Thursday, December 16 2010


Strong field in hand for Jebel Ali feature on Friday


The Shadwell organisation of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum again sponsor Jebel Ali's feature race which, this Friday afternoon, is a 1600m conditions race. Only six have been declared but the weights are headed by last season's Jebel Ali Mile winner Jet Express for Champion Trainer Ali Rashid Al Raihe and jockey Royston Ffrench.

He should be cherry ripe for this after a run at Meydan last week and Ffrench said: "These are his optimum conditions and he loves Jebel Ali. He is penalised for his big race win but bounced back after a defeat first time last season and should run well."





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Monday, December 13 2010


Nesnaas takes HH The President’s Cup prep


There were four conditions races on the Abu Dhabi turf on Sunday evening and the first, over 2200m, the same trip as the Group 1 HH The President's Cup, was won by Nesnaas.

Trained by Gill Duffield for His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, he was ridden by the owner's retained jockey Richard Hills who picked right from three possible mounts for his main employer.





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Saturday, December 11 2010


HH The President’s Cup prep to get underway at Abu Dhabi races tomorrow


Abu Dhabi's fifth meeting of the campaign is a fascinating six race card with four conditions races on the Capital's turf course.

The most valuable of these, a prep for the Group 1 HH The President's Cup is over 2200m and has attracted 14 declarations, headed by Jarnin, winner of that feature last year for Saifaldin Deeb.





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Sunday, December 05 2010


Local pride for Dynamite National Day Cup


It was National Day Cup evening at Abu Dhabi on Sunday and the 1600m Group 1 Purebred Arabian National Day Cup was won by Dynamite who made all under Royston Ffrench.

The pair had also won the race back in 2006 and Dynamite was returning to the UAE after a spell racing in Qatar.





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Saturday, December 04 2010


Dynamite National Day Cup in store


Dynamite and Fryvolous, winners of the Group 1 Purebred Arabian National Day Cup in 2006 and 2008 respectively, both feature among the nine declared for the 1600m feature this Sunday on the Abu Dhabi turf.‬‬‪‪

Dynamite has been running in Qatar most recently but is returning to the UAE with new trainer Adam Aghbash but is reunited with Royston Ffrench who partnered him to win this four years ago.





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Friday, December 03 2010


Double D storms up the hill


Jebel Ali's third meeting of the new season on Friday afternoon was arguably their best to date and Dohasa landed the official feature, a 1000m conditions race kindly sponsored by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum's Shadwell Farm.

Having run well at Meydan the previous week, he ran on strongly under Ted Durcan to lead close home for trainer Ismail Mohammed.





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Thursday, December 02 2010


Seemar eyes challenge at Jebel Ali


Friday's third meeting of the season at Jebel Ali is surely the best meeting of the season to date with the official feature, a 1000m conditions race, sponsored by Shadwell Farm, the American division of the breeding operation of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Nine have been declared, including the last two winners of the Listed Jebel Ali Sprint, over the same course and distance.

Terrific Challenge won the race last season for trainer Satish Seemar and Richard Mullen is again in the saddle this afternoon.





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Monday, November 29 2010


Double 1-2 for Lemartinel in Abu Dhabi


The ultra powerful Eric Lemartinel yard was in good form as always at Abu Dhabi on Sunday and the trainer saddled a 1-2 in the 2200m handicap on Sunday evening.

Gerald Avranche was victorious on top-weight Dahes who was able to hold off the late challenge from stable companion Mooser.





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Wednesday, November 03 2010


King of the hill


Dhruba Selvaratnam is somewhat of an anomaly in horse racing – he is soft spoken and remains relatively calm and collected in the paddock when watching his team thunder down the track, unlike many others in the industry who loudly and sometimes aggressively, wear their hearts on their sleeves.

This could be, in part, due to the fact that Selvaratnam has been around the proverbial block. His career has taken him to places near and far, glittered with alliances that saw him be a part of the winning team to claim the Pakistan Derby in 1973 with a delightful filly called Fantastic, and the Breeder’s Cup Mile at Belmont Park in 1990 with Royal Academy under the legendary trainer Vincent O’Brien.





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Wednesday, October 27 2010


ERA announces upgrades to major races


The Emirates Racing Authority is pleased to announce a number of changes to the Pattern calendar with seven races upgraded in group status and three others becoming Listed.

The Al Quoz Sprint is one of nine races within the Dubai International Racing Carnival programme held at Meydan Racecourse to be upgraded and one of four to Group 2 level alongside the Al Rashidiya and the two races for fillies and mares, the Cape Verdi and the Balanchine.





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Wednesday, August 04 2010


Emirates Racing Authority announces the 2010/2011 UAE race fixtures list


UAE, 04 August 2010 – His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister of UAE, Minister of Presidential Affairs and Chairman of the Emirates Racing Authority, has approved the fixtures list for the 2010/2011 racing season at Jebel Ali Racecourse, Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Meydan Racecourse and Sharjah Equestrian and Racing Club.

This season of racing in the United Arab Emirates will see an increase in the total number of fixtures from 46 in 2009/2010 to 50 over the 2010/2011 season. Jebel Ali will once again host the opening meeting on Friday, November 5, 2010 and see 11 fixtures this year. The closing day will fall on March 25, 2011, the Friday before the Dubai World Cup and offers a strategic opportunity to highlight another important UAE racing facility to the international audience who will be converging in Dubai.





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Monday, March 22 2010


Shadiyda skips away with Emirates Championship


Meydan generously sponsored the final Abu Dhabi meeting of the season, highlighted by the Group 1 Emirates Championship, over 2200m for Purebred Arabians. It was won impressively by Shadiyda, trained by Eric Lemartinel and ridden by Ted Durcan who produced his mount to lead 200m out and the pair skipped clear to win going away.

Durcan explained: "We know this is his best trip and they have gone a decent gallop so stamina has been important. We broke slowly which was not ideal but I was always pretty hopeful once we turned for home and he picked up nicely. The horse deserved that as he has been on the go throughout the season."





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