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  • 31 January 2015

    Seemar and Watson Saddle Doubles

    Domestic action returned to Meydan Racecourse on Saturday afternoon and it was a great day for Bahrain and trainer Ali Jan who opened his UAE account with the victory of Fils Anges in the featured 1400m Saeed & Mohammed Al Naboodah Group Trophy on the turf.

    Arguably unlucky on two previous occasions locally, including on his previous start when he and jockey Adrie De Vries were headed close home over 1200m, the galloper made no mistake this time, leading well inside the final 100m.

  • 31 January 2015

    Areem and Bigg N Rich to Continue Rivalry

    With three races rescued from last week’s cancelled fixture, Abu Dhabi stage a marathon nine-race card on Sunday with an early start time of 3.30pm.

    Pick Six players should take note that the competition involves races 4-9.

    The feature is the Group 3 Al Ruwais over 1000m and eight have been declared for what appears a very good renewal with the weights headed by penalised Group One winners Areem and Bigg N Rich.

  • 31 January 2015

    The second leg of the Al Ain Marathon Series, a 3200m conditions contest, was the highlight at Al Ain on Friday evening and produced a thrilling finish with Al Asayl stable companions Sheikh Down, Burj Khalifa and Munzade crossing the line together in a photo.

    It was Sheikh Down, the choice of Tadhg O’Shea who prevailed, leading on the line to deny the gallant Burj Khalifa who had tried to make all under Royston French.

  • 30 January 2015

    Red Stables Trainer Triple Handed in Feature Race

    It may not be a Dubai World Cup Carnival meeting but Saturday’s card at Meydan Racecourse looks particularly competitive and is highlighted by a 1400m turf handicap with the maximum field of 16 set to face the starter.

    Trainer Doug Watson, fresh from a Meydan double on Thursday, is responsible for three of them with Paul Hanagan partnering Washaar for his main employer HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

  • 30 January 2015

    Two for One Hospitality Offer for Saturday Afternoon Racing

    The Saeed & Mohammed Al Naboodah Group, a Meydan Pillar Partner, is to support a Racing at Meydan card this Saturday, highlighted by a Dh140,000 turf handicap over 1400m.

    The meeting boasts six races in total, with all but two taking place on the dirt. The Saeed & Mohammed Al Naboodah Group will be back at Meydan for the February 26, 2015 Dubai World Cup Carnival meeting, when the US$250,000 Group 2 Zabeel Mile is staged on the turf course.

  • 29 January 2015

    Christophe Soumillon was in the Meydan winner’s enclosure for both the Cape Verdi and the Al Rashidiya on Thursday after landing a Group 2 double in the Dubai World Cup Carnival.

    Vercingetorix proved far too good for five rivals in the 1800m Al Rashidiya and provided, trainer Mike de Kock with a fourth consecutive winner and seventh overall.

  • 29 January 2015

    Al Ain Stayers’ Trophy Series Concludes at Friday Meeting

    Al Ain Racecourse stages a seventh meeting of a first full season on Friday with a six-race card highlighted by the second legs of the Al Ain Sprint and Al Ain Marathon series.

    The most valuable race on programme is the concluding Al Ain Stayers’ Trophy over 3200m and the second leg of the Al Ain Marathon Series. Only seven have been declared with the contest looking at the mercy of Albar Lotois, to be ridden by Wayne Smith for trainer Eric Lemartinel.

  • 27 January 2015

    Aluminium Producer Pays Second Visit of Season to Meydan

    Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) returns to Meydan Racecourse this Thursday, January 29 for a high-class Dubai World Cup Carnival card.

    EGA is a regular feature of the Dubai World Cup Carnival and annually lends its name to one Racing at Meydan meeting and one Dubai World Cup Carnival meeting. This week EGA sponsors the 1800m Al Rashidiya as well as the 1600m Cape Verdi, a race for fillies and mares. Both contests are run on the Meydan turf and carry prize money of $200,000.

  • 25 January 2015

    The Emirates Racing Authority (ERA) following the death of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia cancelled the following race meets at Jebel Ali Race course on Friday, 23rd January and Abu Dhabi Race course on Sunday, 25th January.

    Jebel Ali racecourse will now conduct 1 extra race on Friday 20th February. The race will be the Group 3 Jebel Ali mile at 1600m.

  • 22 January 2015

    A step up in class proved no obstacle for the Godolphin-trained Safety Check as Charlie Appleby’s runner was the comfortable winner of the Group 2 Al Fahidi Fort in the Dubai World Cup Carnival’s Gulf News night at Meydan on Thursday.

    A handicap winner over the same 1400m course and distance two weeks earlier, Safety Check recorded his biggest career win to date. Apprentice Cam Hardie had been in the saddle on the previous occasion but stable jockey, William Buick, was aboard for Thursday’s big win.

  • 22 January 2015

    Forjatt Bids to Retain Crown for Selvaratnam – Only Treble Jig has Won Consecutive Jebel Ali Mile Races

    The Group 3 Jebel Ali Mile, the biggest race of the season at Jebel Ali is the highlight of Friday afternoon’s meeting and nine will go to post.

    Last year’s winner, Forjatt, trained on the Jebel Ali track by Dhruba Selvaratnam for racecourse patron, HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, is back to defend his crown as he bids to become only the third horse to win the race twice.

  • 21 January 2015

    Two Mike de Kock Runners Face Off in Group 2 Feature

    South Africa has a remarkable record in the Group 2 Al Fahidi Fort, the turf feature at Meydan Racecourse’s Gulf News-sponsored meeting of the 2015 Dubai World Cup Carnival on Thursday.

    Trainer Mike De Kock has saddled the winner in each of the last three seasons and six times in total, while compatriot Herman Brown won the race in consecutive years with Linngari.

  • 21 January 2015

    Popular Turf Contest in Second Season at 1400m Distance

    UAE daily newspaper and Meydan Pillar Partner, Gulf News returns to Meydan Racecourse this Thursday, January 22, 2015, for a quality Dubai World Cup Carnival card featuring the Group 2 US$250,000 Al Fahidi Fort turf race.

    The prestigious contest, which had been run at 1600m until it was revised to 1400m last season, was won by the Mike de Kock-trained Anaerobio in 2014.

  • 19 January 2015

    Dear Members of the Media,

    The Dubai Racing Club is now accepting applications for the Dubai World Cup meeting to be held on Saturday, March 28, 2015.

    Applications must be submitted online through the following address:

    DWC Media Applications

    Alternatively, please visit and click on our dedicated Dubai World Cup section, where the Media Accreditation form is located.
    All details and media guidelines are explained in the online application kit.

  • 18 January 2015

    Champion Jockey Tadhg O’Shea and Al Asayl trainer Salem Al Ketbi enjoyed an Abu Dhabi double on Sunday evening, highlighted by the victory of Molahen El Ahlan in the featured 1600m handicap.

    O’Shea was ultra positive, sending his mount straight to the front and the pair skipped clear early in the straight. Understandably, O’Shea’s mount tired close home but always looked likely to hold on.

    He has now won seven of his twelve career starts and was registering a third course and distance victory this season.