Kinane to team with Barbarcius

Renowned International and Melbourne Cup winning jockey Michael Kinane will partner Caulfield Cup placegetter Barbaricus in his first start in Dubai tonight.

The Irishman will team with the Danny O’Brien-trained gelding in the last race on the card over 2000m at Nad Al Sheba's Thursday meeting (to be run at 5.40am Friday morning Australian time).

Since arriving in the United Arab Emirates, Barbaricus (pictured in work here at Nad Al Sheba) has thrived and the stable is confident of a strong showing at his first international start despite the grey drawing barrier 14 in a field of 14.

“We drew the visitor’s gate, but we couldn’t be happier with the way the horse has settled in and his work has been excellent leading into his first start over there,” O’Brien said.

“The beauty of racing in Dubai is amount of star riders at your disposal and we will look to use the best available talent for our horses during our visit.”

Star jockey Ted Durcan partnered Valedictum last Thursday in Dubai and other hoops riding in the UAE at present include Kinane, Johnny Murtagh, Frankie Dettori and Richard Hills.

To view race form on the Emirates Racing Authority website click here

To view Michael Kinane’s profile on the Emirates Racing Authority website click here

Photo courtesy of the Dubai Racing Club, to view the club’s website click here

Lycurgus continues his winning ways

Lycurgus continues his winning ways
[26 May 18] He has a sprinting pedigree, however Lycurgus continued his love affair over 2400m with his third metropolitan victory over the distance at Sandown on Saturday. Favourite backers were cheering when the heavily tried son of Star Witness held off his rivals to secure the prize in the BM90 event.   more...

Star Witness' little bro a caged lion

Star Witness' little bro a caged lion
[25 May 18] Shir capped a sensational day for trainer Danny O'Brien as he made it three wins from three runners on Friday. Shir, which is Persian for Lion, is half-brother to stallion and O'Brien's dual Group 1 winner Star Witness and his win showed he was a colt of substance as he fought of his rivals to score his maiden win at start two.  more...

Double delight for Winks and O'Brien

Double delight for Winks and O'Brien
[25 May 18] Jockey James Winks bought up a double with trainer Danny O'Brien at Werribee on Friday, when Shauquin proved too good over 1400m.  more...