Gr 1 Al Maktoum Challenge R3 Won by Sunny Du Loup

2 March 2024, Meydan, Dubai ~ The day’s Group 1  opener was the Purebred Arabian Maktoum Challenge Round 3, which produced a compelling battle between winner Sunny Du Loup and runner-up at the wire AF Alwajel.

Sunny Du Loup prevailed by a short head, giving second season trainer Hamad Al Marar his first top level win and jockey Connor Beasley his second.

“He was very gutsy and game there today,” said Beasley. “I jumped smart from the gates but then got shuffled back further than ideal. Turning in I had to ask him a little bit more than I expected but every time I asked he kept finding.

“I always felt I was on top, although you can’t be sure when it’s that close.”


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Meydan Racecourse stages its final Carnival meeting on Friday, March 8th, before the focus switches to the $30.5million Dubai World Cup card on March 30th.

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