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  • 18 December 2014

    Silvestre De Sousa Booked for Local Debutant, Alize

    Friday’s Al Ain meeting is highlighted by a 1000m conditions race, the first leg of the new Al Ain Sprint Series and for which a field of seven have been declared, including local debutant, Alize for whom Silvestre De Sousa is an eye-catching jockey booking.

    Trained by Saifaldin Deeb, De Sousa’s mount landed one of his five starts in his native France, but that was over 1900m and this will be his first start over the 1000m minimum trip as well as his first start on dirt.

  • 17 December 2014

    Three New Listed Races & a Group 2 Arabian Contest Add Excitement to Al Tayer Motors Card

    Dubai World Cup Carnival clues abound at Meydan Racecourse on Thursday with the inaugural running of three new Listed Thoroughbred races and the Group 2 Mazrat Al Ruwayah for Purebred Arabians.

    The fixture begins with the Mazrat Al Ruwayah, the only Purebred Arabian race on the card.

  • 17 December 2014

    Dubai Gold Cup Sponsor Backs Dh935,000 Race Day

    The Dh170,000 Group 2 Mazrat Al Ruwayah race for Purebred Arabians and the Dh205,000 Listed Garhoud Sprint for Thoroughbreds highlight this Thursday’s Al Tayer Motors -sponsored meeting at Meydan Racecourse.

    The Garhoud Sprint is one of three new pre-Dubai World Cup Carnival Listed races and, like the rest of the Racing at Meydan season benefits from an AED20,000 boost in prize money this term.

  • 15 December 2014

    ERA Stewards today concluded an inquiry into reports received from the Equine Forensic Unit (Dubai) that the prohibited substance ibuprofen had been detected in the post-race urine samples taken from RAZEEN (FR) after it won Race 1, the Sharjah Sport Council (1200 metres) at Sharjah on 1 November 2014 and MELL DE PIBOUL (FR) after it finished second in Race 1, the Yas Island Maiden (1600 metres) at Abu Dhabi on 16 November 2014.

  • 14 December 2014

    The Thoroughbred feature race at Abu Dhabi on Sunday evening, was won by Antinori who prevailed in a photograph from Malekov.

    Antinori, trained by Satish Seemar and the mount of stable jockey, Richard Mullen, was doubling his UAE tally having also won over 1900m at Meydan last season.

    Mullen said: “ He ran really well here two weeks ago when just denied, perhaps without the best luck in running at the time.

    “Things worked out better today and I think he deserved that win.”

  • 14 December 2014

    The official feature at Sharjah yesterday afternoon, a 1700m handicap, was won by the HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum-owned Zaffaan, patiently ridden by Silvestre De Sousa for his main employer, Musabah Al Muhairi.

    George Buckell and Kanjani set a furious early tempo, stalked by Fantastique MHF, the choice of Sheikh Hamdan’s retained jockey, Dane O’Neill and one of the first beaten. Kanjani managed to maintain his lead until about 300m from home but was then swamped by the chasing pack, eventually finishing sixth.

  • 13 December 2014

    The Thoroughbreds take centre stage at Abu Dhabi on Sunday with 11 declared for a 2400m handicap, the final event on the six race card and the only non Purebred Arabian contest.

    Last year’s winner Udabaa, trained by Doug Watson for HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, will attempt to win the race for a second year running.

    One of four in the race owned by HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, he is the choice of the owner’s retained jockey, Dane O’Neill.

  • 13 December 2014

    Trainer Doug Watson has had his horses in great form throughout the season and saddled a double at Jebel Ali on Friday afternoon, highlighted by the victory Shamaal Nibraas in the featured 1400m handicap.

    An excellent second on his seasonal debut and first run for the yard at Meydan Racecourse’s first meeting of the season six weeks earlier, Watson’s charge was then a bit disappointing at the same track two weeks later.

  • 12 December 2014

    Fantastique MHF Seeks to Reverse Form with Bedayer Al Asayl

    Sharjah host the final meeting until March on Saturday and Doug Watson's Fantastique MHF is to renew his rivalry with Ernst Oertel's Bedayer Al Asayl in the featured 1700m Purebred Arabian handicap.

    Fantastique MHF is seeking a sixth Sharjah victory and fourth over this course and distance. He bounced back to winning form in a virtually identical race five weeks ago, his first success since February 2011 when he won on the same track, over 2700m.

  • 11 December 2014

    US trainer Doug Watson will be aiming to defend his lead in the UAE Trainers’ Championship this weekend, as racing connections head to Jebel Ali on Friday for a six-race card sponsored by HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s breeding empire, Shadwell.

    With 12 wins so far, Watson is one ahead of Zabeel Stables trainer, Satish Seemar.

    Jebel Ali’s meeting on Friday afternoon is highlighted by a fascinating 1400m handicap and Watson saddles Sheikh Hamdan’s Shebebi.

  • 10 December 2014

    Please find below a link to the accepted horses for the 2015 Dubai World Cup Carnival which begins on Thursday January 8, 2015 at Meydan Racecourse. Please note this list is a working document and subject to updates.

    DWCC Accepted Horses

  • 08 December 2014

    It was Abu Dhabi’s National Day Cup meeting on Sunday evening with both Areem, seeking a third consecutive victory in the Purebred Arabian version and Nawwar, in the Thoroughbred equivalent, attempting to defend their crown.

    However, new names were to be engraved on each trophy; Areem was not able to make it three consecutive victories in the Group One Purebred Arabian version but was only denied by stable companion, Thakif.

    As always Areem set out to make all, this year under Silvestre De Sousa, having been ridden to victory in each of the last two years by Ahmed Ajtebi.

  • 07 December 2014

    Four Wins in Two Meetings for Current Trainers' Championship Leader

    Barnaamaj won the featured 1700m handicap at Sharjah on Saturday afternoon, continuing owner HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum and trainer Doug Watson’s great weekend.

    The owner enjoyed a Meydan double on Thursday and repeated the trick here, while Watson was in treble form at Meydan so this made it four winners from the six most recent races in which he has saddled a runner.

  • 06 December 2014

    Defending Champions Seek Victory in Thoroughbred and Purebred Arabian Features

    Sunday is one of Abu Dhabi’s biggest meetings of the season with the National Day Cups, one for Thoroughbreds, one for Purebred Arabians, the obvious highlights.

    Both races are over 1600m and the defending champions are back in each; Areem in the Purebred Arabian race and Nawwaar in the Thoroughbred version.

  • 06 December 2014

    Red Stable Hot Streak Can Continue at Sharjah with Barnaamaj

    Sharjah’s fourth meeting of the season on Saturday is highlighted by a 1700m Purebred Arabian handicap for which 10 have been declared, including Barnaamaj, trained at Red Stables by Doug Watson for HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

    A course and distance maiden winner last November, he was then a close second in a conditions race, also over 1700m at Sharjah before failing to fire on the Abu Dhabi turf.