Shadwell at Dubai World Cup night

Posted on: 30th Mar 2015

Gr.2 Godolphin Mile winner TAMARKUZ
Gr.2 Godolphin Mile winner TAMARKUZ

The highlight of the flat racing calendar for many owners is the globally renowned Dubai World Cup night at Meydan Racecourse, Dubai.

In 2014, our now first season sire MUKHADRAM came a valiant second in the feature race to AFRICAN STORY who was bidding this year to be the first back to back winner of the world's richest horse race. This year, although we were not represented in the feature race, we experienced some note worthy success with both our Thoroughbred and Arabian horses.

TAMARKUZ (Speightstown x Without You Babe (Lemon Drop Kid)) secured the prestigious Gr.2 Godolphin Mile on the new dirt surface.  After a late break, Paul Hanagan nursed him back in to a handy position in the field putting his natural turn of foot to good use to get back in contention. He showed his tenacity on the dirt, navigated his way through the field, avoiding the worst of the traffic and held on to win the Gr.2 contest by a short head. Both TAMARKUZ (pictured) and the second horse SLOANE AVENUE were well clear of the rest of the field leading to suggestions that the son of Speightstown might return to the USA (where he was purchased) to race further on the dirt that so obviously suits him.  There is plenty of talent in the 5YO colt and after 4 wins on the bounce, the next stop will probably be a well earned rest before any decisions are made; although, there is talk that he may be campaigned to run in the feature race, the Dubai World Cup in 2016.

Not to be outdone by their Thoroughbred counterparts, the Arabian runners for Shadwell also shone on the world's biggest stage.  The 10 furlong Kahayla Classic is the traditional start of proceedings on Dubai World Cup night and for the first time since 2007, a horse in the nominated colours of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum won the world's most prestigious Arabian contest. MANARK (Mahabb x Mendra (Sousse)) had already won the Gr.2 PA Bani Yas at Meydan this year beating a field of group performers by around 9 lengths; he went on to repeat this feat at the highest level when beating a field of 15 in The Kahayla Classic.  

Born at Haras de Mandore (France), MANARK started his racing career in France, trained by Damien de Watrigant. He won 4 of his 6 starts with this trainer, including the Gr.2 PA EEF International Stakes at Newbury, and finished 3rd of the Qatar Coupe de France des Chevaux Arabes (Gr.1 PA).
He was back on the racetrack in the UK in 2014, trained by Gill Duffield. Always placed, he ended the British season with a 3rd place in the QREC Harwood International Stakes (Gr.1 PA).

He was ridden in the 2015 Kahayla Classic by Dane O'Neill (one of Shadwell's retained jockeys) and had been trained for his UAE campaign by Dubai based trainer Erwin Charpy. This was a first Kahayla Classic win for both Erwin and Dane for this owner.

More photos of both races are available on the Shadwell Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.459533394194738.1073741852.215465865268160&type=1

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