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  • 28 November 2019

    DUBAI (November 28, 2019)—Dubai Racing Club has released the list of horses accepted for the 10-meeting 2020 Dubai World Cup Carnival, which runs for nine consecutive Thursdays (Jan. 2-Feb. 27) before culminating with Super Saturday (Mar. 7), the official dress rehearsal for the historic 25th edition of the world-leading $35 million Dubai World Cup card (Mar. 28—four months from today). The 2019 renewal of Super Saturday produced three of the nine Dubai World Cup night winners.

  • 27 November 2019

    The ERA Stewards opened an inquiry on Sunday 17th November, 2019 into the notification by the Dubai Equine Forensic Unit that the prohibited substances Phenylbutazone and Oxyphenylbutazone had been detected in the pre-trial blood sample taken from ALABER (AE), before it trialed in Trial 4 over 1000 metres at Meydan Racecourse on Wednesday 30th October 2019.

  • 26 November 2019

    DRC Notes Vol. 42 | Dubai Racing Club News & Features | November 26, 2019


  • 24 November 2019

    Sunday’s card at Abu Dhabi was highlighted by the most valuable race of the season staged in the capital, the Group 1 AED 5,000,000 Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Jewel Crown. Over 1600m on turf, it was won by Mashhur Al Khalediah, who was providing a truly cosmopolitan result as he snared the prize in style.

    Trained in Newmarket by an Englishman Phillip Collington the 5-year-old horse was ridden by Frenchman Jean-Bernard Eyquem for Saudi Arabian owners Athbah Racing. It was a sixth career victory for the horse in what was his local debut.

  • 23 November 2019

    The Purebred Arabians undoubtedly take centre stage in Abu Dhabi on Sunday, Nov. 24, with the highly anticipated AED 5,000,000 (approximately $1.36 million) Group 1 Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Jewel Crown. Topping the quality field of 14 are last years’s winner, Al Shamoos, who takes on a tough field, including top-rated Saudi runner Mashhur Al Khalediah.

  • 22 November 2019

    Racing at Al Ain on Friday was highlighted by a 1400m Purebred Arabian handicap in which Royston Ffrench found a very willing partner in the shape of Jap Yajoud, who seemingly pulled himself to the front early on, and had plenty left to see off those who chased the early fractions he dictated.

    It was left to Somoud to throw down the final challenge, but Richard Mullen’s mount could not get past and the winner was pulling away again at the line to register his fourth career victory, three of which have been achieved at Al Ain, the first in January 2018 at Sharjah.

  • 21 November 2019

    DUBAI (November 21, 2019)—Racing at Meydan on Thursday kicked off with the first Purebred Arabian contest at the course this season, the 1400m Group 2 Bani Yas presented by Longines Hydroconquest. As it was last year, it was won in smart style by Sheikh Abdulla bin Majed Al Qassem’s Ibrahim Aseeli-trained ES Ajeeb, who was never headed under regular pilot Sam Hitchcott. Well away, the pair were soon able to get across to the rail and clear at halfway never looked likely to be caught although, understandably, tiring in the final 150m.

  • 21 November 2019

    Racing at Al Ain on Friday evening is highlighted by a Purebred Arabian handicap for which 13 have been declared. The 1400m affair is headed by Al Mobher and JAP Yajoud, who share the burden of top weight in what appears a very competitive contest.

  • 20 November 2019

    DUBAI (November 20, 2019)—Racing at Meydan’s seven-race card on Thursday, Nov. 21, is sponsored by pillar partner Longines and is highlighted by three exciting contests with Dubai World Cup Carnival implications. The highest-rated race of the evening is the Group 2 Bani Yas presented by Longines (Race 1) over 1400m—the lone Purebred Arabian contest of the meeting. Possible Thoroughbred stars of tomorrow will be on display in the third juvenile maiden race of the season, also over 1400m, the Longines Conquest V H P (Race 3).

  • 20 November 2019

    DRC Notes Vol. 41 | Dubai Racing Club News & Features | November 19, 2019


    While plans are not yet secure for impressive Satish Seemar-trained opening night 2-year-old debut winner Barack Beach, much of the remainder of Team Zabeel’s enviable 100-plus roster appears to be ramping up for a strong December, including some notable new acquisitions.

  • 19 November 2019

    DRC Notes Vol. 40 | Dubai Racing Club News & Features | November 18, 2019


  • 16 November 2019

    Racing at Jebel Ali on Friday afternoon was highlighted by a quality 1400m conditions race in which Tadbir produced a gutsy performance under Dane O’Neill, riding for his main employer His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, with the pair never headed. Tadbir looked likely to be swamped when 3-year-olds Golden Jaguar and Habah loomed large about 500m out.

  • 15 November 2019

    The last of the five UAE racecourses to stage a fixture this season, Al Ain hosted a seven-race card on Thursday with the only Thoroughbred race, a 1000m handicap, which was won stylishly by Dombra, who was never far off what appeared a frantic gallop from the outset. Confidently ridden by Antonio Fresu for trainer Musabbeh Al Mheiri, in doing so he became a first ever winner for owners Al Rashid Stables with just their second runner.

  • 14 November 2019

    Jebel Ali Racecourse stages its second meeting of the new season on Friday afternoon with a seven-race card that is highlighted by a quality 1400m conditions race worth AED125,000 (about $34,000). Topping said event is Phoenix Ladies Syndicate’s 2019 Dubai World Cup Carnival winner Golden Jaguar, from the yard of Ahmad bin Harmash. A flashy 3-year-old Animal Kingdom colt, he made a winning racecourse debut over 1000m at Jebel Ali before landing the 1400m Meydan Classic Trial on the turf at Meydan.

  • 13 November 2019

    The last of the five UAE racecourses to host a fixture this season, Al Ain stages the first of its 12 2019-20 meetings on Thursday with a seven-race card, including just one Thoroughbred contest, a wide-open 1000m handicap slated as the day’s second race and a post time of 5:30 p.m.

    The maximum allowed field of 15 declared is led by Rich and Famous, who will be saddled by Salem bin Ghadayer for HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum. Jockey Royston Ffrench will be in the saddle after having been injured at Abu Dhabi last Friday and subsequently missing Saturday’s meeting at Sharjah.