28/02/2018, Dubai/Meydan. Preview: Winter Lightning Headlines UAE Oaks – Godolphin trio seek Nad Al Sheba Trophy spoils // (ENG) Street Sense Colt Goes Two-For-Two at Lingfield // Leading Sires by Graded Stakes Winners (NA) YTD


Winter Lightning Headlines UAE Oaks

Half sister to Thunder Snow towers over compact field

Winter Lightning, a half sister to group 1 winner Thunder Snow, has defeated Rayya in both their previous meetings during the World Cup Carnival. She put a nose in front of her rival at the end of the Jan. 18 UAE One Thousand Guineas Trial Sponsored by Al Maryah Island going 1,400 meters (about seven furlongs), then ran by the pacesetting Rayya Feb. 8 in the stretch run of the One Thousand Guineas Sponsored by Friday, winning by two lengths.

Winter Lightning is by Shamardal out of the Dubai Destination mare Eastern Joy (GB). Patrick Cosgrave has the mount for trainer Saeed bin Suroor.

Rayya, a Tiz Wonderful filly out of the Coronado’s Quest mare Spread, is trained by Doug Watson for Sheikh Rashid bin Humaid Al Nuaimi. Patrick Dobbs rides.

Also in the six-filly field for the Oaks is Expressiy, another from the Godolphin string. The Charlie Appleby charge, a daughter of Siyouni, has finished third behind Winter Lightning at Rayya in her last two starts and appears in need of another gear to make up the difference.

“Expressiy has progressed with each run in Dubai and the step up in trip is going to suit her,” Appleby said. “We feel that she has done well since she ran in the UAE One Thousand Guineas and she should be closer to the two fillies that beat her.”

Also on the evening card, the Meydan Classic Sponsored by Trans Gulf Electro-Mechanical is a 1,600-meter (about one mile) turf race that might provide a candidate or two for the March 30 Dubai Turf Sponsored by DP World (G1). Top-rated are Wasim (IRE), Godolphin’s entry of Zaman, and a Kitten’s Joy  colt, Centenary Diamond, who finished 1-2-3 in the Feb. 8 Meydan Classic Trial Sponsored by getthat.com going 100 meters shorter over the course.

A veteran field of 11 is entered for the Nad Al Sheeba Trophy Sponsored by Al Nabooda Civil Engineering Group (G3). Among the usual suspects are The Aga Khan’s 6-year-old Vazirabad and 9-year-old Sheikhzayedroad, who finished first and third in last year’s Dubai Gold Cup Sponsored by Al Tayer Motors (G2). Godolphin fields three in this race, including 7-year-old Red Galileo.

fonte : Bloodhorse.com


Preview. Godolphin trio seek Nad Al Sheba Trophy spoils


Red GalileoNatural Scenery and Rare Rhythm go for glory in the leading contest for stayers during the Dubai World Cup Carnival, the 14-furlong G3 Nad Al Sheba Trophy, on turf at Meydan, UAE, on Thursday, March 1. 

The Saeed bin Suroor-trained pair of Red Galileo (Pat Cosgrave) and Natural Scenery (Gerald Mosse), both by Dubawi, have already faced each other twice in turf handicaps at this year’s Carnival. 

Red Galileo finished a place behind his stable companion when taking fourth over 14 furlongs on January 25, but turned round the form to be a close third in a two-mile contest on 15 February, with Natural Scenery fifth. 

Progressive six-year-old Rare Rhythm (Charlie Appleby/William Buick), also by Dubawi, makes his seasonal return after winning on both his starts in 2017. He followed up victory in the 12-furlong Duke Of Edinburgh Handicap at Royal Ascot in June with success in a 14-furlong Listed race at York the following month. 

The field of 11 for the Nad Al Sheba Trophy includes multiple G1 winner Vazirabad and Prince Of Arran, who edged out Red Galileo when scoring at Meydan on 15 February. 

Saeed bin Suroor said: “Red Galileo ran well last time and I am hoping for another good run from him, although it will very tough to beat a horse like Vazirabad. 

“Natural Scenery was a little disappointing on her latest start, but came out of that race well and is ready to go. I am looking for a better performance from her this time.” 

Please see a separate story for Charlie Appleby’s thoughts on Rare Rhythm.

Thursday’s feature race on the dirt is the G3 UAE Oaks, in which Winter Lightning(Saeed bin Suroor/Pat Cosgrave) bids to follow up an impressive victory in the mile Listed UAE 1,000 Guineas on 8 February. The latest news on Winter Lightning will be posted tomorrow.

She is joined in the extended nine-furlong contest by Expressiy (Charlie Appleby/William Buick), who finished third behind Winter Lightning in both the UAE 1,000 Guineas and the seven-furlong UAE Guineas Trial on 18 January. 

Charlie Appleby declared: “Expressiy has progressed with each run in Dubai and the step up in trip is going to suit her. We feel that she has done well since she ran in the UAE 1,000 Guineas and she should be closer to the two fillies that beat her.”

Three-year-old colts Zaman (Charlie Appleby/William Buick), runner-up in the G2 Vintage Stakes at Goodwood, UK, last year, and Racing Country (Saeed bin Suroor/Gerald Mosse), a son of Dubawi who is drawn eight of the 14 runners, go for glory in the mile Listed Meydan Classic on turf. 

Charlie Appleby remarked: “Zaman has come forward since his second in the trial for this race (17 February) and he will appreciate racing over a mile, while he also has a better draw in stall three this time.” 

Saeed bin Suroor commented: “Racing History has been disappointing so far out in Dubai and hasn’t been showing a lot on the racecourse this year. We are giving him a final chance at the Carnival and I hope he can run a better race.”

Four-year-old Dubawi colt Don’t Give Up (Christophe Soumillon), unbeaten in two Carnival appearances so far this season, goes for a third straight handicap victory over 10 furlongs on dirt for Saeed bin Suroor, who is also represented in the same race by course and distance winner Alabaster (Pat Cosgrave) – third to Don’t Give Up on his last two starts. 

Mountain Hunter (Saeed bin Suroor/Pat Cosgrave) has also been in winning form at Meydan this year, readily winning a 10-furlong turf handicap on 25 January, and the four-year-old lines up in another turf handicap over the same trip alongside the Charlie Appleby-trained duo of Banksea (William Buick) and Kidmenever (James Doyle). 

The four Godolphin contenders for the seven-furlong handicap on turf include Steady Pace (Saeed bin Suroor/Pat Cosgrave), who steps up in trip after going down by a nose over six furlongs on 1 February. 

Top Score (Saeed bin Suroor/Christophe Soumillon), Van Der Decken (Charlie Appleby/William Buick) and Silver Line (Saeed bin Suroor/Gerald Mosse) all re-oppose after coming home second, third and fifth over the same distance on 17 February.

fonte : Godolphin


Street Sense Colt Goes Two-For-Two at Lingfield

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at 10:52 am | Back to: EuropeTop News

Updated: February 27, 2018 at 11:39 am

2nd at LIN, Cond, £5,800 32Red Casino Novice S. (7f 1y) Winner: Walk In The Sun, c, 3 by Street Sense


Walk In The Sun | racingfotos.com

2nd-LIN, £5,800, Cond, 2-27, 3yo, 7f 1y (AWT), 1:23.19, st.

WALK IN THE SUN (c, 3, Street Sense–Mystic Melody {SW & MGSP-Fr}, by Seattle Slew), who gained a narrow verdict going seven panels at Kempton in his Jan. 26 debut, was slick from the gate and led all three rivals from the outset here. Maintaining control throughout, the 1-12 favourite was scrubbed along on the home turn and pushed out in the short straight to easily account for New Orleans (Ire) (Red Jazz) by seven lengths. “It was a good performance and it was how we expected him to do it,” said Kerri Radcliffe, who signed the docket when the bay jumped from a $15,000 Keeneland September yearling to become a record-setting €1.4-million breezer at Arqana’s May sale last year. “He was quite babyish [turning for home] and has a bit to learn yet,” she added. “Long-term plans are for the trainer to decide, but he’s a big, leggy colt and needs to fill out.” The May 26 G1 Irish 2000 Guineas entry is one of three scorers produced by MGSP Listed Prix Coronation victress Mystic Melody (Seattle Slew), herself kin to four black-type performers headed by GI Travers S. and GI Woodward S. hero Alpha (Bernardini). She was covered by both Animal Kingdom and Elusive Quality last year. His second dam is Listed Lingfield Oaks Trial winner Munnaya (Nijinsky II), one of three stakes winners produced by G3 Princess Margaret S. victress Hiaam (Alydar), who in turn is kin to MGSW sire Key to the Moon (Wajima), MGISW Gorgeous (Slew o’ Gold) and GI Kentucky Oaks heroine Seaside Attraction (Seattle Slew). The latter was responsible for MGISW US champion juvenile distaffer Golden Attraction (Mr. Prospector) and sires Cape Town (Seeking the Gold) and Cape Canaveral (Mr. Prospector), and she is also a half-sister to the dam of European Horse of the Year and MG1SW sire Fantastic Light (Rahy) and stakes-winning G1 Prix Saint-Alary and GI E. P. Taylor S. placegetter Hi Dubai (Rahy). Lifetime Record: 2-2-0-0, $10,727. Video, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

O-Phoenix Thoroughbred Ltd; B-Godolphin (KY); T-Jeremy Noseda.

fonte : TDN


Leading Sires by Graded Stakes Winners (NA) YTD

While prize money, number of winners and black-type winners can help boost a stallions credentials it’s the Graded Stakes Winners that give their sires real credibility. 
Uncle Mo and Candy Ride are leaders in their own rights but when you order stallions by their Graded Stakes Winners a different stallion comes out on top, who is it? 
fonte : TDN