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  • 05 December 2021

    Arguably the biggest meeting of the whole season on the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club’s acclaimed turf surface, Sunday’s seven race fixture was highlighted by the 2200m AED5 million Group 1 Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Jewel Crown, totally dominated by challengers from France, Lady Princess claiming the spoils.

  • 04 December 2021

    Racing at Sharjah on Saturday was highlighted by the fourth edition of the GCC Cup, a 1700m conditions contest afforded Prestige status, carrying a prize fund of AED150,000 and won in a thrilling finish by Al Mustafiz, the race going to Oman as it had last season when it was staged in January.

  • 03 December 2021

    Racing at Al Ain on Friday, an all Purebred Arabian card, was highlighted by a trio of AED150,000 conditions races, the best of which was arguably over 1800m and in which class prevailed, Brraq landing the spoils under Adrie de Vries, the pair successfully conceding weight to all their 11 rivals.

    Trained on the Al Ain track by Jean-Claude Pecout, the 8yo was always travelling well just behind the early pace and sauntered into contention at the top of the straight, finally hitting the front passing the 200m pole and always seemingly holding the renewed challenge of Kerless Del Roc.

  • 02 December 2021

    Racing at Meydan on Thursday evening was highlighted by the biggest Thoroughbred race of the season to date at the UAE’s flagship racecourse, The Entisar, won impressively by For The Top, committed for home fully 700m out and staying on strongly for Antonio Fresu.

    Inaugurated in 2013, the 2000m Listed feature was won by subsequent Group One winner Special Fighter in 2015, the first of what is now three victories in the race for Musabbeh Al Mheiri who also saddled Military Law to claim the prize in 2018, also under Fresu.

  • 01 December 2021

    Arguably the biggest meeting of the whole season on the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club’s acclaimed turf surface, Sunday’s seven race fixture is highlighted by the 2200m AED5 million Group 1 Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Jewel Crown, won last year by Belgium’s Messi who sadly misses a planned attempt to become the first dual winner of a race inaugurated in 2015 after being confirmed a non-runner on Thursday due to lameness.

  • 01 December 2021

    Saturday’s meeting at Sharjah Longines Racecourse is highlighted by a relatively recent addition to the fixture list, the GCC Cup, with a fascinating field of ten set to face the starter, including last year’s runner-up, Shareq Al Khalediah, representing Saudi Arabia for a third consecutive year.

    A valuable 1700m conditions contest afforded Prestige status, carrying a prize fund of AED150,000, it is restricted to horses foaled within the GCC and has thus far been won, in chronological order, by horses trained and bred in Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Oman.

  • 01 December 2021

    All seven races at Al Ain on Friday are for Purebred Arabians and highlighted by a trio of conditions contests, each carrying a prize fund of AED150,000, pride of place going to the 1800m offering in which the weights are headed by the classy Brraq.

    Trained on the Al Ain track by Jean-Claude Pecout, Yas Racing’s homebred 8yo had a very successful first part of 2021, winning half of his four starts and providing his trainer a first UAE victory when landing the 1600m Group 1 Al Maktoum Challenge R1 at Meydan in early January.

  • 01 December 2021

    Racing at Meydan on Thursday evening is undoubtedly highlighted by the biggest Thoroughbred race to date this season at the UAE’s flagship racecourse with seven declared for The Entisar, including Plus Que Parfait who will be having his first start for Doug Watson, the most successful trainer in the race’s history.

    Inaugurated in 2013, Watson has tasted victory four times in the 2000m Listed feature, most recently in 2018 with Cosmo Charlie, and Plus Que Parfait is a fascinating contender having won his only previous UAE appearance, the 2019 Group 2 UAE Derby, over 1900m as a 3yo.

  • 27 November 2021

    Saturday’s second meeting of the season at Sharjah Longines Racecourse featured the HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum Cup, a 1700m handicap inaugurated as recently as 2018 and won this year by Far Sky, ridden by George Buckell, in the silks of Sky Racing for Doug Watson.

    The only Thoroughbred race on the card, it was contested by a field of 15 but very few ever managed to land a blow with Bernardo Pinheiro and Rebel Streak setting a decent gallop until Buckell, having pretty much stalked the lead throughout, committed for home entering the short straight.

  • 26 November 2021

    The third meeting of the Jebel Ali season on Friday afternoon was officially highlighted by a 1200m rated conditions stakes in which Al Tariq produced a gutsy performance to win on his seasonal return under Pat Dobbs.

    Owned by Abdulmohsen Al Abdulkareem, the 5yo Oasis Dream gelding has now won half of his six outings since joining Doug Watson. The first was a victory in the 1000m Listed Jebel Ali Sprint in early February, following that 13 days later by winning the 1200m Group 3 Al Shindagha Sprint on the dirt surface at Meydan.

  • 24 November 2021

    There are six races at the second Sharjah Longines Racecourse fixture of the campaign on Saturday with pride of place going to the only Thoroughbred contest, the AED 200,000 HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum Cup, a competitive 1700m handicap for which a capacity field of 16 has been declared.

    Bhupat Seemar celebrated a Meydan double last Thursday, the first time he had saddled runners as the licence holder at Zabeel Stables, and relies on Dolmen, the mount of local Champion Jockey Tadhg O’Shea.

  • 24 November 2021

    Six races at Jebel Ali on Friday for the track’s third meeting of the season, highlighted by a 1200m rated conditions stakes in which Doug Watson appears to hold strong claims, saddling both Al Tariq and Khuzaam, the duo sharing the burden of top weight in a field of eight.

    Al Tariq, the mount of Pat Dobbs and a 5yo gelded son of Oasis Dream, was victorious in the 1000m Listed Jebel Ali Sprint before improving on that career best effort when raising his game even further at Meydan, on Super Saturday, when landing the 1200m Group 3 Mahab Al Shimaal.

  • 19 November 2021

    Friday’s third meeting of the new season at Al Ain was highlighted by a 1400m handicap, the final of the seven races and won in gritty fashion by Gold Silver who responded to the urgings of Sandro Paiva to hold off the challenge of Heros de Lagarde.

    The latter was a persistent challenger throughout the final 300m after Paiva’s mount hit the front but never really looked likely to get past the determined winners, trained at Sharjah by Ibrahim Aseel for Ziad Galadari.

  • 18 November 2021

    Racing at Meydan on Thursday was highlighted by the only Purebred Arabian race, the Group 2 Bani Yas sponsored by Dubai Police, which opened the card and was won emphatically by RB Rich Lyke Me who proved in a totally different class to his eight rivals.

    Making his local debut and first start for Fawzi Nass, who owns the 5yo entire in partnership with Victorious in whose red and white silks jockey Adrie de Vries enjoyed an armchair ride.

  • 17 November 2021

    Racing at Meydan on Thursday, the second meeting of the new season at the UAE’s flagship racecourse, is officially highlighted by the 1400m Group 2 Bani Yas, the only Purebred Arabian contest and the curtain raiser for the seven race card, all on the dirt track.

    Nine have been declared in what looks an open contest, including AF Al Sajanjle, trained by Ernst Oertel for Khalid Khalifa Al Nabooda and the mount of the owner’s retained jockey, Tadhg O’Shea.