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  • 29 December 2017

    The final UAE meeting of the calendar year 2017 is to be staged at Jebel Ali on Friday afternoon. 13 have been declared for the feature, the Jebel Ali Mile Prep, a 1600m rated conditions race.

    Among them is last year’s winner, Good Trip, one of two in the race to be saddled by Ali Rashid Al Rayhi and the mount of former UAE Champion Jockey, Tadhg O’Shea, who is currently leading this season’s standings with 20 winners, two more than Pat Cosgrave.

  • 27 December 2017

    Ageless Heavy Metal Could Shine Brighter; Navarro Eyes Dubai with Multiple Horses; Long River and Frankyfourfingers Ready for Returns
    • Ageless Heavy Metal Could Shine Brighter
    • Navarro Eyes Dubai with Multiple Horses
    • Long River and Frankyfourfingers Ready for Returns


  • 23 December 2017

    The inaugural running of the HE Sheikh Ahmed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Cup, a 1700m handicap and only Thoroughbred race on the card, was the Sharjah highlight on Saturday afternoon.

    The maximum field of 16 faced the starter but in all reality very few were able to land a blow after Sam Hitchcott sent Say No More straight to the front. Saddled by Doug Watson, he was never in much danger and the trainer explained: “The idea was to be positive from that draw and Sam has ridden the perfect race. This looked a good opportunity for the horse and so it proved to be.”

  • 22 December 2017

    The Thoroughbreds take centre stage at Sharjah on Saturday with the inaugural running of the HE Sheikh Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Cup, a 1700m handicap in which the maximum field of 16 will face the starter.

  • 21 December 2017

    Meydan Racecourse staged, undoubtedly, their best races of the season on Thursday evening, with three Listed Thoroughbred races as well as the Madjani Stakes for Purebred Arabians.

    The Dubai Creek Mile Sponsored By Lincoln Continental was dominated from start-to-finish by Heavy Metal, who was never headed under Royston Ffrench, riding for trainer Salem bin Ghadayer and Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum. Well-fancied Doug Watson trainee Cosmo Charlie faded to fourth after being unable to keep pace with his front-running and ultimately victorious foe.

  • 21 December 2017

    Rockingham Ranch aims four at DWC card; Second Summer, Faulkner have big goals; Zamaam primed for Carnival; Rayya an exciting 2yo filly
    Meydan Pre-Carnival Notes: Thursday 21 December 2017
    • Rockingham Focusing Four on World Cup Night
    • Big Season Goals for Second Summer, Faulkner
    • Zamaam Primed to Build on Momentum
    • Juvenile Filly Rayya An Exciting One


  • 20 December 2017

    Meydan Racecourse hosts its fourth meeting of the new season

    Three weeks before the first night of the 2018 Dubai World Cup Carnival, Meydan Racecourse stages a meeting befitting of the international extravaganza, featuring a triad of Listed races for Thoroughbreds. The main highlight is The Entisar Sponsored By Al Tayer Motors over the same 2000m course and distance as the $10-million Dubai World Cup (G1), which has attracted a highly competitive field of 13, including last year’s winner Storm Belt - one of four in the race saddled by Doug Watson.

  • 20 December 2017

    Following a report from the ERA Arabian Handicapper that a horse trained by Mr. Abdullah Al Hammadi had incomplete racing form, the ERA Stewards held an inquiry on the 22nd November 2017, into the registration of seven (7) horses in the care of Mr. Al Hammadi from the Al Ajban Stable.

    The ERA conducted an audit of all horse registered by the Al Ajban Stables in November and December 2016, it was discovered that seven horses had been incorrectly registered, by failing to include a complete racing performance as required under ERA Rule 23(iv).

  • 20 December 2017

    ERA Stewards conducted an inquiry on the 20th November 2017, following a report received from the Equine Forensic Laboratory that the prohibited substance Dexamethasone had been detected in the post-race urine sample taken from INITIAL (IRE) after it raced in Race 6 the “ESM E SPORTS Handicap 00-70” (1400 metres) at Jebel Ali on 3rd November 2017.

  • 17 December 2017

    Over 1600m, the Listed Abu Dhabi Championship was the feature in the capital on Sunday evening and it produced a finish worthy of its billing with Asyyad landing the spoils by a rapidly diminishing nose.

    That, however, only tells half the story as Asyyad, representing Al Asayl had led inside the final 100m seemingly about to win easily when sweeping past Goshawke. But the race was far from over.
    Both Asyyad and Goshawke were having just their second career start, having finished third on their respective debuts, both over this trip. Goshawke here at Abu Dhabi and Asyaad at Al Ain.

  • 16 December 2017

    Saturday’s meeting at Al Ain was highlighted by Round 1 of the Al Ain Marathon Series, a handicap over 2600m and which produced a titanic battle between Ajjaj and Shamikh Al Wathba who had the race between themselves throughout the final 200m.

    The former, who was under pressure a long way out under Champion Jockey Richard Mullen, just as he had been when winning on this course over 1800m eight days ago, hit the front early in the long straight and soon had most of their seven rivals in trouble.

  • 16 December 2017

    Abu Dhabi’s turf track hosts a six race card on Sunday, completing three consecutive days of racing on a busy UAE weekend. The meeting is highlighted by the Listed 1600m Abu Dhabi Championship which has attracted a field of 15, with a trio representing Al Asayl, including the only two previous victors in the race.

  • 15 December 2017

    Racing at Jebel Ali on Friday afternoon was highlighted by a 1400m handicap which went right down to the wire. With 300m to run in the race at least half of the 12 runners appeared to hold serious claims. It was about this point that early leader Pirate’s Cove cried enough and was swallowed up by the chasing pack, headed by Mushaakis who was himself immediately challenged on both sides.

  • 15 December 2017

    Saturday’s racing at Al Ain, the UAE’s newest racecourse, is highlighted by Round 1 of the Al Ain Marathon Series -a handicap over 2600m- for which eight have been declared, including last year’s winner Sheikh Down. A regular in this race and series as a whole, the 8-year-old chestnut horse was also second in this fixture in 2014 and 2015, the former year in which Al Ain opened for business and the race was titled The Al Ain Stayers Trophy, a ‘standalone’ contest as opposed to part of a series of races.

  • 15 December 2017

    Racing at Jebel Ali on Friday afternoon is highlighted by a competitive 1400m handicap, for which 13 have been declared, including four owned by HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, whose Shadwell Farm -the U.S. arm of his breeding empire- sponsors the race.

    Champion trainer Doug Watson, whose 17 winners lead the current standings, saddles two of the Sheikh Hamdan runners. Stable jockey Pat Dobbs elects to ride local debutant Ejaaby, a 3-year-old who ran six times previously in Britain for trainer Roger Varian.