Silver Anniversary Darley Awards Honor TM Fred Texas as Horse of the Year

March 5, 2012, Houston, Texas ~ TM Fred Texas (Burning Sand x Queen Kong by Kong) capped a stellar racing year as he was awarded Horse of the Year, the crown jewell of the Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival Darley Awards. At a glittering ceremony held at the JW…

Sanddpiper and TM Junior Johnson win big in Houston

 March 3, 2012, Houston, Texas ~ Oman’s Fatma Al Manji on Sanddpiper won the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival’s HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies IFAHR Cup after TM Junior Johnson scored handily in the Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup on Saturday night at the Sam…

Aziz wins Doha’s Richest race the HH Emir’s Sword

     March 1, 2012, Doha, Qatar ~ Julian Smart trained horses dominated on Saturday as he hit the 1,2,3 4 jackpot in Qatar’s richest race (QR 2,000,000 – US$ 550,000) on the final day of the 21st Qatar International Equestrian Festival (QIEF). Aziz (Amer x Aziza D’Aroco), ridden by jockey Darren Williams in the time…

Sheikh Zayed Cup, HH Fatima Cup races in Houston on Saturday

March 2, 2012 Houston, Texas ~ The HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival’s Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup and the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies IFAHR Cup will be held at the Sam Houston Park Race Course on Saturday night. Six-year-old Grilla, winner of the Sheikh Zayed…

New Jockeys for Dubai as Richard Hills hangs up his silks

March1, Dubai~ A two-time British champion jockey has landed the coveted role of retained rider to Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Paul Hanagan will don the famous blue and white silks that have been carried to victory in almost every major race in the world when Richard Hills hangs up his silks on Dubai…

Harran Storms desert to win Qatar International Trophy Race

      February 29, 2012, Doha, Qatar ~ The second race meet of  the Qatar International Equestrian Festival gave race goers a thrill as Harran (Burning Sand x Aziza D’Aroco) won  the QR 500,000 purse ($137,350), Qatar International Trophy. The 5 yr old colt from Al Shahania Stud trained by Julian Smart was ridden aggressively down the…

Demuro on Daffagh Al Asayl win Middle Jewel of Arabian Triple Crown

  February 26, 2012, Abu Dhabi ~ The middle round of the Arabian Triple Crown was the highlight at Abu Dhabi on Sunday evening and Daffagh Al Asayl (DARIKE (FR) – DENYAI (FR) by Johnny On the Spot (US) – was able to open his local account at the fourth attempt in the 2200m Group…

There’s A New Race Horse in Town

February 27 Qatar ~ Doha welcomes top competition at the Qatar International Trophy Grade 1, 1600m for 4 year olds and over. The purse of QR 500,000 ($137,500) has attracted a list of prominent runners to the February 29th card, and the addition of the recently purchased and imported top US Arabian race horse, TM Fred…