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  • 11 February 2016

    United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi -10 February 2016

    ERA Stewards today concluded an inquiry into the report received from the Equine Forensic Laboratory, that the prohibited substance minoxidil had been detected in the post-race urine sample taken from EXPERT (IRE) after it ran 6th in the Cairo Contracting Company (1950 metres) at Jebel Ali on 8th January 2016.

  • 11 February 2016

    United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi – 10 February 2015:

    ERA Stewards today concluded an inquiry into a report received from the Equine Forensic Unit Laboratory that elevated levels of total carbon dioxide (TCO2) in excess of 36.0 millimoles per litre in plasma were found in the pre-race blood samples taken from:
    • GHAZI (IRE) – Meydan 16 January 2016 Race 5 Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum City – District One (1900 metres). Finished unplaced.
    • PERIRHERY (USA) – Meydan 16 January 2016 Race 5 Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum City – District One (1900 metres). Finished unplaced.

  • 11 February 2016

    Round Two winner back for more.

    PUREBRED ARABIAN STAYERS again take centre stage at Al Ain Racecourse on Friday with the Al Ain Stayers Trophy (3200m), Round 3 Of The Al Ain Marathon Series the final and most valuable contest on the seven race card.

    A handicap as was the second round over the same journey four weeks ago, it has attracted a field of 15 but is probably not as competitive as the numbers would suggest with several running from out of the handicap.

  • 10 February 2016

    Polar River Steps Up to Listed Company in UAE 1000 Guineas Test

    Thursday’s sixth meeting of the 2016 Dubai World Cup Carnival at Meydan Racecourse is a cracker, highlighted by the Group 3 Al Shindagha Sprint and also featuring both the UAE 1000 and 2000 Guineas.

    The 1200m Al Shindagha Sprint was won last year by Reynaldothewizard and he is back to defend his crown. Winner of the Listed Dubawi Stakes on his reappearance this term, the Satish Seemar-trained hero has won all three of his starts at Meydan Racecourse since the track was switched to dirt last season.

  • 10 February 2016

    International Race Meeting Offers More Than $1m in Prize Money

    Meydan Pillar Partner Gulf News returns to Dubai’s flagship horse racing venue this Thursday for a meeting highlighted by two Group 3 races including the UAE 2000 Guineas and the Al Shindagha Sprint.

    The card, which boasts a prize purse of more than US$1m, also sees the fillies take to the track in the Listed UAE 1000 Guineas.

  • 08 February 2016

    AL WATHBA STABLES' trainer Nacer Samiri continued a landmark first season with a licence in the UAE saddling the 1-2 in the Group 3 Al Ruwais (1000m), the feature at the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club meeting on Sunday evening.

    The Samri-trained Shateh, having his first outing since December 2014, flew out of the gates under reigning Qatar champion jockey Harry Bentley and the pair were never headed, always holding the challenge of stable companion, Sha’Red, seeking a third consecutive win in the race and sixth in six years for his owner HH Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

  • 06 February 2016

    THE JEBEL ALI STAKES PREP (1950m) sponsored by Emirates Airline, the featured event at Friday afternoon’s eighth meeting of the Jebel Ali Racecourse season produced a popular outcome when the Ali Rashid Al Raihe-trained Haatheq made his first visit to the Winner's Circle since taking the 2013/2014 season version of the contest.

    The admirable nine-year-old, homebred by HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, had run some big races in defeat since that previous victory, including finishing second in the 2014 Group 2 Godolphin Mile (1600m) on the Dubai World Cup programme.

  • 06 February 2016

    Sprint streak set to continue

    A remarkable sequence for one of the United Arab Emirates' leading owners may continue when racing resumes at the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club on Sunday.

    A six race card is highlighted by the Group 3 Al Ruwais (1000m) for Purebred Arabians with owner HH Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan seeking a sixth consecutive victory.

    Two of this year’s eight runners will sport his predominantly yellow and green silks, including Sha’Red, outright winner last season, having dead-heated with the same owner’s Rakha in 2014.

  • 05 February 2016

    Thursday’s EGA-sponsored Dubai World Cup Carnival meeting saw the Godolphin show return to Meydan, as the boys in blue provided winners for all three Thoroughbred Group races, including an imperious performance from Dubai World Cup hope, Frosted.

    Frosted looked a class apart as he landed the US$250,000 Group 2 Al Maktoum Challenge R2 for trainer, Kiaran McLaughlin under jockey, William Buick.

    A former multiple UAE Champion Trainer, McLaughlin, who saddled Invasor to Dubai World Cup victory win in 2007, looks to hold a strong hand in the 2016 renewal of the world’s richest race.

  • 04 February 2016

    Former stars seek to sparkle again.

    THE JEBEL ALI STAKES PREP (1950m) is the feature event on an Emirates Airline sponsored six race card when racing returns to the popular Dubai racecourse on Friday afternoon.

    Eleven runners have been declared for the traditional lead up to the Listed Jebel Ali Stakes over the same course and distance on 19 February.

    Meydan based trainer Musabah Al Muhairi will saddle two for the race including Interpret who won the Jebel Ali Stakes two years ago and Silver Galaxy 2015 winner of the Group Three Jebel Ali Mile (1600m).

  • 03 February 2016

    Frosted and Mubtaahij Make First Appearances of 2016

    Two of the main contenders for the 2016 Dubai World Cup will be in action at Meydan Racecourse tomorrow (Thursday) for the best Dubai World Cup Carnival action of the year so far.

    The fifth meeting of the flagship Meydan Racecourse season is sponsored by Emirates Global Aluminum and features the Group 2 Al Maktoum Challenge Round 2, the Group 3 Firebreak Stakes and the Group 2 Cape Verdi for fillies and mares.

  • 03 February 2016

    Emirates Global Aluminium (“EGA”) pays a second visit of the season to Meydan Racecourse this Thursday, 4 February 2016 for a classy Dubai World Cup Carnival card highlighted by the second round of the Al Maktoum Challenge series.

    Representing the official preparation route for horses on the Dubai World Cup campaign trail, the three rounds of the Al Maktoum Challenge are split into Thoroughbred and Purebred Arabian divisions.

  • 31 January 2016

    Trainer Doug Watson and stable jockey Pat Dobbs combined to land two of the first three races on the Saeed and Mohammed Al Naboodah Group racecard at Meydan on Saturday evening.

    They completed the double to provide arguably the biggest shock of the season so far, with Active Spirit, wearing a visor for the first time, making all in a 1600m handicap to deny hot favourite, Godolphin’s Kentucky Derby-nominated, Blue Creek

  • 31 January 2016

    Ru'Oud celebrates Emerald Isle link

    AL AIN RACECOURSE'S Friday evening fixture provided a rich harvest for owner HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, his trainer at Al Asayl Stables, Eric Lemartinel, along with former UAE Champion jockeys, Tadhg O’Shea and Fernando Jara who all had winning doubles to celebrate at the meetings end.

  • 29 January 2016

    The Saeed & Mohammed Al Naboodah Group, a Meydan Pillar Partner, is to support a Racing at Meydan card this Saturday, highlighted by two AED165,000 turf handicaps over 1400m and 1600m.

    The Saeed & Mohammed Al Naboodah Group will be back at Meydan on Saturday March 26, 2016 for Dubai World Cup day, when the company sponsors the UAE Derby, the most prestigious race for Classic-aged horses on the UAE calendar.

    Abdullah Mohammed Juma Al Naboodah, Chairman of the Saeed & Mohammed Al Naboodah Group said: “We are very much looking forward to this race season.