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."
Sunday, March 21 2010
Emirates Championship to take place at Abu Dhabi’s final racemeeting of the season
Meydan, home of the 2010 $10million Dubai World Cup, generously sponsors the final meeting of the Abu Dhabi season on Sunday with the six race card highlighted by the Group 1 Emirates Championship for Purebred Arabians.
The maximum field of 16 have been declared for the 2200m feature, including last year's winner Remarkable Man for trainer Erwan Charpy. However, owned by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, he has been deserted by jockey Richard Hills who won on him last year. Hills instead partners Nesnaas, trained by Gill Duffield and fifth in the HH The President's Cup over the same course and distance.
Friday, March 19 2010
Home team score feature at Jebel Ali
The Jebel Ali season drew to a close on Friday afternoon with a six race card highlighted by a 51200m conditions race, kindly sponsored by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum's Shadwell organisation. It was won in style by Mannjal, trained on the track by Dhruba Selvaratnam for his main patron His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
William Buick was in the saddle, as he had been earlier on the Emmrooz for the same connections in a 1600m conditions race, sponsored by the Derrinstown Stud of Sheikh Hamdan. Buick said: "Mannjal is a real course specialist and nearly always produces his best here up the hill. He has enjoyed a good campaign but Emmrooz is a relatively new horse for us and hopefully one for next season."
Thursday, March 18 2010
Final Jebel Ali meeting of the season takes place this Friday
The Shadwell organisation of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum has been Jebel Ali's major sponsor at every meeting bar one this season and on Friday sponsor three races. It is the 14th and final fixture of the campaign on the course and features two intriguing conditions races, both sponsored by Sheikh Hamdan.
The feature is over 1200m and Mannjal, trained on the course by Dhruba Selvaratnam, will be a popular Pick Six selection after an excellent second to subsequent Jebel Ali Sprint winner Terrific Challenge. Jockey William Buick said: "He loves this track and that was a great run last time. Hopefully he can go close to sign-off another good season."
Monday, March 15 2010
Kerbelle Lotoise steals final round Arabian Triple Crown jewels
The Oman Royal Cavalry have enjoyed plenty of success in Abu Dhabi in recent times and Kerbelle Lotoise became their latest big race winner when landing Sunday's Group 3 concluding third round of the Arabian Triple Crown.
Saddled by Frenchman Philippe Barbe and ridden by his compatriot David Badel, the filly was bouncing back to form after a disappointing local debut a fortnight previously behind stable companion Al Charif.
Saturday, March 13 2010
W’Rsan filly to set her claim on final round of Arabian Triple Crown
Sunday's Abu Dhabi card features the Group 3 concluding round of the Arabian Triple Crown with a select field of five are set to face the starter in the AED200,000 contest.
The likely Pick Six favourite would appear to be the Jaci Wickham-trained Raeaa W'Rsan who had three of tonight's rivals behind her when second to Al Charif over the same 2200m course and distance last time.
Friday, March 12 2010
Jebel Ali Sprint proves to be easy Challenge for Durcan
Ted Durcan was in the saddle as Terrific Challenge landed the Listed Jebel Ali Sprint on Friday afternoon.
The 1000m feature, kindly sponsored by the Shadwell Farm of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, looked arguably the best ever renewal on paper but Durcan's mount, trained by Satish Seemar, won convincingly to the delight of his trainer who said:
Thursday, March 11 2010
de Kock in Secret Jebel Ali Sprint bid
Friday's Jebel Ali meeting features a cracking renewal of the Listed Jebel Ali Sprint, over 1000m and sponsored by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s Shadwell Farm.
Hammadi won the race last year for Doug Watson, who also has Alsadeek in the field this year, when chased home by Frosty Secret and Alo Pura who both renew rivalry.
Monday, March 08 2010
El Rigoletto finds the oasis
Sunday's Abu Dhabi card was highlighted by the Group 1 Liwa Oasis, a 1400m contest which produced a thrilling finish between El Rigoletto and Quaolina, both owned by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
However, it was El Rigoletto, trained by Gill Duffield and ridden by Tadhg O'Shea in the second colours who prevailed from last year's winner, Quaolina, under Richard Hills.
Sunday, March 07 2010
Quaolina and Jarnin to battle for Liwa Oasis on Sunday
The 1400m Group 1 Liwa Oasis is the undoubted highlight of Sunday's Abu Dhabi card and features an intriguing clash between last year's winner Quaolina, trained by Doug Watson and the mount of Richard Hills, and HH The President's Cup winner Jarnin.
The latter will be ridden by Richard Mullen for trainer Saifaldin Deeb who string have been in fantastic form all season but he is taking a significant drop in trip considering his big race win last time, on his UAE bow, was over 2200m.
Wednesday, March 03 2010
International super Thursday of stars
Derrinstown Stud, the Irish arm of the breeding operation of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum sponsors the Super Thursday meeting, the seven race card designed as the ideal preparation for Dubai World Cup night on Saturday 27th March.
The night's features are the concluding rounds of the Al Maktoum Challenge, both over 2000m but to be run on the all weather track for the first time. The Group 1 Purebred Arabian version opens the card and there has to be every chance the sponsor will maintain his 100% strike rate in Purebred Arabian races at Meydan.
Monday, March 01 2010
Oman takes second leg of Arabian Triple Crown
The middle leg of the Arabian Triple Crown was the feature at Abu Dhabi on Sunday evening and the prize went to Oman with the Philippe Barbe-trained Al Charif able to concede weight all round.
David Badel was in the saddle and it was the second time in three weeks that the colours of the Omani Royal Cavalry had been carried to Abu Dhabi victory.