x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 July 2017

Rabbah Bloodstock to challenge at World Cup with Dance And Dance

Dance And Dance will spearhead the challenge of Rabbah Bloodstock during the Dubai World Cup Carnival next year with the ultimate goal being the Godolphin Mile on Dubai World Cup night on March 31.

Dance And Dance will spearhead the challenge of Rabbah Bloodstock during the Dubai World Cup Carnival next year with the ultimate goal being the Godolphin Mile on Dubai World Cup night on March 31.

The five year old progressed through the handicap ranks in Britain this season, finishing second to Julienas in the Royal Hunt Cup, at Royal Ascot in June, before performing with credit in two important international Group 1 races.

Ed Vaughan, the trainer, sent the gelding to finish just under two lengths in sixth to Turallure in the Woodbine Mile Stakes in Canada, in September, before the jockey Jamie Spencer guided his mount to fifth behind Gio Ponti in the Turf Mile Stakes at Keeneland, in Kentucky, a month later.

Turallure was a second by a nose behind Court Vision in the Breeders' Cup Mile at Churchill Downs earlier this month, while Gio Ponti was fourth in the same race, behind Goldikova.

"He was very unlucky in Woodbine," Bruce Raymond, the group's racing manager, said. "The horse that beat him in Canada went on to dominate the Breeders' Cup Mile.

"He's effective over seven furlongs, and maybe up to a mile, so we're coming to Dubai to pick up some big money."

Rabbah Bloodstock may also bring over Sooraah, owned by Mohammed Jaber, who raced Atlantic Sport at the Carnival last season.

The organisation, which manages the interests of several prominent UAE-based owners in England, have already shipped out horses for the coming Carnival season, several of which have been housed with the trainer Ali Rashid Al Raihe.

Happy Today was good enough to push Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed's Dordogne to a head at Newmarket in a Listed race in April. Dordogne subsequently took the Anatolia Trophy in Turkey, a race with Group 2 status.

Jaber Abdullah's three year old was considered good enough to contest the 2000 Guineas, in which he finished sixth behind Frankel before going lame on his off-hind at Royal Ascot.

Saeed Manana's Alsindi is another horse of note to arrive at Al Raihe's Grandstand Stables. The two-year-old filly won the Group 3 Oh So Sharp Stakes at Newmarket in September, edging ahead of Questing, who went on to be fifth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies.

Al Raihe has already saddled a winner for a Rabbah owner this season, sending out Zain Sharmadal to win for Abdullah at the first meeting at Meydan Racecourse two weeks ago.

Al Raihe has 10 runners spread out over the six races this afternoon in Dubai, where the first race starts at 3pm. It is one of six afternoon meets at Meydan during the 2011/12 season.

 

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