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  • 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.

  • 05 November 2016

    Racing returns to the Abu Dhabi turf on Sunday evening and all eyes will be on American challenger, Paddy’s Day.

    The Scott Powell-trained Purebred Arabian faces 11 rivals in the featured AED125,000 Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup Prep for Purebred Arabians.

    This is a 1600m conditions contest, which runs over the same course and distance as the world’s richest Purebred Arabian race, the €1.2million Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Jewel Crown, set to be staged a week later.

  • 03 November 2016

    Emirates Sponsors Opening Meydan Meeting

    With the new UAE racing season now in full swing, the action returned to Meydan Racecourse on Thursday evening with a cracking seven race card, highlighted by the 2000m Emirates Airline Handicap won for the second year running by Etijaah.

    One of four in the race for UAE Champion Trainer, Doug Watson, he was always well positioned just behind the early speed under Dane O’Neill, riding for his main employer, HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, whose horses claimed three races on the night.

  • 02 November 2016

    Meydan Pillar Partner Backs Opening Meeting

    Meydan Racecourse hosts its first meeting of the new season tomorrow (Thursday) with a valuable Emirates-sponsored card worth AED1,155,000 in prize money across seven races.

    The UAE racing fraternity returns to Meydan for the first time since US superstar, California Chrome claimed the US $10,000,000 Dubai World Cup on March 26, 2016.

  • 30 October 2016

    The most valuable race on Saturday's Sharjah Racecourse card was the concluding 2000m handicap which saw UAE Champion Jockey, Tadhg O’Shea at his strongest to land the spoils aboard Purebred Arabian, Men Alemarat.

    Four of the eight runners held every chance as they entered the final 200m of the race, but it was O’Shea aboard the Eric Lemartinel-trained Men Alemarat who prevailed in a thrilling closing stages battle with Ajjaj.

  • 29 October 2016

    Racing returned to the UAE on Friday afternoon with Jebel Ali staging a six-race card, highlighted by a 1000m handicap, sponsored by HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum via his US breeding base, Shadwell Farm.

    Responsible for three of the 12 runners, it was his blue and white colours worn by apprentice, George Buckell that were carried to victory by Mushir. Mushir was recording a first local success at the 12th attempt.

    Riding for his main employer, Musabbeh Al Mheiri, Buckell was happy to stalk the pace until committing for home just after halfway.

  • 26 October 2016

    2016-17 UAE Racing Season Gets Underway Friday

    Racing returns to the UAE on Friday afternoon with a six race Jebel Ali card, highlighted by a 1000m handicap before racing moves on to Sharjah on Saturday.

    Thirteen are declared for the Jebel Ali feature, including Trinity Force ridden by Champion Jockey, Tadhg O’Shea.

    O’Shea has been booked for all 12 races scheduled between Jebel Ali and Sharjah.

  • 02 October 2016

    Prize Money Hike Sees Minimum Dubai World Cup Carnival Purse Rise to US$100,000

    • Meydan Group releases the 2017 Dubai World Cup Carnival Programme of Races

    Sunday October 2, 2016, UAE, Dubai: The Dubai World Cup day Group 1 Al Quoz Sprint has been increased in distance from 1000m to 1200m on the turf creating dual turf and dirt 1200m sprint divisions across the Dubai World Cup Carnival and Dubai World Cup.

  • 25 September 2016

    The accreditation process for the 2016-17 racing season is now open. Please click on the link below to begin the application process.

    Please note that accreditation is available to working members of the media only and does not grant access to hospitality areas of any of the racecourses.

    Accreditation link

    The 2017 Dubai World Cup accreditation will open in December 2016.