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  • 01 December 2010

    Friday's second meeting of the new season at Jebel Ali, sponsored in its entirety by the Shadwell organisation of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, is a six race card highlighted by a 1200m conditions race.

  • 14 November 2010
    Sharjah's first meeting of the 2010/11 season was a seven race card with two Thoroughbred races and five for Purebred Arabians, including the featured 1700m conditions race.‪‪
    That was won by Knife who made virtually all under Jesus Rosales to the delight of trainer Tony Manuel who said: "That was a really good effort and vindicates our decision to run here in a race, on ratings, h
  • 14 November 2010

    Racing returned to Meydan on Thursday evening for a competitive six race card, all on the all-weather surface and sponsored by Emirates Airline.

  • 14 November 2010

    The Thoroughbreds take centre stage at Abu Dhabi's second meeting of the new season this Sunday with the 1600m National Day Prep race concluding the six race card.

    Fifteen were declared but Satish Seemar's Master Daniel has been withdrawn leaving the trainer with Eddie Jock and Birbone.

  • 10 November 2010

    Dubai, UAE, November 10, 2010 – Emirates Airline is the generous sponsor this evening as horse racing action makes its eagerly awaited return to Meydan Racecourse. All six races are on the highly-acclaimed All – Weather surface, with one Purebred Arabian contest, the Wolgan Valley, a 1400m handicap, opening proceedings at 6.35pm.

  • 03 November 2010

    Dhruba Selvaratnam is somewhat of an anomaly in horse racing – he is soft spoken and remains relatively calm and collected in the paddock when watching his team thunder down the track, unlike many others in the industry who loudly and sometimes aggressively, wear their hearts on their sleeves.

  • 27 October 2010

    The Emirates Racing Authority is pleased to announce a number of changes to the Pattern calendar with seven races upgraded in group status and three others becoming Listed.

    The Al Quoz Sprint is one of nine races within the Dubai International Racing Carnival programme held at Meydan Racecourse to be upgraded and one of four to Group 2 level alongside the Al Rashidiya and the two races for fillies and mares, the Cape Verdi and the Balanchine.

  • 05 August 2010

    His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister of UAE, Minister of Presidential Affairs and Chairman of the Emirates Racing Authority, has approved the fixtures list for the 2010/2011 racing season at Jebel Ali Racecourse, Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Meydan Racecourse and Sharjah Equestrian and Racing Club.

  • 28 March 2010

    Pascal Bary, trainer, Gloria de Campeao, 1st: “If he’s alone after he’s taken the lead and no one comes after him, it is so difficult to catch him.  He wants to fight.”

    Tiago Pereira, jockey, Gloria de Campeao, 1st: “I thought I had won but as we past the post, I looked across and the second jockey was celebrating, so I thought I’d keep quiet and wait for the result.  The horse settled in front and I dropped my hands 300 metres out and asked him to kick on.  He was so brave and this is all just a dream.”

  • 28 March 2010

    Daring the best horses in the world to catch him, Gloria de Campeao raced to an early lead and relied on the courage that trainer Pascal Bary said is his hallmark to hold off a late lunge from the unheralded Lizard’s Desire to win the Dubai World Cup, sponsored by Emirates Airline in a thrilling finish that left the Meydan crowd wondering who had prevailed in the first US$10 million race in history.

  • 28 March 2010

    William Buick, jockey, Dar Re Me, 1st: “She broke well and was always giving me so much confidence and then she found another gear at the end. A lot can happen in these races. We need a bit of luck, but I was always feeling good about the race. In fact, she just kept feeling better and better. I tracked Frankie, and though we well behind early, I knew he’d know all about the pace around here. I was confident when I saw this filly after Super Thursday because she looked as though she’d just come from California rather than having spent the winter in England.”

  • 28 March 2010

    Dar Re Mi surged up the Meydan straight to fend off a super-strong group of turf champions to win the US$5 million Dubai Sheema Classic, sponsored by Guangsha Group.

    The Japanese challenger Buena Vista produced the strongest finish just three-quarters of a way in second, with last year’s second Spanish Moon a desperately close third.

    It was a superb effort from the Lady Lloyd-Webber-owned winner, especially as she had wintered in icy Britain and had not raced since her third in the Breeders’ Cup Turf.

  • 28 March 2010

    Royston Ffrench, jockey, Al Shemali, 1st: “It was a pleasant surprise but the stable had been in terrific form and I knew he’d stay. It was the case of getting a clear split and we got it. It’s the most prestigious win of my career.”

    Kevin Shea, jockey, Bankable, 2nd: “It was a very good run. The pace was just too slow. The best horse didn’t beat us. It was the pace that beat us. But we’re happy.”

  • 28 March 2010

    UK based jockey Royston Ffrench had the most prestigious win of his career when local galloper Al Shemali upset a classy field in the Dubai Duty Free, sponsored by Dubai Duty Free.

  • 28 March 2010

    Garrett Gomez, jockey, Kinsale King, 1st: “It was wonderful. I just wanted to get involved in the race early and once he got involved, he traveled well the whole way and in the last 400 metres, he stayed on well. He ran a wonderful race.”