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VIDEO: IS THIS UNDEFEATED 3YO COLT THE NEXT WORLD SUPERSTAR? DUBAI WORLD CUP?? KENTUCKY DERBY??

Kentucky Derby 2019 Radar:

Walking Thunder stars in Dubai

By Jonathan Lintner

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The Phoenix Ladies Syndicate, an offshoot of the Phoenix Thoroughbreds group that campaigns Belmont Stakes runner-up Gronkowski, is right to have some Triple Crown race dreams of its own after Thursday’s $100,000 UAE 2000 Guineas Trial.

Walking Thunder moved his record to 3-for-3 in the most impressive fashion, showing gate speed from the outside and No. 15 post position, stalking the pace and taking over as they turned for home.

The Violence colt went on to win by nine lengths at Meydan, setting him up to continue on toward the March 30 UAE Derby (G2), which awards 2019 Kentucky Derby qualifying points on a 100-40-20-10 scale to the Top.4 finishers.

“He’s a different class horse,” said trainer Ahmed bin Harmash. “…It looks like the horse can travel the Derby distance.

Bin Harmash also conditions for Phoenix Ladies the 3-year-old Superior, another winner during his juvenile season at Meydan who could point toward races such as the 2000 Guineas (G2) on Feb. 7 and UAE Derby.

Walking Thunder, a Florida-bred purchased for $42,000, was off at 3-1 on the U.S. tote Thursday. His victory came at the cost of Royal Marine, a Group 1 winner for Godolphin on the turf who broke while odds-on. Royal Marine raced wide to avoid some of the kickback but did so at one pace, finishing fourth.

As for the winner, jockey Connor Beasley said he let Walking Thunder “find his feet” from the outside post. Kicking away from the gate, the colt crossed over all but one in the field, the pace-setting Power Link.

“As soon as I asked him off the bend there, he felt like he put it to bed in two strides, to be honest,” Beasley said. “He’s just so very professional in his mannerisms — the way he goes to the start, just everything. I haven’t rode many good horses, but to me he feels like a good horse.”

Walking Thunder completed a one-turn mile on the Meydan dirt in 1:38.43.

“Off that, I’d dare say,” said Beasley, asked if the horse can go even farther. “Obviously it was a bit of a question mark these two runs previous. Today he settled a lot better just having a bit more of a rein. I’d say…he never stopped, and I couldn’t pull him up after the line.”

 

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Kentucky Derby 2019 Radar:

Walking Thunder rises in Dubai

By Jonathan Lintner

December 17, 2018 9:27 AM

Phoenix Ladies Syndicate

Whereas Phoenix Racing made an impact on the 2018 Triple Crown with Gronkowski second in the Belmont Stakes, the Phoenix Ladies Syndicate, an offshoot designed to increase female participation in Dubai, could have a 2019 Kentucky Derby prospect or two on its hands.

Walking Thunder, a son of Violence trained by Ahmed bin Harmas, is 2-for-2 after striking Dec. 6 in a 1-mile race at Meydan. Next, the colt will target the UAE 2000 Guineas (G3) on Feb. 7, according to the latest batch of Dubai Racing Club notes.

Superior, also a debut winner for Phoenix Ladies, will contest January’s 2000 Guineas Trial, keeping stablemates separated on the lead up to the UAE Derby (G2), which on March 30 awards Kentucky Derby qualifying points on a 100-40-20-10 basis to the Top 4 finishers.

“Part of the plan was for him to get an education — put him behind and take the (kickback) to see if he could handle it before he faces it in bigger races,” Amer Abdulaziz, principal of Phoenix Thoroughbreds, said of Walking Thunder’s most-recent effort. It followed a seven-furlong debut win, with the UAE 2000 Guineas a next step.

Jockey Connor Beasley “did an amazing job and kept him in the right place and then he just took off,” Abdulaziz added. “It was very impressive. The Phoenix Ladies have some very good young horses and we also look forward to the older Phoenix big guns coming for the Carnival.”

Those big guns, by the way, are Gronkowski and Axelrod, the soon-to-be 4-year-old colts who will prep locally for runs in the Dubai World Cup, also on March 30. Axelrod has one more domestic start to make in Santa Anita’s Dec. 26 Malibu Stakes (G1) before both horses are turned over to trainer Sandeep Jadhav in Dubai.

Gold Town won the 2018 2000 Guineas before heading into a UAE Derby matchup with Mendelssohn, who romped. Before that, Thunder Snow completed the 2000 Guineas-UAE Derby double in 2017.

Beasley told the Dubai Racing Channel after the Dec. 6 victory that Walking Thunder’s “attitude is unbelievable for a 2-year-old who’s only run twice.” Pamela Cordina, of the Phoenix Ladies syndicate, added that, “He has us dreaming of some big targets during the Carnival and with luck we can win some nice races.”

Both Walking Thunder ($42,000) and Superior ($50,000) were relatively cheap purchases as 2-year-olds at the Ocala Breeders’ Sale last April. We’ll see moving forward if they can hang with the likes of Royal Marine, a Godolphin runner — and already a Group 1 winner — who could also target the UAE Derby.

DUBAI WORLD CUP CARNIVAL: DAY 2 TIPS + BEST BETS

DUBAI WORLD CUP CARNIVAL

DAY 2 TIPS + BEST BETS

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RACE 1: 2.AF MAHSOUM

RACE 2: 8.GOOD FORTUNE

RACE 3: 2.ROYAL MARINE*****

RACE 4: 4.MAJOR PARTNERSHIP

RACE 5: 8.GOLD TOWN

RACE 6: 6.GLASSY WATERS

RACE 7: 11.ESHTIRAAK

 

BEST BET: R3-2 ROYAL MARINE

 

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2019 DUBAI WORLD CUP CARNIVAL CALENDAR

Dubai World Cup Carnival 2019

The Dubai World Cup Carnival, worth more than US$10 m in prize money across 10 race meetings, runs from January to March every year and is a season of high-class international race days contested by the most high-profile owners, trainers, horses and jockeys in the world. It runs alongside the domestic Racing at Meydan season.

The Dubai World Cup Carnival leads to the Dubai World Cup day, the richest day of racing in the world.

The major prep for Dubai World Cup day is the Super Saturday meeting, to be held on Saturday March 09, 2019. Super Saturday allows trainers to put the finishing touches to their equine stars before appearing on racing’s biggest stage – Dubai World Cup day. As the official dress rehearsal for the Dubai World Cup it is a major social occasion.

 

Racing Calendar

2018 – 2019 Racing Season Calendar

Racing Calendar

Date

Race Meeting

Post Times

Thursday, 1 November, 2018 Racing at Meydan 6:30pm
Thursday, 8 November, 2018 Racing at Meydan 6:30pm
Thursday, 22 November, 2018 Racing at Meydan 6:30pm
Thursday, 6 December, 2018 Racing at Meydan 6:30pm
Thursday, 20 December, 2018 Racing at Meydan 6:30pm
Thursday, 3 January, 2019 Dubai World Cup Carnival 6:30pm
Saturday, 5 January, 2019 Racing at Meydan 4pm
Thursday, 10 January, 2019 Dubai World Cup Carnival 6:30pm
Thursday, 17 January, 2019 Dubai World Cup Carnival 6:30pm
Saturday, 19 January, 2019 Racing at Meydan 4pm
Thursday, 24 January, 2019 Dubai World Cup Carnival 6:30pm
Thursday, 31 January, 2019 Dubai World Cup Carnival 6:30pm
Saturday, 2 February, 2019 Racing at Meydan 4pm
Thursday, 7 February, 2019 Dubai World Cup Carnival 6:30pm
Thursday, 14 February, 2019 Dubai World Cup Carnival 6:30pm
Thursday, 21 February, 2019 Dubai World Cup Carnival 6:30pm
Thursday, 28 February, 2019 Dubai World Cup Carnival 6:30pm
Saturday, 2 March, 2019 Racing at Meydan 4pm

Saturday, 9 March, 2019

Dubai World Cup Carnival – Super Saturday

4:00pm

Thursday, 14 March, 2019 Racing at Meydan

6:30pm

Saturday, 30 March, 2019

Dubai World Cup

3:45pm

DUBAI (MEYDAN) TIPS & BEST BETS – THURSDAY 3 JANUARY 2019

DUBAI (MEYDAN) TIPS & BEST BETS 

THURSDAY 3 JANUARY 2019

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RACE 1: 5.ISPOLINI $2.50

RACE 2: 2.AL SHAMKHAH*** $8.00

RACE 3: 2.HIT THE BID $4.00

RACE 4 GROUP 3 – DUBAWI STAKES: 1.ACE KOREA $15

RACE 5 GROUP 3 – SINGSPIEL STAKES: 3.DEAUVILLE $8

RACE 6: 12.AURUM $4.50

 

BEST BET: R2-2 AL SHAMKHAH $8.00

 

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Dubai World Cup Carnival 2019

The Dubai World Cup Carnival, worth more than US$10 m in prize money across 10 race meetings, runs from January to March every year and is a season of high-class international race days contested by the most high-profile owners, trainers, horses and jockeys in the world. It runs alongside the domestic Racing at Meydan season.

 

The Dubai World Cup Carnival leads to the Dubai World Cup day, the richest day of racing in the world.

 

The major prep for Dubai World Cup day is the Super Saturday meeting, to be held on Saturday March 09, 2019. Super Saturday allows trainers to put the finishing touches to their equine stars before appearing on racing’s biggest stage – Dubai World Cup day. As the official dress rehearsal for the Dubai World Cup it is a major social occasion.

 

Racing Calendar

2018 – 2019 Racing Season Calendar

Racing Calendar

Date

Race Meeting

Post Times

Thursday, 1 November, 2018 Racing at Meydan 6:30pm
Thursday, 8 November, 2018 Racing at Meydan 6:30pm
Thursday, 22 November, 2018 Racing at Meydan 6:30pm
Thursday, 6 December, 2018 Racing at Meydan 6:30pm
Thursday, 20 December, 2018 Racing at Meydan 6:30pm
Thursday, 3 January, 2019 Dubai World Cup Carnival 6:30pm
Saturday, 5 January, 2019 Racing at Meydan 4pm
Thursday, 10 January, 2019 Dubai World Cup Carnival 6:30pm
Thursday, 17 January, 2019 Dubai World Cup Carnival 6:30pm
Saturday, 19 January, 2019 Racing at Meydan 4pm
Thursday, 24 January, 2019 Dubai World Cup Carnival 6:30pm
Thursday, 31 January, 2019 Dubai World Cup Carnival 6:30pm
Saturday, 2 February, 2019 Racing at Meydan 4pm
Thursday, 7 February, 2019 Dubai World Cup Carnival 6:30pm
Thursday, 14 February, 2019 Dubai World Cup Carnival 6:30pm
Thursday, 21 February, 2019 Dubai World Cup Carnival 6:30pm
Thursday, 28 February, 2019 Dubai World Cup Carnival 6:30pm
Saturday, 2 March, 2019 Racing at Meydan 4pm
Saturday, 9 March, 2019 Dubai World Cup Carnival – Super Saturday 4:00pm
Thursday, 14 March, 2019 Racing at Meydan 6:30pm
Saturday, 30 March, 2019 Dubai World Cup 3:45pm

SAEED BIN SUROOR’S 3 TO FOLLOW FOR 2019 DUBAI WORLD CUP CARNIVAL

SAEED BIN SUROOR’S 3 TO FOLLOW FOR 2019 DUBAI WORLD CUP CARNIVAL

Godolphin trainer Saeed bin Suroor has nominated three horses to follow at the Dubai World Cup Carnival, which commences with an attractive card at Meydan on Thursday, 3 January.

 

 

Heading his list is the G1 Prix Jean-Luc Lagadere winner Royal Marine, who Saeed believes has the potential to develop into a G2 UAE Derby contender — but all hinges on the colt’s ability to handle the dirt.

 

 

“He is a lovely colt, who has done very well since arriving here in Dubai,” the trainer pointed out.

 

 

“The plan is to run him next week in the UAE 2000 Guineas Trial at Meydan to see how he runs on a dirt surface. If he performs well on it, then we will press ahead with the Guineas here in Dubai, and after that, the Derby.

 

 

“But first, he must show us he is comfortable running on dirt,” he added.

 

 

Not all horses handle the surface, as seen only last year when Godolphin’s Masar failed on dirt at Meydan prior to his return to Britain, where he won Newmarket’s G3 Craven Stakes by nine lengths and then triumphed in the G1 Derby at Epsom.

 

 

The revamped Dubai World Cup Carnival extends to 10 race days and concludes with ‘Super Saturday,’ on Saturday, 9 March, a fixture widely used as a dress rehearsal for the rich Dubai World Cup card, on Saturday, 30 March.

 

 

Saeed bin Suroor’s three to follow at the Dubai World Cup Carnival are:

ASOOF: 4yo bay filly (Dubawi – Lady’s Purse): A progressive filly, who finished third in a strong Newmarket fillies’ maiden last season (Arc runner-up Sea Of Class was second in the same race) and then won handicaps at Ripon, Newbury and Nottingham. Saeed said: “She is only a small filly but she has a good attitude and can make her mark at the Carnival.”

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ROYAL MARINE: 3yo bay colt (Raven’s Pass – Inner Secret): Two wins from three starts, including a Doncaster maiden and a G1 victory at Longchamp on Arc Day in October. He is a half-brother to the useful Secret Ambition. Initial target is the UAE Derby, providing he handles dirt track.

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LESHLAA: 5yo Chestnut colt (Street Cry – Vine Street): Has won four of his 16 starts but two runs stand out, and neither was a win. He finished fifth in Royal Ascot’s Britannia Handicap, traditionally one of the most competitive races at the Royal meeting, and he was second in the G3 Dubai Millennium at Meydan. He also won a Listed race in Turkey. Saeed said: “I want to see him again in his work before nominating a target for him”

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APPLEBY PICKS 3 TO FOLLOW FOR THE 2019 DUBAI WORLD CUP CARNIVAL

APPLEBY PICKS 3 TO FOLLOW FOR THE 2019 DUBAI WORLD CUP CARNIVAL

Godolphin trainer Charlie Appleby believes there is unfinished business for talented sprinter Blue Point on this year’s Dubai World Cup night at Meydan on Saturday, 30 March. He will be out to prove a point, if you will pardon the pun. 

 

 

Last March, the son of Shamardal arrived at the start for the G1 Al Quoz Sprint, only to be withdrawn on veterinary grounds. A small trickle of blood had been detected.

 

 

In the event, stablemate Jungle Cat acted as a ‘super sub’ and led the field home in triumph, and while Appleby was delighted, he is of the opinion that Blue Point can return and claim the prize this year.

 

 

The high point to Blue Point’s 2018 season was his sterling win in Royal Ascot’s G1 King’s Stand Stakes. The decision for him to be kept in training as a five-year-old is expected to prove lucrative, with the Al Quoz being a perfect target to get the ball rolling.

 

 

Appleby has picked out the Meydan Sprint on Thursday, 14 February, as his prep race — he was second in last year.

 

 

Appleby’s three to follow at the Dubai World Cup Carnival are:

ART SONG: 3yo bay colt (Scat Daddy – Practice): Showed himself to be a colt of potential when winning a 1m Kempton Park novice (on Polytrack) with something in hand. Appleby said: “He’s a horse I hold in high regard. I have earmarked the Al Bastakiya Trial, on Thursday, 24 January, as a starting point for him in Dubai. On breeding, he should be suited by the dirt.”

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BLUE POINT: 5yo bay colt (Shamardal – Scarlett Rose): Withdrawn at the start of last year’s G1 Al Quoz Sprint on veterinary grounds and bounced back from a troubled trip to Hong Kong to win the G1 King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot. Appleby said: “The plan is to have one run before the Al Quoz Sprint on Dubai World Cup night, in the Meydan Sprint on Thursday, 14 February.”

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LOXLEY: 4yo bay colt (New Approach – Lady Marian): Won the G2 Grand Prix de Deauville, over an extended mile and a half, but failed to get the trip when 10th in the G1 Doncaster St Leger. Ran well when second in the G2 Prix Dollar at Longchamp. Appleby said: “We will look at the G1 Jebel Hatta on ‘Super Saturday’ for him, which should lead nicely into the G1 Dubai Turf on Dubai World Cup night. I feel the distance (9f) will suit, as we saw in the Prix Dollar.”

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SATURDAY MARCH 31: DUBAI WORLD CUP NIGHT 2018 TIPS

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ALL ODDS FROM CROWNBET – BET ON ALL WORLD CUP NIGHT RACES

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RACE 1 – GROUP 2: GODOLPHIN MILE (US$1 MILLION):

12.KIMBEAR* $7.50

9.HEAVY METAL $3.60

4.MUSAWAAT $12

 

RACE 2 – (ARABIAN HORSES RACE) GROUP 1: DUBAI KAHAYLA CLASSIC:

8.ZIYADD $3.40

4.BARNAMAJ $5.00

1.MAWAHIB $17.00

 

RACE 3 – GROUP 2: DUBAI GOLD CUP (US$1 MILLION): 

14.RARE RYTHYM $3.60

5.VAZIRABAD $2.90

15.TORCEDOR $15.00

 

RACE 4 – GROUP 2: UAE DERBY (US$2 MILLION): 

5.GOLD TOWN $2.25

7.YULONG WARRIOR $17.00

4.MENDELSSOHN $3.40

 

RACE 5 – GROUP 1: AL QUOZ SPRINT (US$1 MILLION):

10.JUNGLE CAT $5.50

13.BLUE POINT $2.10

12.MUSIC MAGNATE $10.00

 

RACE 6 – GROUP 1: DUBAI GOLDEN SHAHEEN (US$2 MILLION):

9.JORDAN SPORT $13.00

6.ROY H $1.75

1.MIND YOUR BISCUITS $5.50

 

RACE 7 – GROUP 1: DUBAI TURF (US$6 MILLION): 

2.NEOREALISM $5.50

5.BENBATL $4.20

8.REAL STEEL $9.50

 

RACE 8 – GROUP 1: DUBAI SHEEMA CLASSIC (US$6 MILLION):

6.CLOTH OF STARS $3.70

3.REY DE ORO $3.70

5.PEOT’S WORD $6.00

 

RACE 9 – GROUP 1: DUBAI WORLD CUP (US$10 MILLION):

9.WEST COAST $2.00

2.NORTH AMERICA $6.50

7.TALISMANIC $10.00

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BEST BET: RACE 1 – 12 KIMBEAR $7.50

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