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UAE-based Jockeys and Trainers Looking Forward to Second Running of China Raceday

UAE-based trainers answer questions from media at the special luncheon before Friday’s Chengdu Dubai International Cup.
Photo: Dubai Racing Club // Andrew Watkins

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The trainers and jockeys of the second annual Chengdu Dubai International Cup met more than 100 members of the Chinese media today (Wednesday) at a luncheon held in advance of Friday’s raceday.

UAE-based trainers, Musabah Al Muhairi, Ali Rashid Al Raihe, Doug Watson, Satish Seemar and Erwan Charpy and jockeys, Richard Mullen, Royston Ffrench, Ahmed Ajtebi, Xavier Ziani and Tadhg O’Shea answered questions from the floor following morning trackwork at Jinma Lake Racecourse.

Talking to media 2014-15 UAE Champion trainer Al Muhairi: “The horses are in good form and it’s been a great season for our stable.

“It is very exciting to be able to come here and talk to the media about racing in Dubai. There is a lot of interest in our racing and we are looking forward to putting on some great racing on Friday.”

Al Muhairi, who trained Tamarkuz to victory in the Group 2 Godolphin Mile on Dubai World Cup day recently is hoping for more success on Friday when he saddles eight.

“I’m very pleased to be here for a second year. I was able to send out two winners here last year and having another victory would be a great end to a fantastic season.”

Charpy is another who claimed a winner on Dubai World Cup day at Meydan last week with Purebred Arabian Manark in the Group 1 Dubai Kahalya Classic.

And Charpy is another looking to continue his recent run of good form in Dubai at the Chengdu meeting.

“This is a special event for me because I trained my 500th career winner at this meeting. I am coming back this year with more horses and we are hoping for more winners,” he said.

“The more we come to China and to Chengdu the more we can help people here understand about horses and racing.”

The 2014-15 UAE Champion Jockey Richard Mullen is looking for a first Chengdu win on Friday.

“It’s nice to come back,” he said. “I don’t think I did too well out here last year. I had a second and a third and a fourth so let’s hope I can turn things around this year.”

Five races worth a combined total of RMB3.75m (US$604,536) will be contested on Friday including the featured 2218m RMB1.5m Chengdu Dubai International Cup presented by Longines. Also on the card is the Wenjiang Meydan Classic over 1600m, The Meydan Handicap over 2418m, the Guangsha Mile and the 1400m Wenjiang Sprint. The first race goes to post at 1.30pm (9.30am UAE).

Chengdu is situated in the South West of China and is the capital of Sichuan province. It is a city of historical and cultural significance and acts as a centre for politics, culture, science, education, commerce, finance and international trade. An accessible transportation and communications hub, Chengdu also possesses the largest airport in the region. It is one of the largest cities on mainland China.