The third night of the Dubai World Cup masquerade at Meydan Racecourse on January 28 has perhaps found some comfort for Louisville and a number of runners on the turf for the upcoming rich events across the country. turf in Saudi Arabia and Dubai.
One of the surest things of the evening is Shahama in the UAE, One Thousand Guineas presented by Dubai Marina by Emaar and the Kentucky breed did not disappoint.
Shahama had no trouble getting his third win without loss, taking the lead near the top of the tournament in UAE One Thousand Guineas and scoring 3 3/4 of the length.
The Munnings chubby, Fawzi Nass-trained, needed no encouragement from Adrie de Vries as she dominated five opponents — none of them from Godolphin yards, a rarity in this race. Minwah took the lead for a short time and finished second with Small Afrodite the third day.
Shahama, bred by SF Bloodstock, is outside Belong to me mare Private feeling. Nass was the $425,000 winner at the Ocala Breeders’ Spring Sale of 2-year-olds in training in 2021. She won for the first time on December 9 by 9 months and Repeat that with a more exciting wet road trip in January . 1, won the UAE One Thousand Guineas Test presented by Burj Al Arab 2 1/2 long after threading through several vehicles.
Nass was not available to discuss plans for the race but Dubai Racing Channel commentator Laura Martin reported a member of the ownership team said UAE Oaks (G3) and possibly the UAE Derby (G2). ) is being looked at with a longer-term eye than the Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1).
“It was pretty simple and I was able to avoid any potential traffic problems,” says de Vries. “She got me there with ease and then quickly passed in a great way.
“She’s a smart person and I guess she’ll be aiming for the UAE Oaks now and then, hopefully, the Derby.”
Two grass-court races could have implications for the big events in Saudi Arabia and back in Meydan for the rest of the winter.
Star Safari Stands Up to Win Zabeel Turf
In the Zabeel Turf presented by the Valley by Emaar, Star Safari squeeze through a tight gap in the rail and eject clearly, winning by half the word length Marie’s Diamond . With William Buick becoming Godolphin Charlie Appleby’s coach, the Star Safari completed the 2,000 meters (about 1 1/4 miles) in 2:02.29.
Star Safari finished third in the same race a year ago and went on to win Dubai Millennium Shares Sponsored by gulfnews.com (G3) on Super Saturday. He then finished sixth in the Longines Dubai Sheema Classic (G1) match on the night of the World Cup.
“I may have been further back than ideal but he is the best horse in the race, has that class and loves this Meydan grass track,” Buick said.
Real world capture Zabeel Mile
Godolphin strikes again in the Zabeel Mile presented by Emaar Beachfront (G2) as racer Daniel Tudhope locates favorites, The real world , Perfect on the rails and just behind the leader and create him for a brutal long run.
Real World has had four impressive wins in a row in Europe and the UK to end the 2021 season and coach Saeed bin Suroor is upbeat.
“We were expecting a big run because he’s been in good form at home and improved last year in Europe,” said bin Suroor. “We started him over 1,600 meters to get him through and we have a lot of options with him here and in Saudi Arabia.
“We can stick to the pitch but these are also dirty options so we will talk to Sheikh Mohammed and come up with a plan.”