Saturday, November 12 2011
National Day Cup preps to take place in Abu Dhabi on Sunday
Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club generously sponsor five of the six races on Sunday's Abu Dhabi card which features prep races for the National Day Cups both for Purebred Arabians and Thoroughbreds.
Both races are over the same 1600m as the National Day Cups themselves and the Purebred Arabian version, the fourth race on the card, has attracted a quality field with the weights headed by Nieshan.
Thursday, November 10 2011
Al Raihe flies through Meydan feature
Emirates sponsored Thursday evening's first meeting of the new season and Champion Trainer Ali Rashid Al Raihe continued his flying start to the new campaign when saddling no less than four of the six winners.
These included both of the featured handicaps with Rochdale landing the main race, the 2000m handicap, under stable jockey Royston Ffrench. A winner over 1900m on the equivalent card last year, Rochdale clearly goes well fresh but did also win on his second start last season.
Friday, November 04 2011
Al Raihe and Watson claim double victory at Jebel Ali
Dubai, UAE, November 4, 2011 – Champion Trainer Ali Rashid Al Raihe and the previous title holder Doug Watson were both in double form as racing returned to Dubai with a six race card at Jebel Ali on Friday afternoon.
Al Raihe's brace was highlighted by the win of Mujaazef in the featured 1000m handicap with Tadhg O'Shea in the saddle in the colours of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum whose Derrinstown Stud sponsored the race.
Thursday, November 03 2011
Home team hopeful at opening racemeeting at Jebel Ali
After Sunday's opening fixture of the season in Abu Dhabi, racing kicks off at Jebel Ali Racecourse, which will be celebrating their 20th anniversary early next year.
The six race card sees Derrinstown Stud, the Irish arm of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum's Shadwell breeding empire, generously sponsors the featured 1000m sprint which has attracted the largest field of the afternoon with 11 declared.
Friday, October 28 2011
Abu Dhabi hosts season opener on Sunday
Dubai, UAE, October 27 2011 – Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club will host the opening meeting of the 2011/12 season with a six race card on Sunday.
Pat Buckley, Clerk Of The Course and Racing Secretary, is looking forward to the opening day, commenting: "It has been a few years since we had the opening meeting here at Abu Dhabi and it will be great to kick the season off. We have a really good card with some top lady riders in the featured HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies' IFAHR Cup.
Monday, May 30 2011
BOLD CHIEFTAIN FAVORED TO WIN $100,000 BERKELEY ON MEMORIAL DAY
ALBANY -- Bold Chieftain has won 13 stakes races and the 8-year-old horse is favored to pick up another one Monday at Golden Gate Fields.
Bold Chieftain is the 2-to-1 morning line favorite in the Grade 3 $100,000 Berkeley Stakes, a 1 1/16-mile race for older horses. The Berkeley is the featured eighth race on a nine-race Memorial Day card that begins at 12:45 p.m.
Monday, March 28 2011
KENTUCKY OAKS 137 UPDATE Monday, March 28, 2011
SOUTH (Arkansas, Louisiana) / DAISY DEVINE HOLDS ON TO WIN FAIR GROUNDS OAKS – Four of the past seven winners of the $500,000 Fair Grounds Oaks (Grade II) have won the $1 million Kentucky Oaks (GI).
The filly with the chance to complete that double this year is James M. Miller’s Daisy Devine, who held off the charge of Dede McGehee’s St. John’s River to win Saturday’s richest running of Fair Grounds’ 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-old fillies by a half-length. Niji’s Grand Girl closed for third and favored Inglorious finished fourth in the field of nine.
James Graham was aboard the winner for Kentucky-based trainer Andrew McKeever. Daisy Devine covered the distance in 1:44.25 over a fast track.
Saturday, March 19 2011
Final Abu Dhabi racemeeting looks competitive with two featured group contests
Abu Dhabi's final meeting of the season and the penultimate one of the UAE campaign is a not to be missed six race card featuring the Group Three Abu Dhabi Championship for Thoroughbreds and the Purebred Arabian Group One Emirates Championship.
Both are over 2200m and the Thoroughbred contest, elevated from Listed status for the first time this year and worth a very generous AED370,000, certainly appears worthy of its new billing.
Thursday, March 17 2011
My Indy takes pole at Jebel Ali
His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum's Shadwell, the UK arm of his powerful breeding operation, sponsor the entire final meeting of the Jebel Ali season on Friday afternoon with a valuable six race card providing a fitting finale to their campaign.
The official feature is a 1950m handicap for which seven have been declared and in which the weights are headed by the Mubarak bin Shafya-trained My Indy, a dual Al Maktoum Challenge winner at Nad Al Sheba in 2009 when prepared by Saeed Bin Suroor.
Thursday, February 24 2011
Jebel Ali Sprint prep race looks wide open
Friday's Jebel Ali meeting is highlighted by two Thoroughbred conditions races, both kindly sponsored by Derrinstown Stud, the Irish arm of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum's breeding operation.
The official feature is the 1000m Jebel Ali Sprint Prep and, with the sad defection of local handler Doug Watson’s Alsadeek, it appears wide open. Mannjal, trained on the course by Dhruba Selvaratnam, is seeking his ninth career win but has never won over this trip.
Monday, February 14 2011
Tenor Des Vialettes on song in UAE Arabian Derby
The UAE Arabian Derby, a 2200m Prestige race for four-year-olds, was the highlight at Abu Dhabi on Sunday evening and was won impressively by Tenor Des Vialettes.
Richard Hills was in the saddle for his main employer, His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum on the horse having only his third start and recording a second successive victory.
Saturday, February 12 2011
Barbe eyes UAE Arabian Derby
Sunday's Abu Dhabi card is highlighted by UAE Arabian Derby, a 2200m Prestige race restricted to four-year-olds which has attracted a field of 13.
Burkan Al Asayl arrives here having won both his first two starts for trainer Philippe Barbe who won last week's HH The President's Cup with Seraphin Du Paon.