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  • 24 November 2016

    The Dhruba Selvaratnam-trained Bluff may be facing two former Jebel Ali Stakes winners on Friday but connections hope some gallant efforts in defeat will pay dividends as he contests the featured Shadwell Conditions Race.

    James Doyle, a former stable jockey for Selvaratnam, will take the ride on Bluff over the 1800m trip, with current stable jockey, Chris Hayes missing out due to injury.

    Trained on the track by Selvaratnam, for racecourse patron HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Bluff was second over 1400m at the second meeting of the Jebel Ali season a fortnight ago.

  • 20 November 2016

    UAE Champion Jockey, Tadhg O’Shea rode a winning treble at Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club on Sunday evening, landing the featured 2200m Thoroughbred Handicap aboard Carbon Dating in the process.

    The feature was the only Thoroughbred race on the card, the third of the season to be held at Abu Dhabi, and it looked a competitive contest on paper.

    Zabeel Stables trainer, Satish Seemar saddled five of the 14-strong field and it was from his yard that the winner emerged.

  • 19 November 2016

    Saturday racing returned to Sharjah Racecourse for the second time this season where the featured 1700m handicap was won, in style, by Aslaan.

    Trained by Helal Al Alwai, Aslaan was doubling his career tally, having won on the Al Ain dirt surface in February under a confident ride by the Emirati apprentice, Saeed Al Mazrooei.

    Cameron Noble tried to lead from the outset aboard ES Zeriyab and the pair defied the challenge of Hakim early in the straight.

  • 19 November 2016

    Zabeel Saddles Four in Thoroughbred Feature

    The Thoroughbreds take centre stage at Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club’s third meeting of the new campaign on Sunday with the maximum field of 14 set to face the starter in a 2200m handicap.

    Four, as well as first reserve, Last Fighter represent Satish Seemar with stable jockey, Richard Mullen, aboard Pupil who caught the attention of many when staying on strongly in a better race over 1600m at Abu Dhabi last Sunday.

  • 18 November 2016

    Al Ain Racecourse staged its first meeting of the fledgling season on Friday afternoon when the featured 1600m handicap was won in dramatic fashion by Hamares.

    Homebred by Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan and trained by Majed Al Jahouri, Hamares appeared to hold little chance at halfway but his jockey, Royston Ffrench, is not one to concede defeat.

    He demanded a response from his mount, rousting him along on the far turn and, on the long home straight, was rewarded with Hamares flashing home in the final 100m to lead close home and snatch an unlikely victory.

  • 18 November 2016

    Racing returns to Sharjah Racecourse for the second time this season on Saturday afternoon and 12 have been declared for the featured 1700m handicap, including Al Yawazi.

    Sporting the colours of HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Al Yawazi is trained by Eric Lemartinel and is the mount of UAE Champion Jockey, Tadhg O’Shea.

    Always a combination to fear, it could be significant that Lemartinel, given the ammunition at his disposal, has just one runner in the race.

  • 17 November 2016

    The admirable Need To Know put in a workmanlike performance to claim the Gulf News Conditions race at Meydan Racecourse on Thursday, a race featuring the 2016 UAE Oaks and Guineas heroine, Polar River who could only finish fourth.

    The 2016 UAE Derby runner up, Polar River, giving weight to her older male rivals, had started hot favourite but was unable to reach the front.

    Instead the battle for the line played out between the Ali Rashid Al Rayhi-trained Need To Know, runner up, Heavy Metal prepared by Salem Bin Ghadayer and Ennobled Friend trained by Ahmad Bin Harmash who was third.

  • 17 November 2016

    Al Ain Racecourse is all set to host its first race meeting of the season on Friday.

    The highlight of a seven race card is a handicap over 1600m, worth AED100,000 for which 13 have been declared.

    UAE Champion Jockey, Tadhg O’Shea, has found Al Ain a happy hunting ground and rides El Salaam, trained by his main employer, Ali Rashid Al Rayhi.

    He will be sporting the colours of Champion Owner, HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

  • 16 November 2016

    “She is the one we are really looking forward to this season” – Trainer Doug Watson.

    UAE Oaks and 1000 Guineas heroine, Polar River is set to make her return to Meydan Racecourse on Thursday for the first time since landing the runner-up spot in the Group 2 UAE Derby on Dubai World Cup day 2016.

    She takes on the boys once again in the featured ten-runner Gulf News Conditions race over 1600m.

    Still unraced 12 months ago, the filly made a stunning racecourse debut when, then a juvenile, she trounced 11 rivals, all bar one her elders, in a 1200m maiden in early December.

  • 14 November 2016

    Abu Dhabi Hosts Second Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Jewel Crown

    The second renewal of the race that carries world’s most valuable Purebred Arabian prize, the €1.2 million Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Jewel Crown, went to the locally-trained RB Burn at Abu Dhabi Racecourse this evening (Sunday).

    Eleven Group One winners, including the highly-accomplished international raider, Al Mourtajez went to post among a quality field of 16 for the 1600m feature. But local debutant, RB Burn, was not among those to have already won at such an illustrious level.

  • 11 November 2016

    Jebel Ali Racecourse Hosts Second Meeting of the Season.

    Grandstand Stables inmate, Beachy Head claimed Jebel Ali Racecourse’s featured 1400m conditions contest today (Friday) in the hands of Emirati apprentice, Saeed Al Mazrooei, riding a second winner from as many rides following his return from National Service.

    Saddled by Ali Rashid Al Rahyi, Beachy Head was registering his fourth career victory.

  • 10 November 2016

    Star-studded Cast to Contest Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Jewel Crown

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    There’s €1.2m at stake in Sunday’s Abu Dhabi Racecourse feature as the second running of the world’s richest Purebred Arabian contest, the €1.2 million Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Jewel Crown-empowered by IPIC gets underway.

    Last year’s 1600m contest was won by Kalino, trained in Qatar by Alban de Mieulle for his main patron, Sheikh Abdullah bin Khalifa Al Thani.

  • 10 November 2016

    Group 3 winner and 2016 Godolphin Mile third, Cool Cowboy makes a Jebel Ali Racecourse debut tomorrow (Friday) when he contests the afternoon feature race over 1400m.

    Prepared at Red Stables in Al Quoz, Dubai by UAE Champion Trainer, Doug Watson, Cool Cowboy’s Group 3 victory came over Meydan’s 1600m dirt course last season before scoring a third in the Group 2 Godolphin Mile behind stable mates One Man Band and Faulkner.

    A regular winner over 1200m when racing in his native USA prior to 2015, Cool Cowboy has form over this 1400m trip at Meydan from January of this year.

  • 08 November 2016

    ERA Stewards on 16 October 2016 concluded an inquiry into the report received from the Equine Forensic Laboratory, that the prohibited substance Procaine had been detected in the post-race urine sample taken from STAMFORD (GB), after it raced and won, Race 3 The Meydan Handicap (2418 metres) at Jinma Lake Racecourse Chengdu, China on the 2nd April 2016.

  • 07 November 2016

    Racing returned to Abu Dhabi Racecourse on Sunday evening and it was jockey Richard Mullen who returned triumphant in the feature, sporting the colours of Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mansour Al Nahyan.

    Mullen made all aboard the Majed Al Jahouri-trained Shateh in the featured 1600m Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup Prepo.

    Shateh was continuing a trend established on Sunday evening which saw horses that raced prominently landing the spoils and he found plenty for pressure with Mullen forced to get serious in the closing stages to repel the challenge of AF Maqayes.