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  • 01 April 2021

    The spotlight is on the sprinters at Friday’s penultimate meeting of the Al Ain season, officially highlighted by the 1000m Al Ain Sprint, a conditions race which has attracted a select field of just four headed by Arif, thrice an Al Ain winner including a pair of victories over this 1000m course and distance.

    Trained by Ibrahim Al Hadhrami, The Royal Cavalry of Oman 8-year-old homebred entire won over Friday’s track and trip at the end of January and has finished third in both outings, each at Al Ain, since.

  • 31 March 2021

    The ERA Stewards opened an inquiry on Wednesday 31 March, 2021 into the notification by the Dubai Equine Forensic Unit that the prohibited substance Arsenic, above the permitted threshold, had been detected in two (2) urine samples taken from horses trained by Mr Khalifa Al Neyadi. Those horses and relevant races are:
    • WHITE SKY (IRE) at Jebel Ali Friday 6 March, 2020 in Race 6 - “Emirates NBD Maiden 1800 metres”
    • JAYIDE AL BORAQ (MA) at Al Ain Friday 13 March, 2020 in Race 3 - “Al Jimi Handicap 1000 metres”

  • 28 March 2021

    Godolphin’s American-based raider Mystic Guide (USA) proved himself a champion at Meydan on Saturday night when capturing the 2021 US$12m Dubai World Cup Sponsored by Emirates Airline.

    The 4-year-old had risen through the ranks across the Atlantic and was veteran trainer Mike Stidham’s first ever overseas runner when lining up in the 2000m showpiece.

  • 28 March 2021

    Meydan’s commentator Craig Evans predicted a “crackerjack of a finish” as the runners turned for home in the US $5m Longines Dubai Sheema Classic and he certainly wasn’t wrong as Mishriff (IRE) came from the widest starting point and from behind the entire field to see off the challenge of the Japanese pair of Chrono Genesis and Loves Only You in a vintage renewal of the Group 1 race.

  • 28 March 2021

    The stands might not have been filled as usual at Meydan, but that didn’t stop Frankie Dettori from making his traditional flying dismount after the John Gosden-trained Lord North (IRE) lifted the US $4m Dubai Turf Sponsored by DP World in great style.

    As expected, First Contact had gone to the lead in this 1800m race, while Dettori had positioned his son of Dubawi one off the rail towards the back of the field.

  • 28 March 2021

    American raider Zenden (USA) ran out a brilliant victor of the US $1.5m Dubai Golden Shaheen Sponsored by Gulf News but there was a sad postscript when the winner suffered a fatal injury after the finishing post.

    Winning Rider Antonio Fresu was unshipped from the horse although he was able to walk away after the fall.

  • 27 March 2021

    Japanese super mare, Almond Eye, English star, Hollie Doyle and first Dubai World Cup winning jockey Jerry Bailey are among the winners of the annual His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Horse Racing Excellence Awards, during the historic 25th Dubai World Cup meeting – the world’s most spectacular race day.

  • 27 March 2021

    Rebel’s Romance (IRE) realised the promise that his connections hoped he would when the son of Dubawi ran out an emphatic winner of the US $750,000 UAE Derby Sponsored by Emirates NBD.

    Trained by Charlie Appleby, ridden by William Buick and carrying the familiar blue colours of Godolphin, Rebel’s Romance opened up a world of opportunities for himself when coming from off the pace to reel in the front-running Panadol and draw an impressive five and a half lengths clear as they flashed past the winning post.

  • 27 March 2021

    The Brendan Walsh-trained Extravagant Kid (USA) became the first American-trained winner of the US $1m Al Quoz Sprint Sponsored by Azizi Developments when he burst through the ranks to beat the Godolphin filly Final Song by half a length, followed in third place by Acklam Express.

    The field had initially split into three groups and Ryan Moore produced an inspired ride when he took the son of Kiss The Kid towards the stands’ side from where he launched his attack to take the lead in the final 50m.

  • 27 March 2021

    Last year’s Group 1 Prix Royal-Oak winner Subjectivist (GB) ended a 22-year hiatus on Dubai World Cup night for Britain’s winning-most trainer of all time, Mark Johnston, with a brilliant victory in the US$750,000 Dubai Gold Cup Sponsored by Al Tayer Motors.

    Johnston’s longstanding stable jockey Joe Fanning tracked the early leader For The Top before hitting the front around 1200m from home and powering clear to a five-and three-quarter lengths success from German-trained runner Walderbe. Away He Goes was a head further back in third. The winning time was 3:17:77.

  • 27 March 2021

    Secret Ambition (GB) hardly saw another rival when availing of a perfect front-running ride from Tadhg O’Shea in the Group 2 $750,000 Godolphin Mile Sponsored by Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum City - District One.

    The Satish Seemar-trained 8-year-old made full use of his barrier position in stall 2 to lead the field from early in the race and clock a very quick time of 1:35:36 while recording a six-length success.

  • 27 March 2021

    French-trained Deryan (FR) broke the track record when he lifted the US$750,000 Dubai Kahayla Classic Sponsored by Mubadala, the opener on Dubai World Cup night at Meydan, in 2 minutes 11.87 seconds.

    Ridden by former French champion jockey Ioritz Mendizabal, the 6-year-old had secured a perfect position on the rail, just off the pace, and easily picked up the leader AF Alwajel 200m from the winning post to win by three-quarters of a length from the Ernst Oertel-trained AF Alwajel, while Mubasher Al Khalediah finished a further three and a half lengths back in third.

  • 26 March 2021

    Group 1 $5m Longines Dubai Sheema Classic
    Channel Maker (USA) - Unmistakable with his high head carriage, Channel Maker galloped easily around the Meydan dirt track this morning at 7am.

    He was ridden by assistant trainer Neil Poznansky, who commented on his progress: "He hasn’t missed a beat, if anything he’s better than he was in Saudi Arabia. He’s a lot of fun. He’s always bright and alert and is always looking at stuff. Every day is a new day with him. He keeps things interesting."

  • 26 March 2021

    Chuwa Wizard (JPN) - The sole Japanese contender cantered for half a lap on the dirt track with his regular work rider Kota Kato on board.

    "He feels great. I think he can go into the race a fit horse," Kato said.

    "He will put on toe outer rim (shoes) with 2mm spikes for the race, as the 2000m has two turns, and will get familiarised with them in the trotting ring tomorrow. Everything is all set and fingers crossed."

  • 26 March 2021

    Longines Dubai Sheema Classic contenders Chrono Genesis (JPN) and her jockey Yuichi Kitamura have never before ventured beyond Japanese borders but connections are hoping the inexperienced travellers can combine to a lucrative success in Saturday’s standout turf contest.

    It is ironic that the multiple Grade 1-winning pair should find themselves making a maiden trip abroad during a time when a global pandemic restricts travel and places racing behind closed doors.