Thursday, November 19 2009
Strong weekend hand for Watson
Friday's third Jebel Ali meeting of the current season kicks off a busy weekend in the UAE with Sharjah racing on Saturday and Abu Dhabi on Sunday.
The six race Jebel Ali card is highlighted by a 1400m conditions race, kindly sponsored by His Highness Sheikh Hamden bin Rashid Al Maktoum's Shadwell Farm. It originally attracted a field of nine with Champion Trainer Doug Watson responsible for three of which Shopton Lane and Masaalek appeared to hold the strongest credentials. Tadhg O'Shea was to ride Masaalek, owned by His Highness Sheikh Hamden bin Rashid Al Maktoum, but sadly he misses the race and O'Shea will ride Ali Rashid Al Raihe's Aamaaq in the same colours.
Monday, November 16 2009
Mizzna is back - in style
All eyes were on Mizzna at Abu Dhabi on Sunday evening and the mare, winner of the Dubai Kahayla Classic on Dubai World Cup night in 2008 and National Day Cup in 2007, will bid for a second victory in the latter 1600m contest in three weeks time after a comfortable return in the prep race for that contest over the same course and distance.
Off the track since winning the same race 12 months ago, from subsequent National Day Cup and Dubai Kahayla Classic winner Fryvolous, she clearly delighted her trainer Eric Lemartinel after quickening clear under Gerald Avranche who found a dream run between rivals 300m out.
Saturday, November 14 2009
Mizzna is back
All eyes will be on Mizzna at Abu Dhabi on Sunday evening as the 2008 Dubai Kahayla Classic winner, the Purebred Arabian curtain raiser to the world's richest racenight, makes her eagerly awaited return to action.
It was exactly a year ago she was last seen in action and will be bidding a repeat win in the National Day Cup prep, over the same course and distance as the season's first Group 1 event in three weeks time. On that occasion she beat Fryvolous, who went on to win the 2009 Dubai Kahayla Classic, but she missed the rest of the season through injury.
Friday, November 13 2009
Doubles for Selvaratnam and Watson at Jebel Ali
The 'home team' of trainer Dhruba Selvaratnam and jockey William Buick were in double form at Jebel Ali on Friday afternoon on what was an ultra competitive six race card. They combined with Meeriss to win the featured 1600m handicap, kindly sponsored by his Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum's Derrinstown Stud, before course specialist Mannjal was awarded the 1200m handicap after Montpellier was demoted.
Buick was sporting the famous yellow silks of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum on both winners and Selvaratnam's main patron, who also owns the course, was only narrowly denied a treble after Airbuss was a gallant second in the other 1600m handicap.
Thursday, November 12 2009
Ajtebi makes season debut at Jebel Ali
The feature race at Friday’s Jebel Ali racemeeting is kindly sponsored once again by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum's Shadwell organisation. Eleven runners have been declared for the 1600m handicap worth AED100,000. Champion Trainer Doug Watson is responsible for three of the runners, as is former champion Erwan Charpy.
Watson's trio are the top three on the racecard with the weights headed by Fares, the mount of Daragh O'Donohoe and a winner at the 2009 Dubai International Racing Carnival, as was stable companion Clasp. Apprentice Charles Eddery is an interesting jockey booking for the latter, while Tadhg O'Shea partners Arqaam, the third Watson runner. This trip could be on the sharp side for him but, if he does not miss the break as he has in the past, he should be staying on strongly.
Saturday, November 07 2009
Turf racing returns to Abu Dhabi on Sunday
Abu Dhabi's first meeting of the new season is a six race affair with a quality Purebred Arabian handicap over 1600m and an intriguing Thoroughbred handicap over 200m shorter the undoubted highlights.
They are the last two races on the card as racing returns to the Capital's turf and the feature is first up at 7.00pm. Nine have been declared with Doug Watson's Barag heading the weights having been highly tried in her two local runs last campaign. Barag is owned by Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, as are both Eric Lemartinel-trained runners Baher and Dahes and all three have run in Group 1 company and will appreciate this drop in class.
Friday, November 06 2009
2009-2010 season opens with Jebel Ali double for Satish Seemar
Former Champion Trainer Satish Seemar and stable jockey Richard Mullen were the combination in form as UAE racing returned at a sunny Jebel Ali on Friday afternoon. The pair combined to land the featured 1000m conditions sprint, sponsored by Shadwell, with Escape Route, just 30 minutes after they had won the 1200m maiden with debutant Ibn Al Nafis, a regally-bred son of Distorted Humor.
Escape Route, sporting the green silks of Her Royal Highness Princess Haya, travelled strongly behind the lead in the sprint, before quickening impressively about 200m out to win readily. Ibn Al Nafis won the maiden by the minimum margin of a nose and showed great resolution having been denied a clear run over 200m out.
Thursday, November 05 2009
Racing back into action this weekend at Jebel Ali and Sharjah
Jebel Ali Racecourse hosts the return of racing for a new United Arab Emirates season with a six race card tomorrow afternoon. Sharjah follows on Saturday with a seven race programme, while Abu Dhabi will complete the weekend hosting six events on Sunday evening.
With racing in recess since the end of March, Horsemen will be keen to get back into action with Champion Trainer Doug Watson possibly the man to follow at Jebel Ali.
Monday, March 23 2009
Emirates Championship won in Remarkable style
Sunday’s final meeting of the season at Abu Dhabi, kindly sponsored by the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, was highlighted by the Group 1 Emirates Championship over 2200m.
It was won by the Erwan Charpy-trained Remarkable Man, opening his UAE account in the process, under Richard Hills, the retained jockey for the horse’s owner, His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
Sunday, March 22 2009
Final Abu Dhabi meeting of the season staged tomorrow
The Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club sponsor Sunday’s final meeting of the season in the Capital with the Group 1 Emirates Championship for Purebred Arabians sharing star billing with the Listed Abu Dhabi Championship for Thoroughbreds.
Both races are over 2200m and 11 have been declared for the Purebred Arabian event in which Richard Hills has elected to ride Remarkable Man, one of three runners owned by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
Friday, March 20 2009
Oasis 1 Stables dominates final Jebel Ali meeting
Friday’s tenth and final meeting of the 2008/09 season at Jebel Ali was dominated by trainer Musabah Al Muhairi and his stable jockey Wayne Smith who combined to win half of the six races.
The featured 1200m sprint handicap, however, was won by the Satish Seemar-trained Escape Route who was ridden by Robbie Burke in the absence of an unwell Kevin Shea.
Monday, March 16 2009
Classy filly crowned at Abu Dhabi
Sponsored by Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, the penultimate meeting of the season at Abu Dhabi featured the third round of the Arabian Triple Crown, a Group 3 event over 2200m and, like Round 2, it was the Rod Simpson-trained pair of Jazeerat Alsadyaat and Elmalak Elwaheed who fought out the finish.
However, the filly Elmalak Elwaheed was to gain her revenge over the colt after her defeat last time with Richard Mullen driving her to lead well inside the final furlong from her stable companion who had steered an erratic path throughout the final two furlongs.