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  • 26 January 2017

    ERA Stewards concluded an inquiry on the 18th January 2017, into a report received from the Equine Forensic Unit that the post-race samples taken from NAJJLAA (FR), after it competed in Race 3 “Emirates Martyrs’ Cup” (1600 metres) at Al Ain on Friday 18th November 2016 and RUAA (FR), after it competed in Race 6 “Al Khubairah Maiden” (1600 metres) at Abu Dhabi on Sunday 20th November 2016, were both found to have a concentration of cobalt in excess of 100 micrograms per litre in urine.

  • 25 January 2017

    ERA Stewards concluded an inquiry on Tuesday 24th January 2017, into a report received from the Equine Forensic Unit that the post-race sample taken from MALZOM (AE) after it competed in Race 4 “Al Qattara Maiden” (1800 metres) at Al Ain on Friday 2nd December 2016, was found to have a concentration of cobalt in excess of 100 micrograms per litre in urine.

  • 25 January 2017

    A cracking fourth meeting of the 2017 Dubai World Cup Carnival is set to be staged on Thursday evening, and highlighting the $1m race card are the Group 2 Al Rashidiya, Group 2 Cape Verdi and UAE 2000 Guineas Trial, all for Thoroughbreds.

    The top draw for the Purebred Arabians is the Group 1 Al Maktoum Challenge.

    The Group 2 Al Rashidiya Empowered by IPIC, a turf race over 1800m, has been a very happy hunting ground for South African trainer Mike de Kock.

  • 22 January 2017

    Having combined for an Abu Dhabi treble last week, HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, his Al Asayl-based trainer, Eric Lemartinel and UAE Champion Jockey, Tadhg O’Shea, landed a double at the capital's track on Sunday evening.

    It was highlighted by the impressive and smooth success of Mahbooba in the Purebred Arabian 2200m HH The President Cup Prep, a conditions race, when she was chased home by stable companion, Abu Alabyad, the mount of Gerald Avranche.

  • 21 January 2017

    The official prep races for HH The President Cups share top billing at the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club on Sunday.

    The Purebred Arabian version has attracted a field of 12, including a quartet owned by HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and trained by Eric Lemartinel who saddled five winners for his main patron last weekend, including an Abu Dhabi treble.

  • 20 January 2017

    The biggest race of the Jebel Ali Racecourse season, Friday’s Group 3 Jebel Ali Mile, was won by ‘the home team’ with Forjatt, who was contesting the race for a fourth consecutive season, landing the spoils.

    Owned by racecourse patron, HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and trained on the Jebel Ali track by Dhruba Selvaratnam, Forjatt won the race in 2014 and was again first past the post in 2015.

    He was subsequently disqualified on the latter occasion, having tested positive for a prohibited substance and was then second last year.

  • 19 January 2017

    The locally-trained Championship emerged much the best from the Group 2 Al Fahidi Fort sponsored by Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum City – District One at Meydan’s third Dubai World Cup Carnival meeting on Thursday.

    Trained by Ahmed Bin Harmash and ridden by jockey, Colm O’Donoghue Championship was a classy winner of the $250,000 1400m race, the first major turf contest of the season.

  • 19 January 2017

    Eleven Declared For Jebel Ali Showpiece Race

    Jebel Ali racecourse trainer Dhruba Selvaratnam seeks a second winner of the UAE season this Friday when he saddles key contender, Forjatt in Friday’s Group 3 Jebel Ali Mile, and he would be a popular winner if he succeeds.

    Trained on the track by Selvaratnam for racecourse patron, HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, he is one of 11 declared for the biggest battle of the Jebel Ali season.

  • 18 January 2017

    Flash Fire who is trained by Charlie Appleby contests the Group 2 Al Fahidi Fort at the DWCC this weekend, seen here winning the Longines Dolca Vita 2 weeks ago (AW)

    The third meeting of the 2017 Dubai World Cup Carnival this Thursday is highlighted by the Group 2 Al Fahidi Fort Sponsored By Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum - District One

    Eight have been declared for this 1400m turf contest.

    And leading the contenders is Flash Fire who is from the Godolphin stables, trained by Charlie Appleby and iss the mount of William Buick.

  • 18 January 2017

    ERA Stewards concluded an inquiry on the 11th January 2017, into a report received from the Equine Forensic Unit that the post-race sample taken from HAMARES (FR) after it competed in Race 6 “Al Saad Handicap” (1600 metres) at Al Ain on Friday 18th November 2016, was found to have a concentration of cobalt in excess of 100 micrograms per litre in urine.

  • 15 January 2017

    From their powerful base at Al Asayl Stables, the team of HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, his trainer Eric Lemartinel and main jockey, Tadhg O’Shea are always to be feared at Abu Dhabi and combined to win half of the six races on Sunday evening, with O'Shea going one better with four.

    Indeed Lemartinel won all three races in which he had runners with pride of place going to RB Dixie Burning, winner of the featured 2200m handicap.

    Given a patient ride by UAE Champion Jockey O’Shea the seven year old mare was allowed to settle in the rear of eight runners.

  • 14 January 2017

    Racing at Meydan on Saturday was highlighted by the Al Naboodah Travel Trophy, a seemingly ultra-competitive 1200m turf handicap won emphatically by Godolphin’s Acolyte.

    Making his first start in the world famous blue silks for Saeed Bin Suroor, having previously been trained by Roger Charlton for whom he won three times, on the all-weather, Acolyte was returning to racecourse action having not been seen in public since October 2015.

    Always travelling strongly under Harry Bentley, he stormed to the front just under halfway and never looked in danger of being caught.

  • 14 January 2017

    Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club stages its first meeting of 2017 on Sunday with a six race card, highlighted by a 2200m handicap featuring six time winner, RB Dixie Burning.

    She faces seven rivals and is one of two owned by HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and trained by Eric Lemartinel.

    UAE Champion Jockey, Tadhg O’Shea, takes the ride.

    Victorious in her first three outings, all in early 2014, RB Dixie Burning was not seen again until March 2016 when third on her return at Abu Dhabi.

  • 13 January 2017

    Racing at Al Ain Racecourse on Friday was highlighted by the second and middle round of the Al Ain Marathon Series, a 3200m handicap won in dramatic fashion by Balad Al Reef.

    Sporting the colours of Al Ajban Stables and saddled by Abdallah Al Hammadi, he appeared to hold every chance entering the straight under Fernando Jara before drifting across the track to the nearside rail.

    His chance appeared to have been forfeited with Sheikh Down, Aslaan and Badira De Monlau seemingly fighting out a finish in the middle of the track.

  • 13 January 2017

    Speedballs Clash as Dubawi Stakes-Winning Zabeel Team Combine with Akeed Champion in Opposition

    • First AED300 Terrace Brunch of 2017 Offers Excellent Race Viewing. Tickets: store.meydan.ae until noon Saturday. Tickets on gate subject to availability.

    Saturday’s Racing at Meydan meeting provides a number of horses with the opportunity to demonstrate their credentials for the ultra-lucrative Dubai World Cup Carnival season which runs concurrently at Meydan Racecourse until the Dubai World Cup at the end of March.