Meydan Horse Racing: Quality Field for the G2 Madjani Stakes – News

Kerless Del Roc bid to become the first double winner

Meydan track.

Written by Leslie Wilson Jr

published: Fri, Nov 25, 2022, 2:16 am

Defending champion Cyril Del Roque is battling to become the first double winner of the Group Two Madjani Stakes, a high-quality Thoroughbred Arabian highlight of a seven-race card sponsored by leading Swiss watchmaker Longines.

Briskly racing, Ibn Ahmed Al Muhairbi went on to finish second to Division 1 in the Group 1 Kahayla Classic, a 2,000-meter competition, which would again be his main goal for the season.

The strong 15-runner field also includes 2021 Kahayla Classic winner Derian, who will be making his first start with Majed Al Jahoury.

The winners of Group 1 of the Al Maktoum Challenge in Round 2 hold strong claims in a race that looks like a very competitive renewal.

The highlight is the Longines Master Collection Handicap, a six-furlong competition on dirt that is the port of call for horses who will line up in some of the leading sprint races of the 2022-2023 UAE racing season.

Musabah Al Muhairi, Mutrafa, the smart winner of January’s 1000m Dubai Dash on field turf, and the progressive troublemaker, trained by Salem Bin Ghadeer, are looking to be leading contenders.

Commenting on Longines’ long association with racing in Meydan. Matthew Baumgartner, Vice President of Marketing at Longines, said: “Longines is proud to be the Principal Partner, Presenting Partner and Official Timekeeper of Meydan Racecourse. This partnership reinforces Longines’ longstanding dedication and commitment to the equestrian world, which dates back nearly a century and a half.

The Swiss-based watchmaker is a staunch supporter of equestrian sports while its support for the Dubai Racing Club includes Longines’ $6 million Dubai Shema Classic, one of the world’s most valuable turf races that runs on the Dubai World Cup ticket in March.

“Longines has always been a great supporter of racing and equestrian sports in Dubai,” said Major General Dr. Mohamed Issa Al Athab, General Manager of the Dubai Racing Club. “Longines watches are synonymous with excellence and beauty, and we look forward to welcoming the team and their guests back to Meydan Racecourse for an exciting evening of racing.”

Friday action kicks off at 6pm and general admission starts at just 2 dirhams, with access to the premium can at 50 dirhams. There are also a range of hospitality packages available.

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