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  • 30 November 2022

    Racing at Meydan, over this busy National Day weekend the fixture is on Thursday, is undoubtedly highlighted by the 1600m Listed Dubai Creek Mile and it appears a very strong renewal with a case to be made for the majority of the 12 runners.

    The weights are headed by Golden Goal, one of four in the race for Doug Watson, a quartet which also includes Thegreatcollection, winner of this race in 2020.

  • 27 November 2022

    The HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum Cup, a 1700m handicap and only Thoroughbred race on the card, was the undoubted highlight at Sharjah Longines Racecourse on Sunday, Richard Mullen shining aboard Shanty Star for Rashed Bouresly and the Bouresly Racing Syndicate.

    Committing the 6yo gelded son of Hard Spun for home when sweeping past stable companion Sendeed on the final turn, Mullen’s tactical decision proved a shrewd one, the pair never looking likely to be denied thereafter.

  • 25 November 2022

    Racing at Meydan on Friday was officially highlighted by a 1200m handicap, won stylishly by Union Racing & Abdallah Al Mamari’s Vasari, completing quick doubles for Antonio Fresu and Musabbeh Al Mheiri.
    Fresu was content to bide his time on the rail with the early leaders setting a frantic gallop before switching out early in the straight and pouncing inside the final 250m.

  • 25 November 2022

    Six races at Sharjah on Sunday, undoubtedly highlighted by the only Thoroughbred race on the card, the AED200,000 HH Sheikh Hamdam bin Rashid Al Maktoum Cup, a 1700m handicap for which 13 are set to face the starter after Three Weeks was confirmed as a non-runner.

  • 24 November 2022

    Racing at Meydan on Friday, a seven race card, is officially highlighted by a 1200m handicap for which eight have been declared, the weights headed by the exciting Meshakel.

    Trained by Salem bin Ghadayer, the 4yo Shamardal colt looked a talented prospect easily winning two of his five starts as a 3yo, over 1400m and 1600m, both at Meydan. He was also runner-up in the Group 3 UAE 2000 Guineas.

  • 19 November 2022

    Six races at Jebel Ali on Saturday afternoon were highlighted by a 1600m handicap which featured a host of proven performers opposed by the ‘local unexposed hope’ Mersaal, winner of his only previous start, on this course over 1200m, three weeks ago.

  • 18 November 2022

    Friday’s third fixture of the new season at Al Ain was highlighted by the finale, a 1400m handicap with the prize staying close to home, the comfortable winner Musheer Al Wathba, who stormed clear under Richard Mullen, being trained on the track by Jean de Roualle, unsurprisingly for Al Wathba Racing.

  • 18 November 2022

    Saturday’s third Jebel Ali meeting of the new season, a six race card, all for Thoroughbreds, is highlighted by a 1600m handicap for which eight have been declared, the weights headed by the admirable Bochart.

    Trained by Bhupat Seemar for the Al Bait Mutawahed Team, the 9yo gelded son of Dubawi has been a great servant since arriving at Zabeel Stables and for his current owners, having arrived as a maiden after nine starts for Godolphin and Charlie Appleby.

  • 17 November 2022

    What appeared a competitive 2200m handicap, the only Thoroughbred contest on the card, concluded Thursday’s proceedings at the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club but that proved not to be the case with Royston Ffrench delivering Mordin halfway up the straight to post a relatively straightforward success for Abdullah Saeed Al Naboodah and Salem bin Ghadayer, Ffrench picking correctly from the trainer’s two runners.

  • 17 November 2022

    Friday’s third meeting of Al Ain’s new season is highlighted by the concluding 1400m handicap for which 12 have been declared, the weights headed by the lightly-raced Tabaasheer, trained by Ahmad bin Harmash for Sultan Ali and to be partnered by Ray Dawson.

    The 4yo colt ran well for a long way in the 1400m Group 2 Bani Yas at Meydan last week and returns to the scene of his maiden success, over 1600m, on his final of three local appearances last season. He has shown plenty of speed in his UAE career and this trip on a track he clearly likes could unlock more improvement.

  • 16 November 2022

    Six races on the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club turf om Thursday evening conclude with a 2200m handicap, the only Thoroughbred contest on the card and it certainly appears a case of ‘saving the best to last’ with 11 declared for this competitive affair.

  • 12 November 2022

    Saturday’s Al Ain fixture featured a quality conditions race for Purebred Arabians over 1800m, a feature dominated by horses owned by Al Ajban Stables and prepared by their primary trainer, Abdallah Al Hammdi with Richard Mullen aboard Oss denying stable companion Indy’ Day in the final 40m.

    Mullen settled his mount in rear of the eight runners before asking the 5yo entire to close on the final turn, the pair edging into contention about 450m from home before pouncing late to snatch the spoils.

    It was a fifth career win for the horse, who has only ever raced here in the UAE.

  • 11 November 2022

    Racing at Meydan on Friday featured both a quality 1400m handicap, as well as the first major Purebred Arabian contest of the season, the Group 2 Bani Yas over the same course and distance.

    The latter kicked off proceedings and class prevailed with the penalised AF Alajaj scoring under Tadhg O’Shea for Khalid Khalia Al Nabooda and Ernst Oertel.

    Homebred, the 5yo entire was conceding weight to all his 13 rivals courtesy of his previous success in the Group 2 Mazrat Al Ruwayah over 1600m on this Meydan dirt surface in February. He has now won half of his 12 career starts.

  • 11 November 2022

    Saturday’s Al Ain fixture, the track’s second of the new season, features a quality Purebred Arabian conditions race over 1800m for which eight have been declared, including multiple Group One winner Somoud, trained on the track by Jean de Roualle.

    To be partnered by Dane O’Neill, Yas Racing’s homebred 8yo entire has ten career victories to his name, four at the highest level and is running on dirt for the first time since winning the Group 3 Al Ain Mile in March 2020 when trained by Ahmed Al Mehairbi.

  • 10 November 2022

    Over the same 2200m as the big race itself, the Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Jewel Crown Prep was the official highlight when racing action returned to the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club for the first time this season on Thursday, the conditions race going to course specialist Hameem under a confident Dane O’Neill.

    The 5yo entire, raced by Al Ajban Stables and in the care of Abdallah Al Hammadi, has now won nine of 12 career starts and is eight from ten here in the capital.