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  • 10 March 2017

    The Al Ain Mile was the highlight at Al Ain Racecourse on Friday afternoon and proved a memorable occasion for trainer Helal Al Alawi who saddled Aslaan to beat stable companion, RB Goliath, in the 1600m Prestige contest.

    The pair had the race between themselves throughout the final 200m when Royston Ffrench and RB Goliath, who had been settled just off the pace, set sail for home.

    However, Aslaan and Richard Mullen, who was completing a double, had made stealthy progress throughout the straight and were soon challenging before taking the initiative with 100m remaining.

  • 10 March 2017

    The Ruler of Sharjah Trophy is the highlight on Saturday at the Sharjah Equestrian and Racing Club when it stages the final and biggest meeting of the season.

    Seven have been declared for the 1700m Prestige contest where HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has owned the last three winners, all ridden by Tadhg O’Shea.

    On this occasion O’Shea has chosen to ride Mahfouz, leaving Gerald Avranche to partner stable companion, Al Jazi.

  • 09 March 2017

    Satish Seemar was in treble form at Meydan Racecourse on Thursday, with his evening highlighted by the victory of Bochard in the featured IPIC Trophy over 1600m.

    The IPIC-sponsored card, the final to be staged at Meydan before the Saturday March 25 Dubai World Cup, featured seven races on the dirt track.

    Fifteen may have gone to post for the IPIC Trophy but Bochart was soon in front, tracked by Pat Dobbs aboard Active Spirit and they crossed the line in that order, both horses responding gallantly to their jockey’s urgings in a duel throughout the entire home straight.

  • 09 March 2017

    ERA Stewards concluded an inquiry on the Tuesday 7th March 2017, into reports received from the Equine Forensic Unit that the post-race urine samples taken from the following horses trained by Mr. Majed Al Jahouri were all found to have a concentration of cobalt in excess of 100 micrograms per litre in urine:
    • SHATEH (FR), after it competed in and won Race 1 “Longines Passion in Equestrian – Bani Yas Group 2)” over 1400 metres at Meydan on Thursday 1st December 2016,

  • 09 March 2017

    The 2017 renewal of the Chengdu Dubai International Cup on Sunday April 2, 2017 is to feature the first International Jockeys’ Challenge, pitting five Chinese jockeys against five visiting internationals.

    Now in its fourth year, the Chengdu Dubai International Cup represents a joint venture between Meydan Group, the Chengdu Municipal Government, the Chengdu Sports Bureau, the Wenjiang District Government and China Guangsha Group.

    It takes place at the Jinma Lake Racecourse in the Wenjiang District of Chengdu and annually features horses, jockeys and trainers from Dubai Racing Club.

  • 09 March 2017

    Al Ain Racecourse stages its penultimate meeting of the season on Friday, highlighted by the fourth running of the AED250,000 Al Ain Mile for Pure Arabians.
    In each of the previous three years it is the red and white colours of HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan that has emerged victorious.

    Last year it was RB Rich Surprise, trained by Eric Lemartinel, who landed the spoils and he is back to defend his crown with Tadhg O’Shea on board.

  • 08 March 2017

    Dubai World Cup –the world’s richest race day is barely two weeks away, and all eyes will be on Meydan Racecourse this Thursday as the penultimate meeting of the season gets underway.

    On the agenda is a seven race card, all on the dirt surface, highlighted by a valuable 1600m handicap, the IPIC Trophy, for which 15 have been declared, including the Doug Watson-trained Active Spirit.

    The six year old landed his first win of the season a fortnight ago at Meydan in a 2000m handicap under Sam Hitchcott.

  • 05 March 2017

    Victorious in the world’s most valuable Purebred Arabian contest, the €1.2million Group 1 Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Jewel Crown over 1600m in November, RB Burn registered a smooth success in Sunday’s 1400m Group 1 Liwa Oasis at Abu Dhabi.

    In doing so, he recorded his second Group 1 victory of the season in the capital for his owner, Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, trainer Eric Lemartinel and jockey Gerald Avranche.

  • 04 March 2017

    The turf feature on the US$1.8 million Super Saturday card at Meydan Racecourse is the Group 1 Jebel Hatta sponsored by Emirates Airline, and is the official prep race for the 1800m Dubai Turf on Dubai World Cup Day.

    Decorated Knight, representing England and Roger Charlton, looks likely to start favourite. The mount of Andrea Atzeni, he won his 2000m prep race on the Lingfield Polytrack four weeks ago and finished 2016 with an impressive victory in the 1800m Group 3 Meld Stakes at Leopardstown.

  • 04 March 2017

    Racing at the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club on Sunday features the 1400m Group 1 Liwa Oasis for which ten were declared but, with the unfortunate defection of Shateh, could develop into a match with RB Burn appearing the most likely winner.

    Previously campaigned in France, he is now under the care of Eric Lemartinel at Al Asayl Stables near Abu Dhabi.

  • 03 March 2017

    Seven went to post for the featured 1800m conditions race at Jebel Ali Racecourse on Friday afternoon but only one mattered with Pat Dobbs going straight to the front on Just A Penny and the pair stayed there.

    A winner on the same card last year, in a 1600m handicap and his fourth Jebel Ali victory of the season, he has struggled in this three outings during this campaign, not helped by tardy starts.

    Trained by Doug Watson, he was well away on this occasion and always in control, he stayed the longest trip he has encountered to date with some style.

  • 03 March 2017

    The turf feature on the US$1.8 million Super Saturday card at Meydan Racecourse is the Group 1 Jebel Hatta sponsored by Emirates Airline, and is the official prep race for the 1800m Dubai Turf on Dubai World Cup Day.

    Decorated Knight, representing England and Roger Charlton, looks likely to start favourite. The mount of Andrea Atzeni, he won his 2000m prep race on the Lingfield Polytrack four weeks ago and finished 2016 with an impressive victory in the 1800m Group 3 Meld Stakes at Leopardstown.

  • 03 March 2017

    The world’s richest day of racing, the Dubai World Cup is just three weeks away and Meydan Racecourse is all set to stage the official dress rehearsal – Super Saturday with a seven race card.

    The official feature race on the night is the Group 1 Al Maktoum Challenge R3 sponsored by Emirates Airline

  • 02 March 2017

    Dubai World Cup Carnival winner Top Clearance is one of seven runners in Friday’s feature race at the Jebel Ali Racecourse.

    The 1800m conditions contest is the highlight of a six race card in Jebel Ali’s penultimate meeting of the season.

    Top Clearance, owned by racecourse patron, HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and trained on the track by Dhruba Selvaratnam, has just one career win, which came at Meydan in a1600m dirt handicap last January, but he has produced some solid efforts in defeat.

  • 27 February 2017

    Sunday’s meeting at Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club was highlighted by the Emirates Colts Classic and the 1600m Prestige contest was totally dominated by owner/breeder Khalid Khalifa Al Nabooda and trainer Ernst Oertel who supplied the first three home, headed by AF Al Sajanjle.

    The choice from the trio of Richard Mullen, the winner tracked stable companion, AF Maher under Antonio Fresu before throwing down a challenge on the home turn.