Thursday’s second meeting of the 2020 Dubai World Cup Carnival was presented by pillar partner Longines and officially highlighted by the Group 2 $350,000 Al Maktoum Challenge Round 1 over 1600m on the dirt track and Group 2 Singspiel Stakes over 1800m on turf.
Umm Qarn’s AAHIL (Munjiz x Daniah) had finished second behind Al Naif Racing’s MOLHEB AL NAIF (Amer x Kesbah) last month. But Alban Elie Marie De Mieulle’s ward went one better this time round in fantastic fashion in Thursday’s H.H SHEIKH ABDULLAH BIN KHALIFA AL THANI TROPHY (4yo & older Local PA) beating some top horses in the country for his sixth career victory.
Wednesday’s (15 January) nine-race card at Happy Valley rounds out with a cracking finale as emerging talents Highly Proactive (132lb) and Snap Fit (129lb) lock horns in the Class 3 Chater Handicap (1200m).
Alligator Blood wins the Magic Millions 3YO Guineas at the Gold Coast Turf Club after a dramatic journey to the track
When Ciaron Maher welcomed a retired college volleyball player from the United States to his stable, thinking he would be sharing one of his best moments in racing with her was probably furthest from his mind.
Private Secretary sprang straight into Four-Year-Old Classic Series consideration with a smart step-out victory last month and Tony Cruz’s charge will aim to up the ante in the Class 2 Lung Kong Handicap (1600m) at Sha Tin on Saturday, 11 January.