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  • 07 January 2017

    A treble for UAE Champion Jockey, Tadhg O’Shea including a double for both owner HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and trainer Eric Lemartinel, was the highlight of racing at Al Ain Racecourse yesterday evening.

    The trio combined to win both the last two races, including the finale and official feature, a 2000m handicap aboard Hamza.

  • 06 January 2017

    Saturday’s seven race card at Al Ain Racecourse is highlighted by the finale, a 2000m handicap for which 14 have been declared, headed by the Eric Lemartinel-trained pair of RB Torch and Hamza.

    Both are owned by HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Champion UAE Jockey, Tadhg O’Shea, elects to ride Hamza with Gerald Avranche aboard RB Torch.

    Twice a winner late last season, including the 1700m Ruler Of Sharjah Trophy, Hamza will be having his fifth start of the current campaign and ran well on his only previous Al Ain outing, three starts ago.

  • 06 January 2017

    Zabeel Stables hit a rich vein of form at Jebel Ali Racecourse on Friday afternoon with stable jockey Richard Mullen landing three races and trainer, Satish Seemar saddling two winners.

    The featured 1000m handicap at Jebel Ali Racecourse on Friday afternoon was won impressively by Seemar-trained local debutant, Ejbaar, running on strongly in the final 200m to collar Mutahaddith who had tried valiantly to make all under Tadhg O’Shea.

  • 05 January 2017

    Local hero Le Bernadin became the first horse to score a second victory in the Group 2 Al Maktoum Challenge Round 1 on Thursday as the star-studded 2017 Dubai World Cup Carnival got underway at Meydan Racecourse.

    The Al Maktoum Challenge R1 presented by Longines Elegance in Equestrian, was first contested in 1994 when Red Rainbow triumphed under Johnny Murtagh, and had never had a repeat winner. Keen to change that fact Tadhg O’Shea was fast away on his Ali Rashid Al Rayhi-trained mount from his draw in stall one.

  • 05 January 2017

    A 1000m handicap is the highlight at Jebel Ali Racecourse’s first meeting of 2017.

    Twelve have been declared including Indescribable, trained by Doug Watson.

    A four-time winner in England while under the care of trainer Mark Johnston, he was well beaten on his local debut over 1200m at Meydan Racecourse.

    He went on to win in style at Jebel Ali over 1000m in November, which is the same distance as Friday’s contest.

  • 04 January 2017

    Local Hero Le Bernadin Bids to Make History in Group 2 Al Maktoum Challenge

    The 2017 Dubai World Cup Carnival gets underway at Meydan Racecourse on Thursday evening when the locally-trained Le Bernadin will bid to become the first horse to win the US$250,000 Group 2 Al Maktoum Challenge R1 race twice.

    The Purebred Arabians get proceedings underway at 6.30pm with Group 1 action in Al Maktoum Challenge R1, while the Thoroughbreds will contest the featured Group 2 version of the race later on the card.

  • 03 January 2017

    ERA Stewards held an inquiry after being notified that BRRAQ (FR), trained by Mr. Nacer Samiri, had been treated with Stanozolol, an anabolic steroid prohibited under ERA Rule 95B 2.

    Trainer Mr. Samiri pleaded guilty to a charge under the provisions of ERA Rule 95C(i), in that on the 28th November 2016, at his registered training location, Al Wathba Stables, he had in his possession Stanozolol, which if administered to a horse at any time could give rise to an offence under ERA Rule 95B.

    In considering penalty the Stewards took into account:
    • Mr. Samiri’s guilty plea,

  • 30 December 2016

    Dubai World Cup Carnival launches Thursday January 5, 2017

    Red Stables trainer, Doug Watson looks set to mount a strong local charge on the 2017 Dubai World Cup Carnival next week having seen out 2016 with four victories at Meydan Racecourse on Thursday evening.

    His charges provided a winning treble for stable jockey, Pat Dobbs and a closing victory for the 2016 Godolphin Mile winning jockey, Sam Hitchott.

  • 28 December 2016

    Final race night of 2016 features eight contests

    • Tickets available from Meydan Ticket Sales Office.
    • First race 6:30pm

    The final UAE meeting of 2016 will be staged at Meydan Racecourse on Thursday night with a bumper eight race card.

    This meeting is highlighted by the EGA Excellence Trophy, a 1400m handicap with a prize fund of AED190,000.

    Champion Trainer Doug Watson saddled an amazing five winners at the last Meydan Racecourse meeting and has plenty of good chances this week.

  • 24 December 2016

    The HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum Cup, a 1700m handicap and only Thoroughbred race on the card, was the highlight of Sharjah Equestrian and Racing Club’s final meeting of 2016 on Saturday afternoon.

    It was won by Fa’Iz, trained by Frenchman Erwan Charpy and was produced with a steady challenge throughout the final stages to lead close home under the trainer’s compatriot Gerald Avranche.

    For Fa’Iz, it was a second career victory both registered for Charpy on his 49th outing and 41st since switching to the UAE.

  • 23 December 2016

    The Jebel Ali Mile Prep, as the name would suggest over 1600m, was the highlight at Jebel Ali on Friday afternoon and the Ali Rashid Al Raihe-trained Good Trip opened his UAE account in style under Emirati apprentice Saeed Al Mazrooei.

    A winner twice in England, Good Trip on his fourth UAE start all this season stayed on strongly in the final 200m to win impressively. Over this stamina sapping 1600m and behind the strong gallop which was evident here, it really seemed to suit him.

  • 23 December 2016

    With a prize fund of AED100,000, the HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum Cup is the standout contest at Saturday’s penultimate meeting of the Sharjah Equestrian and Racing Club’s season.

    In addition, the 1700m handicap is also the only Thoroughbred race on the card.

    Not surprisingly, the race was oversubscribed and the maximum field of 16 should be guaranteed with four reserves available to replace any non-runners.

    Ali Rashid Al Rayhi looks to hold a very strong hand with three runners all of whom have solid claims, including Lake Hawk the mount of stable jockey Tadhg O’Shea.

  • 22 December 2016

    Jebel Ali Racecourse’s final meeting of 2016 is on Friday afternoon and highlighted by the Jebel Ali Mile Prep.

    This is a 1600m conditions race designed as a stepping stone towards the track’s biggest race of the season, the Group 3 Jebel Ali Mile, on January 20th 2017.

    Both races are over 1600m and Forjatt has won each of them, landing the big race itself in 2014 and this prep last season, when it was actually contested this year, in early January.

  • 19 December 2016

    Oman based trainer Said Al Badi made his first foray to the UAE a winning one with the ultra impressive victory of Maisoor in the 1600m Listed Abu Dhabi Championship, the feature at Sunday’s meeting in the capital.

    Unbeaten after five starts in Muscat, all on dirt, his jockey, Anas Al Siyabi probably never had a moment of worry with the pair, seemingly without effort, stalking the early pace before hitting the front on the home turn.

    In a matter of strides they were clear to maintain that unbeaten record and, probably just as importantly, prove Maisoor’s effectiveness on turf.

  • 18 December 2016

    Meydan Group has released the list of horses accepted for the 2017 Dubai World Cup Carnival which gets underway at Meydan Racecourse on Saturday January 5, 2017.

    The list features 217 accepted horses from 18 countries with 19 Group 1 winners, 10 Group 2 winners and 25 Group 3 winners among them.

    A number of exciting horses are set to make the trip to Dubai’s winter sunshine this January where they will compete for a share of the $10,925,000 prize money across 61 Thoroughbred and four Group Purebred Arabian races held outside Dubai World Cup day.