UAE President’s Cup World Series reaches Italy; Godolphin signs the historic double of the Derby
Hurricane Lane (right), ridden by William Buick, heads to the finish line of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at Curragh Racecourse on Saturday. Courtesy of the Godolphin website
The third round of the 28th edition of the UAE President’s Cup World Series for purebred Arabian horses will take place on Sunday at the San Siro Racecourse in Milan, Italy.
The first and second rounds took place in the United States and France respectively.
Will be held under the high patronage of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, with the support of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces of the United Arab Emirates, and the Guidance from Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, the race will feature a field of nine Arabian, Italian and European horses in Group 2 – 2000m.
The race offers a cash prize of € 50,000. The series is a testament to the UAE’s efforts to promote global awareness of purebred Arabian horses and their importance in the culture and history of the country.
The UAE has become a staunch supporter of their mission to promote the culture and heritage of the Arabian Peninsula through its treasured possession, the purebred Arabian horse.
The Emirates Equestrian Federation launched the President’s Cup World Series for purebred Arabian horses in 1994 to promote the noble breed globally, which is now gaining popularity and appeal.
Created by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan to promote and celebrate Arabian horses, especially in Europe and North America, and to prove that they can compete with thoroughbreds, the series is the premier international race for Arabian horses and remains the first race. for the race.
Double fun as Hurricane Lane triumphs in Irish Derby G1: Hurricane Lane completed a derby brace for Godolphin as he knocked out Lone Eagle near home to win a thrilling Irish Derby G1 renewal at Curragh, in Ireland, Saturday.
The Charlie Appleby-trained colt had started his three-year-old season with two impressive wins, including the G2 Dante Stakes, before finishing third behind his teammate Adayar in the G1 Derby at Epsom Downs earlier this month.
After showing good speed early on, Hurricane Lane quickly fought for third behind Matchless and Lone Eagle before being relegated to seventh after the first three stages.
The Godolphin racer was tilted to meet his challenge for William Buick as they approached the three-stage post and stayed steadfast to pass second just inside the last quarter mile, drifting to the inside rail in the process.
Lone Eagle had previously kicked home under Frankie Dettori and held a four-length advantage one and a half stadiums away from home. Hurricane Lane made relentless strides on the leader throughout the final stadium, rising in the final strides for a neck verdict, with the top two pulling Wordsworth seven lengths ahead in the third.
Appleby said: “Coming into this race I was convinced that Hurricane Lane had gained a lot of Epsom experience, despite being the most prized of our three runners. I think inexperience probably said that day – he fell off the bridle a little earlier than expected at the top of the hill, he also lost both of his shoes before, but we certainly saw a marked improvement in his homework afterwards.
“Mentally you saw he was on his A-game today and entered the race as a more experienced and seasoned horse. He’s a fantastic individual and it’s hard to fault him.
“I thought Frankie [Dettori] Could have stolen the race on Lone Eagle going down the hill as the ground has tightened over the past 24 hours which was the only negative I could give Hurricane Lane.
“I think there is more to come from him. We have seen the improvement in Epsom here and it is a large, far reaching individual. We always thought we didn’t have the liveliest two year olds last winter, but we were hoping they would be a nice three year old gang. So far this is what they have proven and we can only hope that there can be further improvements to come in their four year career.
“We’re heading to King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes with Adayar to test his mettle against older horses. If he managed to finish in the top three there, then obviously the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe would be part of the conversation.
“This is great for His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, who has supported me and the whole team over the years. People ask if there is pressure but it’s not pressure because he is a great man who knows everyone is doing their best.