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  • 31 October 2014

    Watson Seeks Strong Start in Thoroughbred Contest

    After Friday's opening meeting at Jebel Ali, the racing community moves to Sharjah on Saturday with pride of place going to the sole Thoroughbred race on the card, a 2000m handicap.

    Doug Watson saddles two of the twelve runners with Diwaan, the choice of Pat Dobbs, looking a more likely winner than Dr Faustus, the mount of Sam Hitchcott.

    “They are both in good form at home,” said Watson. “Dr Faustus tends to need his fist run back but this is probably the weakest race he has contested for us.

  • 30 October 2014

    Racing returns to the UAE on Friday with a competitive six-race card at Jebel Ali, highlighted by a number of sprint specialists who contest a cracking 1000m handicap.

    Half of the eight-strong field is owned by HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum who also sponsors the race through Shadwell, the UK arm of his worldwide breeding empire. Dane O’Neill, retained by the owner, elects to ride Fityaan.

    Trained by Musabah Al Muhairi, O’Neill’s choice was second in the Listed Jebel Ali Sprint over the same course and distance in both 2012 and 2014. He has yet to win on dirt.

  • 28 September 2014

    Dear Members of the Media,

    The Emirates Racing Authority and Dubai Racing Club are now accepting online media accreditation applications for the ERA 2014-15 season. This credential will grant media access to all UAE racemeetings taking place at all ERA-regulated tracks from October 31, 2014 until March 20, 2015.

    Please note ---- The ERA 2014-15 media accreditation is NOT valid for the 2015 Dubai World Cup on March 28. You must apply separately for Dubai World Cup media accreditation. This will be offered online beginning January 2015.


  • 18 September 2014

    Delegates to discuss best practice in growing equine air travel industry

    The Ministry of Environment and Water has forged a partnership with the UAE’s regulatory racing body, Emirates Racing Authority to host the OIE Regional Conference on International Competition Horse Movement from September 29 – October 1, 2014 at The Meydan Hotel.

  • 25 August 2014

    Eleven Race Meetings Worth More Than $38m Lead to 20th Dubai World Cup Celebrations

    Sunday, August 24, 2015 - The countdown to the 20th Dubai World Cup has begun with Dubai Racing Club’s announcement of the 2015 Dubai World Cup Carnival programme at Meydan Racecourse.

    Consisting of eleven race meetings spread over a three-month season, the Dubai World Cup Carnival carries prize money in excess of US$38m. Racing gets underway on Thursday January 8, 2015 and is headlined by the $29.25m Dubai World Cup day on Saturday March 28, 2015.

  • 23 June 2014

    After successful negotiations between the Emirates Racing Authority (ERA) and Racing Victoria Ltd (RVL), Emirati Apprentice Saeed Al Mazrouei will spend 3 months in Melbourne, Australia to continue his Jockey Apprenticeship.

    Apprentice Al Mazrouei will be based at Caulfield Victoria with leading trainer Mr. John Maloney. He will ride trackwork, official jump-outs, official trials and in races. The period of the transfer will be for 3 months, returning to Dubai on 1 October 2014 in readiness for the UAE 2014-15 racing season.

  • 03 June 2014

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – 20th May 2014: The Emirates Racing Authority has posted on the (ERA) website the summary report of Equine Swabbing conducted during the 2013-14 UAE racing season.

    The summary offers a five-year reference of swabbing tests conducted by the ERA, the 2009-10 season through to the 2013-14 season.

    Statistics are provided for the following:
    • Pre-Race TCO2 (total carbon dioxide)
    • Post-Race Swabbing
    • Elective Swabbing
    • Non Race Day Swabbing (launched for the 2013-14 season)
    • Positive Post Race results

  • 15 May 2014

    Five month season to include increase in Al Ain days
    Dubai World Cup Carnival begins January 8

    The dates for the 2014/15 UAE racing season have been approved by His Highness Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister of the UAE, Minister of Presidential Affairs and Chairman of Emirates Racing Authority (ERA).

  • 14 May 2014

    The Board of Directors of the Meydan Group have decided that the synthetic racing surface, installed for the opening of the racecourse in 2010, will be replaced with a traditional dirt track. The track will be ready for the opening of the 2014-15 racing season.

  • 06 May 2014

    The Emirates Racing Authority (ERA) Appeal Panel has delivered its findings regarding the Appeal by Jockey Patrick Cosgrave against a six month suspension from riding in races for improper riding pursuant to ERA Rule of Racing 69 (i) when riding ANAEROBIO (ARG) in Race 8 the Jebel Hatta (Group 1) at Meydan on Saturday 8 March 2014.

  • 29 April 2014

    The Emirates Racing Authority (ERA) Appeal Panel today conducted an appeal hearing regarding the matter of Jockey Patrick Cosgrave who was suspended by the ERA Stewards from riding in races for a period of 6 months pursuant to ERA Rule of Racing 69 (i) for improper riding when riding ANAEROBIO (ARG) in Race 8 the Jebel Hatta (Group 1) at Meydan on 8 March 2014.

    The ERA Appeal Panel reserved its decision and undertook to determine the matter within seven days.

    A report regarding the ERA Appeal Panel’s decision will be made available when a determination is delivered.

  • 23 April 2014

    The Emirates Racing Authority (ERA) Appeal Panel will conduct an Appeal Hearing regarding the matter of Jockey Patrick Cosgrave who was suspended by the ERA Stewards from riding in races for a period of 6 months pursuant to ERA 69(i) for improper riding when riding ANAEROBIO (ARG) in Race 8 the Jebel Hatta (Group 1) at Meydan on Saturday 8 March 2014.

    The ERA Appeal Hearing will be held on Monday 28 April 2014 at 10am at the offices of the ERA.

    A report regarding the hearing will be made available.

  • 06 April 2014

    Meydan Group Stages Successful Running of Inaugural China Raceday

    Royston Ffrench rode a first- and-last-race double, while Dubai trainers Ali Rashid Al Raihe and Musabah Al Muhairi, claimed two wins each at the inaugural international raceday at Jinma Lake Racecourse in Wenjiang, a district in the Garden City of Chengdu, today (Sunday).

  • 03 April 2014

    UAE based racehorse trainer Doug Watson and jockey Royston Ffrench met members of the local media at Jinma Racecourse in the Wenjiang District of the Garden City of Chengdu on Thursday morning, when both expressed their delight at the prospect of taking part in the groundbreaking China raceday on Sunday 6 April.

  • 30 March 2014

    African Story proved the catalyst for the Meydan grandstand to erupt on Saturday evening as Saeed bin Suroor’s Godolphin runner streaked away with the 19th running of the US$10m Dubai World Cup sponsored by Emirates.

    The trainer was winning the world’s richest race for a sixth time and provided HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, with a seventh triumph.