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  • 19 November 2017

    The inaugural HE Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan Cup was the official highlight at Saturday’s second meeting of the new season at Sharjah Equestrian & Racing Club and was won, narrowly, by Mawahib.

    With Tadhg O’Shea riding, Mawahib, one of two in the field trained by Eric Lemartinel for HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, was held up in about fifth throughout the majority of the 1700m Prestige contest.

  • 17 November 2017

    A 1400m conditions race was the highlight at Jebel Ali on Friday afternoon and Daily Bulletin ridden by Tadhg O’Shea made a most impressive winning local debut, proving far too good for nine rivals.

    Trained by Ali Rashid Al Rayhi for Mohd Khalifa Al Basti, the four-year-old son of Medaglia D’Oro was never far off the early pace before easing to the front passing the 400m pole.

    The race still looked wide open but, once sent for home by O’Shea, it was soon over and they powered clear up the hill.

  • 17 November 2017

    A welcome addition to the UAE Purebred Arabian calendar, the inaugural HE Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan Cup, is the official highlight at the second meeting of the new season at Sharjah Equestrian & Racing Club.

    A 1700m Prestige contest, it has attracted a field of 14, including a pair trained by Eric Lemartinel for HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan with Tadhg O’Shea electing to ride Mawahib, leaving Jesus Rosales aboard stable companion Mahfouz.

  • 16 November 2017

    Jebel Ali Racecourse stage their second meeting of the new season on Friday afternoon, highlighted by a 1400m conditions race.

    Last year’s winner Beachy Head returns to defend his crown and will face 10 rivals. That was his third victory over the 1400m Jebel Ali course and distance, while his other career win was over the same trip at Al Ain, so he appears something of a 1400m specialist.

  • 11 November 2017

    Sharjah Equestrian and Racing Club staged their first meeting of the new season on Saturday afternoon, featuring a 1000m handicap, the only Thoroughbred race on the card and a landmark occasion for trainer Gopi Selvaratnam, as well as jockey Tom Marquand, who combined to land the spoils with War Spirit.

    It was a first UAE winner for both and achieved relatively comfortably with the speedy War Spirit quickly away and soon dictating the pace.

    Montmorency tried to go with him but it was Al Abyad who threw down a serious challenge, perhaps even leading for 100m, just after halfway.

  • 10 November 2017

    The world’s most valuable Purebred Arabian contest, the €1.2million Group 1 Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Jewel Crown 1600m was the Abu Dhabi highlight on Sunday evening and it was awarded to Muraaqib, trained by Francois Rohaut and ridden by Jim Crowley.

    RB Burn, who was attempting to defend his crown, passed the post in front, after overcoming a wide draw in 14 under Gerald Avranche.

    Avranche celebrated, as did trainer Eric Lemartinel before hearing the ominous news of an objection from the connections of the runner-up.

  • 10 November 2017

    The first Sharjah Equestrian and Racing Club meeting of the new campaign is on Saturday afternoon when there is a six race card, highlighted by the sole Thoroughbred contest, a 1000m handicap.

    Thirteen have been declared with the weights headed by Paranormal, owned by Mohd Khalifa Al Basti and to be partnered by Pat Dobbs, riding for his main employer, the Champion Trainer, Doug Watson.

    Formerly with Godolphin, he raced just once for them in England and made a very pleasing local debut when, at Sharjah, he was second in a 1700m maiden.

  • 09 November 2017

    Racing returned to Meydan Racecourse, for the first time since March and Dubai World Cup day, and the featured 2000m Emirates Airline Handicap was won in determined fashion by Trinity Force.

    Champion Trainer, Doug Watson, saddled six of the 14 runners and it was one of them, Mizbah, who won a frantic early battle for the lead under Pat Dobbs and turning for home they had the vast majority of their rivals in trouble.

    However, Tadhg O’Shea was edging closer aboard Trinity Force, trained by Ali Rashid Al Rayhi throughout the duration of the straight.

  • 09 November 2017

    R B Burn is the one to watch out for as he returns to defend his crown and an unbeaten record on turf in the UAE, in the the world’s most valuable Purebred Arabian contest, the €1.2million Group 1 Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Jewel Crown.

    This 1600m race is the highlight of Friday’s second Abu Dhabi card of the new season.

    One of two in the contest saddled by Frenchman Eric Lemartinel, who trains at Al Asayl, just outside the capital, RB Burn is owned by Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

  • 08 November 2017

    Meydan Racecourse hosts its first meeting of the new season

    Racing returns to Meydan Racecourse on Thursday evening with a valuable seven race card worth AED 1,155,000, sponsored by Pillar Partners Emirates Airline.

    The Highlight of the evening is the valuable Emirates Airline 2000m handicap for which 14 have been declared, including a sizeable six prepared by Champion Trainer, Doug Watson.

    The American, who leads Red Stables, has won the equivalent race in each of the last two seasons with Etijaah for HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

  • 04 November 2017

    The 1600m Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup Prep race was the highlight of a six race card at the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club’s first meeting of the season on Saturday evening.

    The contest was dominated by horses trained by Eric Lemartinel for HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the pair combined with the first three home.

    Royston Ffrench was on the winner RB Torch, who stalked his stable companion, Hamza and Jesus Rosales until the top of the straight before committing for home.

  • 03 November 2017

    Quickly away under Paolo Sirigu, sporting the second colours of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Kasb was the overall leader until just after halfway when headed by Riflescope, racing on the other side of the track.

    Sirigu’s mount found plenty for pressure though, regaining the initiative 200m from home and always looking likely to hold the sustained challenge of Riflescope.

    The winner was opening both his UAE account, at the eighth attempt, as well as his dirt one, trying the surface for a sixth time.

  • 03 November 2017

    Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club (ADEC) stage a rare Saturday meeting in the capital to begin their season, highlighted by the 1600m Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup Prep, a conditions race for which the maximum field of 16 have been declared.

    It may not carry a lofty official status, but it looks a very strong heat and certain to provide clues for many of the big Abu Dhabi turf races throughout the season.

  • 31 October 2017

    The Emirates Racing Authority is pleased to announce the appointment of experienced sports broadcaster Craig Evans as the official race commentator for the 2017-18 UAE Racing season.

    Evans is a well-respected figure in the industry and brings with him a wealth of international experience spanning across three decades, which includes stints at prominent racecourses in Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Dubai, Japan and South Africa.

    Evans who recently returned to Australia after 9 years calling races in Singapore, was approached by the ERA to take up the seasonal position.

  • 31 October 2017

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    Please note we will provide only one car park pass per media member.

    Please note all editors have been notified of the status of each application, and they will be the ones to receive the notification emails. Please check with your respective editors about the status of your application.