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Friday, March 2, 2001



BHB & JOCKEY CLUB ISSUE GUIDELINES TO RACING WITH SUPPORT OF MAFF OFFICIALS




The BHB and the Jockey Club today (2nd March 2001) issued Instructions and Guidelines to racecourses, trainers, owners, jockeys and the racegoing public, for use when racing resumes on Wednesday 7th March. The purpose of the Instructions and Guidelines is to prevent any possible spread of Foot and Mouth Disease by any person, horse or vehicle entering or leaving a racecourse at a race meeting or in the days leading up to racing.


The document has been compiled in conjunction with, and supported by, MAFF officials, and after consultation with other horseracing and veterinary organisations. The Instructions and Guidelines themselves have been authorised and published by the Jockey Club as an Instruction, and any non-compliance with the Instruction may constitute a breach of the Rules, and consequently result in disciplinary action.


Baroness Hayman, Minister of State (Lords) at the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, has already applauded the responsible attitude being taken by the racing authorities.

Paul Greeves, Racing Director of the BHB said today "The BHB and Jockey Club are very keen to ensure that everyone involved in racing can be confident that their actions will not spread this terrible disease. These Instructions and Guidelines have been drawn up in close consultation with MAFF officials, and will be strictly enforced.

"As was the case prior to the temporary suspension of racing, fixtures due to take place at racecourses which find themselves within an Infected Area will be cancelled. However other than this, it is possible to stage race meetings which present a negligible risk of spreading the disease.


Government officials are comfortable that we should continue racing, particularly with these additional Instructions and Guidelines in place.

"However, we do recognise the emotional and physical links those within the sport have with the farming industry and will understand if trainers and /or owners are unwilling, despite the thorough precautions that will be in force at all racecourses, to send their horses racing".


The racing industry is fully supported by all other recognised equine governing bodies and veterinary organisations, who themselves today issued a detailed protocol for the equestrian community.


James Wood, Head of Epidemiology at the Animal Health Trust, said "We fully endorse the guidelines issued by racing today, which will enable those both within and outside the industry to have confidence that a resumption of racing will present a negligible risk of spreading infection."



CHANNEL 4 RACING TOMORROW




With the Jockey Club and British Horseracing Board imposing a seven-day suspension on horseracing (resuming on Wednesday 7th March, circumstances permitting) an abundance of racing enthusiasts and professionals are left questioning the fate of Cheltenham Festival and the sport in general.


Meanwhile, the dedicated Channel Four Racing have rallied together to
broadcast a Saturday Morning Line (March 3).


The one-hour magazine programme, hosted by Lesley Graham featuring John Francome, Alastair Down, John McCririck and special guests including the likes of:

Teresa Cash (Marketing and Communications Director - BHB)
Peter Webbon (Chief Veterinary Advisor – The Jockey Club)
Simon Claisse (Clerk of the Course – Cheltenham Racecourse)
Ted Walsh (Irish trainer and Channel Four Racing contributor)

Comments from a selection of leading British National Hunt trainers will provide the most up-to-date information on the Foot & Mouth crisis, evaluating its effects on the greatest showcase of jump racing in the world – The Cheltenham Festival.


Channel Four Racing's afternoon coverage (2.40pm – 5.05pm) is to be replaced by a film, but there will be a special update on the racing situation before the movie commences at 2.40pm.


Andrew Franklin, Executive producer for Channel Four Racing commented: "This is a testing time for all those involved in equine and agriculture industries. However, with restrictions in place and developed codes of practice we, like many, hope racing will resume as soon as possible."



TOTE OPEN PLACEPOT AND EXACTA POOLS ON ITALIAN RACING




Despite the abandonment of UK racing for the next few days, the Tote will be opening their pools tomorrow, and offering customers opportunities to bet on the horses running in the Italian racing from Varese and Siracusa. Both fixtures have seven race cards.


Two of the Tote's most popular daily bets will operate on the Italian fixtures tomorrow. A Placepot will be run on the first six races at each of the fixtures and Exacta pools will be available on all 14 races which will be screened live on SIS. The card at Varese begins at 1.30pm GMT, and runs through to 4.30pm GMT. At Siracusa the racing begins at 1.45pm GMT and runs through until 4.30pm GMT.


"The Tote is keen to do all it can to stimulate business during this dry racing spell and are offering punters the opportunity to bet on the foreign racing through our pools," said Tote spokesman Jeremy Scott.


"The Placepot and the Exacta are two popular Tote bets which offer excellent value to our customers. Punters will be able to bet into the pool at betting shops with Tote Direct, Tote Credit and over the Internet through totalbet.com."

"Betting into Tote pools on international racing has been popular in the past and plans have been made to open the pools for the Dubai World Cup next month. Tomorrow punters will have the opportunity to brush up on their form and knowledge of the Italian circuit and try their luck in the Tote pools."



LATEST JEBEL ALI ACTION AND RESULTS




Conflict showed that he was right on target to defend his Godolphin Mile crown with a thrilling but narrow success in the Dhs350,000 Jebel Ali Mile at Jebel Ali today.


Trained and ridden by the South African connection of Nick Robb and Anthony Delpech, it was a timely victory for Conflict with this weekend being the first that racing in Dubai was telecast direct into South Africa.


Conflict will now go straight into the US$1million Group III Godolphin Mile on March 24, with strikingly similar form to that he displayed last year.


This victory in the Jebel Ali Mile was 12 months to the day when he defeated Jila a nose over the same trip at Nad Al Sheba.


On Friday he defeated Jila a short head with Zoning three quarters of a length away third.


Conflict's participation was immediately confirmed in the Godolphin Mile by Dubai World Cup Committee Chairman Les Benton.


"Conflict has shown that he is back better than ever and deserves his place in the Godolphin Mile" Benton said.


This was only Conflict's second run back after a break, his first-up effort saw him finish fourth, after an interrupted run, behind Zoning in the Jebel Ali Mile Prep.


The Jebel Ali meeting also provided a competition for trainers with each trainer being given points as per each of his horse's finishing position with Satish Seemar coming out on top for the day.


Seemar's prize was a kilogram of gold.


The training performance of the day however came from Kieran McLaughlin who prepared a winning double including Wekiwa Springs, who scored a seven length win on his first start since finishing a head second behind Scarteen Fox in a Newbury maiden in September 1999.


Wekiwa Springs was also the second leg of a winning double for jockey Willie Supple, earlier successful aboard Hadith.


Others to ride winners at the meeting were Gavin Birrer (Archbishop), Pat Smullen (Meshty), Willie Supple (Hadith) and Willie Ryan (Fatek).


Jebel Ali
Friday, March 2, 2001
Weather: Fine. Track: Good


Race One. Purebred Arabians. 1,400m.

4YOs 00-92. 5YOs+ 00-85.

Prizemoney: Dhs75,000. 1st: Dhs37,500. 2nd: Dhs18,000. 3rd: Dhs10,500. 4th: Dhs6,750. 5th: Dhs2,250.

1. ARCHBISHOP (US) 57kg
7 gr h Monarch A H ­ Adorya (K-Cuch Jedan)
Owner: Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed Al Maktoum.

Breeder: Darley Stud Management Inc.

Trainer: S Seemar. Jockey: G Birrer.

2. FAIRTON (FR) 56.5kg
8 ch h Tidjani ­ Fatma D'Espiens (Elaborat)
Owner: Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

Breeder: Ecurie DE Syrah.

Trainer: K McLaughlin. Jockey: R Hills.

3. KUDOR (GB) 54.5kg
5 gr h Dormane ­ Elite Star Ku (Tikis Flamingstar)
Owner: Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum.

Breeder: Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

Trainer: J Wickham. Jockey: P Smullen.

Then came (in order): Fine Fellow (US), Schamgar Correzien (FR), Zai Al Qamar (FR), Hilwan (FR), Bedouin De Piboul (FR), Hagnes De Faust (FR), Eldjani (GB), Babylon (FR). 11 ran. Margins: 1.5len, hd. Time: 1:34.67 (Hand Timed).


Race Two. Thoroughbreds. 1,400m.

NH & SH 3YOs & Up 00-100.

Prizemoney: Dhs100,000. 1st: Dhs50,000. 2nd: Dhs24,000. 3rd: Dhs14,000. 4th: Dhs9,000. 5th: Dhs3,000.

1. MESHTY (IRE) 56kg
6 b g Lahib ­ Merry Devil (Sadler's Wells)
Owner: Sheikh Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

Breeder: James F Hanley.

Trainer: D Selvaratnam. Jockey: P Smullen.

2. STRAHAN (IRE) 62kg
4 b c Catrail ­ Soreze (Gallic League)
Owner: Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed Al Maktoum.

Breeder: Clody Norton & Mrs Con Collins.

Trainer: S bin Suroor. Jockey: T Durcan.

3. BERLIOZ (GB) 51 carr 51.5kg
5 b h Dolphin Street ­ Biraya (Valiyar)
Owner: Sheikh Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

Breeder: Charlton Down Stud.

Trainer: S Seemar. Jockey: A Delpech.

Then came (in order): Sicnee (USA), Buy Or Sell (IRE), Asaal (GB), Murheb (GB), Aljawf (USA). 8 ran. Margins: 2.5len, nk. Time: 1:24.68 (Hand Timed).


Race Three. Jebel Ali Mile (Prestige)
Thoroughbreds. 1,600m. NH 4YOs+ & SH 3YOs+ SW.

Prizemoney: Dhs350,000. 1st: Dhs210,000. 2nd: Dhs70,000. 3rd: Dhs35,000.

4th: 17,500. 5th: Dhs10,500. 6th: Dhs7,000
1. CONFLICT (FR) 57.5kg
5 b h Warning ­ La Dama Bonita (El Gran Senor)
Owner: Sheikh Marwan Al Maktoum.

Breeder: Stratford Place Stud.

Trainer: N Robb. Jockey: A Delpech.

2. JILA (IRE) 56kg
6 ch h Kris ­ Enaya (Caerleon)
Owner: Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

Breeder: Shadwell Estate Co Ltd.

Trainer: E Charpy. Jockey: R Hills.

3. ZONING (GB) 56kg
4 b c Warning ­ Zonda (Fabulous Dancer)
Owner: Mr Mohammed Juma Al Nabooda.

Breeder: Mr Mohammed Juma Al Nabooda.

Trainer: S bin Suroor. Jockey: J Carroll.

Then came (in order): Altichiero (GB), Meadaaar (USA), Bahamian Bandit (GB), Marq Of Zorro (USA), Sun Charm (USA). 8 ran. Margins: Sht hd, .75len. Time: 1:37.08.


Comment: Twelve months to the day when Conflict defeated Jila a nose at Nad Al Sheba in a 00-100 handicap, he defeats the same horse by a similar margin in a thrilling Jebel Ali Mile. Of course after his victory at Nad Al Sheba last year he went on to win the Godolphin Mile on Dubai World Cup day, the same target for him again here. Some may query the form from this with the first four going across the line within a length of each other, Conflict's effort was thoroughly genuine and still on the improve, this being only his second run back from a spell. Conflict finished fourth behind Zoning in the main lead-up to this but showed the necessary improvement to turn that defeat around here. Jila and Zoning led early with Conflict always in touch.


Jila and Zoning stayed on all the way up the straight and never gave up while Altichiero never stop trying either. Meadaaar, second behind Zoning in the Jebel Ali Mile prep didn't improve as expected and disappointed when fifth. Conflict is still on the improve and has showed with his number of Pattern successes in the Emirates may not stop at its present two.


Race Four. Thoroughbreds. 1,600m.

NH 4YOs+ & SH 3YOs+ 00-70.

Prizemoney: Dhs65,000. 1st: Dhs32,500. 2nd: Dhs15,600. 3rd: Dhs9,100. 4th: Dhs5,850. 5th: Dhs1,950.

1. HADITH (GB) 54.5kg
6 ch h Nashwan ­ Azyaa (Kris)
Owner: Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

Breeder: Shadwell Estate Co Ltd.

Trainer: E Charpy. Jockey: W Supple.

2. PLUTOCRAT (USA) 56.5kg
4 ch c Silver Hawk ­ Satin Velvet (El Gran Senor)
Owner: Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed Al Maktoum.

Breeder: Darley Stud Management Inc.

Trainer: S Seemar. Jockey: T Durcan.

3. MOHANDESS (USA) 53kg
4 dk b/br c Storm Cat ­ Outstandingly (Exclusive Native)
Owner: Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed Al Maktoum.

Breeder: Darley Stud Management Inc.

Trainer: N Robb. Jockey: A Delpech.

Then came (in order): Hindaam (USA), Hobb Alwahtan (GB), Melaaff (IRE), La Mandragola (GB), Bourkan (GB), Great Lion (USA), Ragsat Alsharq (USA), Mr Chris Bar (USA), Emily's Luck Charm (USA), Mashab (GB). 13 ran. Margins: .75len, 3.5len. Time: 1:37.06.


Race Five. Thoroughbreds. Handicap.

NH 4YOs+ & SH 3YOs+ 00-80.

Prizemoney: Dhs70,000. 1st: Dhs35,000. 2nd: Dhs16,800. 3rd: Dhs9,800. 4th:
Dhs6,300. 5th: Dhs2,100.

1. FATEK (IRE) 56kg
4 b c Darshaan ­ Hiwaayati (Shadeed)
Owner: Sheikh Rashid bin Maktoum Al Maktoum.

Breeder: Gainsborough Stud Management Ltd.

Trainer: P Brette. Jockey: W Ryan.

2. ANSCHLUSS (GB) 51.5kg
5 gr g Alzao ­ Avice Caro (Caro)
Owner: Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed Al Maktoum.

Breeder: Saeed Manana.

Trainer: S Seemar. Jockey: A Whelan.

3. JAMRR (IRE) 58.5kg
5 b h Barathea ­ Ela Romara (Ela-Mana-Mou)
Owner: Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed Al Maktoum.

Breeder: Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

Trainer: N Robb. Jockey: A Delpech.

Then came (in order): Bathwick (IRE), Levantine (IRE), Anthem (GB), Royal Line (GB), Glanwydden (IRE), Lothair (USA), Victreebel (NZ), Murjan (FR), Moutahddee (IRE), Bedey (USA). 13 ran. Margins: 1.5len, hd. Time: 1:49.76.


Race Six. Thoroughbreds. 1,800m.

NH & SH 3YOs+ Maiden.

Prizemoney: Dhs50,000. 1st: Dhs25,000. 2nd: Dhs12,000. 3rd: Dhs7,000. 4th: Dhs4,500. 5th: Dhs1,500.

1. WEKIWA SPRINGS (FR) 60kg
4 gr c Kendor ­ Ti Mamaille (Dom Racine)
Owner: Sheikh Rashid bin Maktoum Al Maktoum
Breeder: Elevage Plus.

Trainer: K McLaughlin. Jockey: W Supple.

2. TELL THEM ALL (GB) 57kg
5 ch h Kris ­ Just Cause (Law Society)
Owner: Sheikh Saeed bin Maktoum Al Maktoum
Breeder: Gainsborough Stud Management Ltd.

Trainer: P Rudkin. Jockey: T Houlihan.

3. FATINAT AL MELOUK (USA) 58kg
4 dk b/br f Belong To Me ­ Masake (Master Willie)
Owner: Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed Al Maktoum
Breeder: John D Gunther.

Trainer: S Seemar. Jockey: T Durcan.

Then came (in order): Sindan (NZ), Alabjer (USA), Arco Baleno (GER), Rezif (GB), Indifferent (IRE), Green paper (GB), Alhufhuf (NZ), Skibo (JPN). 11 ran. Margins: 7len, 2len. Time: 1:50.62. (Hand Timed)



NEW APPOINTMENTS AT WINCANTON




Three new appointments have been announced at Wincanton Racecourse.


Mark Woodhouse will suceed Viscount Head in the position of Chairman.


Sue Sidebottom, formerly employed at Doncaster, has been appointed General Manager and will replace the outgoing Ian Renton at the end of this month. Katie Langdell will remain Assistant Manager.


The Clerk of the Course will be Brian Clifford until the end of this season.


Gillain Jones remains General Manager of the sextet of the RHT's smaller courses.



LAST NIGHT'S NAD AL SHEBA ACTION




A UAE Derby claim consolidated but a Dubai World Cup campaign left in tatters was the story for Godolphin at Nad Al Sheba last Thursday night when Street Cry impressed in the UAE 2000 Guineas before Ekraar disappointed in the Maktoum Challenge behind the French challenger Hightori.


Prior to the meeting Ekraar was considered the horse who would join Best Of The Bests in the Dubai World Cup, it was felt he would come through this, as Dubai Millennium did last year, and in doing so announce his claims for the March 24 showpiece.


However, the French challenge of Hightori, trainer Phillip Dermacastel and jockey Olivier Peslier was too strong and showed that they were right in the Dubai World Cup.


"This leaves me with a lot of confidence" Peslier said, "He was a bit fresh at the start and he began to tire in the run to the line so he will improve greatly for this run."

Broche, ridden perfectly by Daragh O'Donohoe, finished second with Sobieski third, under two lengths behind the winner, though he was 12 lengths behind Best Of The Bests in the second round.


Street Cry turned in the ideal trial for the US$2million Group III UAE Derby on March 24 with an impressive victory over stablemate Noverre in the UAE 2000 Guineas.


European challenger Count Dubois also turned in a fine UAE Derby Trial when finishing third.


This was the first running of this race as the UAE 2000 Guineas, the same event was held last year as the Khor Dubai and won by the subsequent dual Classic winner Bachir.


Street Cry's obvious next step is the UAE Derby and then, in all likelihood, he will return to America and be prepared for the Kentucky Derby though Godolphin Racing Manager Simon Crisford said a definite decision would not be made on that until after March 24.

"We are delighted with that performance" he said, "He is exactly where we want him to be at this stage of his preparation."

"He will be greatly improved by that and the longer trip of the UAE Derby will be ideal for him."

"He is an exciting horse."

Crisford also pointed to the fact that Street Cry finished third behind Macho Uno in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Churchill Downs last October when among the two-year-old team prepared by Eoin Harty.


History was created earlier in the programme when Active Bo Bo arrived from Macau to defeat a high class field of sprinters in the inaugural Mahab Al Shimaal, the main lead-up to the US$1million Group III Dubai Golden Shaheen.


Active Bo Bo and Gold World Winner enhanced the lofty reputations they held in Macau when winning and finishing third, the Group I Nunthorpe winner Nuclear Debate splitting the pair.


It was a quality performance from Active Bo Bo who defeated Nuclear Debate on his merits while the effort of Gold World Winner was also good. All three placegetters will be improved as will another of the English-trained runners, Tayseer, who finished fifth.


Winning rider Robert Burke said that Active Bo Bo got to the front sooner than he would have wished so his effort to hold off the finish of Nuclear Debate further strengthens the merit of his win.


Australian trainer John Sadler saddled his first winner in the Emirates when State Shinto upset a quality field in the Conditions event.


State Shinto was immediately invited to compete in one of the races on the Dubai World Cup card and it may just be the Group I Dubai World Cup itself.


Ridden by champion jockey Ted Durcan, State Shinto came late to defeat China Visit and Curule in a performance from which he will clearly benefit.


This was China Visit's first defeat in the Emirates while Curule was placed in last year's UAE Derby and was second in Group II company in America so State Shinto is clearly a horse of some class.


Nad Al Sheba
Thursday, March 1, 2001
Weather: Fine. Sand Track: Fast. Turf Track: Good


Race One: Thoroughbreds. 1,200m Maiden.

NH & SH 3YOs. (Dirt).

Prizemoney: Dhs50,000. 1st: Dhs25,000. 2nd: Dhs12,000. 3rd: Dhs7,000. 4th: Dhs4,500. 5th: Dhs1,500.

1. TALA YA (USA) 55kg
3 ch c Storm Bird ­ Fly To The Moon (Blushing Groom)
Owner: Sheikh Saeed bin Maktoum Al Maktoum.

Breeder: Gainsborough Farm Inc.

Trainer: K McLaughlin. Jockey: W Supple.

2. CONCEAL (GB) 55kg
3 b g Cadeaux Genereux ­ Mystery Play (Sadler's Wells)
Owner: Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum.

Breeder: Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

Trainer: P Brette. Jockey: W Ryan.

3. KING OF INDIA (IRE) 55kg
3 ch g Indian Ridge ­ Total Chic (Far North)
Owner: Mr Mohammed Jaber Abdullah.

Breeder: Timothy J Pabst.

Trainer: P Rudkin. Jockey: M Hills.

Then came (in order): Al Andaleeb (NZ), Merpoor (NZ), Al Semsam (NZ), Al Nisr (NZ). N/R: Celtic Gold (NZ), Legalis (USA), Hamsaat Hi Haat (USA). 8 ran. Margins: 1.25, 4.5len. Time: 1:10.6.


Race Two: Thoroughbreds. 2,400m Handicap.

NH 4YOs+ & SH 3YOs+ 00-90. (Dirt).

Prizemoney: Dhs80,000. 1st: Dhs40,000. 2nd: Dhs19,200. 3rd: Dhs11,200. 4th: Dhs7,200. 5th: Dhs2,400.

1. RASIN (IRE) 52kg
7 b h Lahib ­ Yaqatha (Sadler's Wells)
Owner: Mr Salim El Shade.

Breeder: Shadwell Estate Co Ltd.

Trainer: K McLaughlin. Jockey: W Supple.

2. RASMUSSEN (IRE) 54kg
7 b h Sadler's Wells ­ Arctic Heroine (Arctic Tern)
Owner: M M R M.

Breeder: Darley Stud Management Co Ltd.

Trainer: P Rudkin. Jockey: M Hills.

3. ARABIAN (GB) 57.5kg
7 ch h Arazi ­ Bustara (Busted)
Owner: Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

Breeder: Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

Trainer: P Rudkin. Jockey: R Hills.

Then came (in order): Borneo Boy (USA), Girllon (ARG), Edraak (IRE). Arabian first over line but relegated to third after Steward's Inquiry. 6 ran.

Margins: nk, 2.5len. Time: 2:31.35.


Race Three: Thoroughbreds. 1,600m Handicap.

NH 4YOs+ & SH 3YOs+ Conds. (Dirt).

Prizemoney: Dhs120,000. 1st: Dhs60,000. 2nd: Dhs28,800. 3rd: Dhs16,800. 4th: Dhs10,800. 5th: Dhs3,600.

1. STATE SHINTO (USA) 56kg
5 dk b/br h Pleasant Colony ­ Sha Tha (Mr Prospector)
Owner: Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed Al Maktoum
Breeder: Darley Stud Management Inc.

Trainer: J Sadler. Jockey: T Durcan.

2. CHINA VISIT (USA) 59kg
4 b c Red Ransom Furajet (The Minstrel)
Owner: Godolphin.

Breeder: Gainsborough Farm Inc.

Trainer: S bin Suroor. Jockey: L Dettori.

3. CURULE (USA) 56.5kg
4 dk b/br c Go For Gin ­ Reservation (Cryptoclearance)
Owner: Godolphin.

Breeder: Allan G Lanvin Jr, Kevin S Lavin, Carl F Pollard & James D Bohanon.

Trainer: S bin Suroor. Jockey: J Carroll.

Then came (in order): Pine Dance (USA), Glad Master (GER), Goombayland
(IRE). 6 ran. Margins: Sht hd, 1.5len. Time: 1:35.4.


Race Four: Al Maktoum Challenge Rd III (Group I).

Purebred Arabians. 2,000m 4YOs+ SW. (Dirt).

Prizemoney: Dhs200,000. 1st: Dhs120,000. 2nd: Dhs40,000. 3rd: Dhs20,000. 4th: Dhs10,000. 5th: Dhs6,000. 6th:Dhs4,000.

1. EZIL (FR) 56kg
9 b h Djourman ­ Tahya (Dynamite III)
Owner: HH The President.

Breeder: M Xavier Antoine.

Trainer: J Smart. Jockey: M Hills.

2. KHOUTOUBIA (FR) 56kg
7 gr h Djouras Tu ­ Khaddouj (Haroun)
Owner: Sheikh Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

Breeder: Ms Nadia Bestaoui Quilichini.

Trainer: D Selvaratnam. Jockey: P Smullen.

3. NIVOUR DE CARDONNE (FR) 56kg
6 ch h Manganate ­ Pistache Du Cassou (Baroud III)
Owner: Sheikh Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

Breeder: Mr Jacques Mazet.

Trainer: K McLaughlin. Jockey: R Hills.

Then came (in order): Mehnah (FR), Nyatih (FR), Damess (GB). 6 ran. Margins: 3len, 3.25len Time: 2:16.05.


Comment: It may appear strange that a win by the best Purebred Arabian in the country in a Group I came as a surprise but that is exactly the situation when Ezil secured the third sand final round of the Maktoum Challenge. Prior to the race all talk centred around the opening Nyatih and the horse that finished second to them both, Nivour de Cardonne. This race was won in the first 100m when no one wanted to lead and Michael Hills took the initiative and let Ezil stride to the front. While he has won on the dirt before, when defeating Khoutoubia, he is quite clearly inferior on dirt than what he is on turf, however that meant nothing when allowed to dictate terms to suit himself. He was receiving no kick back and allowed to record slow early sectionals the race was tailor made to suit. Whether he returns to Nad Al Sheba to run in the Group I Dubai Kahayla Classic, where the pace will be far greater than what was on show here, or be saved for his tilt at a second Emirates Championship. So far this season Ezil has won a Conditions event, a Prestige event, a Group III and two Group Is with his only defeat
being behind Parador in the Mazrat Al Ruwayah on the dirt. Khoutoubia tried hard all the way down the straight but couldn't bridge the gap but did manage to hold off Nivour de Cardonne to win the Maktoum Challenge Championship. Nyatih disappointed beating just one home.


Race Five: Mahab Al Shimaal (Prestige).

Thoroughbreds. 1,200m NH 4YOs+ & SH 3YOs+ SW. (Dirt).

Prizemoney: Dhs200,000. 1st: Dhs120,000. 2nd: Dhs40,000. 3rd: Dhs20,000. 4th: Dhs10,000. 5th: Dhs6,000. 6th:Dhs4,000.

1. ACTIVE BO BO (FR) 56kg
6 ch g Diesis ­ Desert Wildflower (Wild Again)
Owner: Wong Chiu Ying.

Breeder: Haras Inc.

Trainer: Y T Lam. Jockey: R Burke.

2. NUCLEAR DEBATE (USA) 59kg
6 b h Geiger Counter ­ I'm An Issue (Cox's Ridge)
Owner: J R Chester.

Breeder: Iron County Farms Inc.

Trainer: J Hammond. Jockey: K Fallon.

3. GOLD WORLD WINNER (CAN) 55kg
5 dk b/br g Seeker's Journey ­ Tee Ell Cee (Irish Tower)
Owner: Sze Wing Yu.

Breeder: Nancy McMinn & Mike Grills.

Trainer: P Leyshan. Jockey: J Didham.

Then came (in order): Mutamayyaz (USA), Tayseer (USA), Moonis (GB), Ramp And Rave (USA), Kharir (IRE), Abreeze (USA), City On A Hill (USA), Swiss law (GB), San Salvador (USA). N/R Flight Pattern. 12 ran. Margins: Nose, 3.25len Time: 1:10.14.

Comment: A triumph for international racing as Active Bo Bo, the best horse in Macau, brought that reputation to the Emirates and further enhanced and stated his claims for further international glory in the Dubai Golden Shaheen. A quality field was the test for both Active Bo Bo and his Macau co-representative Gold World Winner to force their claims into the Golden Shaheen and they passed with flying colours with Gold World Winner finishing third. Splitting them was the King's Stand Stakes and Group I Nunthorpe winner Nuclear Debate who also lost no admirers for the Golden Shaheen.


Active Bo Bo sat on the speed and when he went to Mutamayyaz Nuclear debate followed him through and the first two came clear of the rest. Tayseer was another of the Europeans to acquit himself well and looked as though the run would do him well. Ramp And Rave was disappointing while Mutamayyaz finished the best of the Emirates-trained runners in fourth. If this was the main lead-up to the Dubai Golden Shaheen then Macau appears certain to enhance their racing industry a little more on March 24.


Race Six: UAE 2000 Guineas (Prestige).

Thoroughbreds. 1,200m. NH & SH 3YOs+ SW. (Dirt).

Prizemoney: US$250,000. 1st: US$150,000. 2nd: US$50,000. 3rd: US$25,000. 4th: US$12,500. 5th: US$7,500. 6th: US$5,000.

1. STREET CRY (IRE) 53.5kg
3 b/br c Machiavellian ­ Helen Street (Troy)
Owner: Godolphin.

Breeder: Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

Trainer: S bin Suroor. Jockey: L Dettori.

2. NOVERRE (USA) 53.5kg
3 b c Rahy ­ Danseur Fabuleux (Northern Dancer)
Owner: Godolphin.

Breeder: Darley Stud Management Inc.

Trainer: S bin Suroor. Jockey: J Carroll.

3. COUNT DUBOIS (GB) 53.5kg
3 b c Zafonic ­ Madame Dubois (Legend Of France)
Owner: Wentworth Racing Pty Ltd.

Breeder: Cliveden Stud Ltd.

Trainer: W Haggas. Jockey: B Marcus.

Then came (in order): Dubai World (USA), Vulpix (AUS), Dharee (SDA), Lajeef (USA), Dubai Down Under (NZ). 8 ran. Margins: 2len, 6len Time: 1:35.14.


Comment: A number of UAE Derby questions were asked and answered here as Street Cry showed a brilliant return to racing. Remembering this event was won by Bachir when inaugurated a year ago as the Khor Dubai, then Street Cry's subsequent outings bear close scrutiny. Given every chance to get settled, Frankie Dettori allowed Street Cry to settle near the rear in the small field as Noverre set the pace. First-up since the Breeders' Cup Juvenile when he finished third to Macho Uno, Street Cry must now be highly favoured for the UAE Derby. He did look prior to the race as though the run would do him the world of good and that is exactly how it turned out. He took a stride or two to get to Noverre who had established a bit of a break at the top of the straight however when his rider got serious, Street Cry began to dominate and went to the line like a very good horse. This trip is probably short of his best and there is no doubt that the extra 200m of the Derby will be ideal. Noverre, unplaced in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile last October ran well and is another who will improve while Count Dubois never stopped trying and will also be better for his third. On a night of Dubai World Cup trials perhaps the best was seen by Street Cry, not only for this year's UAE Derby, but looking much further down the track for the main event in March 2002.


Race Seven: Al Maktoum Challenge Rd II (Listed).

Thoroughbreds. 2,000m. NH 4YOs+ SH 3YOs+ SW. (Dirt).

Prizemoney: Dhs350,000. 1st: Dhs210,000. 2nd: Dhs70,000. 3rd: Dhs35,000. 4th: Dhs17,500. 5th: Dhs10,500. 6th: 7,000.

1. HIGHTORI (FR) 58kg
4 b c Vettori ­ High Mecene (Highest Honor)
Owner: Mr Gary Tanaka.

Breeder: SCEA Ecurie Bader.

Trainer: P Dermacastel. Jockey: O Peslier.

2. BROCHE (USA) 58kg
4 b c Summer Squall ­ Ribbonwood (Diesis)
Owner: M M R M.

Breeder: Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

Trainer: S bin Suroor. Jockey: D O'Donohoe.

3. SOBIESKI (IRE) 58kg
4 b c Polish Precedent ­ Game Plan (Darshaan)
Owner: Godolphin.

Breeder: Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

Trainer: S bin Suroor. Jockey: J Carroll.

Then came (in order): Ekraar (USA), Nooshman (USA), Pentagonal (USA). 6 ran.

Margins: .5len, 1.25len. Time: 2:01.59.

Comment: A Dubai World Cup campaign left in tatters and one enhanced noticeably as the French challenger Hightori came from last and left a trio of Godolphin challengers behind him, among them Ekraar, the horse most likely to join Best Of The Bests in the Dubai World Cup. However, while Ekraar was disappointing nothing can be taken away from the performance of Hightori who settled last, made his way through the field and came to grab Broche, who was given the absolute perfect ride by Daragh O'Donohoe.


Hightori will come on for this run and considering this was over the Dubai World Cup course and distance and the race Dubai Millennium used last year then he comes right into the race on Mach 24. Sobieski and Nooshman ran right up to their second round efforts however Best Of The Bests did leave them 12 lengths in his wake there. The Maktoum Challenge for thoroughbreds ended in a three way tie with all three winners sharing the Series, China Visit, Best Of The Bests and Hightori.


Race Eight: Thoroughbreds. 1,400m. Handicap.

NH 4YOs+ & SH 3YOs+ 00-60. (Dirt).

Prizemoney: Dhs60,000. 1st: Dhs30,000. 2nd: Dhs14,400. 3rd: Dhs8,400. 4th: Dhs5,400. 5th: Dhs1,800.

1. TAJANNAB (GB) 61 carr 58.5kg
10 ch g Kris - Miss Fancy That (The Minstrel)
Owner: Sheikh Saeed bin Maktoum Al Maktoum.

Breeder: Gainsborough Stud Management.

Trainer: R Hackworth Jr. Jockey: G Power.

2. MUTAMADEE (USA) 57kg
3 ch c Beau Genius - Tied To Time (Poleax)
Owner: Mr Mohammed Jaber Abdullah.

Breeder: Nicholas M Lotz.

Trainer: P Rudkin. Jockey: M Hills.

3. FELLOE (USA) 57.5kg
4 ch c Kingmambo - Freewheel (Arctic Tern)
Owner: Sheikh Saeed bin Mohammed Al Maktoum.

Breeder: Sheikh Rashid bin Maktoum Al Maktoum.

Trainer: K McLaughlin. Jockey: W Supple.

Then came (in order): Nantucket (IRE), Yanaseeni (USA), Serdaal (GB), Al Farazzdaq (NZ), La Mafarr (USA). 8 ran. Margins: .75len, 3.5len. Time: 1:25.68.


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