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  • 03 January 2020

    Racing at Al Ain on Friday was highlighted by a 2000m handicap, the best of six Purebred Arabian contests on a seven-race card. Said event turned into something of a South America affair with Argentine trainer Ana Mendez saddling the winner, Saarookh, under Brazilian jockey Jesus Rosales. Owned and bred by Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the 5-year-old entire has only ever raced in the UAE, his one previous victory having been recorded in a 2200m handicap on the Abu Dhabi turf last October.

  • 03 January 2020

    DUBAI (January 3, 2020)—Racing at Meydan on Saturday may not be a Dubai World Cup Carnival meeting, but does feature numerous DWC Carnival aspirants throughout the seven-race card. The evening is sponsored in its entirety by Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum City—District One. Four of the handicaps, three on turf, are open to horses rated 89, which is one pound below the required mark for the carnival. The fifth race, a 2000m turf handicap (District One Villa Award), is arguably the highlight on what really is a cracking card.

  • 02 January 2020

    DUBAI (January 2, 2020)—Thursday’s first meeting of Meydan Racecourse’s eagerly awaited 2020 Dubai World Cup Carnival was highlighted by the Group 3 $200,000 Dubawi Stakes sponsored by Emirates NBD Private Banking. Over 1200m on the dirt track, the prep for the $2.5 million Dubai Golden Shaheen sponsored by Gulf News was won in gritty fashion by G3 Hutcheson Stakes-winning American import Gladiator King, who gave trainer Satish Seemar an unprecedented sixth win in the race, which was inaugurated in 2011.

  • 02 January 2020

    Al Ain hosts a busy meeting on Friday with, as always, lots of runners on a seven-race card, including six for Purebred Arabians and highlighted by a quality 2000m handicap.

  • 02 January 2020

    DUBAI (January 1, 2020)—The 2020 Dubai World Cup Carnival commences Thursday with a flourish of top-class horses from around the globe. A total of $960,000 in prize money will be up for grabs and Dubai World Cup implications will be aplenty, including the featured the Dubawi Stakes (G3) for Dubai Golden Shaheen sponsored by Gulf News (G1) aspirants. A pair of Listed turf affairs, the Meydan Challenge over 1400m and Dubai Racing Club Classic over 2410m, have attracted serious European interest, while the 3-year-old fillies will audition for the classics in the 1400m UAE 1000 Guineas Trial.

  • 29 December 2019

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  • 28 December 2019

    The final UAE fixture of 2019 took place at Sharjah Longines Racecourse on Saturday afternoon and was officially highlighted by the HH The Crown Prince of Sharjah Cup, a 1200m Prestige contest for which only those foaled in the UAE are eligible. The race was won in a shocking fashion, as longshot AF Alwajel denied heavily favoured ES Ajeeb in the closing stages.

  • 27 December 2019

    Sharjah Longines racecourse stages the final UAE meeting of 2019 on Saturday afternoon, a good six-race card highlighted by the first renewal of the AED200,000 HH The Crown Prince of Sharjah, a prestige contest. Local luminary ES Ajeeb will attempt to defend the crown he won easily last year in the 1200m affair.

    Trained on the Sharjah track by Ibrahim Aseel for racecourse chairman Sheikh Abdulla bin Majid Al Qassemi, who also bred the 5-year-old, ES Ajeeb is penalised for his victory in the 1400m Group 2 Bani Yas at Meydan. Regular jockey Sam Hitchcott is again in the saddle

  • 22 December 2019

    Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club staged its final meeting of 2019 Sunday, with its six races officially highlighted by the Listed Abu Dhabi Championship, a 1600m contest restricted for 3-year-olds. The 1600m affair was won by a flared nostril in a desperately close finish by Ihtesham, who clung on grimly to deny the unfortunately named RB Secondtonone.

  • 21 December 2019

    A pair of Purebred Arabian prestige handicaps were the joint highlights at Sharjah Longines Racecourse on Saturday afternoon on what proved another productive fixture for reigning UAE champions, owner Khalid Khalifa Al Nabooda, trainer Ernst Oertel and jockey Tadhg O’Shea, the trio combining for a double.

  • 21 December 2019

    Racing at the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club on Sunday is officially highlighted by the Listed Abu Dhabi Championship, but also featuring a fascinating 1400m Thoroughbred handicap that provides a good opportunity for 2020 Dubai World Cup Carnival aspirants.

  • 20 December 2019

    Sharjah Longines Racecourse stages its third and by far best meeting of the season so far on Saturday afternoon highlighted by two AED100,000 prestige handicaps, with the 1700m HE Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan Cup being contested for just the second time. The inaugural edition last year was won by no less than AF Maher, subsequently twice victorious in Group 1 company over 2000m at Meydan, landing both Al Maktoum Challenge R3 and Dubai Kahayla Classic.

  • 19 December 2019

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    DUBAI (December 19, 2019)—Racing at Meydan on Thursday, a fascinating six-race card and final meeting at the course of 2019, was highlighted by the Dubai Creek Mile sponsored by Mubadala (Listed), which was won in thrilling fashion by Nasir Askar’s Satish Seemar-trained Secret Ambition and jockey Tadhg O’Shea. The evening was sponsored by pillar partner Mubadala.

  • 18 December 2019

    DUBAI (December 18, 2019)—Racing at Meydan on Thursday is highlighted by a pair of stakes contests, one each for the Purebred Arabians and Thoroughbreds. The latter, the Dubai Creek Mile sponsored by Mubadala (Listed), is a high-class renewal with seven quality declarations, rated between 98-113, including Group 2 winner Heavy Metal, Group 3 winners Kimbear and Secret Ambition and Listed winners Yulong Warrior and Rodaini. Dubai World Cup Carnival winners Manguzi and Thegreatcollection complete the field.