Monday, February 01 2010
Royal shows his Class
Gill Duffield saddled the first ever winner at Meydan with No Risk Al Maury and her string remain in good form as illustrated by Royal Class who landed the 1600m handicap.
Given a patient ride by Tadhg O'Shea, who clearly did not want to hit the front too soon, Royal Class collared perennial bridesmaid close home to the delight of his jockey who said: "He is a nice horse and can hopefully build on this. His best form is very good but he is just a bit tricky."
Saturday, January 30 2010
Selvaratnam envisages Abu Dhabi win
Sunday's Abu Dhabi fixture is a six race card with one Thoroughbred race, a 2200m handicap, which concludes proceedings.
Eleven have been declared with the Dhruba Selvaratnam-trained Envisage seeking to follow up his course and distance win of three weeks ago.
Friday, January 29 2010
Express Jets to Mile glory
Trainer Ali Rashid Al Raihe and stable jockey Royston Ffrench are enjoying tremendous seasons and continued their rich vein of form at Jebel Ali on Friday afternoon with a double.
The highlight was the hard fought victory of Jet Express in the afternoon's feature, the 1600m Jebel Ali Mile as the 7yo won his fourth consecutive race on the course and avenged last year's narrow defeat in the race to Golden Arrow who chased him home this year.
Thursday, January 28 2010
Charpy eyes Jebel Ali Mile
After the excitement of the opening of Meydan and the first night of the 2010 Dubai International Racing Carnival on Thursday, the action moves on to Jebel Ali on Friday for a six race, all Thoroughbred card.
The highlight is undoubtedly the AED500,000 Jebel Ali Mile, over 1600m and the second of the course's three Listed races throughout the season and by sponsored by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s Shadwell Farm.
Monday, January 25 2010
Double for Duffield and Hills at Abu Dhabi
Sunday evening's Abu Dhabi card was highlighted by a 2200m handicap which was won by Ejaabi, in the colours of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
Trained by Gill Duffield, he was ridden by the owner's retained jockey Richard Hills and the trio then combined to win the concluding handicap over the same distance with Sharakka.
Friday, January 15 2010
Charpy continues Jebel Ali Stakes domination
Meydan sponsored the entire eighth race meeting of the season at Jebel Ali and were rewarded with a cracking afternoon's racing, highlighted by a thrilling win in the Listed Jebel Ali Stakes by Mashaahed.
Trained by Erwan Charpy, for whom he was a third winner in the last four renewals of this Dhs500,000 1950m feature, it was a first win of the season for jockey Richard Hills, retained by winning owner His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, on only his sixth mount of the campaign.
Thursday, January 14 2010
Charpy bids for Jebel Ali Stakes repeat
With less than two weeks to go before the start of the 2010 Dubai International Racing Carnival and the opening of the eagerly awaited Meydan, it is the new racecourse which sponsors Friday's Jebel Ali meeting. A cracking six race card is highlighted by the Listed Jebel Ali Stakes, over 1950m and the first of three Thoroughbred Listed races staged on the course each season.
A maximum field of 16 is set to face the starter with Erwan Charpy, who won the race with Rampallion last season, looking to make a bid with his 2006 winner, Singing Poet, who is back for more.
Monday, January 11 2010
Deeb continues fine run
Sahib Du Clos lost his maiden tag at the second attempt when winning the Listed Arabian Triple Crown Round 1 at Abu Dhabi on Sunday evening. The 1600m highlight, restricted to four-year-olds, looked competitive on paper but developed into a rematch of a similar course and distance race two weeks previously. On that occasion, Sahib Du Clos had to give best to the more experienced Samira De Carrere but was able to gain revenge this time under Royston Ffrench. The winner is trained by Saifaldin Deeb who is enjoying a fine season and Ffench was impressed: "Considering it was only his second run that is a nice performance. We hoped he could reverse the form from a fortnight ago and he has not let us down.
Friday, January 08 2010
Airbuss flies home but Otaared stars in Selvaratnam treble
Friday's seventh Jebel Ali meeting of the current season was a memorable one for the home team of owner His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, trainer Dhruba Selvaratnam and jockey William Buick who combined to land half of the six races.
The undoubted highlight was the victory of Otaared in the afternoon's feature, a 1400m conditions event. A course and distance winner on his local debut in November, he had suffered a defeat in the interim but was able to give weight all round on this occasion to a quality field.
Thursday, January 07 2010
De Kock opens UAE campaign this weekend
Jebel Ali's first meeting of 2010 is an all Thoroughbred six race card with the undoubted highlight a 1400m conditions race kindly sponsored by the Shadwell Farm of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
The famous blue and white colours of the sponsor will be carried by five of the 12 runners with retained jockey Richard Hills, riding for the first time this season, electing to partner Aamaaq, trained by Ali Rashid Al Raihe.
A winner last time, from re-opposing stable companion Estihdaaf, he should go well and Hills said: "It is nice to be back in action. It was a great season in the UK and this is an exciting year for UAE racing and great to be involved."
Monday, January 04 2010
Deeb starts year in style
Trainer Saifaldin Deeb started 2010 in similar vein to that in which he finished 2009 and saddled Rachidia to win the featured 1600m handicap at Abu Dhabi on Sunday evening, the first meeting in the UAE this year. It was a second win of the campaign for the mare, with David Badel in the saddle on both occasions.
The jockey said: "She is a tough mare and rarely runs a bad race. That is the perfect way to start 2010."
Sunday, January 03 2010
Abu Dhabi stage opening 2010 meeting
The first UAE meeting of 2010 is at Abu Dhabi on Sunday with a six race card highlighted by a 1600m handicap for Purebred Arabians. Thirteen have been declared with Gill Duffield's Royal Class, Doug Watson's Barag and Musabah Al Muhairi's Vite Royale all appearing to hold strong claims.
The one Thoroughbred race on the card, a conditions event over 1400m, looks a cracking contest with a maximum field of 14 set to face the starter. Greek Renaissance, a Group 3 winner for Godolphin in 2007, makes his first start for Erwan Charpy and should be capable of going close despite having been off the track since July 2008. Dhruba Selvaratnam's Ans Bach has a fine record at Abu Dhabi and is feared, while stable companion Born To Be King will find this far easier than his final start in Europe which was in Group 1 company at Royal Ascot.