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  • 11 March 2022

    Racing at Al Ain on Friday was highlighted by the third and final round of the Al Ain Marathon Series, this concluding leg being a 5100m handicap afforded prestige status and turned into a procession by Whistle who crossed the line in splendid isolation under Jesus Rosales, completing a rapid double for Al Ajban Stables and Abdallah Al Hammadi.

    Only five went to post, four representing the winning connections, but only one really mattered throughout the long Al Ain straight after Rosales took his mount to the front with about 800m remaining.

  • 11 March 2022

    The penultimate fixture of the Jebel Ali season and a typically competitive card, highlighted by a 1600m handicap, one which arguably would not have appeared out of place at Meydan and the Dubai World Cup Carnival.

    The weights are headed Gabr, who will bid to concede weight to all his 13 rivals for Doug Watson and Shadwell. He is a course and distance winner, in November 2020, but has not won since and is seeking just a fourth career success having also won twice in Britain for Sir Michael Stoute.

  • 10 March 2022

    Racing at Al Ain on Friday is highlighted by the third and final round of the Al Ain Marathon Series, this concluding leg being a 5100m handicap afforded prestige status.

    Only five have been declared, four by Abdallah Al Hammadi for Al Ajban Stables including three previous winners of this particular stamina test, the conclusion of a series the trainer has pretty much dominated from the outset.

  • 06 March 2022

    Racing at Abu Dhabi on Sunday was highlighted by the 1400m Group 2 Liwa Oasis and Hameem bounced back to his best after a mostly frustrating campaign under a masterful ride from Adrie de Vries for Al Ajban Stables and Abdallah Al Hammadi.

    Unbeaten during his first season, the 5yo entire started this one in similar fashion by winning the 1600m Group 3 National Day Cup, a seventh consecutive victory, all on the Abu Dhabi turf.

  • 05 March 2022

    The Super Saturday fixture at Meydan, when eight of the nine races mirrored the conditions of contests on the $30.5 million Dubai World Cup card in three weeks, was officially highlighted by the Group 1 Al Maktoum Challenge R3, over the same 2000m on dirt as the Dubai World Cup itself and won in determined fashion by Hypothetical.

    Riding for Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum and Salem bin Ghadayer, Mickael Barzalona was keen to get to the front on Hypothetical but had to work hard to do so, challenged for the lead by Everfast.

  • 04 March 2022

    The biggest race of the Al Ain season, Friday’s 1600m Group 3 Al Ain Mile, proved a red letter occasion for Khalifa Al Neyadi who saddled the winner, AF Sanad, to land the spoils under Omani apprentice Saif Al Balushi, who could not utilise his weight allowance due to the status of the race, in the trainer’s own silks.

    Content to dispute second place for the first part of the race, Al Balushi committed for home fully 900m out and soon had five of his six rivals beaten off with just last year’s winner, the penalised Dagui Lotois, posing a threat.

  • 03 March 2022

    Racing at Meydan on Thursday was officially highlighted by The Graduate Stakes, a 1600m conditions contest, on turf, won seemingly fairly comfortably by Law Of Peace, confidently ridden by Tadhg O’Shea in the Naser Asker silks for Bhupat Seemar.

    Restricted to horses sold at ERA Racing In Dubai Sales staged in September 2020, April 2021 and September 2021, the race attracted a field of eight but O’Shea always appeared confident, biding his time before driving him past First Winter entering the final 100m.

  • 03 March 2022

    Racing returns to Abu Dhabi on Sunday for a meeting undoubtedly highlighted by the 1400m Group 2 Liwa Oasis, for which nine have been declared and most of the nonet would appear closely matched.

    Three handlers are set to be doubly represented, including Ernst Oertel, so often the starting point when looking at such races. Of his pair, Tadhg O’Shea partners Rodess Du Loup for owner Khalid Khalifa Al Nabooda who retains the jockey’s services.

  • 03 March 2022

    This weekend is highlighted by the Super Saturday fixture at Meydan, the second biggest meeting of the UAE season with nine races scheduled, eight mirroring the conditions of contests on the $30.5 million Dubai World Cup card three weeks later.

    The official feature is the Group 1 Al Maktoum Challenge R3, over the same 2000m on dirt as the Dubai World Cup, and a prep race Saeed bin Suroor has won 11 times, thrice with a horse who subsequently followed up in the UAE’s biggest race itself.

  • 02 March 2022

    It is the biggest race of the Al Ain season on Friday with eight declared for the 1600m Group 3 Al Ain Mile, the weights headed by last year’s winner Dagui Lotois.

    Seeking to become the first dual winner of a race first contested in 2014, the 6yo entire will need to concede weight to his seven rivals if to achieve that distinction.

    Antonio Fresu, as he was 12 months ago, is again in the saddle for Al Rahmani Racing and trainer Ahmed Al Mehairbi, the trainer actually seeking to win the prize for the fourth time in five years.

  • 02 March 2022

    Racing at Meydan on Thursday evening is officially highlighted by The Graduate Stakes, a 1600m conditions contest, on turf, restricted to horses sold at ERA Racing In Dubai Sales staged in September 2020, April 2021 and September 2021, for which eight have been declared.

    These include Law Of Peace, winner of a handicap over the 1600m Meydan dirt course at the Dubai World Cup Carnival just last Friday. Twice a winner over that 1600m on dirt, he has also won on turf, at Abu Dhabi, over the same trip, taking a maiden in the capital in the middle of February last year.

  • 27 February 2022

    Jebel Ali staged a quality card on Sunday, seven Thoroughbred races featuring both the 1000m Listed Jebel Ali Sprint and 1950m Listed Jebel Ali Stakes.

    The Jebel Ali Sprint was dominated throughout by a pair of Shadwell runners, the 2020 winner Alkaraama, who was also third in the race last year, making a bold attempt to lead all the way under Jim Crowley but passed in the final 125m by Pat Dobbs aboard Khuzaam for Doug Watson.

  • 26 February 2022

    Saturday’s meeting at Sharjah Longines Racecourse season was a quality card with valuable races, worth AED200,000 apiece for both the Thoroughbreds and Purebred Arabians.

    Over 1200m for Purebred Arabians foaled in the UAE, the HH The Crown Prince of Sharjah, a Prestige contest introduced in 2018, was win in imperious fashion by AF Thayer, Ray Dawson in the saddle for Khalid Khalifa Al Nabooda and Ernst Oertel.

  • 26 February 2022

    Jebel Ali stage a quality card on Sunday, seven Thoroughbred races featuring both the 1000m Listed Jebel Ali Sprint and 1950m Listed Jebel Ali Stakes.

    For the latter, nine have been declared including last year’s winner Saltarin Dubai, to be ridden by Richard Mullen for Bhupat Seemar. The 9yo gelding has not won since but conditions clearly suit him and he was a Grade One winner in his native Argentina back in 2016.

  • 25 February 2022

    The 2000m turf Group 3 Dubai Millennium Stakes was the official feature at Friday’s seventh meeting of the 2022 Dubai World Cup Carnival and was dominated by Charlie Appleby for Godolphin, James Doyle and Royal Fleet narrowly denying last year’s winner and stable companion Star Safari.

    The latter looked likely to become the first dual winner of the race when hitting the front passing the 300m pole but Doyle’s mount responded to his jockey’s urgings to lead again when it mattered, almost right on the line.