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Geoff Lester: London – When Sheikh Mohammed founded the Godolphin operation in 1995, besides having a 10-year plan that they might one day challenge Coolmore as one of racing’s superpowers, he also had a vision that every winner in those famous blue silks would help the Maktoum family realise their dream of promoting Dubai as one of the world’s great tourist attractions.

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Columns Geoff Lester: International Affairs

London – A mind-blowing 58.4-second solo gallop over 1000m at Santa Anita last week has convinced Bob Baffert that the eagerly awaited rematch between Arrogate and California Chrome could well be on for Gulfstream Park in Florida on 28 January.

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Columns Geoff Lester’s International Affairs

Geoff Lester: London – There are no bigger gamblers than the Chinese, so perhaps we should not be surprised that last weekend’s big Hong Kong international meeting at Sha Tin attracted record figures; a vibrant crowd of more than 100,000 with a best-ever turnover of £155 million (R2,675,000,000).

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