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Major Partnership proves up to Meydan Challenge


Major Partnership recorded a second turf handicap win at Meydan, UAE, when decisively taking the newly upgraded Listed Meydan Challenge over seven furlongs on Thursday, 2 January.

The five-year-old Iffraaj entire, successful over a mile at the 2019 Dubai World Cup Carnival, was covered up behind the leaders on the inside rail by Pat Cosgrave. Major Partnership stayed on strongly to hit the front with just over a furlong to race and was pushed out to beat Zainhom by a length and a half.

His trainer Saeed bin Suroor said: “Major Partnership showed plenty of speed and was in a nice position throughout the race. Pat Cosgrave gave him a good ride and was happy with the horse – I talked to him afterwards and he suggested a mile would be better for Major Partnership in the future.”

Pat Cosgrave added: “Major Partnership won at the Carnival last year, but I think he is a better horse this time around. He is moving better, and I think the team were pretty confident that he would take a bit of beating tonight.

“I got a lovely run down the fence. The leader took me as far as I wanted and thankfully it opened up nicely for me. Major Partnership travelled comfortably tonight over seven furlongs but, at the same time, going back up to a mile will be no problem.”