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  • 12 April 2019

    The final race night of the UAE season was staged on Friday evening at Meydan Racecourse and featured full fields, an enthusiastic crowd and perfect Dubai weather befitting of a 2018-19 season that was lush with brilliance. The night was topped by a pair of brand new AED 240,000 (about $65,000) conditions events—the Nad Al Sheba Classic presented by Longines V.H.P. Collection over 2000m on turf and Meydan Mile sponsored by Azizi Riviera over 1600m on dirt—that could eventually become top events on the Meydan racing calendar if their first impressions were any indication.

  • 11 April 2019

    Al Ain staged its final fixture of the campaign, the penultimate meeting of the UAE season, on Thursday afternoon. The featured Al Ain Sprint was won imperiously by RB Money To Burn, defending her unbeaten record in the style of an exciting filly. Well away under Fabrice Veron, the pair were never headed with the race in safekeeping just after halfway when they skipped clear with the jockey seemingly doing anything more than ask her to quicken. Kept up to her work in the final 200m, the 4-year-old filly was never in any danger of being caught.

  • 11 April 2019

    Racing at Meydan on Friday, the final meeting of the UAE campaign, is highlighted by the inaugural Nad Al Sheba Classic sponsored by Longines V H P Colection, a 2000m rated conditions contest on turf, which has attracted the maximum allowed field of 16, including local debutant Gabr. Owned by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the 4-year-old Intello colt won two of his ten outings in Britain for Sir Michael Stoute, most recently last September in the Listed Foundation Stakes at Goodwood.

  • 10 April 2019

    Al Ain stages its final meeting, the penultimate meeting of the UAE season, on Thursday evening with a seven-race card highlighted by the 1000m Al Ain Sprint, a 1000m dash afforded Prestige status. The race has attracted a field of eight, including Ghazwan Al Khalediah, victorious on both his two most recent outings.

  • 10 April 2019

    The ERA Stewards opened an inquiry on Monday 8th April 2019, into the notification by the Dubai Equine Forensic Unit that the pre-race urine sample taken from GENERAL LINE (USA) prior to it competing in Race 2 “Shadwell Farm Handicap” over 1000 metres at Al Ain Racecourse on Friday 1st March 2019, was found to have a concentration of Cobalt in excess of 100 micrograms per litre in urine.

  • 09 April 2019

    The ERA Stewards opened an inquiry on 2nd of April, 2019 into the notification by the Dubai Equine Forensic Unit that the prohibited substance Trometamol had been detected in the post-race urine sample taken from SWORD OF TRUTH (IRE), after it raced in, Race 1 “Arabian Adventures Maiden” over 1950m at Jebel Ali Racecourse on the 8th of February 2019.

    Evidence was taken from Mr. Saeed Al Shamsi (Trainer), Dr. Kieran Finn (ERA Regulatory Veterinarian) and Mr. Jahfar Nalakath (Chief Analyst – Dubai Equine Forensic Unit). The following matters were established during the inquiry;

  • 06 April 2019

    Abu Dhabi staged the final meeting of their season in the capital on Saturday, highlighted by the 1400m Group 2 Liwa Oasis in which Wadeeaa looked certain to be never headed until weakening dramatically in the final 150m and having no answer to the late challenge of Sharaf Al Reef.

  • 05 April 2019

    Racing at Meydan on Friday, the first post-Dubai World Cup meeting ever at the track, was highlighted by the Zabeel Trophy sponsored by Emirates Airline, a 1600m turf conditions race that was turned into a procession by Ajwad, who was sent straight to the front by Bernardo Pinheiro and never saw any of his 15 rivals afterward. A 6-year-old son of Rock of Gibraltar, he sports the colours of the Bouresly Racing Syndicate, whose horses are trained by Rashed Bouresly.

  • 05 April 2019

    Abu Dhabi stages its final meeting of the campaign on Saturday, a rearranged fixture that was postponed when originally scheduled at the beginning of March, highlighted by the 1400m Group 2 Liwa Oasis in which Wadeeaa would appear to hold leading claims.

  • 04 April 2019

    Racing at Al Ain on Thursday evening proved a memorable occasion for Omani apprentice Saif Al Balushi who partnered a double on a card Ernst Oertel and Khalid Khalifa Al Nabooda also celebrated a brace.

  • 04 April 2019

    Racing at Meydan this week, a rare Friday meeting at the UAE’s flagship racecourse, as well as the very first post Dubai World Cup meeting at the track, is officially highlighted by a 1600m conditions race but also includes a quality 1200m handicap. Both the races are on turf and would have not been out of place at the Dubai World Cup Carnival.

  • 04 April 2019

    Racing at Al Ain Racecourse on Thursday is a seven-race card which begins with the sole Thoroughbred contest, a 1400m handicap, looking particularly competitive with the maximum allowed field of 15 declared and the weights headed by Good Contact.

  • 30 March 2019

    Winner: Thunder Snow
    Owner: Godolphin
    Trainer: Saeed bin Suroor
    Jockey: Christophe Soumillon

    Official Time: 2:03.87 (2000m, Track Record: 2:01.38 – Thunder Snow, 2018)

    Margin of Victory: Nose

    Thunder Snow overcame a huge amount of difficulty to become the first horse in history to land consecutive wins in the US$12 million Dubai World Cup sponsored by Emirates Airline (G1).

  • 30 March 2019

    Winner: Old Persian
    Owner: Godolphin
    Trainer: Charlie Appleby
    Jockey: William Buick

    Official Time: 2:27.17 (2410m, Track Record: 2:26.85 – Hawkbill, 2018)

    Margin of: 1 ½ lengths

    Old Persian proved too powerful in the US$6 million Longines Dubai Sheema Classic (G1) to present owners Godolphin and potent trainer-jockey combination Charlie Appleby and William Buick with a remarkable treble on the Dubai World Cup card.

  • 30 March 2019

    Winner: Almond Eye
    Owner: Silk Racing Co Ltd
    Trainer: Sakae Kunieda
    Jockey: Christophe Lemaire

    Official Time: 1:46.78 (1800m, Track Record: 1:45.52 – Just a Way, 2014)

    Margin of Victory: 1 ¼ lengths

    She arrived in Dubai with a huge reputation and Japan’s super filly Almond Eye proved herself on a world stage at Meydan when showing brilliant acceleration to win the US$6 million Dubai Turf sponsored by DP World.