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Meydan Extends Racing Vision With China Partnership

Frederick Engels won of the participants on Saturday in Dubai (Photo Neville Hopwood - Dubai Racing Club).

Frederick Engels won of the participants on Saturday in Dubai (Photo Neville Hopwood – Dubai Racing Club).

Meydan officials today announced that a strategic partnership has been reached with the City of Chengdu and its Wenjiang district for the hosting of a race meeting to be held in the Chinese city later this year.

Located in the fertile southwestern area of China, Chengdu is one of the fastest growing cities in China and located in the Sichuan Province. It has a successful recent history in hosting equine sports. In 2010 Chengdu was the site of the Jimma Equestrian Sports and Culture Festival and served as the host of the China Equestrian Festival in both 2011 and 2012.
The Wenjiang area, located in the western area of the City of Chengdu, is referred to as a garden city with nearly 400,000 residents. Wenjiang is one of the models of China’s new era of urbanization.

The Meydan racing programme to be hosted in Wenjiang is tentatively scheduled for the month of October 2013 with an undetermined number of races to be offered. The programme will be an international day of racing featuring horses and horsemen that frequent the Meydan racing season.

Meydan Group Chairman, Saeed H. Al Tayer said: “This is an exciting development that will further define the future of racing in China. It highlights the spirit of international cooperation that exists between Dubai, the UAE and China. We will continue to develop our strategy in China and hope that his initial step will nurture the growth and development of this sport in China and the UAE.

“Information relating to quarantine, prize money, race conditions and other race specifics will be issued at a later date. As we are on the threshold of the 18th running of the Dubai World Cup, a world-famous contest that grew out of the vision and passion for racing that exists in this country, we are pleased to make this significant international announcement. It is from the passion for racing and major events that we wish to share with our counterparts in China as well as the wider racing world.”

Group 1 US$10m Dubai World Cup, sponsored by Emirates Airline to be held on Saturday 30th March.

This is some information on the most popular horses that will be taking part in the Dubai World Cup meeting in Meydan Racetrack in Dubai on Saturday 30th March 2013.

Animal Kingdom — The 2011 Kentucky Derby winner galloped approximately 2600 metres on the Meydan all-weather track on Thursday as assistant trainer and exercise rider Alice Clapham took a firm hold on Team Valor International’s chestnut to keep him from going too fast. “He was on his toes,” said trainer Graham Motion, “but we would be worried about him if he wasn’t.” Reflecting back on the post position draw, in which Animal Kingdom drew the 12 gate in the 13-horse field, Motion said “I didn’t want to be stuck on the inside so perhaps it was the lesser of two evils.”
Dullahan — Arriving at the all-weather track before dawn, Donegal Racing’s charge galloped about 2400 metres.“He trained great,” said trainer Dale Romans, the Eclipse Award winner as America’s outstanding trainer in 2012. Romans plans to send the colt, a three-time Grade 1 winner in America on all-weather tracks, to the starting gate for a schooling session on Friday. Dullahan was jumpy in the gate prior to breaking slowly and then finishing unplaced in the Burj Nahaar (G3) on Super Saturday, March 9, at Meydan.

Royal Delta — Following her strong 600-metre work on Wednesday, Besilu Stables’ Royal Delta enjoyed a quiet day in the Dubai World Cup quarantine barn area, jogging around a small trotting ring and taking the rest of the day off. Assistant trainer and exercise rider Rodolphe Brisset reported that the 5-year-old mare, seeking to become the first of her gender to win the world’s richest race, came out of the exercise “in good shape.” Trainer Bill Mott added that Royal Delta “looked really good” while working. “I was very happy with it,” said Mott, who cited Animal Kingdom and Godolphin’s Hunter’s Light as perhaps the mare’s strongest competition in the race.

Meandre – Meandre who is going to leave from stall number nine on Saturday when he lines up at the start of the Group 1 Dubai World Cup, looked in good shape when he made his usual appearance on the Meydan track. Everyone has become used to seeing the grey appear accompanied by his French compatriots Dunaden and French Fifteen and Richard Lambert, travelling head lad, said, “His routine is unchanged and will remain so until Saturday. He warmed up with a canter; then stretched his legs a bit more. He is in good form, everything is going to plan.”

Planteur – Looking full of beans, the 6-year-old was out early on the main track and swung along for five furlongs (1000m) under Lucie Botti ahead of a second, gentle canter. “The horse was very fresh this morning,” said Botti, wife of Planteur’s trainer Marco. “He is fit and ready to go, so we just need to keep him as happy as possible. He is eating well and these are the signs we look for. We couldn’t really have him any better.”

Red Cadeaux – Trainer Ed Dunlop appeared at track work for the first time as his 7-year-old had a gentle canter around on the Tapeta. Dunlop said, “I was very impressed with the way he is moving on the surface so we will see. We know he will stay and if he handles the surface then hopefully we can pick up some prize money. It looks a very open race and the 2000-metre trip is an unknown for us as he has been running over longer distances.”

Group 1 US$5 m Dubai Sheema Classic, presented by Longines
Gentildonna, St Nicholas Abbey, Dunaden , Shareta, Trailblazer, Girolamo, and Very Nice Name.

Group 1 US$5m Dubai Duty Free, sponsored by Dubai Duty Free
Little Mike, Ocean Park, Giofra, I’m A Dreamer, Trade Storm and French Fifteen and Wigmore Hall.

Group 1 US$2m Dubai Golden Shaheen, sponsored by Gulf News
(third leg of Global Sprint Challenge)
Gordon Lord Byron, Trinniberg, Private, Frederick Engels, Taisei Legend and Reply

Group 1 US$1m Al Quoz Sprint, sponsored by Emirates NBD
Mr Big, Eagle Regiment, Dux Scholar, Joy and Fun, Great Attack, Spirit Quartz, Monsieur Joe, Varsity, Sole Power, Russian Soul, Invincible Ash, Starspangledbanner and Medicean Man

Group 2 US$2m UAE Derby, sponsored by The Saeed & Mohammed Al Naboodah
He’s Had Enough, Keiai Leone, Lines of Battle , Law Enforcement and Dice Flavor.

Group 3 US$1m Dubai Gold Cup, sponsored by Al Tayer Motors
Saddler’s Rock, Verema, Seismos, Jutland and Imperial Monarch

Group 2 US$1m Godolphin Mile, sponsored by Etisalat
Penitent, Sarkiyla, Barbecue Eddie and Zazou.

Group 1 US$250,000 Dubai Kahayla Classic, sponsored by Emaar
Al Mamun Monlau, Versac PY


About Kenneth Vella

A horse racing enthusiast and journalist. He started his career in 1992 and today is the main correspondent on horse racing for In-Nazzjon, Il-Mument and the Times of Malta. He also writes on a number of international magazines and produces TV programmes for E22 and TVM.Kenneth is the proud winner of two consecutive awards of the Malta Broadcasting Awards for the best sport programmes with documentaries.


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