Monthly Archives: February 2016

Young Photographer Making Name on UAE Racetracks

Sixteen year old photographer, Shamela (SHAM-ella) Hanley, is somewhat of a phenom* on the UAE racetracks. As official photographer for Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s Godolphin racing in the UAE, she is on the scene to take photos of some of the top race horses in the world, a dream job that many photographers…

Gazwan takes the Emir’s Sword Group 1 PA in Qatar

27 February 2016, Doha, Qatar ~ The HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani-owned Gazwan  won the Emir’s Sword, at $1M it is the richest Arabian race run in Qatar. Scoring his second victory in as many starts at the Saturday 27 February race, Gazwan (Amer x Arc De Ciel) was guided by top jockey Richard Mullen and…

Sheikha Fatma Ladies Ride Won by Nouf and RR Erebus

Two endurance rides and a game park for children made a highlight for the weekend at Al Wathba 27 February 2016, Abu Dhabi, UAE ~ A Ladies only endurance ride topped the Abu Dhabi weekend on 26 February with HH Sheikha Mahra Bint Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum heading out with the 108 riders on the CEN 100km race. The Sheikha Fatma…

Sharjah Shows Saturday’s Runners

Sharjah returns to the UAE racing circuit on Saturday, staging their first meeting since the beginning of December, 201526 February 2016, Sharjah, UAE ~ The most valuable race on Saturday’s card is the Longines Conquest Classic Handicap (2000m) for Purebred Arabians. There are 13 declared including Smalah and Rabdan both trained by Eric Lemartinel for…

Dubai International Arabian Races Begins 2016 Australian Season

The two Arabian races in association with the National Arabian Racehorse Association of Australia (NARA) will be staged as part of a full day of Thoroughbred racing sponsored by Shadwell Stud Australasia23 February 2016, Australia ~ South Australian Jockey Club (SAJC) Chief Executive Officer Brenton Wilkinson announced Morphettville Racecourse in Adelaide was chosen by the…

Heritage Arabian Racing Club Conference Makes Debut in Abu Dhabi

23 February 2016, Abu Dhabi, UAE ~ On 21 February 2016, during the 26 days of the HH Sheikh Sultan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Equestrian Festival, the Heritage Arabian Racing Club (HARC) took center stage with the fist HARC Conference at the Abu Dhabi Fairmont Hotel. Steering Committee members with President Ahmed Abdul Razek from…

Nil Kamla Scores Victory under Belgian van den Troost

5-year-old makes it a double in 8 days on St Moritz snow track22 February 2016, St. Moritz, Switzerland ~ Nil Kamla once again took advantage of the shortened distance on the ice/snow track to win the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies…

Round Two of the Abu Dhabi Triple Crown Went Down to the Wire

Undefeated filly prevails in Abu Dhabi feature21 February 2016 ~ The Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club’s highlight race on Sunday evening, the Group 3 Arabian Triple Crown Round 2 (2200m) for four-year-old Purebred Arabians, served up a thrilling finish with Mahbooba  (Bibi de Carrere) just hanging on from Sniper De Monlau after the later had forfeited considerable…

White Turf Challenge Added to Zayed Cup European Triple Crown

From 2017 the White Turf Challenge will be one of the three legs of the Sheikh Zayed European Triple Crown races21 February 2016, St. Moritz, Switzerland ~ In breaking news today, the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival has opted to make the snow race track of the…

White Turf St. Moritz 2016 – The European Snow Meeting

Racetrack conditions before the race on 21st February 201620 February 2016, St. Moritz ~ On Saturday morning, eight horses galloped without any problems on all parts of the racetrack on the frozen lake of St. Moritz where the final race day of the 2016 White Turf will be held on Sunday, 21 February. Any final…

10th Boudhieb International Equestrian Festival Expands to 26 Days

H.H. Sheikh Sultan bin Zayed Al Nahyan 10th Equestrian Festival19 February 2016, Abu Dhabi, UAE ~ A press conference on 16 February at the Fairmont Hotel, Abu Dhabi, hosted by the UAE Emirates Heritage Club (EHC) announced an exciting venue of equestrian events sponsored by the EHC from 21 February until 17 March. Performance classes…

White Turf St. Moritz 2016 – The European Snow Meeting

Preview of the race Sunday, 21 February 201618 February 2016 ~ “The weather conditions create considerable problems everywhere in Europe,” declared the organizers of St. Moritz race meetings. “We are waiting for the predicted cold front that should arrive at the end of the week. We hope the expected cold weather will help to optimize…

2015 Triple Crown, Triple Jewel Winners Feted in Abu Dhabi

16 February 2016, Abu Dhabi, UAE ~ The evening after the HH The President’s Cup Dh 3million Group 1 race meeting for Purebred Arabians, a gala get-together followed at the poolside of the Eastern Mangroves Anantara Hotel & Spa on Sunday, 14 February 2016. Amidst musical performances by various artistes an awards ceremony celebrated two of the top…

Nil Kamla Wins Zayed Cup on St Moritz Ice

15 February 2016, St Moritz, Switzerland ~ For once the Del Sol pair of runners had to take a back seat as Nil Kamla made the most of the winter conditions to win the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup race…

D Seraj wins Zayed Cup in Abu Dhabi Arabian horse show

15 February 2016, Abu Dhabi, UAE ~ Under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, the UAE Arabian Horse Society hosted the Dh16.5m Abu Dhabi International Arabian Horse Championship at the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club.…

International Federation of Horse Racing Academies Meets in Abu Dhabi

Fourth GA meet held in Abu Dhabi 14 February 2016, Abu Dhabi, UAE ~ The fourth General Assembly meeting of the International Federation of Horse Racing Academies, (IFHRA), was held on Friday, 12 February 2016, at the National Archive premises in Abu Dhabi. The IFHRA purpose is to nurture young jockeys and race professionals into…

Thakif Keeps Field at Bay for Group 1 President’s Cup Win

Thakif connections

Sunday 14 February 2016, Abu Dhabi, UAE ~ Thakif, owned by HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan was once again on target when winning the Dh 3 million Group 1 HH The President Cup for Purebred Arabian horses at the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club racecourse on Sunday, 14 February. In last year’s running, Thakif…

Sheikh Rashid Dalmook Wins President’s Cup on Shaddad

190 riders take part in FEI 160-km CEI 3* ride 13 February 2016, Abu Dhabi, UAE ~ Riding 12-year-old gelding Anglo/Arabian Shaddad, Sheikh Rashid Dalmook Juma Al Maktoum edged out Indian rider Madhu Singh on Mustafa to win the prestigious 160-km HH The President of the UAE Endurance Cup at the Emirates International Endurance Village…

FEI and EEF On Accord for Endurance Measures for 2016 season

13 February 2016, UAE ~ The FEI, as part of its continued efforts to ensure strong measures for Endurance in the UAE are taken, has today held talks with the Emirates Equestrian Federation (EEF) in Abu Dhabi (UAE). FEI Endurance Director Manuel Bandeira de Mello met with EEF Vice President Mohammad Alkamali, EEF Secretary General…

Endurance and the UAE – The FEI Commitment

The FEI is standing firm on its position and will continue to focus efforts on introducing strong measures in Endurance in the UAE, working with the EEF12 February 2016, UAE ~ On 13 February, as 200 riders prepare to head out on the CEI 3*160km The President of the UAE Endurance Cup outside of Abu…

Selvaratnam’s Joyous Dream Wins Al Ain Wathba Stud Farm Cup

13 February 2016, Al Ain, UAE ~ Dhruba Selvaratnam, the soft-spoken trainer who has been handling horses in the UAE for over 25 years, scored a superb win as an owner of a Purebred Arabian horse in the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s Wathba Stud Farm Cup For…

Top Purebred Arabians to Battle in Sunday’s Dh.3 million HH President’s Cup flat race

Ten 4WD cars on offer for Saturday’s HH President’s Cup endurance ride12 February 2016, Abu Dhabi, UAE ~ The spotlight will once again be on Abu Dhabi when the city hosts the HH The President of the UAE Endurance Cup on Saturday, 13 February, and the HH The President’s Cup flat races for Purebred Arabians…

HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival 2016 Calendar of Events

Italy, Lebanon, and Australian Gold Coast join expanding world of Arabian horse races 11 February 2016, Abu Dhabi, UAE ~ The HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s calendar of events for the year 2016 was unveiled at a press conference held at the Anantara Eastern Mangroves in Abu…

So Big Is Better to run in Qatar Emir’s Sword Festival

Emir’s Sword Festival Attracts Strong International Entries 10 February 2016, Doha, Qatar ~ The 2016 Emir’s Sword Festival which takes place in Doha, Qatar, on 26, 27 and 28 February has seen a very strong international entry with the feature races run on the Sunday in two races, The 2016 H.H The Emir’s Trophy (Gr…

Al Wathba Trainer Celebrates One -Two in Capital Feature

Sunday 7 February 2016 ~ Abu Dhabi, UAE ~ Al Wathba Stables trainer Nacer Samiri continued a landmark first season in the UAE saddling the 1-2 in the Group 3 Al Ruwais (1000m), the feature at the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club meeting on the first Sunday evening in February. The Samri-trained Shateh, having his first…

Highest Rating Yet for 2015 to Al Mourtajez at 130

5 February 2015, France ~ The top rated horse in the 2015 International Classification for 4 yos and upwards is Al Mourtajez (Dahess x Arwa (Nuits St Georges) with a rating of 130. This rating is based on his five lengths win in the Paris based, Qatar Arabian World Cup, a performance which has earned him…

Frosted Breaks Track Record While Landing Dubai World Cup Prep

4 February 2016, Dubai, UAE ~ Thursday’s EGA-sponsored 4 February Dubai World Cup Carnival meeting saw the Godolphin show return to Meydan, as the boys in blue provided winners for all three Thoroughbred Group races, including an imperious performance from Dubai World Cup hope, Frosted. Frosted looked a class apart as he landed the US$250,000…

Al Maktoum Challenge Prep Race for Kahayla Classic

Second Round of Al Maktoum Challenge Series Features on Thursday’s EGA Carnival Card 3 February, Dubai, UAE ~ Thursday 4 February 2016 will hold a classy Dubai World Cup Carnival card highlighted by the second round of the Al Maktoum Challenge series. Representing the official preparation route for horses on the Dubai World Cup campaign…