Words by Kiersten Duke
Chief Editor – Sharon Lenton
At 5am sharp the international racehorses spilled onto Meydan racecourse for their daily exercise on the track ahead of their big weekend racing.
Music Magnate (NZ), trained by Bjorn Baker (Warwick Farm, Sydney) was one of the first horses on the track. The bay gelding was quickly settled into a relaxed canter by his rider, Sydney apprentice Jean Van Overmeire, as they set away working in perfect harmony under the piercing flood lights.
Racehorses from all over the world, including the striking grey X Y JET (USA) and the solid chestnut Mind Your Biscuits (USA), who are both due to race in the 2,000,000USD Group 1 Dubai Golden Shaheen on Saturday, graced the track.
As the sun rose, a string of locally trained horses stretched their legs.
The official clerks of the course and their trusty ponies watched over the track to ensure everything ran like clockwork.
At 7am the last of the international horses were ridden. Gunnevera, who didn’t have the easiest start to life being an orphan foal at just ten days old, powered around the track. The Kentucky bred chestnut has already won the Delta Downs Jackpot Stakes as a two year old and the Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park during his three year old season, earning a total of $2,927,200 so far.
Poet’s Word (IRE) and his rider Chas Robertson for Sir Michael Stoute (Newmarket, England) headed back home all smiles after their mornings work. Poet’s Word is to be ridden by multiple group 1 winning jockey, Lanfranco Dettori in the $6,000,000 Longines Dubai Sheema Classic.
Track work came to an end as TV crews wrapped up interviews and staff sipped the last of their coffee. Meydan racecourse is truly stunning and we can’t thank our lucky stars enough that we have been lucky enough to pay it a visit.