|The Dubai Golden Shaheen is an
annual Gr 1 flat horse race held in late March as part of the Dubai
World Cup Night at Dubai's Nad Al Sheba Racecourse in the UAE. Contested
over 1200m (roughly 6 furlongs), it's a popular sprint race open to
three-year-old and above thoroughbreds, over dirt.
Inaugurated in December 1993, the race was called the Nad Al Sheba
Sprint. In 1996 it was moved to March to be included in the Dubai World
Cup Night program. In 2000 its name was changed to the Dubai Golden
Shaheen, and is renowned for attracting some of the world's best
In 2006 the Dubai Golden Shaheen was awarded its current Gr 1 status.
With a purse of US$2 million, it is one of the richest sprints in the
world. In 2000 Big Jag - owned by Julius Zolezzi, ridden by Alex Solis
and trained by Tim Pinfield - won the Dubai Golden Shaheen setting a
record time of 1:08.10.
Only one horse, Caller One, has ever won the Dubai Golden Shaheen twice,
in 2001 and 2002 with Corey Nakatani and Gary Stevens aboard
respectively. Caller One's trainer, James Chapman, is joined by only one
other trainer, Dhruba Selvaratnam, to have won the race twice, in 1998
Only two jockeys have won the Dubai Golden Shaheen twice, Gary Stevens
in 1999 (Ramp and Rave) and 2002 (Caller One), and Alex Solis, in 2000
(Big Jag) and 2004 (Our New Recruit). Carolyn Chapman and Theresa
McArthur have the most wins as owners in the race - scoring victories in 2001 and 2002.