Carnival winners Safety Check and Dark Emerald face-off in Group 2 Zabeel Mile

Peter Ward 25/02/2015
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In top form: Safety Check will be hoping to notch up another Carnival win.

Safety Check and Dark Emerald, both with two Carnival wins to their name this year, clash in Thursday’s Group 2 Zabeel Mile, the 1,600m turf feature.

Godolphin’s Safety Check, trained by Charlie Appleby, won the 1,400m Group 2 Al Fahidi Fort most recently, a victory for which he is penalised here, and will again be ridden by William Buick.

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Appleby also saddles Outstrip, winner of the Group 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf in 2013 but winless in five subsequent starts.

South African Mike De Kock has the best record in the race with three wins and has a trio of runners with Christophe Soumillon choosing to ride Darwin with Pat Dobbs aboard Johann Strauss and Johnny Geroudis on Anaerobio.

Trainer Mike de Kock has the best record in the race and will be looking to continue that feat on Thursday.

Soumillon’s mount is seeking to win on a third continent having won in America and Ireland.

The 1,900m Group 3 UAE Oaks is the main support race but has only attracted six runners, two trained by Godolphin stalwart Saeed bin Suroor. He has already saddled the winner of this race on nine occasions and it will be something of a surprise if he does not reach double figures this year.

His UAE 1000 Guineas first and second, Local Time and Good Place, are back in opposition with stable jockey James Doyle unsurprisingly staying loyal to the former.

Should they both fail, Godolphin still look to have the most likely alternative in the Appleby-trained Yodelling, fourth in the UAE 1000 Guineas.

The De Kock-trained Shahrasal, a place in front of Yodelling the last time out but well beaten by the Bin Suroor duo, is another who should appreciate the extra distance over 300m.

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Zedan Polo and UAE Polo Team win in second day of Julius Bär Gold Cup 2015

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Head-to-head: Zedan vs Desert Palm II.

Zedan Polo and UAE Polo Team won their matches in the second action day of the Julius Bär Gold Cup 2015, 18 goal handicap tournament.

Zedan defeated Desert Palm II in OT by 9 goals to 8 and UAE Polo did the same with Desert Palm I by 9-8.

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Both matches were really exciting, with great polo and suspense till the last seconds. Zedan and Desert Palm II played a tight match, with even score o short distance in between during all the match.

The level was so equal that they had to play an extra chukka where Facundo Fernández Llorente scored the winning goal for Zedan.

Match Progression:
Zedan:
2-1/ 4-4/ 5-5/ 7-6/ 8-8/ 9-8

The second match of the day was very similar to the opening game.

UAE Polo led the game in all the five chukkas.

UAE Polo led the game in all the five chukkas but victory was achieved just in the final seconds thanks to a 60 yard penalty scored by Lucas Monteverde.

The first seven minutes were the best action seen till know in the Julius Bar Gold Cup. It was a continuous come and go that ended with a 4-3 advantage for UAE Polo.

HH Sheika Maitha team went to the half time with a three goal advantage but in the second half Desert Palm I made a great come back to tie the match in 8 goals with 30 seconds to go.

With few seconds to go, UAE Polo was awarded with a 60 yard penalty scored by Monteverde to win the match by 9 goals to 8.

Match Progression:
UAE Polo:
4-3/ 6-4/ 7-4/ 8-7/ 9-8

The Julius Bär Gold Cup will continue next Thursday at the Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club, with a double action day. From 2.30 pm, Edrees will play against Ghantoot followed by Bin Drai vs Mahra Polo. 

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Beach Polo Cup Dubai announces 2015 programme of events

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The Beach Polo Cup Dubai is in its eleventh year.

Beach Polo Cup Dubai, the global polo competition now held in 32 cities that features some of the best players from the UAE and the world, has announced the program of this year’s competition.

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Now in its 11th year, the 2015 edition of the Beach Polo Cup Dubai will be held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Dubai Sports Council chairman. The two day tournament will be held at the Skydive Dubai complex at Dubai Marina on April 10th and 11th, 2015.

A parade along JBR marks the official start of the tournament and will be attended by the four participating teams composed of Emirati and international players.

Organisers say that the dates for the parade will be announced closer to the event.

Sam Katiela, mamemo productions’ managing and creative director, creator and founder of the Beach Polo Cup Dubai, said: “Since the first Beach Polo Cup Dubai in 2004, we’ve aimed at giving people a consistently better experience year on year.

“In 2015 we’re expecting our biggest turnout ever, so we’ve added exciting elements to the program.

“Under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman, Dubai Sports Council, we’re set for a tournament that will bring excitement and entertainment to all.”

EVENT SCHEDULE:
April 10, 2015 – Tournament Day 1

  • BPCD Opening Ceremony
  • Two Elimination Matches

April 11, 2015 – Tournament Day 2

  • Semi-final and Final Matches
  • Award Ceremony and Celebrations

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