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  • 18 March 2017

    Sunday’s final meeting of the campaign at Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club and penultimate fixture of the whole UAE season features the Group 1 Emirates Championship and the biggest Thoroughbred race staged in the capital, the Group 3 Abu Dhabi Championship.

    Both are over 2200m with nine declared for the AED 1million Emirates Championship, including no less than five to be saddled by Eric Lemartinel who trains for their owner, HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, at Al Asayl Stables.

  • 17 March 2017

    Friday’s final meeting of the current Jebel Ali season was highlighted by the inaugural running of the AED250,000 Jebel Ali Silver Jubilee Stakes, a 1400m conditions contest, with a hard fought victory going to Shamaal Nibras.

    Trained by Doug Watson, it was a deserved Jebel Ali success this year for the horse who was second in the Group 3 Jebel Ali Mile in January and third in the Listed 1950m Jebel Ali Stakes four weeks later.

  • 17 March 2017

    Al Ain Racecourse stages its final meeting of the campaign on Saturday with a seven race card highlighted by the Final Leg Of The Al Ain Marathon Series, a 5100m Prestige handicap won last year by Balad Al Reef who looks sure to make a bold bid to defend his crown.

    Trained by Abdallah Al Hammadi, he will be ridden by Fernando Jara, as he was when landing the spoils last year, as well as when successful in the middle round of the series, over 3200m, in January.

    The pair have also won the 4100m Al Ain Stayers Trophy this season, on his most recent start in February.

  • 16 March 2017

    The final meeting of the current Jebel Ali season on Friday afternoon is highlighted by the inaugural edition of the AED250,000 Jebel Ali Silver Jubilee Stakes, a 1400m conditions contest in which the weights are headed by Forjatt.

    A dual winner of the 1600m Group 3 Jebel Ali Mile, including this year, he is owned by racecourse patron, HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and trained on the track, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary, by Dhruba Selvaratnam.

  • 15 March 2017

    Dubai Racing Club has released the likely fields for Dubai World Cup day, held on Saturday March 25, 2017.

    2017 DWC Likely Fields

  • 12 March 2017

    The penultimate meeting of the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club season, on Sunday, was highlighted by a 1400m handicap, the only Thoroughbred race on the card and claimed in a photograph by Indescribable under the double-winning Pat Dobbs.

    Trained by Doug Watson for Mohd Khalifa Al Basti, Indescribable looked a bit unlucky last Sunday when a close third over 1600m but made amends here, though only just.

    He and Dobbs were locked in a titanic tussle throughout the final 200m with Richard Mullen and the same owner’s Ejbaar, saddled by Satish Seemar.

  • 11 March 2017

    The final meeting of the current campaign at Sharjah on Saturday, was highlighted by the course’s biggest race of the season, the 1700m Ruler Of Sharjah Trophy, won in a photograph by Mahfouz under Tadhg O’Shea.

    A 1700m Prestige contest, it produced one of several exciting finishes on the six race card with O’Shea sending his mount for home leaving the home turn, sweeping past AF Al Jahed who had led from the outset.

    However, he and Richard Mullen fought back, closing all the way throughout the final 100m but just failing to regain the initiative.

  • 11 March 2017

    The penultimate meeting of the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club season on Sunday is highlighted by a 1400m handicap, the only Thoroughbred race on the card and in which the bang in-form Richard Mullen combines with his main employer, Satish Seemar, with Ejbaar.

    The pair celebrated a treble at Meydan Racecourse on Thursday with Seemar then providing one of the jockey’s winners at Al Ain Racecourse on Friday when Mullen again rode a hat-trick.

  • 10 March 2017

    The Al Ain Mile was the highlight at Al Ain Racecourse on Friday afternoon and proved a memorable occasion for trainer Helal Al Alawi who saddled Aslaan to beat stable companion, RB Goliath, in the 1600m Prestige contest.

    The pair had the race between themselves throughout the final 200m when Royston Ffrench and RB Goliath, who had been settled just off the pace, set sail for home.

    However, Aslaan and Richard Mullen, who was completing a double, had made stealthy progress throughout the straight and were soon challenging before taking the initiative with 100m remaining.

  • 10 March 2017

    The Ruler of Sharjah Trophy is the highlight on Saturday at the Sharjah Equestrian and Racing Club when it stages the final and biggest meeting of the season.

    Seven have been declared for the 1700m Prestige contest where HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has owned the last three winners, all ridden by Tadhg O’Shea.

    On this occasion O’Shea has chosen to ride Mahfouz, leaving Gerald Avranche to partner stable companion, Al Jazi.

  • 09 March 2017

    Satish Seemar was in treble form at Meydan Racecourse on Thursday, with his evening highlighted by the victory of Bochard in the featured IPIC Trophy over 1600m.

    The IPIC-sponsored card, the final to be staged at Meydan before the Saturday March 25 Dubai World Cup, featured seven races on the dirt track.

    Fifteen may have gone to post for the IPIC Trophy but Bochart was soon in front, tracked by Pat Dobbs aboard Active Spirit and they crossed the line in that order, both horses responding gallantly to their jockey’s urgings in a duel throughout the entire home straight.

  • 09 March 2017

    ERA Stewards concluded an inquiry on the Tuesday 7th March 2017, into reports received from the Equine Forensic Unit that the post-race urine samples taken from the following horses trained by Mr. Majed Al Jahouri were all found to have a concentration of cobalt in excess of 100 micrograms per litre in urine:
    • SHATEH (FR), after it competed in and won Race 1 “Longines Passion in Equestrian – Bani Yas Group 2)” over 1400 metres at Meydan on Thursday 1st December 2016,

  • 09 March 2017

    The 2017 renewal of the Chengdu Dubai International Cup on Sunday April 2, 2017 is to feature the first International Jockeys’ Challenge, pitting five Chinese jockeys against five visiting internationals.

    Now in its fourth year, the Chengdu Dubai International Cup represents a joint venture between Meydan Group, the Chengdu Municipal Government, the Chengdu Sports Bureau, the Wenjiang District Government and China Guangsha Group.

    It takes place at the Jinma Lake Racecourse in the Wenjiang District of Chengdu and annually features horses, jockeys and trainers from Dubai Racing Club.

  • 09 March 2017

    Al Ain Racecourse stages its penultimate meeting of the season on Friday, highlighted by the fourth running of the AED250,000 Al Ain Mile for Pure Arabians.
    In each of the previous three years it is the red and white colours of HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan that has emerged victorious.

    Last year it was RB Rich Surprise, trained by Eric Lemartinel, who landed the spoils and he is back to defend his crown with Tadhg O’Shea on board.

  • 08 March 2017

    Dubai World Cup –the world’s richest race day is barely two weeks away, and all eyes will be on Meydan Racecourse this Thursday as the penultimate meeting of the season gets underway.

    On the agenda is a seven race card, all on the dirt surface, highlighted by a valuable 1600m handicap, the IPIC Trophy, for which 15 have been declared, including the Doug Watson-trained Active Spirit.

    The six year old landed his first win of the season a fortnight ago at Meydan in a 2000m handicap under Sam Hitchcott.