Thursday, February 12 2009


Competitive day at Jebel Ali on Friday


Friday’s Jebel Ali meeting is a seven race card highlighted by an 1800m handicap, kindly sponsored by Shadwell Farms, the American arm of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s breeding operation.

It has attracted a maximum field of 16 with last year’s Godolphin Carnival winner Igor Protti, now trained by Abdulla Bin Huzaim, heading the weights.

Erwan Charpy saddles four runners, with Tadhg O’Shea electing to ride Spring City and Richard Hills on Sheikh Hamdan’s Morghim.





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Monday, February 09 2009


Watson and Hills grab HH The President’s Cup


Sunday’s tenth meeting of the season at Abu Dhabi, kindly sponsored by Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, featured the one million dirhams HH The President’s Cup which was won in a close finish by the Doug Watson-trained Nirwan.

Both Sheikh Sultan Bin Khalifa Al Nahyan and Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan were present to witness their Abu Alemarat and Shadiyda finish second and third respectively but it was Nirwan and Richard Hills who gained the day close home in the 2200m feature.





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Saturday, February 07 2009


Million dirham battle at Abu Dhabi on Sunday


Sunday’s tenth meeting of the season at Abu Dhabi, kindly sponsored by Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, is undoubtedly the best card of Purebred Arabian racing staged this campaign.

The highlight is the one million dirham HH The President’s Cup, a Group 1 contest over 2200m and one of the most valuable races of its type in the world.





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Friday, January 30 2009


Arrow hits the bulls eye


Erwan Charpy maintained his dominance in Thoroughbred Listed races this season when saddling Golden Arrow to win Friday’s Jebel Ali Mile, kindly sponsored by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s Derrinstown Stud.

There have now been four such races, two at Abu Dhabi and two at Jebel Ali, and the Frenchman has won all four after Tadhg O’Shea steered his six-year-old to a brave victory in a race they had been second last year.





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Thursday, January 29 2009


Jebel Ali mile contest this friday


Friday’s seventh meeting of the season at Jebel Ali is highlighted by the Listed Jebel Ali Mile, kindly sponsored by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s Derrinstown Stud and for which ten have been declared.

Sheikh Hamdan owns two of the runners and his retained jockey, Richard Hills, has elected to ride UAE debutant Hello Morning who was highly tried during his spell in France.





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Sunday, January 25 2009


Aqmaar claims feature at Abu Dhabi


Richard Hills may only have had three rides on Sunday evening’s Abu Dhabi card, kindly sponsored by Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, but he won on two of them, including Aqmaar in the featured 1400m handicap.

The only race for Thoroughbreds, it produced the best finish of the night with Hill’s mount prevailing in a driving finish from Ans Bach, winner of the 2007 HH The President’s Cup over course and distance.





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Saturday, January 24 2009


Ans back at Abu Dhabi


Racing returns to Abu Dhabi this Sunday with a seven race card kindly sponsored by the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club and highlighted by a 1400m Thoroughbred handicap for which the weights are headed by the Dhruba Selvaratnam-trained Ans Bach.

Winner of the 2007 HH The President’s Cup, over the same course and distance, he was second over 1600m at Abu Dhabi on his return and clearly likes the Capital’s course.





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Friday, January 23 2009


Champion in another League


League Champion, trained by Rashed Bouresly, was the impressive winner of the featured 1200m handicap, kindly sponsored by Shadwell Stables, at Jebel Ali afternoon on Friday afternoon.

Fourth in the Group 3 Al Shindagha Sprint the previous evening, he was clearly unfazed by his quick return to action and won going away.





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