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Cairn Gorm Looking for Local Success in Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes

 

Cairn Gorm Looking for Local Success in Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes

This year marks the 25th year of Dubai Duty Free’s association with Newbury Racecourse, which hosts Dubai Duty Free International Weekend on Friday 18 and Saturday 19 September, featuring the Group 2 Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes, won in the past by the likes of Harry Angel, Ribchester and Dark Angel.

12 quality entries have made for this year’s renewal, including Archie Watson’s Devilwala, the top-rated horse in the field. Andrew Balding, son of Mill Reef’s trainer Ian, is bidding to win the race for the first time with Fivethousandtoone, whilst last year’s winning trainer Roger Varian has the four-time seeker Line of Departure in the mix.

Following two trips to France through the Summer, Mick Channon is now looking to run his exciting colt Cairn Gorm on more familiar turf, as the West Ilsley based trainer attempts to win the Group 2 Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes for a third time.

“The horse is in great form and has been training well since his last run at Deauville.” commented Jack Channon, son and assistant to Channon, “He lost the race in the stalls in the Prix Morney, but we have put a line through it and are still confident he is a high-class horse. He will do his final piece of work tomorrow and we will decide whether he will go to the Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef on Saturday or head straight to the Middle Park. Wherever he goes, we’re confident of a big run.”

Dubai Duty Free sponsor nine races across the two days and Colm McLoughlin, Executive Vice Chairman & CEO Dubai Duty Free commented: “We are very proud of our association with British racing which began with sponsorship of a single race at Newbury in 1996.  Since then we have witnessed a great many changes at Newbury and are delighted to have seen their business grow, alongside our own.

“Unfortunately, Covid-19 restrictions have forced our first absence from the racecourse in 25 years but we look forward to returning when it is once again safe for us to do so and send our best wishes to the team at Newbury and all those taking part in the Dubai Duty Free International Weekend.”

Julian Thick, Chief Executive for Newbury Racecourse added: “Our sincerest thanks to Dubai Duty Free for their ongoing support of Newbury Racecourse. In a 25-year association with Newbury and not once missing this meeting, they will be much missed by us and many others across the industry who have got to know them all so well. We look forward to welcoming them back again very soon.”

Dubai Duty Free International Weekend will be shown live on ITV1 on Saturday 19 September 2020.

Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes

Horse Trainer Owner
Alkumait Marcus Tregoning Hamdan Al Maktoum
Bahrain Pride Simon & Ed Crisford KHK Racing Ltd
Bickerstaffe K R Burke David W Armstrong
Cairn Gorm Mick Channon Hunscote Stud Limited And Partner
Devilwala Archie Watson Amo Racing Limited & Arjun Waney
First Edition Clive Cox Mrs Annette O’Callaghan
Fivethousandtoone Andrew Balding King Power Racing Co Ltd
Legal Attack Simon & Ed Crisford Saeed Bin Mohammed Al Qassimi
Line of Departure Roger Varian H H Sheikh Nasser Al Khalifa & Partner
Nomadic Empire David O’Meara AlMohamediya Racing
Rhythm Master Richard Fahey John Dance
Showalong Tim Easterby Mount Pleasant Racing

 

Friday 18 September – Dubai Duty Free International Friday

Race Channel Time Title Age Value Distance
1 Racing TV 1.20 The Racing TV Novice Median Auction Stakes (Class 5) 2 £5,300 6f
2 Racing TV 1.55 The British Stallions Studs EBF Maiden Stakes (Class 5) 2 £6,300 6f
3 Racing TV 2.30 The Dubai Duty Free Handicap Stakes (Class 2) 3+ £19,000 1m 4f
4 Racing TV 3.05 The Dubai Duty Free Nursery Handicap Stakes (Class 3) 2 £10,000 7f
5 Racing TV 3.40 The 40 Year Anniversary Haynes, Hanson & Clark Conditions Stakes 2 £14,000 1m
6 Racing TV 4.15 The Dubai Duty Free Cup (Class 1) (Listed Race) 3+ £30,000 7f
7 Racing TV 4.45 The Dubai Duty Free Full Of Surprises British EBF Fillies’ Conditions Stakes (Class 2) 2 £19,000 7f
8 Racing TV 5.20 The Haynes, Hanson & Clark Handicap Stakes (Class 4) 3+ £8,050 1m 2f

 

Saturday 19 September – Dubai Duty Free International Saturday

Race Channel Time Title Age Value Distance
1 Racing TV 1.05 The Heatherwold Stud EBF Novice Stakes (Class 5) 2 £6,300 7f
2 ITV1 1.40 The Dubai International Airport World Trophy (Class 1) (Group 3) 3+ £45,000 5f
3 ITV1 2.15 The Dubai Duty Free Handicap Stakes (Class 2) 3+ £40,000 1m 2f
4 ITV1 2.50 The Dubai Duty Free Legacy Cup (Class 1) (Group 3) 3+ £45,000 1m 3f
5 ITV1 3.25 The Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes (Class 1) (Group 2) 2 £60,000 6f
6 Racing TV 4.00 The Heatherwold Stud Handicap Stakes (Class 3) 3+ £11,500 1m 4f
7 Racing TV 4.30 The Dubai Duty Free Finest Surprise Handicap Stakes (Class 3) 3+ £11,500 1m 4f

 

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