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  • 22 November 2014

    Ghalib won the featured 1600m Conditions race at Al Ain Racecourse’s second meeting of the season on Friday afternoon, under a power packed finish from Royston Ffrench.

    One of the first off the bit, the Majed Al Jahouri-trained runner took a long while to get going but Ffrench was able to get a sustained finish out of him, the pair leading close home to deny Haajeb.

  • 20 November 2014

    Satish Seemar and his stable jockey, Richard Mullen, dominated the Dubai Duty Free meeting at Meydan Racecourse on Thursday night when combining to land an easy treble.

    Arguably the highlight was the ultra impressive victory of Price Is Truth who had the 1200m handicap in the bag with over 200m left to run. Mullen was able to ease his mount down in the final 100m, after a similarly easy victory at Sharjah on his previous start.

  • 20 November 2014

    Last Season’s Al Ain Mile Prep Winner Could Star for Lemartinel

    Bigg N Rich developed something of a liking for Al Ain last season and is shaping up as the one to beat in Friday’s featured 1600m Conditions race at the track.

    Trained by Eric Lemartinel, the Athbah Stud-owned Purebred Arabian was third on his seasonal debut at Abu Dhabi on November 9 over the same trip.

    Twice victorious at Al Ain last season on a synthetic track, the switch to dirt should not inconvenience Lemartinel’s charge who has a previous victory on the surface to his credit.

  • 19 November 2014

    Jockey Royston Ffrench Hopeful Runner Can Build on Jebel Ali Win

    Thursday’s second meeting of the new season at Meydan Racecourse is sponsored by Dubai Duty Free and highlighted by a Dh130,000 1600m handicap featuring the progressive Need To Know.

    Already a 1600m winner at Jebel Ali this season, the Ali Rashid Al Raihe-trained charge was impressive last term and, judging by his winning return three weeks ago, is still improving.

  • 19 November 2014

    Sponsor of World-Renowned Turf Contest, G1 Dubai Duty Free at Track for 2014-15 Season

    Dubai Duty Free returns to Meydan Racecourse for the first time in the 20th Dubai World Cup season with a six-race all-Thoroughbred card at Meydan Racecourse.

    This Thursday will see the Meydan Pillar Partner present the second meeting of the new term, highlighted by the Dh130,000 Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship benchmark 95 handicap. All six races will be staged on Meydan’s new 1,750m dirt track.

  • 16 November 2014

    Master of War Will Improve for Run, Says Trainer

    Britain's Champion Apprentice, Oisin Murphy wasted no time in doubling his UAE win tally on Sunday with a National Day Cup Prep victory at Abu Dhabi.

    He had been in the winner's circle at Jebel Ali on Friday and followed up with success aboard Master of War in Abu Dhabi's 1600m highlight.

    Held up in rear of the main group, Murphy’s mount made smooth progress 400m out, as the runners turned for home, but took a long while to ground down Naawaar, winner of last season’s National Day and HH The President’s Cup at Abu Dhabi.

  • 16 November 2014

    The featured 2000m handicap at Sharjah’s third meeting of the season on Saturday afternoon was highlighted by a thrilling finish won in a last-gasp effort from the Majed Al Jahouri-trained Laahaq, produced to lead on the line by local apprentice Saeed Al Mazrouei.

    In doing so, they denied Bedayer Al Asayl, suffering her first career defeat on her third start. She had looked likely to lead all the way under Champion Jockey, Tadhg O’Shea. However, O’Shea’s mount was visibly tiring inside the final 100m and no answer to Laahaq’s late challenge.

  • 15 November 2014

    Sunday’s second meeting of the Abu Dhabi season is highlighted by the prep races for the National Day Cups, with a 1600m contest apiece for both the Thoroughbreds and Purebred Arabians.

    Eight have been declared for the Thoroughbred version, the final event on the six-race card, with owner HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum responsible for half of them with retained jockey, Dane O’Neill electing to ride Nawwaar for Ali Rashid Al Raihe.

  • 15 November 2014

    Friday's official feature at Jebel Ali, a 1400m conditions race, provided the ideal opportunity for Encipher to make a winning seasonal debut, just as he had done 12 months earlier on the same card.

    Winner of a course and distance handicap last year for Ismail Mohammed, Encipher is now with Ali Rashid Al Raihe and made all the running under stable jockey, Royston Ffrench.

    “He is a nice, smart horse,” said Ffrench. “We were very hopeful coming into this race and keen to be positive on him and the tactics worked well."

  • 14 November 2014

    Faces Oertel's Course and Distance Winner, Laaheq

    The most valuable race at Sharjah’s third meeting of the season on Saturday is a 2000m handicap in which the Elise Jeanne-trained MH Areeb heads the weights under Harry Bentley.

    It was on this day last year that the same horse provided the trainer with her, to date, only UAE winner. That was in a 1700m handicap but, assuming his stamina holds out, he can go well with the advantage of a run under his belt last week at Abu Dhabi.

  • 13 November 2014

    Sheikh Hamdan’s Runner Back at 1400m in Friday Highlight

    Kanaf is one of seven declared for the Derrinstown Stud feature race at Jebel Ali Racecourse on Friday, the track’s second meeting of the new season.

    Kanaf’s owner, HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum is enjoying something of a purple patch after being crowned UK Champion Owner for the fifth time last weekend, as well as being honoured at the prestigious Cartier Awards on Tuesday evening.

  • 10 November 2014

    Trainer Majed Al JAhouri won every Group One Purebred Arabian race in the UAE last season and made the perfect start to his big-race campaign this time around.

    He saddled Thakif to win the 1600m Group 3 Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup, the highlight of Abu Dhabi’s first meeting of the season on Sunday evening.

    Ten may have gone to post but the race only ever really involved the winner, ridden by Harry Bentley, and stable companion Shateh on who apprentice Saeed Al Mazrooei set a strong gallop.

  • 09 November 2014

    In-Form Mullen and Seemar Combine for Trainer's 650th UAE Victory

    The only Thoroughbred race on Sharjah’s second card of the season on Saturday afternoon, a 1200m handicap, was won in devastating fashion by Price Is Truth. Richard Mullen was in the saddle and provided his main employer, trainer Satish Seemar, with a landmark 650th UAE winner in the process.

  • 08 November 2014

    Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak World Championships Also Headlines

    The culmination of the HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak World Championships and the valuable Group 3 Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup, are the undoubted highlights as racing returns to the Abu Dhabi turf on Sunday evening.

    With a Dhs420,000 prize fund, the 1600m Group 3 feature has attracted a strong field and Champion Trainer, Ernst Oertel, who started the season in great form, saddles both Richlore and Shayel Aldhabi.

  • 08 November 2014

    Friday saw Al Ain become the second UAE racecourse in two days to inaugurate a new dirt track as the venue opened it's 2014-15 season.

    The only Thoroughbred race on the card, an 1800m maiden, started proceedings, with the Ismail Mohammed-trained Respect Me running out an easy winner under Wayne Smith.

    Smith settled his mount in third most of the way before the pair eased to the front early in the straight and they powered clear to win well.