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Latest News

  • 08 January 2022

    Saturday’s first Al Ain fixture of 2022 was highlighted by a good quality 2000m conditions stakes and it produced a thrilling finish with AF Ramz just holding off the renewed challenge of Asif having passed that rival with about 450m remaining.

    Owned and trained by Khalifa Al Neyadi, the 8yo entire was locked in battle much throughout with the eventual runner-up before being sent for home inside the final 500m by Sean Kirrane.

    They went clear briefly but Asif responded gamely to the urgings of Abdul Aziz Al Balushi and almost snatched victory.

  • 07 January 2022

    Racing at Meydan on Friday was highlighted by the Zabeel Trophy, a 1600m rated conditions contest on the turf, won stylishly by Path Of Thunder, ridden by Richard Mullen and completing doubles for both owners Godolphin and trainer Charlie Appleby.

    Keen early on, Mullen was able to settle him just behind the early pace before driving him past stablemate La Barrosa entering the final 175m. The pair were soon clear with the race, basically, over as a contest.

  • 07 January 2022

    The Monday meeting at Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club is arguably highlighted by the finale and only Thoroughbred contest, a 1400m handicap, in which 12 are set to go to post, headed by Yurman.

    The mount of Tadhg O’Shea, trained by Bhupat Seemar for Mohammed Khaleel Ahmed, the 4yo Asiatic Boy colt has finished runner-up on both starts for current connections having previously shown immense promise for Mike de Kock in the colours of Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum.

  • 07 January 2022

    Sharjah Longines Racecourse stage racing for the first time in 2022 on Sunday with an intriguing six race card highlighted by the HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Cup, a 1200m handicap with Prestige status and restricted to horses foaled in the UAE.

    The racecourse has traditionally raced on a Saturday but with the new UAE weekend taking affect will now be staging Sunday meetings.

  • 06 January 2022

    Saturday is the first Al Ain fixture of 2022 and highlighted by a quality 2000m conditions stakes with Goshawke seemingly standing out among the ten runners for Al Ajban Stables and trainer Abdallah Al Hammadi.

    The now 8yo entire was one of the trainer’s early stars and provided his handler with his biggest win to date when landing the 2200m Group 1 Al Maktoum Challenge R2 on the dirt at Meydan on the last day of January 2019.

  • 06 January 2022

    Racing at Meydan on Friday, the course’s final fixture before the start of the 2022 Dubai World Cup Carnival a week later, is highlighted by a 1600m rated conditions stakes on the turf in which a capacity field of 14 will face the starter.

    In a contest that would certainly not look out of place on a carnival card a case can be made for most of the field including Nordic Lights, the mount of Tadhg O’Shea and to be saddled by Bhupat Seemar whose equine team are flying at the moment.

  • 01 January 2022

    Racing at Meydan on Saturday, the first UAE meeting of 2022, was highlighted by the Listed Garhoud Sprint which was basically turned into a procession by Switzerland, completing doubles on the card for jockey Tadhg O’Shea and trainer Bhupat Seemar.

  • 30 December 2021

    Racing at Meydan on Saturday, the first race meeting of 2022 in the UAE, is highlighted by the 1200m Listed Garhoud Sprint which has attracted a field of eight, half of whom are already course and distance winners, including Al Tariq.

    The mount of Pat Dobbs, trained by Doug Watson, Al Tariq made a winning seasonal return over 1200m at Jebel Ali in late November, his only run during the current campaign.

    Last season he won both the 1000m Listed Jebel Ali Sprint and the Group 3 Al Shindagha Sprint over Saturday’s 1200m Meydan course and distance.

  • 24 December 2021

    The final UAE race meeting of 2021, at Jebel Ali on Friday afternoon, was highlighted by a 1600m rated condition stakes which was turned into a procession by Down On Da Bayou who probably never saw any of her six rivals under a positive ride from Xavier Ziani.

    Trained by Salem bin Ghadayer for Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, the 4yo daughter of Super Saver broke well and was pretty much in front from the outset before shooting clear halfway up the long straight. With 300m left it was evident nothing was going to catch her.

  • 23 December 2021

    Racing at Meydan on Thursday evening, the final fixture of 2021 at the UAE’s flagship racecourse, was highlighted by a quality 1400m rated conditions stakes and Imperial Empire took full advantage of the weight he received from all eight of his rivals to record an impressive victory.

  • 22 December 2021

    The final UAE race meeting of 2021, at Jebel Ali on Friday afternoon, is highlighted by a fascinating 1600m rated conditions stakes which has attracted a field of eight, including local hope Shamikh.

    Owned by racecourse patron Sheikh Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and trained at the adjacent Jebel Ali Stables by Nicholas Bachalard, the 4yo Lea gelding made a winning racecourse debut last November over 1400m.

    He won twice more last season, again over 1400m and then 1600m before signing off with a disappointing run in the Jebel Ali Classic, back over 1400m.

  • 22 December 2021

    Racing at Meydan on Thursday evening, the final fixture of 2021 at the iconic racecourse, is highlighted by a 1400m rated conditions race which has attracted a quality field of nine, the majority of whom are already qualified for the 2022 Dubai World Cup Carnival.

    These include Khazeem who will be having his second UAE outing and since joining Doug Watson at Red Stables.

    Homebred by Shadwell, the 5yo gelded son of Kitten’s Joy won four times in Britain for Roger Varian, each time on an all-weather surface

  • 19 December 2021

    The final turf meeting of 2021 in the UAE, at Abu Dhabi on Sunday, was highlighted by the Listed Abu Dhabi Championship, a 1600m contest for 3yos which, having attracted a competitive looking field of 11, was turned into a procession by the unbeaten Bahar Muscat.

    Saddled by Ibrahim Al Hadhrami, the colt made a winning debut, on dirt in Muscat, back in January and made a winning start, under Fresu, to his local career, in a conditions race over this 1600m course and distance a fortnight ago

  • 16 December 2021

    Racing at Meydan on Thursday evening kicked off with the most prestigious and only Purebred Arabian contest on the card, the 1900m Group 2 Madjani Stakes, won impressively by the exciting Kerless Del Roc, probably never headed under Fernando Jara.

    Trained by Ahmed Al Mehairbi for Al Rahmani Racing, the 4yo colt was improving his record to four wins from just seven starts, all his previous victories on dirt at Al Ain where he and Jara won three consecutive races last season after a lacklustre turf debut.

  • 15 December 2021

    The final UAE turf meeting of 2021, at the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club on Sunday, is officially highlighted by the 1600m Abu Dhabi Championship which has attracted a field of 13, including the unbeaten Bahar Muscat.

    A Listed race for 3yos, the prize has been won by some good horses in the past, most notably by a subsequent Kahayla Classic winner, Nez d’Or, in 2000, more recently, in 2018, by RB Money To Burn who won the 2020 Group 1 Al Maktoum Challenge R1.