Elite Excalibur second in Dubai, now aimed at Group 3 race

Elite Excalibur second in Dubai, now aimed at Group 3 race

After two unplaced efforts, Elite Excalibur finally got on the board in Dubai with a meritorious second at Meydan on Thursday night. Lining up for his third outing in the United Arab Emirates, the Kranji one-from-one winner turned in his best performance to-date when launched by South African jockey Bernard Fayd’Herbe at the 300m in [...]

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Excalibur goes for third stab this Thursday

Excalibur goes for third stab this Thursday

Trainer Steven Burridge is having one more roll of the dice with Elite Excalibur this Thursday before making any decision about future Dubai plans. After his highly successful first Dubai raid with Dark Matter, Ip Man (later renamed El Padrino) and Captain Obvious (four wins between them) in 2012, Burridge decided to renew the experience [...]

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King Kong climbs his way to the top

King Kong climbs his way to the top

It was no chest-thumping stuff, but after two first promising runs at Kranji, King Kong was finally able to stand tall at his new stomping ground on Sunday. Jumping smartly from his low draw in the $65,000 Obayashi Sprint 2017, an Initiation race over 1200m, the even-money favourite swiftly took up the perfect run in [...]

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Lim’s top filly ready to Race again

Lim’s top filly ready to Race again

Trainer Steven Burridge could be happier with Lim’s Racer’s condition as the former top two-year-old filly makes her racing comeback in the $60,000 RDA Cup 2017 (1200m) this Sunday, but still expects her to run well first-up. The daughter of Red Giant has not raced since her catastrophic run in the Group 3 Juvenile Championship [...]

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Elite Excalibur fifth in Dubai, Rodd suspended

Elite Excalibur fifth in Dubai, Rodd suspended

Singapore runner Elite Excalibur performed creditably for his Dubai debut on Thursday, running fifth in the US$135,000 Longines Dolce Vita (1400m). Ridden by Michael Rodd, the Steven Burridge-trained galloper jumped awkwardly from his barrier No 10 before recovering to settle in midfield with cover. The Fastnet Rock four-year-old travelled comfortably until Rodd dug him up [...]

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Jay Eff Express scratched from Thursday Dubai debut

Jay Eff Express scratched from Thursday Dubai debut

Steven Burridge will in the end saddle only one runner at the Meydan meeting on Thursday night after Jay Eff Express suffered a last-minute setback. The Kranji-based Australian trainer was all set to launch Elite Excalibur and Jay Eff Express as his inaugural runners at this year’s Dubai Racing Carnival, but will settle for just [...]

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Burridge saddles first two Dubai runners next Thursday

Burridge saddles first two Dubai runners next Thursday

Five years after his daring but successful Dubai raid, trainer Steven Burridge feels the time is right to renew the desert experience. Sending Dark Matter, Captain Obvious and Ip Man (now El Padrino) to plunder the Emirates riches back in January 2012, the Australian handler was rewarded with a remarkable haul of four wins at [...]

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More photos from Dubai World Cup Carnival

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