x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

UAE horses fill Glorious Goodwood card

Film Score and Corsica go head-to-head in the Betfair Stakes today on the opening day of Glorious Goodwood.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and his son, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, have horses in the same race today as Glorious Goodwood kicks off in England with an excellent seven-race card. Godolphin, founded by Sheikh Mohammed, field Film Score in the Betfair Gordon Stakes and the three-old will be up against Sheikh Hamdan's Corsica, the Group 3 Bahrain Trophy winner.

Godolphin were forced to pull out Simon De Montfort yesterday but there is still added UAE interest in the Group 3 race over a mile-and-a-half with Very Good Day, owned by Jaber Abdullah, a UAE businessman. Mahmood al Zarooni, the trainer, said he would be intrigued to see how Film Score, the son of Street Cry, fares with the move up in distance after running on well to come home fourth over 10 furlongs in the Listed Hampton Court Stakes at Royal Ascot on June 17.