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  • 18 March 2016

    JEBEL ALI RACECOURSE staged its final fixture of the campaign on Friday afternoon with the featured Shadwell Farm (1800m) conditions contest staying at home when Forjatt ran out a comfortable winner.

    Trained on the track by Dhruba Selvaratnam for racecourse patron, HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Forjatt has been a great servant to the yard, numbering the 2014 Group 3 Jebel Ali Mile (1600m) and this season’s Listed National Day Cup (1600m) at Abu Dhabi among his big race wins.

  • 18 March 2016

    Three features close track’s season

    THE AL AIN MILE (1600m) for Purebred Arabians headlines Saturday’s fixture when Al Ain Racecourse drops the curtain on its current season staging a seven race programme also featuring a Thoroughbred version sponsored by Etihad Airways and the final leg of the Al Ain Marathon Series (5100m).

    Leading Purebred Arabian trainer Eric Lemartinel fresh from a double at the course on Thursday is launching a four-pronged attack on what will be the third edition of the Prestige conditions contest.

  • 18 March 2016

    AL AIN RACECOURSE’S feature race at the penultimate meeting of the track’s season on Thursday evening was dominated by Al Asayl Stables-based trainer Eric Lemartinel.

    The Frenchman saddled five HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan-owned runners for the Al Muwaiji Handicap (1600m) sponsored By Shadwell and welcomed back the first four home in the AED80,000 contest.

    Bashayer ridden by apprentice George Buckell won easily, chased home by Estourah and RB Rich Abratude with Al Jazi running on late to snatch fourth close home.

  • 17 March 2016

    Track regulars return for season’s final meeting.

    JEBEL ALI RACECOURSE stage their final fixture of the campaign on Friday afternoon with six booked to go to post for the highlight, a fascinating 1800 metres conditions contest.

    The race is sponsored by Shadwell Farm, the USA branch of the worldwide breeding empire of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
    The sponsor’s famous blue and white silks will be carried by both Tanfeeth and Haatheq with the latter, winner of this year’s Jebel Ali Stakes (1950m), the choice of the owner’s first retained jockey Paul Hanagan.

  • 16 March 2016

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  • 16 March 2016

    Breeding giant supports Fillies and Mares

    AL AIN RACECOURSE’S rescheduled penultimate meeting of the current season on Thursday will feature the Shadwell-sponsored Al Muwaiji Handicap (1600m), restricted to Purebred Arabian fillies and mares.

    The United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) youngest venue and the prolific sponsor had been set to link for the first time last week before persistent heavy rain forced that fixture’s cancellation.

  • 14 March 2016

    ABU DHABI EQUESTRIAN CLUB’S penultimate meeting of the season on Sunday evening was highlighted by a Thoroughbred handicap, which looked competitive on paper, but the 1600m contest was turned into a procession by Invincible Strike.

    One of three in the field trained by Satish Seemar, Invincible Strike blasted out of the stalls under Fernando Jara and the pair were never headed.

    At halfway they opened up a formidable advantage over their ten opponents and never looked likely to be caught with Tides Rise, who emerged from the pack, chasing him home but over four lengths adrift.

  • 13 March 2016

    THE RULER OF SHARJAH CUP (1700m) the headline race of the Sharjah Equestrian and Racing Club's calendar highlighted the sixth and final meeting of the venue's season on Saturday.

    The Eric Lemartinel-trained Hamza toughed out a brave win in the Prestige contest presented by Longines, handing owner Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and jockey Tadhg O'Shea a third consecutive victory following Abhaar last year and Molahen El Alhan in 2014.

  • 12 March 2016

    Seemar and Lemartinel hold strong hands in capital.

    THOROUGHBREDS run for the richest prize on offer at the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club's meeting in the United Arab Emirates capital on Sunday.
    The Khalifa Handicap (1600m) offering a purse of AED100,000 has attracted a line up of 11 declarations.

    Dubai-based trainer Satish Seemar saddled first and second in the sole Thoroughbred race at Abu Dhabi’s fixture last weekend when Lehbab was just denied in a 1400 metres handicap by Cross Grain.

  • 11 March 2016

    Friday’s Young Presidents’ Organization-sponsored Racing at Meydan meeting was highlighted by a 1600m handicap, won in style by Stormardal under jockey, Wayne Smith.

    The meeting was the last to be held at Meydan Racecourse before the season-ending Dubai World Cup day on Saturday March 26.

    Only six faced the starter in Friday’s feature race, with Scotland Forever keen to get to the front under Richard Mullen and tracked by Padlock.

  • 10 March 2016

    Friday’s Racing at Meydan meeting, the last to be held before the Dubai World Cup on Saturday March 26, features nine graduates from the December Racing in Dubai Sale.

    The seven-race card, all on the dirt, is highlighted by a 1600m handicap with six runners remaining in the field from the eight originally declared.

    UAE Champion trainer elect, Doug Watson, who celebrated his 50th success of a highly successful season with Cool Cowboy on Super Saturday last weekend, is responsible for two of the remaining sextet.

  • 10 March 2016

    Season’s curtain drops at SERC

    THE RULER OF SHARJAH TROPHY (1700m), the Sharjah Equestrian and Racing Club’s headline race of the season highlights the track’s final meeting of the campaign on Saturday afternoon.

    Owner HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and the season’s leading jockey Tadhg O’Shea will be attempting to win the Prestige status conditions race, presented by Longines, in tandem for a third consecutive year.

    They combine with the Eric Lemartinel- trained Hamza whose official rating of 77 marks him as the four-year-old his seven opponents have to beat.

  • 09 March 2016

    Fillies and Mares feature

    AL AIN RACECOURSE will host prolific sponsor Shadwell for the first time on Thursday when the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) youngest venue stages its penultimate programme of the current season.

    The Shadwell Handicap (1600m), restricted to Purebred Arabian fillies and mares offering a purse of AED80,000, is the richest contest on a seven race card.

    Leading Purebred Arabian trainer Eric Lemartinel’s Al Asayl Stables is well represented with two of the leading chances amongst the 15 strong field.

  • 07 March 2016

    HH SHEIKH HAMDAN BIN RASHID AL MAKTOUM and his retained jocket Paul Hanagan fresh from capturing the Group 1 Al Maktoum Challenge Round 3 at Meydan on Thursday with Handassa, snared the other big Purebred Arabian contest of the weekend, the Group 1 Liwa Oasis (1400m), at Abu Dhabi on Sunday.

    The victory of AF Mathmoon completed a great few days for them and trainer Musabah Al Muhairi, fresh from his Super Saturday treble at Meydan.

  • 05 March 2016

    Special Fighter sealed a memorable Super Saturday for Musabah Al Muhairi when he rounded off a treble-winning performance for the trainer with victory in the Group 1 Al Maktoum Challenge R3, the official Dubai World Cup prep.

    Staged over the same 2000m dirt course and distance as the $10million Dubai World Cup, the Al Maktoum Challenge has been won in the past by three subsequent Dubai World Cup winners. Dubai Millennium (2000), Street Cry (2002) and Electrocutionist (2006) all completed the double for Godolphin and Saeed bin Suroor.