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Globetrotter who has excelled himself in the QIPCO British Champions Series over staying distances. Mohammad Jaber, owner of the gelding, named him after a famous highway in Dubai.
He is a hold-up performer who needs things to drop his way but is admirably consistent and does have a win at the highest level (achieved in Canada) on his CV.
David Simcock’s charge has shown high-class form over middle distances but in 2016 announced himself as a stayer when third to Order Of St George in the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot despite hanging in the closing stages.
He filled the same position behind Big Orange in the Qatar Goodwood Cup and then gained overdue reward when landing a thrilling renewal of the 250th Doncaster Cup – getting up on the line to beat Quest For More by a nose.
If that were not enough, he followed up in the Group Two QIPCO British Champions Long Distance Cup at Ascot on Champions Day – with Quest For More again second.
“He is a model of consistency, is very tough and is just an old warrior,” David Simcock said after his Doncaster win. “We absolutely love him to bits at home.
“He will then do exactly the same next year where he’ll run in Dubai then go to Royal Ascot and we’ll follow the same routine. He enjoys it.
“We keep him fresh, he takes no training and is as slow as a hearse at home. He is very lovable and really special to the yard. These stayers are great. Everybody loves watching them, they are fun to watch and fun to train.”
Sheikhzayedroad showed he would again be a force in 2017 by finishing a close third to Vazirabad in the Dubai Gold Cup at Meydan.
He was not been at his best on his next two starts – in the Gold Cup and Goodwood Cup – bit was a creditable fourth behind Montaly in the Weatherbys Hamilton Lonsdale Cup at York before finishing third in the Doncaster Cup when defending his crown.
Sheikhzayedroad began 2018 by beating all bar Vazirabad in another renewal of the Dubai Gold Cup and on his latest start was third in the Doncaster Cup. He has been a tremendous servant to his trainer and the sport.
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