Top dozen to line up for Meydan Masters

Organisers pick up winning jockeys from 11 qualifiying races - prestigious events from different countries - and a surprise 12th rider for the finale of the Dubai Carnival.

A new take on the old jockeys' challenge format is to be introduced as the finale of the Dubai International Racing Carnival this season. The "Meydan Masters" is a jockeys' challenge, which will ramp up the excitement ahead of Meydan's first Dubai World Cup on March 27, according to the organisers. Jockeys traditionally represent their country when participating in challenge events, but Dubai Racing Club (DRC) had instead drawn up a series of qualifying races. The winners of each race will be invited to compete at the March 5 event. Eleven jockeys have been selected and DRC plans to invite a surprise 12th competitor. "The races we have identified have been won by jockeys that are true masters of their craft," said DRC CEO, Frank Gabriel.

"The opening of Meydan will be history in the making and what better way to show that than by having 12 of the world's best riders, who have excelled this year, all competing against one another at the Meydan racetrack. Malih al Basti, the Meydan board member, explained DRC's decision to invite jockeys to compete as race winners rather than for their country. "With racing now being so international, it is difficult to establish a formula for which jockey should represent which country. Jockeys don't necessarily ride full time in their home country. For example, does Frankie Dettori represent Italy, or Darren Beadman and Douglas Whyte, who are so successful in Hong Kong, represent Australia and South Africa respectively? "With the Meydan Masters, these world-class jockeys will represent themselves against their contemporaries from across the globe." Due to the retirement of Mick Kinane, who won the Epsom Derby and the Prox de L'Arc de Triomphe, St Leger winner, Ted Durcan and Prix du Jockey Club winner, Christophe Lemaire have been drafted in. The Meydan Masters will be held over four support races including the Zabeel Mile, recently upgraded to Group Two status.

Championship race Country Horse Jockey
Dubai World Cup UAE Well Armed Aaron Gryder
Dubai Sheema Classic UAE Eastern Anthem Ahmed Ajtebi
Kentucky Derby USA Mine That Bird Calvin Borel
Tokyo Yushun Japan Logi Universe Norohiro Yokoyama
St Leger UK Mastery Ted Durcan
King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes UK Conduit Ryan Moore
Prix du Jockey Club France Le Havre Cristophe Lemaire
Irish Derby Ireland Fame and Glory John Murtagh
Melbourne Cup Australia Shocking Corey Brown
Breeders Cup USA Zenyatta Mike Smith
Hong Kong Cup Hong Kong Vision D'Etat Olivier Peslier

( * Horse and jockeys replaced Mick Kinane, who won the

Derby

and

Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe

races with

Sea the Stars

)

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Arsenal line up (3-4-2-1) Petr Cech; Rob Holding, Per Mertesacker, Nacho Monreal; Hector Bellerin, Mohamed Elneny, Granit Xhaka, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain; Alex Iwobi, Danny Welbeck; Alexandre Lacazette

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

Chelsea line up (3-4-2-1) Thibaut Courtois; Cesar Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Gary Cahill; Victor Moses, Cesc Fabregas, N'Golo Kante, Marcos Alonso; Willian, Pedro; Michy Batshuayi

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte

Referee Bobby Madley

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Chelsea line up (3-4-2-1) Thibaut Courtois; Cesar Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Gary Cahill; Victor Moses, Cesc Fabregas, N'Golo Kante, Marcos Alonso; Willian, Pedro; Michy Batshuayi

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Chelsea line up (3-4-2-1) Thibaut Courtois; Cesar Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Gary Cahill; Victor Moses, Cesc Fabregas, N'Golo Kante, Marcos Alonso; Willian, Pedro; Michy Batshuayi

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Referee Bobby Madley

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Where, when and at what time Wembley Stadium in London on Sunday at 5pm (UAE time)

Arsenal line up (3-4-2-1) Petr Cech; Rob Holding, Per Mertesacker, Nacho Monreal; Hector Bellerin, Mohamed Elneny, Granit Xhaka, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain; Alex Iwobi, Danny Welbeck; Alexandre Lacazette

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

Chelsea line up (3-4-2-1) Thibaut Courtois; Cesar Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Gary Cahill; Victor Moses, Cesc Fabregas, N'Golo Kante, Marcos Alonso; Willian, Pedro; Michy Batshuayi

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte

Referee Bobby Madley

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Where, when and at what time Wembley Stadium in London on Sunday at 5pm (UAE time)

Arsenal line up (3-4-2-1) Petr Cech; Rob Holding, Per Mertesacker, Nacho Monreal; Hector Bellerin, Mohamed Elneny, Granit Xhaka, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain; Alex Iwobi, Danny Welbeck; Alexandre Lacazette

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

Chelsea line up (3-4-2-1) Thibaut Courtois; Cesar Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Gary Cahill; Victor Moses, Cesc Fabregas, N'Golo Kante, Marcos Alonso; Willian, Pedro; Michy Batshuayi

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte

Referee Bobby Madley