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  • 10 February 2017

    The Al Ain Stayers’ Trophy, a handicap over 4100m and the third round of the Al Ain Marathon Series, was the feature on Saturday afternoon’s Al Ain card and round two winner, Balad Al Reef, landed the spoils in style.

    Ridded by Fernando Jara for trainer Abdallah Al Hammadi, the winner made smooth progress entering the final 1200m and, once hitting the front fully 900m from home, always looked the likely winner, despite drifting markedly in the final 300m.

    “I was very confident before the race,” said Jara. “This horse is better the further he goes and stamina is his forte."

  • 10 February 2017

    Confrontation bids to win a second consecutive G3 Firebreak Stakes in the Dubai World Cup Carnival at Meydan Racecourse on Sat Feb 11, 2017

    Meydan Racecourse Preview, February 10, 2017: Meydan Racecourse is set to host a sterling renewal of the Dubai World Cup Carnival on Saturday with Group 3 contests, the UAE 2000 Guineas Sponsored by District One Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum City and the Firebreak Stakes Sponsored by Meydan One Mall highlighting the card.

  • 10 February 2017

    The UAE 1000 Guineas Sponsored by Al Tayer Motors, a 1600m Listed race for three-year-old fillies was the highlight at Meydan’s sixth meeting of the Dubai World Cup Carnival on Thursday evening and went to Saudi Arabia, courtesy of Nashmiah.

    Trained by Nicholas Bachalard, the filly arrived in Dubai unbeaten after three starts in the Kingdom Of Saudi Arabia, where she was bred, but was, seemingly, facing a far stiffer task here.

  • 08 February 2017

    Wednesday February 2, 2017, Meydan Racecourse: The first classic of the season will be staged at Meydan Racecourse on Thursday night when 11 fillies go to post for the UAE 1000 Guineas Sponsored by Al Tayer Motors, a Listed race over 1600m.

    First contested in 2001, the race has been a happy hunting ground for Godolphin and its trainers, especially Saeed bin Suroor who can boast nine victories and looks to hold strong claims of making it ten.

  • 07 February 2017

    Arrogate, officially recognised as the world’s best racehorse of 2016, has been nominated for the Saturday March 25 Dubai World Cup, along with a host of other global stars of racing.

    The Bob Baffert-trained four-year-old, who was the runaway winner of the Pegasus World Cup, produced his star performance to date when beating the 2016 Dubai World Cup winner, California Chrome in the Breeders' Cup Classic last year. Arrogate was crowned Longines World’s Best Racehorse at a ceremony in London.

  • 05 February 2017

    The Group 3 Al Ruwais, over 1000m, was the feature at Abu Dhabi on Sunday evening and seven may have gone to post but, in reality, the only horse who ever really mattered was AF Maqayes.

    Trained by Ali Rashid Al Rayhi and a three-time course and distance winner last season, this was just his fourth start over this 1000m dash and, ridden confidently by Champion Jockey, Tadhg O’Shea, he went straight to the front and never looked likely to be headed.

    It was an emphatic success and first, on his fifth start of the season, for Al Maqayes who looks a pure speedster judged on this success.

  • 05 February 2017

    The Group 3 Al Ruwais, over 1000m, is the highlight at Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club on Sunday, with a select field of seven set to face the starter, including AF Maqayes, the mount of UAE Champion Jockey, Tadhg O’Shea.

    Homebred by Khalid Khalifa Al Nabooda and trained by Ali Rashid Al Rayhi, AF Maqayes has won six of his 13 career outings but has not visited the Winner’s Enclosure since his final start of last season, in March.

  • 03 February 2017

    The Jebel Ali Racecourse meeting, scheduled for Friday, February 3, 2017 has been abandoned due to inclement weather.

    For details please see the Emirates Racing Authority Stewards' Report on on Sunday, February 5, 2017.

  • 02 February 2017

    The Group 2 middle round of the Al Maktoum Challenge was claimed by gritty Chilean mare, Furia Cruzada by a nose on UAE debut in the Dubai World Cup Carnival at Meydan Racecourse on Thursday evening.

  • 02 February 2017

    Racing returns to Jebel Ali Racecourse on Friday for a six race card, with all races sponsored by Emirates and just six declared for the featured 1600m handicap, including the Doug Watson pair Ostaad and Kilt Rock, both Jebel Ali regulars.

    Stable jockey, Pat Dobbs, partners Kilt Rock, a seven-time winner in the UAE, including five successful outings here at Jebel Ali. Three of Kilt Rock’s Jebel Ali wins came over 1200m, while two over 1000m before he went on to score twice at Meydan, over 1200m on turf and 1400m on dirt.

  • 01 February 2017

    Muarrab Seeks Comeback in Group Al Shindagha Sprint

    The fifth Dubai World Cup Carnival meeting of 2017, worth US$1.14m and sponsored by Emirates Global Aluminium, will see dual Al Maktoum Challenge R1 winner, Le Bernadin stake a claim for the middle round of the Dubai World Cup prep series.

  • 29 January 2017

    As illustrated through his Thursday evening Dubai World Cup Carnival 1-2 at Meydan, trainer Salem Bin Ghadayer has his team in fine form and the wins kept coming at Abu Dhabi on Sunday.

    Bin Ghadayer landed the only Thoroughbred race on Abu Dhabi's card, a 2400m handicap on Sunday evening.

    Jockey, Royston Ffrench, denied at Meydan on Thursday when his mount, Frankyfourfingers was defeated by stablemate, Heavy Metal was never too far off the pace on Hunters Creek.

  • 28 January 2017

    Close finishes were the order of the day at Meydan on Saturday evening, including the hard fought success of Classic Collection, the only Godolphin-owned runner on the card, in the DP World, UAE Region, over 1800m on turf.

    The race looked ultra-competitive on paper and so it proved with at least half-a-dozen of the 16 runners holding wining claims entering the latter stages.

  • 28 January 2017

    The Thoroughbreds take centre stage at Abu Dhabi on Sunday with their 2400m handicap the most valuable of the six races and for which ten are set to go to post.

    Ahmad bin Harmash, who had the biggest winner of his career when Championship landed the Group 2 Al Fahidi Fort at Meydan last week, saddles two, both owned by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum.

    Of the pair, Pat Cosgrave rides Snow Squall, a 2200m Abu Dhabi winner in February 2015 but not seen in competitive action since last March.

  • 27 January 2017

    The featured 1000m handicap at Al Ain on Friday was turned into a one horse race when the Ernst Oertel-trained AF Thobor led from the outset and was never headed under Richard Mullen.

    On paper an ultra-competitive race, Mullen’s mount made short work of the opposition.

    Third and second, over the same course and distance behind re-opposing duo RB Goliath and Ubu Al Mels respectively on his previous two outings, he had this race in the bag shortly after halfway.

    “I was always travelling very strongly,” said Mullen. “He has actually won that in good style and was quite impressive.”