Saeed Bin Suroor saddles three in Nad Al Sheba trophy at Meydan

Peter Ward 28/02/2015
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The one to beat: Cavalryman.

This evening’s ninth meeting at Meydan will be followed by next week’s Super Saturday and then the Dubai World Cup meeting three weeks later.

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Godolphin trainer Saeed bin Suroor appears to hold all the aces in today’s feature, the Group 3 Nad Al Sheba Trophy over 2,810m on turf, and is represented by three of the 11 runners. 

This race was first run in 2010 and has only ever been won by a Godolphin handler with Bin Suroor seeking a fourth win and last year’s victor, Cavalryman, looks the one the rest have to beat. 

He will be making his seasonal debut, as he was when landing the prize last year before a desperately unlucky second in the Dubai Gold Cup on World Cup night. 

He is joined in the field by stable companions Ahzeemah, winner of this in 2013, and Excellent Result, also a course and distance winner. 

With James Doyle in Australia to ride Godolphin’s Hartnell in the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes at Warwick Farm, William Buick is aboard Cavalryman with Dane O‘Neill on Excellent Result and Harry Bentley takes the ride on Ahzeemah. 

Bentley returns to UAE action having partnered nine winners in Qatar this week.

Bin Suroor said: “All three are working well and in good form at home.

"Cavalryman has not had a run this season but he won this first time out last year and it has always been the plan to bring him back here.”

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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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