't have a better representative to send to this year's Dubai World Cup than Mendip. He will be a load for Gitano Hernando, Gio Ponti, Snow Fairy, Wigmore Hall, or any of the other "big name" horses headed to Dubai for the DWC. Godolphin's Allybar really thrived on the Tapeta at Meydan in 2010. Winning the Al Maktoum Challenge Rd.2, 3rd in the Al Maktoum Challenge Rd.3, and 3rd in that now famous 3-way photo on the wire between Allybar, Lizard's Desire, and Gloria De Campeao that decided the DWC winner. That said, I'd rate Mendip as a better horse on the Tapeta than Allybar. The great thing about Mendip potentially racing in the DWC is that you'll get him at a price with more established G1 winners in the race. And I'll take whatever long odds they want to give me on Mendip all day long. Because I believe he'll be right their with the best of them at the wire. JMO. · 1190 days ago ·
  • humphrey · Not that their playing field is packed for the turfer come "plastic dirt" runner, a low fewer US entrants will hit the board. · 1190 days ago ·
Glad to see him return in great form. I'm American, but if he gets to the World Cup it will be hard for me to cheer against him and for a US horse instead. Really hoping for big things from him. Love his sire!
Remember the name of this son of Harlan's Holiday. He's still lightly raced. But I absolutely believe that Mendip is one of, if not the most talented horse of any in the Godolphin Stable. Bar none. He broke his maiden at Kempton in September, 2009. Then he was shipped to Dubai for the 2010 Carnival. Where he demolished the field in the 4-Men Conditions Stakes field. He followed that up by routing his stablemate, 09' Breeders Cup Juvenile winner Vale of York, in the Al Bastakiya. Then he ran a big effort in UAE Derby. Finishing 3rd behind the Australian colt, Musir. Who was still unbeaten at the time of the UAE Derby. Today, on opening day of the 2011 Dubai Carnival, Mendip again trounced a field of high quality competition in the Al Maktoum Challenge Rd.1. Laying to waste the likes of South Africa's Ibongi and Mr. Brock. Two horses that always run well in Dubai. He also defeated Sea Lord, Fencing Master, Green Coast, My Indy, Win For Sure, Frozen Power, Maibait, and King of Rome among others. Mendip hadn't raced since the 2010 UAE Oaks in March, 2010. But he looked like he hadn't missed a step in winning the Al Maktoum Challenge Rd.1 at Meydan today. This colt absolutely eats up the Tapeta surface as well as any horse I've seen race at Meydan. Don't be surprised if you see Godolphin enter Mendip as one of their top horses in the 2011 Dubai World Cup. Even the big name horses like Gio Ponti, Gitano Hernando, Snow Fairy, and others that are all heading to Dubai for this year's Dubai World Cup will have their hand's full with Mendip on the Tapeta at Meydan. IMO.
Updated 2010 Kentucky Derby Graded Stakes earnings as of March 31, 2010. Key contenders Eskendereya, Caracortado, Schoolyard Dreams, Drosselmeyer, Jackson Bend and Pleasant Prince will all likely require more graded stakes earnings to get in. Read More
  • bband · It seems like more horses will get shut out this year than in recent memory. What will be interesting is if Pletcher starts all 7 horses, fully knowing the lesser ones can't compete with his top runners. But what it will do is keep several real contenders out of the race. · 1479 days ago ·
  • Blue Rooster · Is Drosselmeyer even going to make a showing in the big 3. · 1470 days ago ·
The results of the Wood Memorial, Santa Anita Derby and Illinois Derby shuffled the order of the Kentucky Derby graded earnings a bit. Read More
  • Rossington · As well as he's raced over every conventional dirt track that he's ever ran, I still find it hard to believe that Rick Dutrow isn't going to take a shot at the 2010 Kentucky Derby with D' Funnybone. I really think it's a distance question with Dutrow. But that wouldn't deter me from taking a shot with this colt, because none of the incoming contenders will be proven yet at 1-1/4. TJMO. · 1475 days ago ·
  • Rossington · Boy, that Florida Stallion Series sure must not have paid very well for Jackson Bend to be so far down the list in Graded earnings. I also thought D' Funnybone with win's in the Saratoga Special, the Futurity Stakes, the Hutcheson Stakes, and the Swale Stakes, plus a place effort in the Frank Gomez Stakes would have acquired more money in Graded earnings than his total suggest. · 1475 days ago ·
Mendip, IMO, just bumped Vale Of York down one spot as being the likely best 3yr.old prospect right now in Godolphin Stables. He broke his maiden first time out in September 09' at Kempton in a EBF Maiden Race. Then, Mendip traveled to Dubai, where his first race at Meydan was the 4-Men Conditions Stakes. Mendip won that race by about 1-1/2 lenghts. Next, came the Al Bastakiya and stablemate Vale of York. Mendip destroyed Vale Of York and the whole Al Bastakiya field for that matter. Then in his third race at Meydan, Mendip ran a very solid 3rd in the UAE Derby. He's next scheduled to race in the stanjames.com 2000 Guineas at Newmarket on May 1st. With 3 wins and 1 place in 4 lifetime starts, I'm anxious to see how Mendip performs against undefeated European 3yr.olds like St Nicholas Abbey, and Awzaan. Also, once beaten Canford Cliffs. The Guineas will certainly be a step up in competition for Mendip.
With several rich Derby preps run yesterday, surely there was a key race pointing out one of the big contenders to wear the roses in five weeks. Was it the $2 million UAE Derby? No, the only good Northern Hemisphere three-year-old in the field, Mendip, could not handle his slightly older competition...Read More

Mendip - Race Results & Past Performances

View Details07/05/13Mendip11thSan41 1/4 mTGala Stakes 3+ MMandourAfsareExcess Knowledge2:07.29
View DetailsView Video03/09/13Mendip11thMey71 1/4 mSAl Maktoum Challenge - Rd. 3 -G1 4+ MHunter's LightKassianoPrince Bishop2:03.65
View DetailsView Video02/07/13Mendip5thMey61 3/16 mSAl Maktoum Challenge - Rd. 2-G2 4+ MHunter's LightSurferPrince Bishop1:58.19
View DetailsView Video03/31/12Mendip11thMey91 1/4 mSDubai World Cup-G1 4+ MMonterossoCapponiPlanteur2:02.67
View Details03/10/12Mendip11thMey71 1/4 mSAl Maktoum Challenge - Rd. 3 -G1 3+ MCapponiSilver PondPrince Bishop2:03.05
View DetailsView Video02/09/12Mendip1stMey61 3/16 mSAl Maktoum Challenge - Rd. 2-G2 3+ MMendipHaatheqMaster Of Hounds1:56.42
View DetailsView Video01/12/12Mendip4thMey61 mileSAl Maktoum Challenge - Rd. 1-G3 3+ MMusirMaster Of HoundsSecrecy1:36.07
View Details03/26/11Mendip6thMey61 1/8 mTDubai Duty Free-G1 3+ MPresvisRiver JetezWigmore Hall1:50.21
View Details03/03/11Mendip1stMey51 mileSBurj Nahaar-G3 3+ MMendipZafeen SpeedAs De Trebol1:36.77
View DetailsView Video01/13/11Mendip1stMey71 mileSAl Maktoum Challenge - Rd. 1-G3 3+ MMendipImbongiWin For Sure1:36.45
View DetailsView Video03/27/10Mendip3rdMey41 3/16 mSUAE Derby-G2 3 MMusirRaihanaMendip1:57.44
View DetailsView Video03/04/10Mendip1stMey21 3/16 mSAl Bastakiya 3 MMendipDella BarbaEnak1:59.42
View DetailsView Video02/11/10Mendip1stMey17 fSConditions 3 MMendipUncle TomHappy Dubai1:24.59
View DetailsView Video09/04/09Mendip1stKem31 mileSMaiden Stakes 2 MMendipMusaaferMiss Wendy1:41.32