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  • 10 April 2021

    Having staged the very first meeting of the season back in October, Al Ain also hosted the final fixture of the campaign when Friday evening’s card was highlighted by the inaugural running of the Al Ain Cup, ultimately won comfortably Harrab.

  • 09 April 2021

    Racing at Meydan on Thursday, the final meeting of the season at the UAE’s flagship racecourse and penultimate fixture of the whole local campaign, was highlighted by the Zabeel Trophy sponsored by Emirates Airline, won in taking fashion by Alfareeq.

  • 08 April 2021

    The final fixture of the UAE racing season is at Al Ain on Friday evening, with a 7pm start time, and highlighted by the inaugural running of the Al Ain Cup, a 2000m conditions race with Prestige status.

    The final of seven races, it has attracted a select field of seven and looks wide open. For Khalid Khalifa Al Nabooda, Ernst Oertel saddles both AF Al Sajanjle and AF Al Bairaq, the choice of the Champion Owner’s retained jockey, multiple champion, Tadhg O’Shea.

  • 07 April 2021

    Racing at Meydan on Thursday, the final meeting of the season at the UAE’s flagship racecourse and penultimate fixture of the whole local campaign, is highlighted by the Zabeel Trophy sponsored by Emirates Airline, a 1600m turf rated conditions stakes for which a capacity field of 16 has been declared.

  • 05 April 2021

    The final fixture of the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club season on Sunday was highlighted by the 2400m Group 3 Arabian Triple Crown R3 and Ottoman replicated his success from the 2200m second round.

    Restricted to the 4-year-old Purebred Arabian Classic crop, it was a courageous performance from the colt who, under a penalty for that previous victory, was sent straight to the front by Richard Mullen, riding him for the first time.

  • 03 April 2021

    The final meeting of the Sharjah Longines Racecourse season on Saturday afternoon was highlighted by HE Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan Cup, a 1700m Prestige handicap which produced a grandstand finish with Al Mufham SB snatching the spoils in the dying strides. In doing so, he thwarted AF Ramz who himself only led for about 50m having finally found a way past early leader Hazeem Al Raed who had valiantly fought off numerous challengers.

  • 03 April 2021

    Sunday’s final meeting of the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club season is highlighted by the 2400m Group 3 Arabian Triple Crown R2, for 4-year-olds, which has attracted a field of seven, headed by the penalised Ottoman.

    Trained by Abdallah Al Hammadi for Al Ajban Stables, he earned his extra impost when winning the 2200m Group 3 Arabian Triple Crown R2 a month ago. Connections are actually seeking a clean sweep in the Arabian Triple Crown having combined with Hameem to land the 1600m first round, a Listed contest.

  • 03 April 2021

    Racing at Al Ain on Friday evening was highlighted by the 1000m Al Ain Sprint, the final of the seven races on the card and won in dominant fashion by Ghazwan Al Khalediah who was probably never headed in a ‘quality over quantity’ contest.

    Carrying Prestige status, only four went to post, but they were a quality quartet although, as it transpired, only eventual third, Rawaa, was ever really on terms with the winner, the mare chasing him hard until tiring in the final 100m allowing MH Rahal, last of the four throughout most of the race, to snatch second in the final strides.

  • 02 April 2021

    Sharjah Longines Racecourse stages its final fixture of the season on Saturday afternoon, highlighted by HE Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan Cup, a 1700m Prestige handicap for which 14 have been declared, the weights headed by Mumayaza, one of three in the race due to be saddled by Eric Lemartinel.

  • 01 April 2021

    The spotlight is on the sprinters at Friday’s penultimate meeting of the Al Ain season, officially highlighted by the 1000m Al Ain Sprint, a conditions race which has attracted a select field of just four headed by Arif, thrice an Al Ain winner including a pair of victories over this 1000m course and distance.

    Trained by Ibrahim Al Hadhrami, The Royal Cavalry of Oman 8-year-old homebred entire won over Friday’s track and trip at the end of January and has finished third in both outings, each at Al Ain, since.

  • 31 March 2021

    The ERA Stewards opened an inquiry on Wednesday 31 March, 2021 into the notification by the Dubai Equine Forensic Unit that the prohibited substance Arsenic, above the permitted threshold, had been detected in two (2) urine samples taken from horses trained by Mr Khalifa Al Neyadi. Those horses and relevant races are:
    • WHITE SKY (IRE) at Jebel Ali Friday 6 March, 2020 in Race 6 - “Emirates NBD Maiden 1800 metres”
    • JAYIDE AL BORAQ (MA) at Al Ain Friday 13 March, 2020 in Race 3 - “Al Jimi Handicap 1000 metres”

  • 28 March 2021

    Godolphin’s American-based raider Mystic Guide (USA) proved himself a champion at Meydan on Saturday night when capturing the 2021 US$12m Dubai World Cup Sponsored by Emirates Airline.

    The 4-year-old had risen through the ranks across the Atlantic and was veteran trainer Mike Stidham’s first ever overseas runner when lining up in the 2000m showpiece.

  • 28 March 2021

    Meydan’s commentator Craig Evans predicted a “crackerjack of a finish” as the runners turned for home in the US $5m Longines Dubai Sheema Classic and he certainly wasn’t wrong as Mishriff (IRE) came from the widest starting point and from behind the entire field to see off the challenge of the Japanese pair of Chrono Genesis and Loves Only You in a vintage renewal of the Group 1 race.

  • 28 March 2021

    The stands might not have been filled as usual at Meydan, but that didn’t stop Frankie Dettori from making his traditional flying dismount after the John Gosden-trained Lord North (IRE) lifted the US $4m Dubai Turf Sponsored by DP World in great style.

    As expected, First Contact had gone to the lead in this 1800m race, while Dettori had positioned his son of Dubawi one off the rail towards the back of the field.

  • 28 March 2021

    American raider Zenden (USA) ran out a brilliant victor of the US $1.5m Dubai Golden Shaheen Sponsored by Gulf News but there was a sad postscript when the winner suffered a fatal injury after the finishing post.

    Winning Rider Antonio Fresu was unshipped from the horse although he was able to walk away after the fall.