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  • 24 March 2022

    Ray Dawson has come a long way in a short amount of time. From never having ridden in Dubai until October of last year, he now finds himself with two rides on the biggest night of all.

    Dawson, 28, will take the reins on Eastern World, who earned a spot in the $2 million Dubai Golden Shaheen (sponsored by Atlantis Dubai) with a superb first sprinting effort in the G3 Mahab Al Shimaal over course and distance. That was the crowning moment of a stellar first season for the jockey in Dubai in which he has ridden 21 winners, mostly for his main trainer, Ahmad Bin Harmash.

  • 24 March 2022

    William Muir is hopeful that last year’s Coronation Cup winner Pyledriver can produce another excellent performance at the top level when he takes his chance in the Group 1 Longines Dubai Sheema Classic over a mile and a half.

    The five-year-old has gained fans around the world for his rags-to-riches success story, winning multiple Group contests for his breeders Roger Devlin and Guy and Hugh Leach, who retained the son of Harbour Watch after he failed to find a buyer at 10,000 guineas as a foal.

  • 24 March 2022

    The Group 1 Longines Sheema Classic is often billed as one of the best races in the world and the 2022 edition is no exception. Won in 2021 by Saudi Cup hero Mishriff, the 2410-metre contest has attracted seven Group or Grade 1 winners this time around.

    Japan went close in this race last year with second and third home, subsequent Group 1 winners Chrono Genesis and Loves Only You, and this time they have a third of the field with five of the 15 runners.

  • 24 March 2022

    There’s no doubt that Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile and Pegasus World Cup winner Life Is Good is the standout, but he’s just one of a galaxy of stars lining up in the 26th running of the Dubai World Cup (sponsored by Emirates Airline).

    Six Group or Grade 1 winners line up in the $12 million contest, representing six different countries. With a five-from-six career record, Life Is Good possesses a fearsome profile, but is yet to tackle this 2000-metre distance, something trainer Todd Pletcher has been working on.

  • 20 March 2022

    Sunday’s penultimate and one of the best fixtures of Abu Dhabi’s entire season ˜was highlighted by the 2200m Group 1 Emirates Championship, worth AED1 million and it produced a thrilling finish with Harrab denying Jawal Al Reef in the shadow of the post.

    The pair had traded the lead throughout the final 200m but it was Al Wathba Racing’s horse who prevailed under Bernardo Pinheiro for Majed Al Jahoori.

    Pinheiro had closed rapidly leaving the back straight and his mount responded to every urging throughout the straight.

  • 19 March 2022

    Saturday’s final meeting of the Jebel Ali season featured the Jebel Ali Classic (Silver Jubilee), a 1400m conditions race that was to be dominated by Bhupat Seemar, Tadg O’Shea, in the silks of Mohammed Khameel Ahmed and Discovery Island leading close home to deny stablemate Rodaini a repeat success in the race he landed 12 months ago.

    In a capacity field of 16, they both raced on the nearside rail, as did the third, On The Warpath with those in the centre and on the far side struggling from 250m out.

  • 18 March 2022

    Racing at Al Ain on Friday was highlighted by the Al Ain Sprint, a 1000m dash with Prestige status which was totally dominated by National Stables and Helal Alalawi who celebrated a 1-2, Megtah Albahar chased home by stablemate Al Khaleejy.

    Apprentice Gary Sanchez was completing a double aboard the winner who, as did his stablemate, tracked early leader AF Thayer until that once cried enough about 300m out.

  • 17 March 2022

    The ERA Stewards opened an inquiry on Monday 31st January 2022, into the notification by the Dubai Equine Forensic Unit that the post-race urine sample taken from ROSADO (IRE) after competing in Race 3 “the Longines Conquest Maiden” over 2000 metres at Meydan Racecourse on Thursday 16th December 2021, was found to have detected the prohibited substance Heptaminol.

  • 17 March 2022

    American superstar Life Is Good headlines a likely field of 11 for the 26th running of the G1 Dubai World Cup (sponsored by Emirates Airline) on March 26th.

  • 17 March 2022

    Racing at Al Ain on Friday, the penultimate meeting of the track’s season, is highlighted by the Al Ain Sprint, a 1000m dash with Prestige status for which five have been declared.

    For his main employer, Khalid Khalifa Al Nabooda and the owner’s principal trainer, Ernst Oertel, Tadhg O’Shea partners the progressive AF Thayer, a winner four times from eight starts, including his two latest outings, most recently the 1200m HH The Crown Prince Of Sharjah, also a Prestige contest.

  • 14 March 2022

    Monday’s Abu Dhabi meeting was highlighted by the 2200m Group 3 Arabian Triple Crown R2, the middle leg of the series for 4yos, won emphatically by local debutant Izadi Star, confidently ridden by Bernardo Pinheiro for Helal Alalawi in the colours of the trainer’s Al Ain base, National Stables.

  • 13 March 2022

    Sunday’s final meeting of the Sharjah Longines Racecourse season was highlighted by the track’s most valuable race of the season, the AED250,000 HH The Ruler of Sharjah Cup, a Prestige contest over 1700m and AF Maqam scored a gutsy victory under Tadhg O’Shea.

    Having just his fifth career start, in a contest restricted to 4yos and 5yos born in the UAE, the Khalid Khalifa Al Nabooda homebred trained by Ernst Oertel, hit the front in the final 200m but had to dig deep to deny challenges from Yas Xmnsor and Hakaam.

  • 13 March 2022

    Monday’s Abu Dhabi meeting is highlighted by the 2200m Group 3 Arabian Triple Crown R2, the middle leg of the series for 4yos and a race that would appear to revolve about Bahar Muscat, the highest-rated horse in the race and seemingly the one to beat for Ibrahim Al Hadhrami.

    Unbeaten after four starts, one in Muscat, three here in Abu Dhabi, Al Hadhrami’s charge has not put a foot wrong with three 1600m victories, two at Listed level including the opening round of this series just over a month ago.

    However, he does have to prove his stamina but, if stays the trip, he should win.

  • 12 March 2022

    Saturday’s penultimate fixture of the Jebel Ali season was officially highlighted by a 1600m handicap and the admirable Bochart returned to winning ways, probably never headed under Fernado Jara in the colours of Al Bait Mutawahed Team for Bhupat Seemar.

    A 9yo Dubawi gelding, he was winning for the ninth time, all in the UAE and for a third time at Jebel Ali, his previous course success having been achieved in January 2017. He has won five times at Meydan since, most recently over 1400m last April.

  • 12 March 2022

    Sunday’s final meeting of the Sharjah Longines Racecourse campaign is arguably the track’s best, with the track’s most valuable race of the season, the AED250,000 HH The Ruler of Sharjah Cup, ably supported by the Sharjah Marathon and a competitive Thoroughbred handicap.

    A conditions race carrying Prestige status, the 1700m HH The Ruler of Sharjah Cup has attracted a field of 15 and looks a competitive renewal of a race inaugurated in 2002.