Wednesday, March 28 2012


Trackwork Notes – Wednesday March 28, 2012


Group 1 US$10 million Dubai World Cup, sponsored by Emirates Airline

Eishin Flash - Did a fast workout on the all-weather track. Trainer Hideaki Fujiwara had the jockey Yuichi Fukunaga, sit on this horse this morning.

Trainer Fujiwara commented, “Eishin Flash galloped very well, which was as scheduled. I imagine that the race will become tough especially in the closing stage, so it was a good preparation for the race. He is very relaxed even in the different surroundings, and this is his talent, and he is the horse who can handle it.What I do is to do my best and keep his best condition until the race.”





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Friday, March 23 2012


Al Raihe cements champion trainer status


Ali Rashid Al Raihe, who has successfully defended his title as UAE Champion Trainer, continued his great run of form with a first and last race double at Jebel Ali on Friday afternoon.

The victory of Glen Nevis in the opening 1950m handicap, under stable jockey Royston Ffrench, was a remarkable seventh straight winner in Thoroughbred races for the trainer who won the last five races at Meydan last Saturday and the Group 3 Abu Dhabi Championship on Sunday.





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Thursday, March 08 2012


Seemar seeks second Jebel Al Sprint win


The Shadwell breeding operation of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum is the generous sponsor of three races at Jebel Ali's penultimate meeting of the season on Friday afternoon. The highlight is the AED500,000 Jebel Ali Sprint, over 1000m, with previous winners, Terrific Challenge and Spin Cycle, both prepared by trainer Satish Seemar ,seeking second victories in the race.

Stable jockey Richard Mullen rides 2011 winner Spin Cycle with Ted Durcan on Terrific Challenge, who was third last year, after his 2010 success under the same rider.





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Saturday, February 04 2012


Captain Rio cruises thoroughbred feature


Two Thoroughbred handicaps shared the billing at Sharjah on Saturday afternoon on a six race card generously sponsored by Al Basti Equiworld.

The first of them, over the minimum trip of 1000m, was won by the Satish Seemar-trained Captain Rio who was opening his UAE account at the 13th attempt and recording only his second career victory.





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Monday, January 23 2012


Double for Al Ketbi in Abu Dhabi


Trainer Mohamed Al Ketbi was the man in form at Abu Dhabi on Sunday evening when saddling a double, including Mudallal Al Reef who won the featured 1600m handicap under Jesus Rosales.

It was third win from eight career starts for the six-year-old and Rosales said: "It looked a hot race so we have to be delighted with the outcome. The trainer has some nice horses and it is nice to ride him a winner."





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Friday, January 13 2012


Jig fast steps at Jebel Ali


Treble Jig was the very impressive winner of Friday's Jebel Ali Stakes, kindly sponsored by Shadwell, the UK arm of the breeding operation of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the 1950m highlight of Friday's Jebel Ali meeting.

Always in front under champion Jockey Wayne Smith, riding for his main employer trainer Musabah Al Muhairi, Treble Jig was kicked clear about 300m out before recording an easy 10 lengths victory from last year's winner Emmrooz who looked to be travelling ominously well until Smith committed the winner for home leaving any potential challenger struggling.



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Thursday, January 12 2012


Emmrooz looks for consecutive Jebel Ali Stakes wins


Shadwell, the breeding empire of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, sponsors three of the six races at Jebel Ali on Friday afternoon, including the Listed Jebel Ali Stakes over 1950m.

The feature carries the name of Shadwell itself and Emmrooz bids to become the first horse to win the race twice after a comfortable victory last year. He is trained on the course by Dhruba Selvaratnam for his main patron and the racecourse owner His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and will be partnered by William Buick.





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Tuesday, January 10 2012


Etisalat to sponsor Meydan’s next racemeeting


Dubai, UAE, 10 January, 2012 – The excitement of the Dubai World Cup Carnival continues on Thursday, January 12 when the Dubai Racing Club will stage the first “black type” races, the highest level of the sport, at Meydan. The seven race programme, sponsored by Etisalat includes the opening rounds of the Al Maktoum Challenge, one race for Purebred Arabians and another for Thoroughbreds.

These two races both run over 1600 metres, lead-off a tally of 33 Group and Listed, known collectively as black type, events for both breeds to be run at the 2012 Dubai World Cup Carnival and Dubai World Cup.





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Al Maktoum Round I Challenge - Trends


The first Al Maktoum Challenge Round I was run in 1994 and was won by Red Rainbow, trained by Dhruba Selvaratnam and ridden by John Murtagh.

Godolphin’s Saeed bin Suroor has trained the most winners of this race, seven in total, while Lanfranco Dettori is the most successful jockey with four wins.





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Sunday, January 01 2012


Abu Dhabi’s New Year doubles


The first meeting of 2012 in the UAE produced doubles for jockeys Royston Ffrench and James Doyle, as well as trainer Tony Manuel, on a seven race card at Abu Dhabi.

Doyle and Manuel made the perfect start to the New Year by combining to win the opening two 1400m maidens with Al Waqqad leading in the dying strides to land the opening race before stable companion BH Almozieg scored a more comfortable victory over the same course and distance.





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Saturday, December 31 2011


Abu Dhabi to host first racemeeting of 2012


The Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club is the main sponsors at their own meeting this Sunday, the first UAE racing fixture of 2012 and a seven race card awaits racegoers.

The official highlight is the penultimate race, a 2200m Purebred Arabian handicap for which 13 have been declared.





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Friday, December 30 2011


Al Raihe nabs Jebel Ali Stakes prep


Yirga, ridden by Royston Ffrench for Champion Trainer Ali Rashid Al Raihe, won the featured 1800m Jebel Ali Stakes prep race on Friday afternoon.

Kindly sponsored by Derrinstown Stud, the Irish arm of the breeding empire of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the race attracted a competitive field of eight but it was Al Raihe's runner, who had been second in a 1600m race on his seasonal return a fortnight ago, who posted a reasonably comfortable victory to the delight of Ffrench.




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