Monthly Archives: January 2015

Argentina’s Sabrina Magli Mendiz wins CEN 120km Al Reef Cup

31 January 2015, Abu Dhabi ~ Argentinean Sabrina Magli Mendiz astride 11-year-old part-Arab gelding Sapucay representing Al Reef Stables, won the Al Reef Cup CEN 120km Endurance Ride at the Emirates International Endurance Village in Al Wathba on Saturday 31 January. One of 100 starting riders, the early leader Salem Hamad Malhoof Al Kitbi riding eight-year-old Anglo…

2014 Darley Nominees announced by the Arabian Racing Cup

31 January 2015, California ~ The Arabian Racing Cup announces the following nominees for the coveted Darley Awards. These nominees were selected by the Cup Stewards as the best of Arabian Racing in USA for the year 2014.   Beginning next week, the 34 member Darley Voting Academy will review detailed statistics and performance data…

O’Shea Leads in With Sheikh Down for 1, 2, 3 for Al Asayl

30 January 2015, Al Ain, UAE ~ The second leg of the Al Ain Marathon Series, a 3200m conditions contest, was the highlight at Al Ain on Friday evening and produced a thrilling finish with Al Asayl stable companions Sheikh Down (Calin Du Loup (FR) x Burning Firestar (US) by BIG EASY (US), Burj Khalifa and Munzade…

FEI Endurance Forum in Costa Rica Discusses New Endurance rules

30 January 2015, Costa Rica ~Over 64 delegates from FEI Group V attended an FEI Endurance Forum in Tilaran, Costa Rica, on 23-25 January 2015, the first Forum following the introduction of the new Endurance rules on 1 August last year. FEI Group V covers Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras,…

January at QREC Show Off Wins by Rafaal, Meghwaar, Mekhbatt

29 January 2014, Doha ~ On 28 January, the last day of the month’s racing at Qatar Equestrian & Racing Club, the H.H Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani owned Refaal (Majd Al Arab x Dixie Darlene) with Richard Mullen up dominated the first race to win the Local Bred Pure Arabian Maiden Plate. After hitting the front…

Chrome Watch – US$10m Group 1 Dubai World Cup Looks to the Stars

Dubai World Cup on 28 March 2015 will showcase the top racehorses for 2014The Dubai World Cup to include star-studded cast of the world’s best racehorses of 2014 for the 20th running of the world’s richest race day. The US$10m Group 1 Dubai World Cup, sponsored by Emirates Airline, attracted 296 nominations made notable by the…

Second Win for Sweden in HH Sheikha Fatima World Ladies Championship Series

Local jockey Isabella Teh on Djehlbi and Sweden’s Anna Pilroth on Keisha emerged winners in the H.H Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival races at Sportingbet Park, Sandown in Melbourne, Australia26 January 2015, Melbourne ~ On 26 January Isabella Teh steered Djehlbi (Dehlbi x Djelica) to a smart win in the prestigious…

Strong fields for Melbourne Arabian races on Monday 26 January

Last year’s winners back for Australia’s HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival races24 January 2015, Melbourne, Australia ~ The wait for the opening day of the 2015 racing season at Sportingbet Park, Sandown in Melbourne, has been highly anticipated. The HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, which is being staged by NARA…

Majd Al Uraiq clinches Al Mafiar Cup, Thawi wins Abdulla Bin Hamad Al Attiyah Cup



22 January 2015, Qatar ~ Jassim Mohamed Al Gazali & Sons owned Thawi (Mared Al Sahra x Gardenia Gora) was brilliantly ridden by Harry Bentley to an impressive victory in the Abdulla Bin Hamad Al Attiyah Cup, a Local Bred Pure Arabian race, run over 2000 metres at the Racing and Equestrian Club on Thursday, January 22. The Jassim Al Ghazali schooled Thawi galloped resolutely inside the last 200 metres and won by one and quater lengths from Haashed. Rassan and Mekhbatt completed the frame.

Pier Convertino steered Umm Qarn’s Tabasheer (Mugadir x Ezraa) to a narrow win in the Local Bred Pure Arabian Maiden Plate. The Alban de Mieulle trained Tabasheer held on gamely to win by a neck from a Thabit to take her maiden win in three starts.

Saeed Mohammed Al Shafi owned Nomaas (Hatteen x Raleuse De Faust) was ridden to a confident victory by jockey Cedric Segeon in the Pure Arabian Conditions race, run over a mile. Qassy placed second ahead of Al Khattaf.

Khalid Rashid Saif Al Khayarin owned Leaf Cutter with Marco Monteriso in the stirrups kept at bay the challenge of  Itorio to win the Thoroughbred Conditions race.

THAWI after the win

THAWI after the win

Ibrahim Saeed Al Malki owned and trained Victory Laurel posted a comfortable victory in Thoroughbred Advanced Plate.

Ahmed Hassan Al Malki Al Jehani’s Tarrafal was ridden to victory by jockey Convertino in the Thoroughbred Maiden Plate, run over seven furlongs.

Abdulhadi Mana Al Hajri owned Tortoni was brillianty ridden by Marco Monteriso to victory in the Umm Taqa Cup, a Thoroughbred Handicap for horses rated 76 to 96.

January 21 ~QREC

Majid Al Uraiq

Majid Al Uraiq

Hassan Ali Hassan Al Matwi owned and trained Majd Al Uraiq (Majd Al Arab x Mezooh) proved the best of the runners in the Al Mafiar Cup a Local Bred Pure Arabian Conditions race and the highlight of the sand track at the Racing and Equestrian Club on Wednesday, January 21. Majd Al Uraiq was brilliantly ridden to victory by jockey Marco Monteriso.

H.H Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani owned Taghya (Amer x The Wright Stuff) was a runaway winner of the Pure Arabian Maiden Plate. Under jockey Harry Bentley, the Ghazali trained Taghya never looked back once out of the gate, stretching away in the final furlong to win by six lengths from Al Waab and Qaa’ed, both in futile chase of the winner.

H.H Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani owned Ghizwan (Amer x Margouia) scored a fluent victory in the Pure Arabian Handicap for horses rated 60 and below. With Richard Mullen astride, the Julian Smart trained Ghizwan shot to the lead inside the final furlong and stretched away to win by five lengthx from stablemate Al Nefor. After setting the pace, Al Taweel, finished third ahead of Ankor Class.

Majid AL Uraiq after the win

Majid AL Uraiq after the win

Thoroughbred racing – Abdulaziz Ali Al Qhathiri owned and trained Pure Amber was a runaway winner in the Thoroughbred Graduation Plate under jockey Marco Monteriso.

Khalid Yahya Al Khusaai owned Katja with Harry Bentley up scored a fluent victory in the Thoroughbred Graduation Plate.

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Molahen El Ahlan, Silk Stockings, and Nashmee Take Top Honors in Abu Dhabi Race Evening

Al Ketbi and O’Shea Land Featured Handicap18 January 2015, Abu Dhabi ~ Champion Jockey Tadhg O’Shea and Al Asayl trainer Salem Al Ketbi enjoyed an Abu Dhabi double on Sunday evening, highlighted by the victory of Molahen El Ahlan (AL NASR (FR) x FLORINE DE CARRERE (FR) by Djourman) in the featured 1600m handicap. O’Shea sent…

Sweden’s Landgren wins HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Championship Opener

2015 HH Sheikh Mansoor Racing Festival off to a flying start in Muscat16 January 2014, Muscat, Oman ~ On Friday, 16 January at the Al Rahba Farms Racecourse, Swedish lady jockey Josefin Landgren showed her skills as she cruised home to become the first winner in 2015 of the HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global…

New FEI Secretary General, Sabrina Zeender

Sabrina Zeender appointed FEI Secretary General16 January 2015, Switzerland ~ Sabrina Zeender, 49, has been appointed FEI Secretary General following a proposal to the FEI Bureau from FEI President Ingmar De Vos which received unanimous support. Zeender, who first joined the FEI in 1991, has been interim Secretary General since De Vos’ election to the FEI…