Just because a big race is coming up doesn’t mean every horse is considered a contender. It is, however, accomplished by those whose performances soar to the point where they rule the track. Such a ruler mark can be awarded to the recent G1 Al Maktoum Challenge victor, Kabirkhan. The Kentucky-bred horse immediately took the attention of the horse racing world, and due to its recent feat, became a Dubai World Cup hopeful.
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As the Dubai World Cup is a few months away, there is huge optimism for it in the world of horse racing. Fans globally are looking forward to the G1 race itself and the night of glitz, glamor, and pure horse racing. Kabirkhan’s feat was also viral on social media. However, its journey to its G1 win also got attention from the fans out there.
Came all the way from the dirt of Kazakhstan
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It all began with Kabirkhan’s maiden race victory, as it does for every horse. The Kentucky-bred, Kazakhstan-owned, and Russian-trained horse began its adventure in 2022 on a dirt track at Almaty Hippodrome in Almaty, Kazakhstan. According to World Horse Racing’s X post,in his first stint only, the horse galloped dominantly at Almaty to achieve his maiden win. In the video shared on X, after the horse’s mighty 2000m win, Kabirkhan’s transition to the contemporary world can be seen. It also features Kabirkhan at the Meydan Racecourse’s gate 11 as the colt is ready for his G1 challenge.
This is INCREDIBLE! 😲
Watch KABIRKHAN make his debut at Almaty Hippodrome in Kazakhstan in 2022…and then watch his runaway G1 win in the Al Maktoum Challenge at Meydan @RacingDubai last night! 🇰🇿 🇦🇪 pic.twitter.com/Z6jKSZtLwp
Keeping his speed and staying in the middle of the pack, Kabirkhan calmly raced until the very last bend. Nevertheless, the 4-year-old colt stunned everyone when he overtook the race leader from the inside of the track in the final quarter of the race. There was no horse on the field who could match the mighty pace of the colt, as he won the G1 Al Maktoum Challenge in a dominant fashion. With his victory, Kabirkhan continued his winning streak in the Middle Eastern horse racing scene. The equine will now look forward to the G1 Dubai World Cup, where his fans will be expecting a feast of a performance from him.
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Fans united in praise of the Dubai World Cup hopeful
It was a spectacle to see Kabirkhan win the G1 Al Maktoum Challenge. The fans of the horse would now sit tight until the G1 Dubai World Cup to catch the 4-year-old’s performance. Still, the X post chronicling the colt’s adventure went viral thanks to the adoring admirers who saw it.
A fan just loved the commentary from the horse’s maiden race.
Love it! Especially understanding the track announcer. It’s so neat to me to hear my favorite sport announced in my 1st language (which I now stink at speaking but still understand very well!!) Lol. I love this horse!!
Another fan was just mesmerized by the horse’s journey.
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Thanks to his stellar career so far, Kabirkhan has undoubtedly been a fan favorite. Because of the horse’s fame, it will also draw in new spectators looking for a favorite equine in the lead-up to the big event in Dubai.