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  • 15 February 2019

    Racing at the Sharjah Equestrian and Racing Club on Saturday afternoon is highlighted by the inaugural running of an exciting new initiative, the AED200,000 The GCC Cup (Prestige). The 1700m race is restricted to horses foaled within the GCC countries—namely Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and, of course, the UAE.

    Four runners from Saudi Arabia have been declared, with three trained by Mutlaq bin Mashref whose only previous UAE runner, Tallaab Al Khalediah, won last year’s Group 1 Kahayla Classic on the Dubai World Cup card at Meydan last March.

  • 14 February 2019

    Thursday’s Gulf News-sponsored seventh evening of the 2019 Dubai World Cup Carnival included a pair of stylishly won Group 2 $250,000 events, but it was the Group 3 $200,000 Firebreak Stakes and a blowout performance by Muntazah that arguably burned the brightest on the night that set alight Dubai World Cup hopes for the Doug Watson trainee. A pair of handicaps that could have Super Saturday implications, a Group 2 Purebred Arabian affair and an eye-catching run in the inaugural Meydan Trophy completed the septet of thrilling Thursday fixtures.


  • 14 February 2019

    Racing at Al Ain on Friday is highlighted by Round 2 of The Al Ain Marathon Series, a 4100m handicap for which 11 have been declared, comprising many regulars in these staying events, including defending champion Shamikh Al Wathba. Trained on the Al Ain track by Jean de Roualle for Yas Horse Racing Management, the 7-year-old won the equivalent race last year, when it was over 3200m, before finishing second, over this 4100m, in the third round and then third in the series’ finale, over 5100m, in the final leg.

  • 14 February 2019

    Thursday’s seventh meeting of the 2019 Dubai World Cup Carnival is a quality one, including a triple header of Thoroughbred Group stakes, including the Group 2 Meydan Sprint (Race 2), Group 2 Balanchine (Race 5) and Group 3 Firebreak Stakes (Race 3). Additionally, the inaugural running of the Meydan Trophy for turf 3-year-olds, wide-open handicaps on each surface and the Group 2 Mazrat Al Ruwayah (Race 1) for Purebred Arabians. The evening of seven races is sponsored by Gulf News and the first race’s post time is 6:30 p.m.

    MEYDAN SPRINT (Group 2 | $250,000 | 1000mT)

  • 13 February 2019


    • · WinStar Three-Wide in World Cup
    • · Suave Richard Sets Sights on Sheema
    • · Bravazo World Cup-Bound
    • · Meydan Sprint Step One for Blue Point
    • · Watson Chats Kimbear, Muntazah & Pop the Hood
    • · Good Curry Spices Up Thursday Card
    • · Poetic Charm Ready to Disarm


  • 11 February 2019

    Sunday’s meeting at the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, one of the biggest of the season in the Capital, was highlighted by the 2200m AED 2,500,000 Group 1 HH The President Cup for Purebred Arabians. Ali Rashid Al Rayhi-trained Dubai-based Al Zahir was able to become the fourth horse to win the race more than once, defending the crown he first wore 12 months ago and defeating France’s Al Shamoos, winning of November’s rich Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Jew Crown (G1).

  • 10 February 2019

    Sunday’s meeting at the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club is one of the biggest of the season in the Capital with the 2200m Group 1 HH The President Cup for Purebred Arabians, in which Al Zahir bids to retain his crown. The card also includes the 1400m Thoroughbred equivalent, a Listed contest.

  • 08 February 2019

    Racing at Jebel Ali on Friday afternoon was highlighted by a 1400m conditions race and Mystique Moon produced a compelling performance to win comfortably, and record his second victory of the season having scored in a 1700m handicap at Sharjah on his penultimate start.

  • 07 February 2019

    Thursday’s sixth meeting of the 2019 Dubai World Cup Carnival at Meydan Racecourse was highlighted by the Group 2 $450,000 Al Maktoum Challenge Round 2 sponsored by Al Naboodah Allied Products Division over 1900m on the dirt and boasting a purse of $450,000. Also on tap was the classic Group 3 $250,000 UAE 2000 Guineas, as well as multiple handicaps with Dubai World Cup night implications.


  • 07 February 2019

    Racing at Jebel Ali on Friday afternoon is highlighted by a 1400m conditions race in which seven will go to post, including Draco, who trained on the track by Nicholas Bachalard for racecourse patron His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. The 4-year-old Astrology colt looked very useful winning his first two local starts, both at Jebel Ali but was then well beaten in a 1600m handicap at Meydan in the Dubai World Cup Carnival. The return to his ‘home track’ and 1400m both appear in his favour.

  • 07 February 2019

    Thursday’s sixth meeting of the 2019 Dubai World Cup Carnival is the third-richest day of the Dubai racing calendar, with prize money totalling $1.32 million from its six fixtures, plus a $45,000 non-Carnival race for maidens, which kicks off the evening at 6:30 p.m. The card is sponsored by pillar partner Al Naboodah Group, which also sponsors the Group 2 $2.5 million UAE Derby—a race that will undoubtedly have a few runners come from Thursday’s co-featured Group 3 $250,000 UAE 2000 Guineas.

  • 06 February 2019


    DWCCarnival Update Vol. 21 | News, Notes & Profiles | February 5, 2019
    • · ‘Superstar’ One Man Band Retired
    • · North America, Cosmo Charlie Collide
    • · Vazirabad Seeks Gold Cup Grand Slam
    • · Imperial Hint Begins Shaheen Prep
    • · Moshaher Looking to Rain on Thunder’s Parade


  • 04 February 2019

    At the halfway point of the 2018-2019 Dubai World Cup Carnival, the jockey, trainer and owner standings are led by James Doyle, Charlie Appleby and Godolphin. While many of the top connections and horsemen are the proverbial usual suspects, they are closely followed by several who speak to the depth of this season’s Carnival.

  • 04 February 2019

    The Emirates Racing Authority Stewards inquired into a report received from the Dubai Equine Forensic Unit, that the prohibited substances norketamine and dehydronorketamine (metabolites of Ketamine) were detected in a post-race urine sample taken from DOHAA (FR) at Abu Dhabi racecourse on Sunday 9 December 2018, after finishing 11th in the Al Khaleej Al Arabi Maiden 1400m.

  • 04 February 2019

    The ERA Stewards opened an inquiry on Wednesday 16th January 2019, into the notification by the Dubai Equine Forensic Unit that the pre-race blood sample taken from MARGHAM DUBAI (FR) prior to it competing in Race 1 “Wathba Stallions Cup (For Private Owners Only)” over 1400 metres at Al Ain Racecourse on Friday 4th January 2019, was found to have a level of total carbon dioxide (TCO2) in excess of 36.0 millimoles per litre in plasma.