Latest News

  • 15 December 2018

    Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club stages its penultimate meeting of 2018 on Sunday, officially highlighted by the Abu Dhabi Championship (PA Listed), but also featuring a quality 2400m handicap, the only Thoroughbred contest on the six race card and containing a handful of Dubai World Cup Carnival aspirants.

  • 14 December 2018

    The penultimate Jebel Ali fixture of 2018 on Friday afternoon, a 1600m conditions race restricted to 3-year-olds, was won emphatically by Draco, who was never headed under Chris Hayes for racecourse patron, His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Trained on the Jebel Ali track by Nicholas Bachalard, Draco had impressed when winning a similar conditions event on his local debut over 1400m a month ago, but seemingly built on that here, under a penalty for that victory, to land the spoils and maintain his unbeaten UAE record.

  • 14 December 2018

    Sharjah Equestrian and Racing Club stage their penultimate fixture of 2018 on Saturday afternoon, hosting a six-race card undoubtedly highlighted by the only Thoroughbred race, the HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum Cup, a 1700m handicap worth AED100,000. A maximum field of 16 is declared, with the weights headed by Nathr, one of three in the race for champion trainer Doug Watson and a genuine Dubai World Cup Carnival performer in his pomp.

  • 14 December 2018

    Al Ain staged their final meeting of 2018 on Thursday, highlighted by a 2000m Purebred Arabian handicap which was won in determined fashion by Inthar, something of a surprise winner, driven clear by Bernardo Pinheiro for Khalifa Al Neyadi who both owns and trains the winner.

  • 14 December 2018

    Prince of Arran Pointing to Sheema; Walking Thunder to UAE 2000 Guineas; Argentina's Logrado Set for Carnival; Dubai Turf Form Strong in HK
    Notes, News & Features on Meydan's stars around the globe:

    CLICK HERE TO READ NEWSLETTER
    • Globetrotting DWC Carnival Star Prince of Arran Pointing to Sheema
    • Walking Thunder to UAE 2000 Guineas
    • Argentina's Logrado Set for Carnival
    • Dubai Turf Form Strong in Hong Kong
    • Quick Hits: Illustrious Lad, Bila Shak

  • 13 December 2018

    The 3-year-olds take centre stage at Friday’s penultimate Jebel Ali fixture of 2018 with ten of the classic generation declared for a 1600m conditions race in which Draco will look to build on his scintillating local debut four weeks ago. Trained on the Jebel Ali track by Nicholas Bachalard for racecourse patron His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Draco and Tadhg O’Shea landed a 1400m conditions event, also restricted to 3-year-olds, on that occasion to provide the trainer a first winner since taking over at the adjacent Jebel Ali Stables.

  • 13 December 2018

    Thursday’s final Al Ain meeting of 2018 is a seven-race card with the traditional six contests for Purebred Arabians and just the one for Thoroughbreds. The last mentioned is a very competitive 2000m handicap that has attracted the maximum allowed field of 15, as well as four reserves waiting in the wings.

  • 10 December 2018

    All eyes were on Muntazah, runner-up in the 2018 Godolphin Mile (G2) on the Dubai World Cup card on his previous outing and one of the 15 runners in Sunday’s 1600m Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan National Day Cup (Listed) for Thoroughbreds at the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club. Saddled by Doug Watson for His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, his trainer had warned he would improve for the outing with big targets awaiting at Meydan during the Dubai World Cup Carnival.

  • 08 December 2018

    Traditionally one of the highlights of the Abu Dhabi campaign, Sunday’s National Day Cup fixture promises to be a cracker with two competitive highlights, specifically the first of three Thoroughbred big races in the capital each season, as well as the Purebred Arabian equivalent. Both races are over 1600m and have a new name this year: Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan National Day Cup.

  • 07 December 2018

    Friday’s third Al Ain meeting of the current campaign was highlighted by the final event of seven, a 2000m handicap and one that will always remain very special to local trainer Helal Al Alawi who saddled his 100th career winner courtesy of Da’Areen who won fairly comfortably under Richard Mullen.

  • 06 December 2018

    DUBAI (December 6, 2018)—Thursday’s Racing at Meydan card was an action-packed evening of racing highlighted by the featured Garhoud Sprint (Listed), sponsored by Al Tayer Motors, which featured a thrilling finish as Doug Watson-trained Drafted ran down dirt-debuting Ibn Malik in the final yards of the 1200m affair. The win was the second on the evening for the combination of said trainer and jockey Sam Hitchcott, who teamed up to win the opener—the Lincoln MKZ Trophy handicap over 2000m—with locally debuting Powderhouse.

  • 06 December 2018

    Fresu, FURIA CRUZADA Fresh & Ready for Carnival; 2-Year-Olds to Watch on Thursday; HEAVY METAL Preparing for Encore
    Notes, News & Features on Meydan's stars around the globe:

    CLICK HERE TO READ THE NEWSLETTER
    • Fresu, Furia Fresh & Ready for Carnival
    • Two-Year-Olds to Watch on Thursday
    • Heavy Metal Preparing for Encore
    • Quick Hits: Second Summer, et al

  • 06 December 2018

    Friday’s third Al Ain meeting of the season is a seven-race card with six Purebred Arabian contests and a solitary event for the Thoroughbreds, a 1000m handicap in which Satish Seemar saddles Bedeeveya, a winner on her previous start at Sharjah. Having just her fourth career start and first in a handicap, the 4-year-old daughter of Tizway ran twice last season before returning with an excellent second over 1200m at the very first meeting of the campaign at Jebel Ali at the end of October. Fifteen days later, she went to Sharjah to record a decisive victory over 1000m.

  • 05 December 2018

    DUBAI (December 5, 2018)— Racing at Meydan on Thursday is highlighted by The Garhoud Sprint (Listed) sponsored by Al Tayer Motors over the same 1200m dirt course and distance as the $2.5 million Dubai Golden Shaheen sponsored by Gulf News (G1). Inaugurated in 2013, four of the first five editions have been won by horses owned by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who supplies two of this field’s ten, and no less than six winners from the 2018 Dubai World Cup Carnival are declared in the first stepping stone toward the world’s richest dirt sprint.

  • 30 November 2018

    Jebel Ali staged the only race meeting in the UAE this weekend with a seven-race card on Friday highlighted by a handicap over 1800m, won stylishly up the hill by Rio Tigre for Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohd Al Maktoum and Sandeep Jadhav. Stable jockey Royston Ffrench was aboard the multiple Group 3-placed son of Teofilo.

    “He is a very good horse and he won well here two weeks ago,” Jadhav said. “We will have to see what the handicapper does now before deciding whether to run here again or go to Meydan.”