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  • 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.

  • 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.