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  • 10 December 2017

    A 1600m handicap was the most valuable and featured contest at Abu Dhabi on Sunday evening, for which only seven went to post but they still managed to produce an intriguing finish with the lead changing hands three times in the short 400m straight.

    RV Moulins Monarch and Royston Ffrench led from the outset until, leaving the home turn, they were swamped with AF Al Sajanjle taking the initiative, one he and Antonio Fresu maintained until halfway up the home run.

  • 09 December 2017

    The most valuable race on Sunday’s Abu Dhabi card is a 1600m handicap for which only seven have been declared, three trained at Al Asayl by Eric Lemartinel for HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, with Tadhg O’Shea choosing to partner Tahany.

    A course and distance maiden winner on this card last year, just her second career start, she was then upped in class for her four subsequent outings last season, running well on the whole.

  • 08 December 2017

    Racing for just the second time this season on Friday afternoon, the UAE’s newest racecourse at Al Ain staged a seven race card which was highlighted by a handicap over 1800m.

    Ajjaj who only led at one point, hit the front in the very last stride to snatch victory from AF Abahe who had led from the outset.

    Only six went to post and the eventual winner, trained by Saifaldin Deeb for Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, was one of the first under pressure and looked in trouble at halfway under Richard Mullen.

  • 07 December 2017

    Double for Pat Dobbs and Four-timer for Champion Trainer UAE

    The Purebred Arabians took centre stage at Meydan Racecourse on Thursday evening and the 1400m Group 2 Bani Yas Sponsored By Friday was won in style by RB Torch who was probably never headed under Tadhg O’Shea.

    Trained at Al Asayl by Eric Lemartinel for HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, RB Torch had the perfect draw, in stall one, for positive tactics and O’Shea wasted no time securing both the rail and the lead.

    They committed for home leaving the home turn and were never going to be caught.

  • 07 December 2017

    Al Ain stage their second meeting of the campaign on Friday afternoon when the official feature is an 1800m handicap for which a select field of six is set to face the starter.

    HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan owns two of the sextet, both trained at Al Asayl Stables by Eric Lemartinel with Tadhg O’Shea electing to partner Meydan Du Paon with stable companion, Ifraaj, the mount of Jesus Rosales.

  • 06 December 2017

    Meydan Racecourse hosts its third meeting of the new season

    Purebred Arabian action returns to Meydan Racecourse for the first time this season on Thursday, with nine runners declared for the Group 2 Bani Yas sponsored by Friday over 1400m on a seven race card generously sponsored by Gulf News.

    Previously staged in February, the race was moved to this earlier slot last season to offer trainers the opportunity of a ‘prep race’ ahead of the 1600m Group 1 Al Maktoum Challenge R1 on the opening night of the Dubai World Cup Carnival in five weeks time.

  • 06 December 2017

    On the Tuesday 28 November 2017, the ERA Stewards have concluded an inquiry that was opened at the Sharjah race meeting on Saturday 11 November 2017. The inquiry was initiated after a report, from the ERA Veterinary Officer, Dr. Belinda Rose, that HEBAYEB AL GHARBIA (AE) trained by Mr. Mohamed Daggash and engaged in Race 3 at the Sharjah race meeting, had a wound on its left side jugular vein consistent with a recent injection.

  • 03 December 2017

    The Group 3 Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup over 1600m was the official highlight at Abu Dhabi on Sunday evening and it produced not only a thrilling finish but an unforgettable one for trainer Eric Lemartinel who saddled three of the eight runners.

    They promptly filled the first three places home with the lead actually chasing twice in the dying strides; initially Gerald Avranche and RB Burn finally managing to get past Hamza, who tried valiantly to make all under Jesus Rosales, only to be caught themselves by Tadhg O’Shea aboard Darius Du Paon.

  • 01 December 2017

    A 1950m rated conditions stakes was the official feature at Jebel Ali on Friday afternoon and, for the vast majority of the race, Tadhg O’Shea and Resonant appeared to have matters under control for Doug Watson.

    However, passing the 200m pole, Resonant, a 1600m course winner four weeks ago, started to tire and, despite his jockey’s urgings and his own determined attitude, was unable to withstand the late challenge of Brabbham.

  • 01 December 2017

    Sunday’s National Day fixture at Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club features both the Group 3 Sheikh Sultan bin Zayed Al Nahyan Cup and the Listed National Day Cup, the only Thoroughbred race on the card.

    Both races are over 1600m and the former sees RB Burn return to action, three weeks after he finished ‘first past the post’ in the world’s richest Purebred Arabian contest, the Group 1 Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Jewel Crown, over the same course and distance.

    Victorious in the same race 12 months earlier, sadly for connections he was demoted and placed second this year.

  • 30 November 2017

    Jebel Ali Racecourse will celebrate National Day on Friday when staging their third meeting of the current campaign highlighted by a rated conditions race over 1950m for which nine have been declared.

    These include seasonal debutant Bluff, a course and distance winner just before Christmas last year and trained on the track by Gopi Selvaratnam for racecourse patron, HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

    The mount of stable jockey Oisin Murphy he was second on his first start of the last campaign, so is clearly capable of running well fresh.

  • 28 November 2017

    On Monday, 27th November 2017 the ERA Appeal Board considered the appeal lodged by Trainer Mr. Eric Lemartinel in regards to reverse placing on Race # 6 “Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Jewel Crown – Group 1” under ERA Rule of Racing 82B at Abu Dhabi on 10th November 2017.

    On the day, following an objection, the ERA Stewards demoted RB BURN (US), to second place and awarded first place to MURAAQIB (FR).

    The ERA Appeal Panel dismissed the appeal.

    Emirates Racing Authority

  • 25 November 2017

    Champion Trainer, Doug Watson, has his team in flying form and after four winners at Meydan on Thursday, saddled the 1-2 in the featured 2200m handicap, the only Thoroughbred race on the card, at Abu Dhabi on Sunday.

    In a desperately close finish, stable jockey, Pat Dobbs, who rode a treble for the trainer at Meydan, produced Empoli to lead virtually right on the line to deny stable companion Ostaad who himself had only led for about 100m in a race where the lead changed hands regularly throughout the straight.

  • 24 November 2017

    Friday’s first meeting of the new season at Al Ain Racecourse was highlighted by a 1600m handicap in which Eric Lemartinel saddled half of the six runners and recorded a 1-2 for his main employer, HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

    However, stable jockey, Tadhg O’Shea, had to settle for second on RB Rich Surprise who could not get past stable companion, Tahany, partnered by Royston Ffrench.

  • 24 November 2017

    Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club host the third and final meeting of the UAE racing weekend on Saturday with a six race card, highlighted by a 2200m handicap, the fixture’s only Thoroughbred race.

    It has attracted the maximum field allowed of 14, including Mustahdaf, second in the same race last year and one of four in this year’s renewal owned by HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum and the choice of his retained jockey, Dane O’Neill.