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  • 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.”

  • 27 January 2017

    Racing at Meydan Racecourse on Saturday may not be a Dubai World Cup Carnival meeting but it does provide several runners the perfect opportunity to qualify for the international extravaganza, especially those contesting turf handicaps over 1400m and 1800m.

    Both have attracted the maximum field of 16 and in the former, the Mina Hamriya, the weights are headed by Art Wave, trained by Musabbeh Al Mheiri and the mount of stable jockey, Fernando Jara.

  • 26 January 2017

    Meydan’s fourth meeting of the 2017 Dubai World Cup Carnival was dominated by the Godolphin racing operation which not only landed two Group 2 Thoroughbred races, but five of the seven races on the card.

    The 1800m Group 2 Al Rashidiya Empowered By IPIC, on the turf went to Godolphin courtesy of Promising Run, trained by Saeed bin Suroor and the only filly among the seven runners.

  • 26 January 2017

    A seven-race card at Al Ain Racecourse on Friday evening is highlighted by a 1000m handicap for which ten have been declared.

    Champion Jockey, Tadhg O’Shea rides Eswarah for HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Eric Lemartinel and the trio have been in great form in recent weeks.

    Eswarah won on her seasonal debut on the Abu Dhabi turf in November, but does have a dirt victory at Sharjah on her resume having won there under O’Shea in November 2015.

  • 26 January 2017

    ERA Stewards concluded an inquiry on the 18th January 2017, into a report received from the Equine Forensic Laboratory that the prohibited substance procaine had been detected in the post-race urine sample taken from YAA SALAM (US) after it won the “Longines Conquest Classic Moon Phase Maiden” (1200 metres) at Sharjah on 26th November 2016.

  • 26 January 2017

    ERA Stewards concluded an inquiry on the 18th January 2017, into a report received from the Equine Forensic Unit that the post-race samples taken from NAJJLAA (FR), after it competed in Race 3 “Emirates Martyrs’ Cup” (1600 metres) at Al Ain on Friday 18th November 2016 and RUAA (FR), after it competed in Race 6 “Al Khubairah Maiden” (1600 metres) at Abu Dhabi on Sunday 20th November 2016, were both found to have a concentration of cobalt in excess of 100 micrograms per litre in urine.

  • 25 January 2017

    ERA Stewards concluded an inquiry on Tuesday 24th January 2017, into a report received from the Equine Forensic Unit that the post-race sample taken from MALZOM (AE) after it competed in Race 4 “Al Qattara Maiden” (1800 metres) at Al Ain on Friday 2nd December 2016, was found to have a concentration of cobalt in excess of 100 micrograms per litre in urine.

  • 25 January 2017

    A cracking fourth meeting of the 2017 Dubai World Cup Carnival is set to be staged on Thursday evening, and highlighting the $1m race card are the Group 2 Al Rashidiya, Group 2 Cape Verdi and UAE 2000 Guineas Trial, all for Thoroughbreds.

    The top draw for the Purebred Arabians is the Group 1 Al Maktoum Challenge.

    The Group 2 Al Rashidiya Empowered by IPIC, a turf race over 1800m, has been a very happy hunting ground for South African trainer Mike de Kock.

  • 22 January 2017

    Having combined for an Abu Dhabi treble last week, HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, his Al Asayl-based trainer, Eric Lemartinel and UAE Champion Jockey, Tadhg O’Shea, landed a double at the capital's track on Sunday evening.

    It was highlighted by the impressive and smooth success of Mahbooba in the Purebred Arabian 2200m HH The President Cup Prep, a conditions race, when she was chased home by stable companion, Abu Alabyad, the mount of Gerald Avranche.

  • 21 January 2017

    The official prep races for HH The President Cups share top billing at the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club on Sunday.

    The Purebred Arabian version has attracted a field of 12, including a quartet owned by HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and trained by Eric Lemartinel who saddled five winners for his main patron last weekend, including an Abu Dhabi treble.

  • 20 January 2017

    The biggest race of the Jebel Ali Racecourse season, Friday’s Group 3 Jebel Ali Mile, was won by ‘the home team’ with Forjatt, who was contesting the race for a fourth consecutive season, landing the spoils.

    Owned by racecourse patron, HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and trained on the Jebel Ali track by Dhruba Selvaratnam, Forjatt won the race in 2014 and was again first past the post in 2015.

    He was subsequently disqualified on the latter occasion, having tested positive for a prohibited substance and was then second last year.

  • 19 January 2017

    The locally-trained Championship emerged much the best from the Group 2 Al Fahidi Fort sponsored by Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum City – District One at Meydan’s third Dubai World Cup Carnival meeting on Thursday.

    Trained by Ahmed Bin Harmash and ridden by jockey, Colm O’Donoghue Championship was a classy winner of the $250,000 1400m race, the first major turf contest of the season.

  • 19 January 2017

    Eleven Declared For Jebel Ali Showpiece Race

    Jebel Ali racecourse trainer Dhruba Selvaratnam seeks a second winner of the UAE season this Friday when he saddles key contender, Forjatt in Friday’s Group 3 Jebel Ali Mile, and he would be a popular winner if he succeeds.

    Trained on the track by Selvaratnam for racecourse patron, HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, he is one of 11 declared for the biggest battle of the Jebel Ali season.