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  • 04 February 2019

    The ERA Stewards opened an inquiry on Wednesday 16th January 2019, into the notification by the Dubai Equine Forensic Unit that the pre-race blood sample taken from MARGHAM DUBAI (FR) prior to it competing in Race 1 “Wathba Stallions Cup (For Private Owners Only)” over 1400 metres at Al Ain Racecourse on Friday 4th January 2019, was found to have a level of total carbon dioxide (TCO2) in excess of 36.0 millimoles per litre in plasma.

  • 04 February 2019

    The ERA Stewards opened an inquiry on 22nd of January, 2019 into the notification by the Dubai Equine Forensic Unit that the prohibited substance Xylazine and Hydroxy-Xylazine had been detected in the post-race urine sample taken from DABER W’RSAN (AE), after it raced and won, Race 2 “The Damas UAE Bred Maiden” over 1200m at Abu Dhabi Racecourse on the 23rd of December 2018.

    Evidence was taken from Ms. Jaci Wickham (Trainer), Dr. Kieran Finn (ERA Veterinarian) and Mr. Jahfar Nalakath (Chief Analyst – Dubai Equine Forensic Unit). The following matters were established during the inquiry;

  • 03 February 2019

    The most valuable race on Sunday’s Abu Dhabi card and only contest for Thoroughbreds was the concluding 1600m handicap, which looked competitive on paper, but nobody had warned Juthoor, who was the meeting’s easiest winner, relishing the rain-dampened yielding course. Jockey Jim Crowley, riding for His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, settled the 4-year-old Shamardal gelding well off the pace before pulling him wide to make ground as the runners departed the back straight.

  • 02 February 2019

    Racing at Meydan Saturday saved the best for last when Hot Scot Racing Stable’s Riflescope shot down the nightcap and co-feature—the AED 205,000 Al Maryah Island Trophy Handicap over 1200m on turf— with authority. The final time was a blistering 1:09.90—quickest of the season thus far—and margin a rather dominant 2¾ lengths. Satish Seemar of Zabeel Stables landed a hat trick in the process and O’Shea won his second race of the evening.

  • 02 February 2019

    The Thoroughbreds take centre stage at the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club on Sunday when the maximum field allowed of 14 will take their chance in the concluding 1600m handicap. A leading contender is Treasured Times, winner of his only previous visit to the capital and who has sneaked in at the bottom of the weights. Trained by Rashed Bouresly and the mount of Jesus Rosales, the 5-year-old entire son Teofilo will be having just his fifth career start and first since last February.

  • 01 February 2019

    Racing at Al Ain on Friday was highlighted by a 2000m conditions race, restricted to horses who had not won two races and landed in decisive fashion by Amwaj, confidently ridden by Pat Cosgrave and doubling her career tally in the process. A homebred of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan trained by Eric Lemartinel, the 6-year-old mare made a winning debut over 1600m here at Al Ain in November 2016 and had run plenty of good races in defeat stepped up in class before missing last season.

  • 01 February 2019

    Racing at Meydan on Saturday, a seven-race card, is highlighted by a turf handicap over 1800m, the Healthpoint Better Together Cup. Sixteen are declared, the maximum allowed, headed by a trio already in possession of handicap mark sufficient to make them eligible for races at the Dubai World Cup Carnival.

    Trained by Sandeep Jadhav and the mount of Royston Ffrench, Rio Tigre is seeking a fourth victory this season, having twice won over 1800m at Jebel Ali and, on his penultimate start, a 2000m turf handicap here at Meydan. Last out, he found 2810m too far in a Carnival handicap.

  • 31 January 2019

    The fifth meeting of the 2019 Dubai World Cup Carnival at Meydan on Thursday was highlighted by the 1200m Al Shindagha Sprint sponsored by Jebel Ali Port (G3), which was won impressively by Drafted, a third consecutive winner in the dirt dash for trainer Doug Watson and stable jockey Pat Dobbs. Also on the card was the first classic of the UAE season, the Listed UAE 1,000 Guineas, as well as the Meydan Classic Trial for turf 3-year-olds, a Group 1 affair for Purebred Arabians and a triad of competitive handicaps which could have Dubai World Cup night implications.

  • 31 January 2019

    Racing at Al Ain on Friday, a seven-race card, features just one Thoroughbred contest, an ultra-competitive 1600m handicap which has attracted the maximum field allowed of 15 including Musabbeh Al Mheiri duo Initial, the choice of Ben Curtis and Jintshi, a nice spare ride for Fabrice Veron.

  • 31 January 2019

    Thursday’s fifth meeting of the 2019 Dubai World Cup Carnival is another quality affair, officially highlighted by the Group 3 $200,000 Al Shindagha Sprint (Race 4), but also including the first classic of the campaign, the Listed $250,000 UAE 1000 Guineas (Race 2). In addition, the Group 1 $75,000 Al Maktoum Challenge R2 (Race 1) for Purebred Arabians, $100,000 Meydan Classic Trial (Race 3) for grass 3-year-olds and a trio of handicaps add depth to the evening, which is sponsored by DP World and has a first race post time of 6:30 p.m.

    AL SHINDAGHA SPRINT (Group 3 | $200,000 | 1200m)

  • 31 January 2019


    • Seeking the Soul Sets Sights on Dubai
    • Asmussen High on Switzerland
    • Al Hayette Expected to Improve
    • Secret Ambition, Behavioral Bias Impress; Yulong Warrior Returning
    • Roy H Readies for Dubai Return
    • Almond Eye, Rey de Oro Confirmed


  • 28 January 2019

    DUBAI (January 28, 2019)—A host of global Thoroughbred racing stars have been nominated for the Dubai World Cup card at Meydan Racecourse. Created in 1996 as part of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai’s a long-term vision for racing, the nine-race meeting is scheduled for Saturday, March 30, 2019.

  • 27 January 2019

    Racing at Abu Dhabi on Sunday was highlighted by a quality renewal of the 1200m Group 3 Al Ruwais and RB Money To Burn was able to defend her unbeaten record in a thrilling renewal of a race contested at a searing pace.

  • 26 January 2019

    Racing at Abu Dhabi on Sunday is highlighted by a quality renewal of the 1200m Group 3 Al Ruwais in which the weights are headed by ES Ajeeb, undoubtedly one of the fastest Purebred Arabians in the UAE, but considered a better performer on dirt as opposed to the turf in the capital. However, the 5-year-old son of Big Easy, himself winner of this in three consecutive seasons between December 2002 and January 2005, has won on the Abu Dhabi turf, over 1600m which was plenty far enough for him, so we should be able to expect a bold showing.

  • 25 January 2019

    The biggest race of the Jebel Ali season, Friday afternoon’s Group 3 Jebel Ali Mile, proved ultra-competitive with five of the nine runners holding realistic claims at the 200m pole, where Secret Ambition was charging for home under Richard Mullen. Rocket Power, seeking a fourth consecutive Jebel Ali victory and fifth in total having won at Meydan last Saturday, loomed as a serious challenger, as did local debutant Behavioral Bias, like Secret Ambition trained by Satish Seemar.