Godolphin's Benbatl coasts to victory in Munich G1

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Oisin Murphy riding Benbatl

Benbatl was the impressive winner of the G1 Grosser Dallmayr Preis over 10 furlongs at Munich, Germany on Sunday.

It was the Saeed bin Suroor-trained Dubawi colt’s second G1 victory of 2018, as he triumphed similarly easily in the G1 Dubai Turf at Meydan, UAE, on 31 March.

The four-year-old made all the running under Oisin Murphy to win the Grosser Dallmayr Preis in great style, beating Stormy Antarctic by two and three quarter lengths eased down in 2m 6.78s on good ground.

Saeed bin Suroor commented: “Benbatl has won very well.

“He made all the running and the pace suited him as he was still on the bridle with two furlongs to go.

“He has run on well to win his second G1 of the year.

“I am very pleased with him and we will now look at the various options which include the Juddmonte International (G1, York, August 22), the Irish Champion Stakes (G1, Leopardstown, September 15) and going to Australia (for the Cox Plate – G1, October 27).

“I will talk to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed.”

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Prize fund for 2019 Dubai World Cup to increase from $30 million to $35 million

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2018 World Cup winner: Thunder Snow

Next year’s Dubai World Cup meeting will be even richer after organisers confirmed the jackpot has increased from $30 million to $35 million.

The event, which is the final meeting of the UAE horse racing season will be held on March 30 next year and enhances its status of being the world’s richest race.

The Group 1 Dubai World Cup receives a $2 million boost to $12 million and boasts a $7.2 million purse to the winner; the highest first-place prize in global thoroughbred racing.

The Group 1 Dubai Golden Shaheen receives a $500,000 boost to $2.5 million.

At 1200m on dirt, the truly global affair has been won by horses from the United States, UAE, Hong Kong and Singapore among its previous seven victors and becomes the richest dirt sprint in the world.

Enhancing its status as one of the top turf sprints in the world, the Group 1 Al Quoz Sprint s will see its purse double to $2 million. The 1200m grass dash will now be among the richest in the world of its kind.

While the Group 1 $6 million Longines Dubai Sheema Classic (2400m, turf), Group 1 $6 million Dubai Turf (1800m, turf) and Group 1 $1 million Dubai Kahayla Classic (2000m, dirt, Purebred Arabians) all maintain their impressive credentials.

The remaining three races—all Group 2 events—will receive $500,000 purse hikes.

The UAE Derby will become the richest dirt “Derby” in the world with a purse of $2.5 million, consequently raising it to be the second-richest race in the world for 3-year-olds on any surface.

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Meydan Group the headline sponsor for Toscana Endurance Lifestyle in Italy for third year

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The His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Italy Endurance Festival will take place as part of the Toscana Endurance Lifestyle 2018 at San Rossore Racecourse in Pisa on Friday.

Meydan Group was the headline sponsor for the Toscana Endurance Lifestyle in 2016 and 2017 as well and this year they have announced a record-breaking prize pool of €1 million, doubling last year’s prize for the festival.

Azizi Developments, a major Dubai-based real estate developer, will also be sponsoring the festival as part of its partnership with Meydan that extends to international events.

Azizi Developments is a Pillar Partner of the Dubai World Cup, which includes its sponsorship of one of the world’s top thoroughbred flat sprint races, the Group 1 $1 million Al Quoz Sprint.

“We are honoured to be part of such a significant sporting event as the His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Italy Endurance Festival,” said Mirwais Azizi, chairman of Azizi Group.

“Through our relationship with the Dubai World Cup and sponsoring the Al Quoz Sprint, we have experienced the beauty and brilliance of equine sport.

“We look forward to expanding on that by co-sponsoring at Toscana Endurance Lifestyle 2018 on what will surely be a historic affair of horsemanship and athletic excellence.”

The 2018 HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Italy Endurance Festival consists of a series of prestigious endurance races, including a CEI2* 120km ride and a CEI1* 81km ride.

San Rossore Racecourse is considered one of the great endurance venues of the world. It is rich with racing tradition dating back to 1829 and hosts several world endurance events, making it the perfect setting to highlight the significance of the His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Endurance Festival in Dubai, the most prominent ride on the UAE endurance calendar.

HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Endurance Festival, held at Dubai International Endurance City, is one of Meydan Group’s two key endurance events organised annually by the Dubai Equestrian Club, with the other being the Dubai Crown Prince Endurance Festival.

Meydan Group has ensured that both festivals now have international editions held at premier endurance venues in Europe.

“San Rossore is a beautiful venue and we look forward to returning to Toscana Endurance Lifestyle 2018 and the His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Italy Endurance Festival,” said Mohammed Essa, general manager of Dubai Equestrian Club.

“It is a very important event on the endurance calendar and showcases some of the top athletes of the sport.”

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