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  • 25 February 2022

    Saturday’s penultimate meeting of the Sharjah Longines Racecourse season, they also race in the middle of March, is a quality card with valuable races, worth AED200,000 for both the Thoroughbreds and Purebred Arabians.

    Over 1200m for the Purebred Arabians, the HH The Crown Prince of Sharjah, a Prestige contest was only introduced in 2018 and has moved in the calendar this season from a slot in late December.

  • 24 February 2022

    The 2000m turf Group 3 Dubai Millennium Stakes is the official feature at Friday’s seventh meeting of the 2022 Dubai World Cup Carnival with 12 runners declared to face the starter, including last year’s winner Safari Star.

    Trained by Charlie Appleby for Godolphin, the 6yo gelded son of Sea The Stars won this race 12 months ago under William Buick, who is again in the saddle, and will be seeking to become the first dual winner of a race inaugurated in 2011.

  • 21 February 2022

    Racing at the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club on Monday was highlighted by the concluding 2400m handicap, the only Thoroughbred race on the card and Celestial Spheres, a course and distance winner on his previous outing five weeks ago, followed up somewhat cosily.

    Partnered on this occasion by Pat Cosgrave, having been ridden to that previous victory by apprentice Gary Sanchez, the 9yo gelded son of Redoute’s Choiice is owned by Millennium Stables, the Meydan base from which his handler, Ismail Mohammed, trains.

  • 20 February 2022

    Racing at Meydan on Sunday, a matinee meeting, was officially highlighted by a rated conditions stakes over 1600m on dirt in which Royal Mews and Tadhg O’Shea proved far too good, completing an early double on the card for Bhupat Seemar.

    In a field of seven, O’Shea settled his mount, a 5yo gelded son of Siyouni racing in the silks of Deva Racing, in midfield and, perhaps significantly slightly wide out of any kickback. Once asked to win his race at the top of the straight, the outcome was soon beyond any doubt.

  • 19 February 2022

    Racing in Al Ain on Saturday was officially highlighted by the Al Ain Derby, a Prestige contest over 1800m for the 4yo Classic generation for which a select field of five faced the starter and Yas Xmnsor proved a class above his four rivals.

    Saddled by Khalifa Al Neyadi for Mohammed Abdlhamid Abdullatif Taha, the colt was partnered by Omani apprentice Saif Al Balushi, the pair following up their 1600m Emirates Colts Classic success, also a Prestige race, on the Abu Dhabi turf as recently as Monday.

  • 19 February 2022

    Six races at the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club on Monday are arguably highlighted by the finale and only Thoroughbred race on the card, a 2400m handicap, in which Celestial Spheres is seeking to follow up his course and distance victory of five weeks ago.

    Trained by Ismail Mohammed, the 8yo gelded son of Redoute’s Choice runs in the colours of Millennium Stables, the trainer’s Meydan base, and will on this occasion be partnered by Pat Cosgrave, replacing apprentice Gary Sanchez who has been in the saddle for the gelding’s three appearances thus far this season.

  • 18 February 2022

    Friday evening’s sixth meeting of the 2022 Dubai World Cup Carnival was officially highlighted by the 1000m turf Group 2 Blue Point Sprint, won in style by Godolphin’s Lazuli, confidently ridden by William Buick for Charlie Appleby.

    The race was being contested for the first time carrying the name of Godolphin’s crack sprinter who won the equivalent race, the Meydan Sprint, in 2019, for the same trio of connections.

  • 18 February 2022

    Racing at Meydan on Sunday is highlighted by a rated conditions stakes over 1600m on dirt for which seven have been declared, the weights headed by Godolphin’s Desert Peace, to be ridden by William Buick for Charlie Appleby.

    A 5yo gelded son of Curlin, Appleby’s charge has won half of his eight career starts to date, including twice at Meydan, over this 1600m course and distance last March and on his seasonal return in a 2000m rated conditions stakes, the Nad Al Sheba Classic, on New Year’s Day.

  • 17 February 2022

    Racing in Al Ain on Saturday is officially highlighted by the Al Ain Derby, a Prestige contest over 1800m for the 4yo Classic generation in which a select field of five has been declared, including Yas Xmnsor, to be partnered by Omani apprentice Saif Al Balushi for trainer Khalifa Al Neyadi.

    One of three colts among the quintet of runners, Al Neyadi’s charge arrives in good heart having won a similar Prestige contest, the Emirates Colts Classic, over 1600m on the Abu Dhabi turf, as recently as Monday.

  • 17 February 2022

    Friday evening’s sixth meeting of the 2022 Dubai World Cup Carnival is highlighted by the 1000m turf Group 2 Blue Point Sprint, being contested for the first time carrying the name of Godolphin’s crack sprinter who won the equivalent race, the Meydan Sprint, in 2019 before following up in the Group 3 Nad Al Sheba Turf Sprint and Group 1 Al Quoz Sprint, both over 1200m.

  • 14 February 2022

    Monday’s prestigious HH The President Cup fixture in Abu Dhabi was officially highlighted by the 2200m Purebred Arabian Group One version of the coveted prize and won by a resurgent Somoud, defending his crown in gritty fashion.

    Confidently ridden by Adrie de Vries, Jean de Roualle’s stable star loomed into contention on the home turn before hitting the front halfway up the short straight, the 8yo homebred entire staying on gamely to repeat his victory in the Group 1 HH The President Cup of 12 months ago for Yas Racing.

  • 12 February 2022

    The biggest race of the Jebel Ali season, Saturday’s Group 3 Jebel Ali Mile looked a quality and competitive renewal on paper but actually turned out to be a relatively straightforward assignment for James Doyle and Algiers, a first winner of the season for both trainer Simon Crisford and owners Rabbah Racing.

    Settled just behind the early pace, set by Royston Ffrench and Down on Da Bayou, Doyle asked his mount to win his race passing the 400m pole and they soon hit the front, running on strongly all the way to the line with the race won entering the final 150m.

  • 11 February 2022

    The fifth meeting of the 2022 Dubai World Cup Carnival at Meydan on Friday evening featured the 1800m turf Group 2 Singspiel Stakes in which class prevailed, Lord Glitters winning the race for a second consecutive year for David O’Meara in the colours of Geoff & Sandra Turnbull.

    Settled in last by Danny Tudhope, but never too far off the modest early pace, the 9yo Whipper gelding was pulled wide early in the straight before making relentless progress over the final 400m, hitting the front with about 125m remaining and with the race in safekeeping.

  • 11 February 2022

    A quality three UAE race meetings in four days culminates in Abu Dhabi on Monday with the HH The President Cup fixture, officially highlighted by the 2200m Purebred Arabian Group One version of the prestigious contest in which Somoud will attempt to defend the crown he won last year.

    One of the main highlights of the Abu Dhabi season, the Group 1 HH The President Cup has attracted a capacity field of 14 and looks wide open, unless the aforementioned holder Somoud can bounce back to his best form under his optimum conditions.

  • 10 February 2022

    The biggest race of the Jebel Ali season, Saturday’s Group 3 Jebel Ali Mile, looks fully worthy of its illustrious status with an exciting field of 12 declared, including a trio for Salem bin Ghadayer who is seeking to win the race for a third consecutive year and for whom Royston Ffrench has chosen to ride a resurgent Down On Da Bayou.