Emotionless, the Charlie Appleby-trained Godolphin colt set to put his unbeaten record on the line next week was put through his paces in a public gallop at Newmarket’s Rowley Mile Racecourse on Wednesday.
The Dubai Dewhurst Stakes, the joint-richest juvenile Group 1 race in Europe, will take place over seven furlongs on Saturday, October 10th.
A total of £500,000 is up for grabs in one of the showpiece events that are making up the newly launched two-day Dubai Future Champions Festival.
Galloping with two companions over six furlongs and ridden by William Buick, Emotionless set off at the back of the trio before drawing clear in the last furlong.
“We are only ten days away from the Dubai Dewhurst so it was just routine work with his usual lead horses and I was very happy with what I saw,” said Appleby.
“He moves up very easily in his gallops and today he gave them a couple of lengths yet within a few strides he’s moved up and he’s in front.
“Will was happy with him, I was happy with him, it was a nice sensible piece of work and at the moment we are all on target for the Dubai Dewhurst Stakes.”
Appleby applauded the inaugural festival, saying that they are already seeing the investment shape the famous racecourse.
Over the course of the two-days of racing, more than £2 million in prize money will be on offer.
“The Dubai Future Champions Festival is a great event,” added Appleby.
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“We can already see the facilities that are being put up here at the Rowley Mile, the exhibitions and so on.
“It is just what it says – you get to see the champions of the future. It’s extremely kind of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed to have supported it in the way that he has.”
Buick rode Charming Thought to glory on the same weekend last year, ending the UAE stable’s barren form outside of the Emirates.
Appleby hopes that the jockey will once again deliver glory at Newmarket, this time aboard the inspired Emotionless.
“We were very lucky last year to be part of it with Charming Thought winning, that was a great experience and it’s just great to have a horse like Emotionless that is going to be a leading contender,” added the 40-year-old British trainer.
“Everyone’s calling it the ‘Clash Of The Titans’ between ourselves and Air Force Blue, and you can’t fail to be impressed with the Irish horse, but I’m sure that there will be other horses turning up to be genuine contenders as well. It will be exciting and it’s just what Ballydoyle against Godolphin clashes used to be like.”
Saddle up with Al Forsan International Sports Resort’s equestrian winter term, offering a range of activities for riders of all skill levels.
The state-of-the-art sporting facility in the nation’s capital will hold its winter term for 16 weeks, running from now until January 2016. There will be a brief, three-week hiatus from Saturday, December 19 to Thursday, January 7 to align with the school break.
Open to riding students aged five and above, the equestrian school has everything you need to improve your skills on a horse. Beginners have the opportunity to attend private or group lessons and be tutored by highly-experienced professional staff, who will instruct on the basic skills to be a capable rider.
The practical work can be combined with the Equestrian Theory lessons, which will teach students animal husbandry and care. Those who are more experienced riders can take their abilities to the next level. You can also learn the art of show jumping, with courses ranging from basic training to international standard. Special supervised pony rides are also available for the younger generation of riders.
“We are very excited to be welcoming new and returning students this term. As a British Horse Society certified training centre, applicants or parents of applicants have the assurance that they are getting the best education available from our institution,” said Ahmed Al Hammadi, director of the Al Forsan Equestrian Centre.
Riders will learn in an ideal environment, which features a fully floodlit polo field, air conditioned indoor training arena and stables, along with a huge outdoor showground. Al Forsan’s livery can accommodate up to 167 horses, with the facilities boasting sand and grass paddocks, a veterinary clinic, transportation, grazing land, specialised walking machines, aqua trainers, vita floor and solarium.
Ongoing registration for the winter term can be made anytime between Saturday to Thursday from 09:30 to 12:30 and 15:30 to 17:30 at the Al Forsan Equestrian Centre. The venue is open seven days a week and has complimentary resort access and parking available to all visitors.
What: Al Forsan International Sport Resort’s winter equestrian term
Where: Al Forsan International Sports Resort, Abu Dhabi
When: Winter term from now until Thursday, January 2016, with a three-week break from Saturday, December 19 to Thursday, January 7
Contact: Visit www.alforsan.com and email [email protected] for more information.
Godolphin, the global racing stable founded by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has Tuesday been announced as the sponsor of the inaugural Australian Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards.
The awards, announced at the Warwick Farm stables in Sydney, will acknowledge and reward the hard work and dedication of stud and stable staff.
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There are six award categories, which carry a total prize-pool of $100,000 (Dhs261,000) along with specially commissioned trophies for the winners. Nominations for the awards are open, and close on Monday 28th September 2015.
Champion Trainer and Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards Ambassador Gai Waterhouse, who was on hand at Warwick Farm to announce the awards, said: “I think it’s very important that the people who put the show on the road and service the industry are recognised for all their hard work.
“I have been honoured to work with many men and women who work tirelessly and with real dedication and passion for what they do and the horses in their care.
“These awards are a great initiative for the industry and I’m sure they will be well supported.”
The winner of each of the six main categories will receive a cash prize and troph, with an additional $2,000 (Dhs5,223) also awarded to the winner’s yard or stud.
Each of the stud and stable winners will be automatically nominated for the Thoroughbred Excellence Award.
The winners will be announced at the inaugural Australian Awards ceremony which will be held at the The Stables, Royal Randwick on Tuesday, 24th November, 2015.
Commenting on the significance of the awards to the Australian racing industry, Peter McGauran, Chief Executive Officer, Racing Australia, said: “These awards present an opportunity to recognise the Australian stud and stable staff who form the backbone of the racing industry. It is great to see their dedication and passion for horses being recognised by these awards and we thank His Highness Sheikh Mohammed and Godolphin for the continued support of the Australian racing industry.”
Tom Reilly, Chief Executive of Thoroughbred Breeders Australia, said: “Anybody who is involved in breeding or racing knows that great staff, with real dedication and love of horses, are at the heart of every business.
“This is a great initiative by Godolphin which I’m sure will generate huge interest.”
The 2015 Award winners will be chosen by a selection panel chaired by Chairman of Stewards, South Australia, Johan Petzer and comprised of individuals representing TBA, TRSA, Racing Victoria, Sky Racing Channel in addition to leading trainers Ron Quinton and Troy Corstens.
Nominations are open until 5pm AEST Monday September 28th and can be made by anyone within the industry. Trainers, owners, managers and colleagues are encouraged to nominate their employees. Forms will be distributed directly by TBA and Racing Australia and available to download at http://racingaustralia.horse/GodolphinForm/godolphin.aspx.