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  • 14 December 2016

    Group Winners Take to the Track Ahead of January 5 Carnival Launch

    • Tickets available from Meydan Ticket Sales Office.
    • First race 6:30pm

    Muarrab, the $2m Dubai Golden Shaheen Champion, gets his title-defense season underway at Meydan Racecourse on Thursday evening with an appearance in the Listed Garhoud Sprint sponsored by Lincoln Continental.

    That 1200m Golden Shaheen victory on Dubai World Cup night 2016 was the highlight of Muarrab’s impressive 13 career victories, 11 of which have been registered in the UAE since joining Musabbeh Al Mheiri at Oasis Stables.

  • 11 December 2016

    The Al Asayl Stables team enjoyed a highly successful evening at Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club on Sunday, combining to claim three of the first four winners on the card.

    Pride of place went to Mahbooba, who, like all the Al Asayl winners is owned by HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, trained by Eric Lemartinel and ridden by Tadhg O’Shea.

    Conceding weight to all of her nine rivals, Mahbooba was the comfortable winner of a 1600m conditions contest that was restricted to fillies and mares. She was chased home by Gerald Avranche aboard her stable companion, Deyaar.

  • 10 December 2016

    Jockey Royston Ffrench earned his riding fee aboard Sniper De Monlau on Saturday evening, when the Helal Al Alawi-trained Purebred Arabian was victorious in the inaugural running of Al Ain’s National Day Cup.

    A conditions contest over 1800m, Ffrench’s mount was slowly away and soon trailing his seven rivals prompting his jockey to get busy in the saddle almost immediately.

    Making his dirt debut on just his sixth career outing, Sniper De Monlau did not appear happy until he was switched wide by Ffrench at the halfway mark.

  • 10 December 2016

    Zabeel Stables Trainer Saddles Five

    Racing returns to the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club on Sunday evening for an intriguing six race fixture culminating with the only Thoroughbred contest, a 1400m handicap.

    Arguably the most competitive event on the card, with a maximum field of 14 and four reserves waiting in the wings it promises to be a fiercely contested finale.

    With no less than five runners in the race, Satish Seemar clearly has a strong hand and stable jockey, Richard Mullen chooses to ride Akeed Champion with the yard’s apprentice, Cameron Noble, aboard Shihab.

  • 09 December 2016

    UAE Champion Trainer, Doug Watson was in sizzling form at Jebel Ali Racecourse on Friday, saddling the first two home in the featured 1400m handicap as well as providing a winning double on the card.

    The feature race appeared on paper at least to be a competitive affair in which 13 runners were declared.

    Sam Hitchcott, seemingly aboard the stable second string, Stunned landed the spoils with an ultimately comfortable victory, chased home by stable companion Lytham St Annes, which, like the winner, is owned by Mohd Khalifa Al Basti.

  • 08 December 2016

    Jebel Ali Handler Seeks First Win of the Season

    The highlight at Jebel Ali Racecourse on Friday afternoon is a 1400m handicap which has attracted a quality field of 13, including Gobooll, trained on the track by Dhruba Selvaratnam for course patron, HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

    Seeking his first winner of the season, Selvaratnam has four runners on the card and with stable jockey, Chris Hayes still out injured following a trackwork fall, he has secured the services of Qatar Champion Jockey, Harry Bentley.

  • 04 December 2016

    Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club’s Listed National Day Cup was claimed on Sunday evening by jockey, Colm O’Donoghue aboard Championship giving him a first victory as stable jockey for trainer, Ahmad Bin Harmash.

    Second in the course and distance prep race three weeks ago, behind Shamaal Nibras, Championship was able to reverse that form emphatically with an ultra smooth success from that rival who was a clear second himself.

  • 03 December 2016

    Thakif Contests Group 3 Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup

    There are 14 runners declared for Sunday’s 1600m Listed National Day Cup at Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club including the first three home from the course and distance prep race held three weeks ago.

    These include Shamaal Nibras, Championship and Forjatt, Shamaal Nibras, again to be ridden by Pat Dobbs for UAE Champion Trainer, Doug Watson, was very impressive winning on that occasion - his first start of the season and since being gelded over the summer.

  • 02 December 2016

    Al Ain Racecourse staged its second meeting of the season on Friday, allowing racing enthusiasts the opportunity to celebrate National Day at the races, with a competitive seven race card.

    And organisers saved the best to last. A featured 1600m handicap concluded the action and was won in style by Aslaan, one of three winners on the card sporting the colours of Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister Of State For Presidential Affairs.

  • 01 December 2016

    Purebred Arabian, Shateh recorded a five-and-three-quarter length Group 2 victory at Meydan Racecourse last night in the 1400m Bani Yas presented by Longines Passion in Equestrian.

    In doing so he beat 2016 Dubai Kahayla Classic star, AF Mathmoon by a convincing margin and kicked off a highly successful night for jockey, Pat Dobbs who went on to land two more races on the seven-race card presented by Longines.

  • 01 December 2016

    Racing returns to Al Ain Racecourse on Friday evening for a seven race card highlighted by the finale, a 1600m Purebred Arabian Handicap or which 11 have been declared.

    These include ES Kwashi, trained on the track by Mohd Ramadan and a course winner twice last season when successful in a 1000m maiden before following up over 1800m in the Al Ain Derby.

    Likely to have improved from his seasonal reappearance a fortnight ago, he looks sure to run a big race under Fernando Jara, who was aboard for the colt’s maiden victory last season.

  • 30 November 2016

    Watson Follows Tried and Tested Route in Bid for Third Consecutive Thoroughbred Spoils

    Meydan Racecourse hosts its first Purebred Arabian meeting and first Group race of the 2016-17 season tomorrow (Thursday) as ten go to post for the AED180,000 Group 2 Bani Yas presented by Longines Passion in Equestrian.

    The meeting, presented by Longines, promises to be a highly entertaining affair with a number of intriguing Thoroughbred contests featuring on the seven-race card.

  • 26 November 2016

    The featured 2000m handicap at Sharjah Equestrian and Racing Club on Saturday afternoon was won by Swwing, trained by Tony Manuel for owner, Ali Haddad.

    Ridden by Sam Hitchcott to hard-fought victory, Swwing was actually losing his maiden tag in the process, at the 22nd attempt and on his 21st appearance in the UAE. Settled in midfield by Hitchcott, Swwing looked the winner at the top of the straight but perhaps, initially, did not find as much for pressure as his jockey would have hoped.

  • 25 November 2016

    The featured 1800m conditions race at Jebel Ali on Friday afternoon was won in style by Sharpalo, one of three winners on the card for trainer Ahmad bin Harmash.

    Unraced in the UAE before this season, having won once in France, Sharpalo was fourth at Meydan Racecourse before an excellent second to Insaany, over this 1800m course and distance, a fortnight ago.

    This looked a tougher task on paper but, given a confident ride by Antonio Fresu, he looked to have matters under control after hitting the front fully 600m from home.

  • 24 November 2016

    Racing at Sharjah Equestrian and Racing Club on Saturday afternoon is highlighted by a 2000m handicap in which UAE Champion Jockey, Tadhg O’Shea, looks the one to beat aboard RB Burning Ash.

    Trained by Eric Lemartinel, whose string are in glorious form, RB Burning Ash, owned by HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has a solitary win to his name from 12 starts yet has consistency on his side.

    This appears his easiest task for a while and, although yet to win on dirt, he was second at Al Ain on a similar surface almost exactly a year ago.