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  • 18 February 2021

    Racing at Jebel Ali on Friday afternoon is highlighted by the Pat Smullen Conditions Stakes, a race sponsored by the racecourse itself and named in honour of the former Jebel Ali Stables’ and multiple Irish Champion Jockey who sadly succumbed to cancer last year.

    A 1600m conditions race restricted to 4-year-olds, the feature has attracted a field of 13, but is probably less competitive than the numbers would suggest with several appearing to hold little realistic chance.

  • 17 February 2021

    The fifth meeting of the 2021 Dubai World Cup Carnival (DWCC) at Meydan on Thursday evening is a quality seven races, all sponsored by Pillar Partners Al Tayer Motors, officially highlighted by the Group 2 Zabeel Mile, but also featuring the Group 2 Balanchine, Group 2 Meydan Sprint and Group 3 Al Shindagha Sprint, not to mention the second fillies’ Classic of the season, the Group 3 UAE Oaks.

    Group 2 $163,000 Zabeel Mile (1600m T)

  • 14 February 2021

    The Abu Dhabi turf played host to six races on Sunday and UAE Champion Jockey Tadhg O’Shea landed four consecutive races for a memorable four-timer, including doubles for both Khalid Khalifa Al Nabooda and Ernst Oertel.

  • 13 February 2021

    Racing at Meydan on Saturday was highlighted by a quality 1800m turf handicap, the Longines Spirit Collection Stakes, which would certainly not have been out of place at the 2021 Dubai World Cup Carnival, looked ultra-competitive on paper, but in reality proved a fairly straightforward assignment for Eastern World who demolished his 15, mostly toiling, rivals.

  • 13 February 2021

    Racing at Abu Dhabi on Sunday, at least in terms of prize money, is highlighted by a pair of handicaps, the first over 1600m, the second over 1200m. More about them later.

    The only Thoroughbred contest, the concluding 1600m maiden for 4-year-olds only, looks a reasonable event for a race of its ilk with several promising, though obviously thus far winless, types joined by fascinating debutant Waathig.

  • 12 February 2021

    Racing at Al Ain on Saturday was officially highlighted by a 2000m conditions race, for horses who had not previously won twice, and the one to double their account was Munfared, making it two wins from just three starts.

    Confidently ridden by Antonio Fresu for Ahmed Al Mehairbi and Al Rahmani Racing, the 4-year-old old colt actually looked likely to win comfortably when striking the front with about 450m remaining before Salb threw down a determined challenge throughout the final 300m, but always looked held.

  • 12 February 2021

    Racing at Meydan on Saturday, sponsored by Pillar Partner Longines, is undoubtedly highlighted by a crackerjack 1800m turf handicap which would be well worth Dubai World Cup Carnival status, such is the quality of the field.

    In fact, of the 16 likely runners, all bar three actually have the magic qualification official rating of 90, with the weights headed by a pair of Doug Watson contenders who own a lofty mark of 98.

  • 11 February 2021

    Thursday evening’s fourth meeting of the 2021 Dubai World Cup Carnival was highlighted by the Group 2 Al Maktoum Challenge R2 sponsored by Emirates Airlines and Bahraini Fawzi Nass saddled the winner, Salute The Soldier, under a majestic ride from Adrie de Vries.

    Group 2 $293,000 Al Maktoum Challenge R2 (1900m D)
    Capezzano and Mickael Barzalona set out to try and make every post a winning one, but with De Vries never too far away before closing to within hailing distance leaving the back straight.

  • 11 February 2021

    MAZRAT AL RUWAYAH (GROUP 2)
    $36,000 | 1600m (dirt) | PA
    Winner: RB MONEY TO BURN (US)
    Pedigree: Majid Al Arab (GB) - RB Burn Baby Burn (US) by TH Richie (US)
    Owner: Shkha Alyazia bint Sultan Al Nahyan
    Trainer: E Lemartinel
    Jockey: Tadhg O'Shea
    Official Time: 01:46:56
    Track Record: 01:45:55 - AF MATHMOON - 2017
    Margin of Victory: 2 Lengths

  • 11 February 2021

    Racing at Al Ain on Friday is officially highlighted by a 2000m Purebred Arabian conditions race, for horses who have not won twice, in which Mujahid appears to hold leading claims, at least on official ratings as he holds a lofty perch of 77.

  • 10 February 2021

    The fourth meeting of the 2021 Dubai World Cup Carnival (DWCC) at Meydan on Thursday evening, six races sponsored by Pillar Partners Emirates, is highlighted by the Group 2 Al Maktoum Challenge R1, Group 2 Al Rashidiya and, the only Purebred Arabian contest, the Group 2 Mazrat Al Ruwayah.

    Group 2 $293,000 Al Maktoum Challenge R2 (1900m D)
    Ten have been declared for a fascinating renewal of the 1900m dirt Group 2 Al Maktoum Challenge R2 sponsored by Emirates Airline with much interest in British raider Dubai Warrior.

  • 06 February 2021

    Racing at the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club on Sunday is highlighted by the Listed Arabian Triple Crown R1, a 1600m feature restricted to 4-year-olds, which has attracted a field of ten after the late defection of Fahd Al Wathba.

  • 05 February 2021

    Dual Listed features at Jebel Ali on Friday afternoon and the speedsters were first up in the 1000m Jebel Ali Sprint which proved a memorable event for trainer Doug Watson who not only saddled the winner, Al Tariq, but provided runner-up Fanaar for good measure.

    Quickly away, Pat Dobbs soon took the winner to the head of affairs, but at halfway, last year’s winner Alkaraama and Leading Spirit, third 12 months ago, loomed as dangerous challengers.

  • 04 February 2021

    Thursday’s third meeting of the 2021 Dubai World Cup Carnival, at Meydan, was officially highlighted by the Group 3 Firebreak Stakes sponsored by DP World UAE Region, and it was third time lucky for Secret Ambition, runner-up in the two previous renewals, who turned the race into a procession.

    Group 3 $130,000 Firebreak Stakes (1600m D)

  • 04 February 2021

    A good card at Jebel Ali on Friday afternoon is highlighted by a pair of Listed races, one at either end of the track’s distant ranges, with the 1000m Jebel Ali Sprint and the 1950m Jebel Ali Stakes.

    The Listed Jebel Ali Sprint, sponsored by Shadwell, has been a happy hunting ground for the sponsor, Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, whose world famous blue and white silks have been carried to victory in each of the last two seasons, most recently 12 months ago by Alkaraama.