Dubai World Cup

Military Attack to run in Dubai World Cup while Blazing Speed heads to Duty Free

Military Attack will now join Akeed Mofeed in the world's richest race, the Dubai World Cup, on March 29. It will be the first time Hong Kong will have two runners in the race. Photo: Kenneth Chan

For the first time, Hong Kong will boast two runners in the the world's richest race after organisers acceded to a request from trainer John Moore to switch races and tackle the US$10 million Dubai World Cup on March 29 with Horse Of The Year Military Attack.

Tuesday, 4 March, 2014, 1:03pm

Military prepares for Dubai attack after impressive Gold Cup win

A jubilant Joao Moreira parades Military Attack in front of the Sha Tin crowd as the reigning Horse of the Year heads back to the winner's circle. Photos: Kenneth Chan

John Moore was chasing a Dubai World Cup start for Military Attack and Akeed Mofeed was left chasing shadows as the match race of the season fizzed into a non-event in the Citibank Hong Kong Gold Cup (2,000m) on Sunday.

24 Feb 2014 - 10:45am

Dubai disappointment might be just the tonic for Igugu

New stable recruit Treasure Beach and Igugu head back to their barns. The South African duo have been ticking along well since their arrival at Sha Tin. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Mike de Kock has already trained two winners of the Audemars Piguet QE II Cup and the South African's travelling assistant Steven Jell is hoping an established pattern can repeat on Sunday.

26 Apr 2013 - 4:22am

Fantasy racing on mainland China

The Meydan Group - or read Sheikh Mohammed (front second from left) in place of that company name - has the ability to fly in horses, jockeys and trainers who regularly compete in the United Arab Emirates, provide prize money and stage a race meeting. Photo: Reuters

For those of us who have never witnessed a mirage in the desert, the announcement that Meydan Group will be part of the commencement of international racing in Chengdu later this year will do until one comes along.

3 Apr 2013 - 4:46am

Joy And Fun earns another bouquet for Derek Cruz

Veteran Joy And Fun did his connections proud by finishing second in the Al Quoz Sprint at Meydan in Dubai. Photo: Kenneth Chan

No mention of Dubai and the World Cup meeting is complete with a huge bouquet for Derek Cruz and what he has done, over a long period of time, with Joy And Fun.

3 Apr 2013 - 4:46am

Trainer Derek Cruz rethinks retiring Joy And Fun after Al Quoz run

Joy And Fun

Derek Cruz was reconsidering retirement plans for nine-year-old warhorse Joy And Fun, after his revitalised run in the Al Quoz Sprint at the Meydan racecourse in Dubai on Saturday night, while fellow trainer John Moore was left to ponder Frederick Engels' "disaster" in the Golden Shaheen.

1 Apr 2013 - 3:39am

Hong Kong pair go close, but Shea Shea snares US$1m Al Quoz Sprint

Joy And Fun, ridden by Tye Angland, is beaten home by Shea Shea, with Eagle Regiment (unseen) on the outside in third place in the Al Quoz Sprint. Photo: Kenneth Chan

When Joy And Fun kicked in front with less then 300 metres to go at the Dubai World Cup meeting, and Eagle Regiment went with him - they looked like fighting out the finish, but lurking behind them was Shea Shea - who peeled off the back of Joy And Fun and broke the track record in a devastating display.

31 Mar 2013 - 4:57am

Joy And Fun primed for victorious farewell

Joy and Fun gallops on the Tapeta track at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai on March 27. Photo: SCMP/Kenneth Chan

Trainer Derek Cruz says Joy And Fun has "nothing left to prove" and will be retired after Saturday's US$1million Al Quoz Sprint - a race fellow Hong Kong-trained runner Eagle Regiment seems increasingly likely to miss for the second straight year.

28 Mar 2013 - 11:46am

Time running out for lame Eagle Regiment in Dubai

Eagle Regiment.

Another Dubai mission is turning to disaster for Manfred Man Ka-leung's injury-prone sprinter Eagle Regiment, who is battling lameness and seems in severe doubt to take his place in Saturday's Al Quoz Sprint.

27 Mar 2013 - 4:53am

Doleuze hoping Eagle Regiment is at his best behaviour in Dubai

Eagle Regiment, ridden by Olivier Doleuze. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Drawing barrier one was a blessing for Frederick Engels in Saturday's Golden Shaheen, but jockey Olivier Doleuze said the same gate could be a curse for Eagle Regiment in the Al Quoz Sprint if it means the "naughty" sprinter is loaded too early.

26 Mar 2013 - 3:15am

Shea Shea sends Hong Kong runners a lethal warning

Mike de Kock

Godolphin took Super Saturday by the scruff of the neck in Dubai last Saturday night, but it was Mike de Kock's sprinter Shea Shea that sent out the message most relevant for Hong Kong's World Cup night aspirants.

13 Mar 2013 - 5:44am

Racing Digest, March 11, 2013

Little Men (Douglas Whyte) wins well but not before being slow out of the gates. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Champion trainer John Size still wasn't happy with Little Men's barrier manners but the three-year-old still managed to do enough right to justify a short price in winning his second successive race. 

11 Mar 2013 - 4:02am

Godolphin light up Meydan

Sajjhaa and William Buick claim the Jebel Hatta for trainer Saeed bin Suroor. Photo: Dubai Racing Club

Dubai Super Saturday certainly lived up to its billing, especially for Godolphin and trainer Saeed bin Suroor who combined to win four of the seven races, including both the Group One features at Meydan.

11 Mar 2013 - 4:02am

Moore could plot Attack on Dubai

Zac Purton celebrates as he crosses the line on Military Attack after a dream run that saw the gelding unleash his lethal turn of foot in the home straight to claim the Gold Cup. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Zac Purton grabbed a rare opportunity for the John Moore yard to claim his first Citibank Hong Kong Gold Cup yesterday and break the trainer's Group One drought for the season with Military Attack.

25 Feb 2013 - 4:13am

Bad starts cost HK contenders in Dubai

Hong Kong hearts were broken as the two sprinters carrying the Bauhinia flag were beaten by barriers, in more ways than one, at a drama-charged Dubai World Cup meeting at Meydan last night.

1 Apr 2012 - 12:00am