Assuming he manages to get into the field on world cup night, I'm tipping this horse right now as one to look out for in this year's G2 Godolphin Mile. I've been following North America's progression during Meydan's winter meeting and now at the carnival and the switch from racing on turf in the UK to racing on conventional dirt in Dubai has done wonders for this horse. To date, he's an unbeaten 3 for 3 on Meydan's main track. North America broke his maiden during the winter meeting in November by 8 easy lengths off a mark of 75. A second winter meeting start in December produced an 8-3/4 length romp over Muhtaram in the EGA Potlines Trophy Handicap off a mark of 86. Upped 14lb. by the official handicapper at Meydan before his first carnival start, he then defeated Heavy Metal by 1-1/4 lengths off a mark of 100. After that win he was upped again to a mark of 106. If he continues this type of progression throughout the rest of the carnival, definitely a horse to keep an eye out for, IMO.
On second look at the replay, the margin of victory was actually a little further than a nose. More like a long neck.
2013 Dubai Golden Shaheen winner, Reynaldothewizard, nails 2016 Dubai Golden Shaheen winner, Muarrab, by a nose in the final strides to win the listed Dubawi Stakes at Meydan, giving Reynaldothewizard 3 straight wins in the race.
Le Bernardin wins best turned out and the G2 Al Maktoum Challenge Rd. 1 on opening day of the Dubai Racing Carnival 2017.
@mid holly, wondering the same thing myself? Unless there was some kind of injury or something I'm not aware of, I have no idea why they wouldn't want to let this colt race on next season as a 3YO? All I know is he's being advertised as being new to Kildangan Stud for the 2017 season.
My Catch, trained by Doug Watson, springs the upset beating G1 Dubai Golden Shaheen winner Muarrab handily by nearly 5 lengths in the listed Garhoud Sprint at Meydan.
I remember his winning the Epsom Derby and the King George both on the mighty Shergar back in 1981 when he was only 19 years old like it was yesterday, because it had been about a year prior to that I had started avidly following the sport on a worldwide basis. Especially the top turf events. I also remember when he took that horrible spill at Sha Tin in 1996 and was placed in a medically induced coma for 4 or 5 days with severe head and chest injuries, only to return to riding 6 months later, and would go on to win the Breeders Cup Turf on Pilsudski later that year. Walter was a very gifted rider from an early age with a great pair of hands,
and he always seemed to make just the right judgments in big races. I totally agree that 55 was far too soon to lose him.
@Sullivan, You know what they say mate, opinions are like a$$holes, everybody's got one, but most of them stink!
Seriously, if these 5 are the only horses who go for what's been a massively over-hyped race in my opinion, I'm not sure I'll even have very much interest in watching it. It really shouldn't even be considered any kind of "world cup" until the rest of the world actually start showing up to compete against the American based horses, like they do in Dubai. I personally believe this race should be titled the Pegasus Gold Cup until that happens, IMO.
From today Racing Post web-site: It was announced earlier today that former British jockey, trainer, and owner, Walter Swinburn, passed away in his sleep at the age of 55. I read the article thoroughly and never found any mention of any kind of terminal disease like cancer or anything, so I'm not actually not sure what Swinburn's cause of death was, other than the article saying he passed away peacefully in his sleep at home in the UK. Swinburn was a brilliant jockey who trainer Sir Michael Stoute once said had the greatest pair of hands of any jockey who's ever ridden for him. Swinburn's notable career wins came in the Epsom Derby 3 times on the mighty Shergar as well as on Shahrastani & Lammtarra. Swinburn also won the Breeders Cup Turf on Pilsudski, the King
George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes on Shergar, the Irish Derby twice on Shareef Dancer & Shahrastani, the Prix De l'Arc de Triomphe on All Along, the Champion Stakes on Hatoof, and the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes 3 times on Buzzards Bay, Shadeed, & Zilzal, and he of course had many other top stakes wins during his career. Trainer Sir Michael Stoute, who Swinburn piloted the mighty Shergar for, as well as former and current jockey's Frankie Dettori, Johnny Murtagh, Mick Kinane, Steve Drowne, and many others in the racing world are all paying their respects tonight to a man they all considered a great colleague and friend.
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