||Nad Al Sheba Racecourse
|The U.A.E. Derby is an annual
horserace run in late March on dirt over 1800m (+- 9 furlongs) at
Dubai's Nad Al Sheba Racecourse in the United Arab Emirates. A Gr 2 race
for three-year-old thoroughbreds, it is always run on Dubai World Cup Night and boasts a purse of $2 million.
Inaugurated in 2000, the U.A.E. Derby was awarded its Gr 2 status in
2002. It is a race open to three-year-old colts and fillies from the
Southern and Northern Hemisphere. Entrants are required to carry 59kg
and 55kg in weight respectively, while fillies can carry 2kg less.
American racehorse trainers are especially fond of the U.A.E. Derby
because it acts as an ideal preparatory race for the U.S. Triple Crown
series of races. While the U.A.E. Derby was launched less than a decade
ago, it has yielded loads of exciting racing action and deserving
These include China Visit, who won the inaugural U.A.E. Derby with
Richard Hills aboard for trainer Saeed bin Suroor (for Godolphin
Racing). 2001 winner Express Tour ridden by David Flores for Saeed bin
Suroor (for Godolphin Racing) still holds the record for the race's
fastest time with a time of 1:47.04.
Saeed bin Suroor and Godolphin Racing have chalked up the most wins in
the U.A.E. Derby with five each - in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005 and 2006.
Top UK jockey Frankie Dettori has notched up two wins (in 2002 and 2006)
as has South African jockey Weichong Marwing (in 2004 and 2007).
- Past Winners
2004 Lundy's Liability
2005 Blues and Royals
2006 Discreet Cat
2007 Asiatic Boy
2008 Honour Devil
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