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The Arab runners at the climax to the flat-racing season

Five Middle Eastern-owned horses to look out for on Qipco British Champions Day:
Sheikhzayedroad – Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup:
Named after the iconic motorway in Dubai and owned by Emirati Mohammed Jaber, Sheikhzayedroad defends his crown after an underwhelming season without a win. His season would have been geared toward this, however.
Harry Angel – Qipco British Champions Sprint:
Godolphin’s sprinter has matured from being a hot-headed colt who was harried out of the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot in June by Coolmore’s Caravaggio and his stable mates. A much more mature runner now after wins in the July Cup and Sprint Cup, he is a champion in waiting.
Bateel – Qipco British Champions Fillies & Mares:
Owned by the Al-Asayl operation of the Abu Dhabi Royal family, Bateel’s connections will be at Ascot today with a big smile on their face. After 7mm of rain in 24 hours on Friday morning, the going at Ascot was left soft all over. Bateel has never suffered defeat in five starts on soft ground, and is a proven Group One winner.
Ribchester – Queen Elizabeth II Stakes:
If Glorious Goodwood had not suffered torrential downpours in August then Ribchester would be undefeated in Europe this season. As it is, Godolphin’s exceptional miler went down by inches to today’s rival Here Comes When in the Sussex Stakes. The 4-year-old, trained by Richard Fahey in Yorkshire, has since proven himself in soft ground in France and holds a leading chance.
Poet’s Word – Qipco Champion Stakes:
All eyes will naturally fall on Cracksman and Barney Roy, the two top 3-year-olds in the showpiece event but older horses have won seven of the last eight and UAE businessman Saeed Suhail has a great chance with lightly-raced and improving 4-year-old Poet’s Word.

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