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  • 25 February 2017

    The Emirates Colts Classic is the highlight on Sunday at the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club. This is a 1600m Prestige contest, in which Ernst Oertel appears to have a very strong hand, headed by AF Al Sajanjle, the mount of Richard Mullen.

    A winner on his debut last November, the four year old grey Colt was then runner-up, albeit a ten length second, in the Listed Abu Dhabi Championship behind the very useful Maisoor before finishing well beaten behind the same horse in the Arabian Triple Crown R1.

  • 24 February 2017

    The 1800m Al Ain Derby was the official feature at Al Ain Racecourse on Friday and went the way of AF Taraha, trained by Ernst Oertel and ridden by Antonio Fresu.

    Having just her second career start, AF Taraha had been well beaten on debut, in a 1400m turf maiden at Abu Dhabi, but clearly relished the switch of surface and extra distance.

    “We really like this filly and were disappointed with her first effort when we expected a lot more,” said Oertel, who was completing a double. “This race looked a good chance to get her back out and she has won nicely.

  • 24 February 2017

    Ahlan Emirati and Pupil are to represent the inform Zabeel Stables at Meydan Racecourse’s popular brunch meeting on Saturday in the featured District One Mansions 1600m turf handicap.

    A maximum field of 14 have been declared for the contest and Zabeel trainer, Satish Seemar has his string in fine form at the moment.

    Pupil, the mount of Chis Hayes, won his penultimate start, a 1400m handicap on the Meydan turf, before an excellent fourth in HH The President Cup at Abu Dhabi.

  • 23 February 2017

    Beautiful Romance winner of the G3 Nad Al Sheba Trophy was one of three winners for Godolphin

    Thursday February 23, 2017, Meydan Racecourse: A great night for the Godolphin team at Meydan on Thursday was highlighted by the game victory of Beautiful Romance in the featured Group 3 Nad Al Sheba Trophy over 2810m on the turf, a third winner on the card in the famous blue.

    Trained by Saeed bin Suroor, she was ridden positively by Oisin Murphy who, clearly worried about the sedate early pace being set by Los Barbados, sent the Godolphin mare for home fully 700m out.

  • 23 February 2017

    The second running of the 1800m Al Ain Derby is the highlight at Al Ain Racecourse on Friday afternoon with Ifraaj, owned by HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, undoubtedly looking the one to beat.

    Twelve have been declared for the Prestige contest but Ifraaj, trained by Eric Lemartinel and the mount of Champion Jockey, Tadhg O’Shea, is actually the only previous winner among the dozen.

    He has two Al Ain victories to his credit, both over 2000m, but the 200m shorter trip appears unlikely to stop him unless one of the remaining 11 show a marked improvement.

  • 22 February 2017

    Sheikhzayedroad will face eight rivals at Meydan Racecourse as he seeks to defend his crown in the Group 3 Nad Al Sheba Trophy Sponsored by Al Naboodah-VDL...

    Sheikhzayedroad will face eight rivals at Meydan Racecourse as he seeks to defend his crown in the Group 3 Nad Al Sheba Trophy Sponsored by Al Naboodah-VDL Buses at the ninth meeting of the 2017 Dubai World Cup Carnival on Thursday evening.

  • 20 February 2017

    ERA Stewards concluded an inquiry on Sunday 19th February 2017, into a report received from the Equine Forensic Unit that the post-race sample taken from VIVERNUS (USA) after it won in Race 3 “Selva Middle East Trophy Maiden” (1900 metres) at Meydan on Saturday 14th January 2017, was found to have a concentration of cobalt in excess of 100 micrograms per litre in urine.

  • 20 February 2017

    ERA Stewards concluded an inquiry on the 14th February 2017, into a report received from the Equine Forensic Unit that the post-race samples taken from SALMEEN (US), after it competed in Race 1 “Wathba Stud Farm Cup (For Private Owners Only)” (1000 metres) at Al Ain on Friday 18th November 2016 and AF RAJES (AE), after it competed in Race 6 “Longines UAE Bred Handicap” (1200 metres) at Sharjah on Saturday 19th November 2016, were both found to have a concentration of cobalt in excess of 100 micrograms per litre in urine.

  • 17 February 2017

    Thirteen may have gone to post for the Listed Jebel Ali Sprint on Friday afternoon but, from just after halfway, the race had developed into a duel with Morawij ultimately repeating his victory of 2016 in the 1000m dash.

    The contest virtually mirrored a course and distance conditions race run four weeks ago when Morawij, trained on the Jebel Ali track for racecourse patron, HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, clashed with Mushir.

  • 16 February 2017

    Two turf records fell in the Dubai World Cup Carnival on Thursday evening as Championship, Ertijaal and Zarak prepped for Dubai World Cup day in breathtaking style.

    Meydan Racecourse staged four high-class Group races in the Dubai World Cup Carnival on Thursday, headlined by the 1600m Group 2 Zabeel Mile in which Championship won going away in a course record time.

  • 16 February 2017

    The inaugural winners of the new His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Horseracing Excellence Awards, established by HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, will be honoured on Thursday March 23, 2017, two days before the 2017 renewal of the Dubai World Cup.

  • 16 February 2017

    Friday afternoon at Jebel Ali is highlighted by the 1000m Jebel Ali Sprint and 1950m Jebel Ali Stakes, which are both Listed races. A key player in the sprint is Morawij who will attempt to defend his crown.

    Trained on the track by Dhruba Selvaratnam for racecourse patron, HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Morawij will attempt to become the third horse to win the race, first run in 1994, in consecutive years.

    That feat was achieved by Russian Rock, in 2012 and 2013 and by Selvaratnam with Try Prospect in 1996 and 1997.

  • 15 February 2017

    Championship hunts a second Group 2 victory at Meydan Racecourse in the featured US$250,000 Zabeel Mile on Thursday evening.

    The Ahmed Bin Harmash-trained six-year-old appears on a Dubai World Cup Carnival card bristling with no less than four Group races and seeks to follow up on his Group 2 Al Fahidi Fort victory of four weeks ago.

    He faces six rivals in Thursday’s 1600m contest having won the 1400m Al Fahidi Fort by an impressive three and a half lengths.

  • 12 February 2017

    Jockey, Richard Mullen enjoyed a great night at Abu Dhabi on Sunday, winning four races, including both versions of HH The President Cup, highlighted by the AED3 million Purebred Arabian version, over 2200m, aboard the Jean De Roaulle-trained Loraa.

    Third in the course and distance prep three weeks ago, Loraa had arrived in the UAE as a Group 1 winner in France but, reportedly, has not enjoyed a smooth transition.

    Settled in midfield by Mullen, Loraa made easy progress 800m from home and, at the top of the straight, hit the front with the race essentially over as a contest.

  • 12 February 2017

    Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club stages one of its biggest meetings of the season on Sunday when it is HH The President Cup day with the Purebred Arabian version a 2200m Group 1 contest worth three million dirhams.

    Five of the dozen declared runners are trained by Eric Lemartinel for HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan with Champion Jockey, Tadhg O’Shea, electing to ride Mahbooba, winner of the course and distance prep three weeks ago.