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  • 22 March 2017

    Notes from our team of journalists, with updates on and build -up to all nine races to be held Dubai World Cup Day, March 22, 2017

    Dubai World Cup sponsored by Emirates Airline Post- Position Draw Quotes:

    Apollo Kentucky (USA)
    Stall – 1
    Kenji Yamauchi, trainer – “I didn’t really want the outside so I’m happy enough with an inside draw. I’ll have to wait to see if the horse can live up to his American pedigree on dirt.”

    Arrogate (USA)
    Stall – 9

  • 22 March 2017

    Saturday’s longest race on the card, the Group 2 Dubai Gold Cup 2017 looks a strong renewal this year

    Saturday’s longest race on the card and one of four turf features, the 3200m Group 2 Dubai Gold Cup sponsored by Al Tayer Motors looks a particularly strong renewal this year with the 14 runners headed by the first two home from 12 months ago.

    Victory then went to France and Vazirabad (FR), trained by Alain de Royer-Dupre and, on that occasion, as a four-year-old, in receipt of weight from runner-up Big Orange (GB), representing Britain and Michael Bell.

  • 22 March 2017

    16 set to face starter in 2017 Group 2 UAE Derby

    A maximum field of 16 is set to face the starter in the final Classic of the local season, the Group 2 UAE Derby sponsored by The Saeed & Mohammed Al Naboodah Group.

    Not surprisingly, Godolphin is well represented and responsible for three runners, seemingly headed by Thunder Snow (IRE) who, along with stable companion, Top Score (GB), will be seeking to give trainer Saeed bin Suroor an eighth victory in the race but first since 2011.

  • 22 March 2017

    Slow starter, fast finisher: that has been the career path for Medicean Man
    by Howard Wright

    Slow starter, fast finisher: that has been the career path for Medicean Man (GB), who at the age of 11 would become the oldest winner in the history of Dubai World Cup nights if he were to carry off the Al Quoz Sprint sponsored by Azizi Developments.

    Yet British trainer Jeremy Gask could not have dreamed of being anywhere near the Meydan winner’s enclosure when he took over the son of Medicean following his purchase by Angie Loder for 80,000 guineas (£76,190) as a yearling in 2007.

  • 21 March 2017

    For the last couple of years, French trainer Alain de Royer Dupre has left Meydan with at least one valuable prize in his pocket. In 2014, Dolniya (FR) was an easy winner of the Group 1 Longines Dubai Sheema Classic and last year Vazirabad (FR), who sports the same colours as the filly, took the honours in the Group 2 Dubai Gold Cup sponsored by Al Tayer Motors.

    This year, he is counting on Zarak (FR) and Vazirabad, who are both owned by HH the Aga Khan, to continue his winning streak on Dubai World Cup night.

  • 20 March 2017

    Trainer Mike de Kock enters Saturday’s Dubai World Cup meeting with a select team of two headed by Mubtaahij (IRE) .

    South African Mike de Kock enters Saturday’s Dubai World Cup meeting with a select team of two headed by Mubtaahij (IRE), runner-up in last year’s $10million Dubai World Cup sponsored by Emirates.

    He is joined on the card by the talented but thus far wayward Fawree (USA) , who will hope to emulate his illustrious stable companion by winning the Group 2 UAE Derby sponsored by The Saeed & Mohammed Al Naboodah Group.

  • 19 March 2017

    Sunday’s final meeting of the season in Abu Dhabi was highlighted by the Group 1 Emirates Championship and Mahbooba led home a 1-2 for Al Asayl Stables.

    Eric Lemartinel was responsible for no less than five of the nine runners in the race for HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and jockey Tadhg O’Shea picked the right one, sending Mahbooba for home on the home turn, sweeping past stable companion Abhaar, winner of the same race last year.

  • 18 March 2017

    The Final Leg Of The Al Ain Marathon Series, a Prestige handicap over 5100m, was the highlight of Saturday’s Al Ain meeting and the final contest of the course's season, and won, for the second year running, by Balad Al Reef.

    A dour stayer, trained by Abdallah Al Hammadi for Al Ajban Stables, not only did he win this race 12 months ago but also his two previous outings this season, both at Al Ain, over 3200m and 4100m.

    The latter was in the Al Ain Stayers Trophy, the former the second round of the Al Ain Marathon Series with Fernando Jara in the saddle on each occasion.

  • 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.