Monthly Archives: March 2016

HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Darley Arabian Awards, US Darley Awards 1 April

Glittering ceremony on the stage at Hollywood’s Dolby Theater31 March 2016 ~ It is appropriately dubbed as the ‘Oscars’ of Arabian Racing- the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Darley Arabian Awards and the US Darley Awards – which will light up the Dolby Theater in, Hollywood, California, on Friday, 1 April 2016. The HH Sheikh…

Professional Jockey Alice Mills Shares Love of Racing

Alice Mills, congratulations on your recent win in Bahrain in the HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Ladies World Racing Championship (IRAHR) on Kuheilan Al Adiyat. Horsereporter fans are interested in this ride and what it took to get to this point in your racing career. Alice, Can you tell us a bit about your training…

UAE-Bred Secures Arabian Crown in Dubai

Af Mathmoon comes out on top in a dramatic finish to the Dubai Kahayla Classic26 March 2016, Dubai, UAE ~ Af Mathmoon (AE) gave his owner HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum his eighth winner of the Group 1 PA Dubai Kahayla Classic empowered by IPIC by bravely fighting all the way to the…

AF MATHMOON wins Gr.1PA Kahayla Classic at Meydan

26 March 2016, Dubai, UAE ~ AF MATHMOON won the 2016 Kahayla Classic Gr.1 PA at Meydan on Saturday, 26 March. The $1,000,000 Purebred Arabian Group 1 PA race attracted a very strong field of champion runners coming from the UAE, Qatar, France and Italy. AF MATHMOON becomes the 6th individual winner of this prestigious…

Breaking News – AF Mathmoon wins the Dubai Kahayla Classic

Provisional Result 1. Af Mathmoon under Dane O’Neill for Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum 2. Tm Thunder Struck 3. Thakif 4. Handassa Thakif led from just past the jump with Tm Thunder Struck and Af Mathmoon always right behind shifting places followed by the pack. In the last 300 yards, Thakif struggled but then…

Notes from the track – Group 1 Arabian US$1m Dubai Kahayla Classic

Notes from some of the riders and trainers the day before the big race25 March 2016, Dubai, UAE ~ The Opening race on the Dubai World Cup card for 26 March is the Dubai Kahayla Clasic at 2000m on the dirt. Arkan (OM) – (PP 6)The eight-time winner on dirt in his native Oman, went…

California Chrome will break from Stall Eleven

US trained horses in good position 24 March 2016, Dubai, UAE ~ Saturday’s 2016 $10m Dubai World Cup sponsored by Emirates promises to be a cracker with a formidable American challenge appearing to hold the strongest hand. Horses trained in the USA have won the world’s most valuable horse race on nine occasions while Godolphin-owned…

Global Festival Wins UAE Sports Award For Second Year

24 March 2016, Abu Dhabi, UAE ~ The HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival was the recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award for 2015 in the field of sports for the second year in a row at the annual awards function. H.H. Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan,…

California Chrome has Taylor California Dreaming

24 March 2016, Dubai, UAE ~ Frank Taylor, vice president of boarding operations at Taylor Made Farm, can barely contain his enthusiasm when it comes to talking about this Saturday’s $10m Dubai World Cup sponsored by Emirates. Not just because his family’s Thoroughbred breeding operation, owned in partnership with his brothers Duncan, Mark and Ben, have…

The Cup – The Next Generation’s Breeders’ Incentive Program

The Arabian Racing Cup has instituted an incentive program that rewards Breeders of purebred Arabian racehorses. These reward funds are eligible by joining the program and paying the sign-up fee.  After breeding a mare to a Cup-nominated stallion, the foal that is born may then be nominated for Breeder Incentive rewards. A FULLY NOMINATED FOAL IS ELIGIBLE TO EARN BREEDERS’…

Dubai Kahayla Classic – Eyes on Handassa

23 March 2016 – In the three days before the run of the 2000m Dubai Kahayla Classic Handassa could be the horse to beat. Owned by Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Handassa (FR) has trained in Pau in the South West of France under François Rohaut. Doric Binot, his work rider who has come…

Meydan Trackwork Notes – Dubai World Cup

Monday, March 21 – We will bring you some of the inside scoop from Meydan this week. Group 1 US$10m Dubai World Cup sponsored by Emirates Airlines – 2000m (Dirt) California Chrome (USA) – The fan favorite trotted for 15 minutes on the Quarantine Centre training track under exercise rider Dihigy Gladny. The 2014 Eclipse…

Brussels Equestrian Endurance Masters – a new look at endurance

21 March 2016, USA ~ The FEI Brussels Equestrian Endurance Masters (BEEM) to be held 19-20-21 August 2016 makes a bold statement on the new look for endurance.     Friday 19/08 – CEIO3* 160 kms – International race (Nations Cup) Saturday 20/08 – CEI1* 100 Kms – CEN 80 Kms (for horses of 6…

Runners up for Dubai Kahayla Classic

21 March 2016, Dubai, UAE ~ Fifteen runner have been declared for Dubai Kahayla Classic for 26 March, 2016 [gview file=”http://www.horsereporter.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Racecard-Emirates-Racing-Authority.pdf” save=”1″] –  

Amateur Jockey, Sara Vermeersch, is on the Way to Abu Dhabi in November

20 March 2016, USA ~ Sara Vermeersch – Congratulations on your win of the fourth leg of the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship IFAHR Cup on Royal Richess at the Sam Houston Race Park in Texas. Although only 21 years old, Sara has ridden 28 races with 5 wins, 2 places, and…

RB Rich Surprise Wins Al Ain Mile at End of Season Race

19 March 2016, Al Ain race course held its final meeting of the season on 19 March, and it was highlighted by the 1600m Al Ain Mile, a Prestige conditions contest worth AED 250,000 ($69,000) which was won narrowly by RB Rich Surprise ridden by Wayne Smith for trainer Eric Lemartinel and owner HH Sheikh Khalifa…

Nominations for Santa Anita California Darley Award Stakes Gr 1

Darley Award Stakes to be run on 2 April at Santa Anita 19 March 2016, Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, California ~ Official nominations from Santa Anita [gview file=”http://www.horsereporter.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Darley-stake-nominations.pdf” save=”1″]

Mills rides Kuheilan Al Adiyat to victory in Bahrain

HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship (IFAHR)in Bahrain provides win for Britain19 March 2016, Bahrain ~ Trainer Alan Smith, winner of last year’s inaugural HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship (IFAHR)in Bahrain, extended that domination with another win…

Shadwell Stud Australasia Supports Arabian Racing In South Australia

17 March 2016, Australia ~ A 30 year association between His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum and South Australia took a new turn when his Shadwell Stud Australasia sponsored the first Arabian races at Morphettville Racecourse on 12 March 2016. The entire Thoroughbred race meeting was sponsored by Shadwell with all the races being…

Al Ain Racecourse Applauds Seasons Next to Last Race

18 March 2016, Al Ain, UAE ~ Al Ain racecourse feature race on Thursday evening was dominated by Al Asayl Stables-based trainer Eric Lemartinel. The Frenchman saddled five HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan-owned runners for the Al Muwaiji Handicap (1600m) sponsored By Shadwell and welcomed back the first four home in the AED80,000 contest. Bashayer (Calin Du…

Bahrain to Stage Round Five HH Sheikh Fatima Ladies Flat Race

17 March, 2016, Bahrain ~ After the success of last year’s debut in Bahrain, the HH Sheikh Manor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship (IFAHR) series is back on Friday, 18 March, at the Rashid Equestrian and Horse Racing Club in Manama. The…

Olympic 2020 City Tokyo to host FEI General Assembly 2016

17 March 2016, Lausanne (SUI), Tokyo, host city for the 2020 Olympic Games, has given the best possible endorsement for equestrian sport by inviting the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) to hold its General Assembly in the Japanese capital in November 2016. The allocation of the 2016 FEI General Assembly to Tokyo was approved by the…

Kahayla Classic Long List Published

$600 to First Place16 March 2016, Dubai, UAE ~ Race 1: US$1,000,000 Dubai Kahayla Classic (Group 1 Purebred Arabian) 2,000m (10 furlongs) Dirt – 1st: $600,000 2nd: $200,000 3rd: $100,000 4th: $50,000 5th: $30,000 6th: $20,000 THAKIF (FR) UAE Nacer Samiri VERSAC PY (FR) UAE Erwan Charpy TM THUNDER STRUCK (US) Qatar Alban de Mieulle…

Fujairah Hosts Inaugural Arabian Horse Show 2016

14 March 2016, Fujairah, UAE ~ The first edition of the Fujairah Arabian Horse Show 2016 under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Hamad Al Sharqi, Crown Prince of Fujairah was held on Saturday, 12 March with the historic Fujairah Fort providing a spectacular backdrop. The Championship was staged under the directives of HH…

Nabooda’s AF Ssayeb Wins Again in Abu Dhabi Wathba Stud Farm Cup

13 March 2016, Abu Dhabi, UAE ~ On the next to last meeting of the season at Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club the Wathba Stud Farm Cup for Private Owners was won by the Musabah Al Muhairi-trained AF Ssayeb (AF AL BURAQ) in a 1200m handicap. A maiden winner at Sharjah, also over 1200m, on his…

Hamza Rules At Sharjah Sixth and Final Meeting

12 March 2016 ~ THE RULER OF SHARJAH CUP (1700m) the headline race of the Sharjah Equestrian and Racing Club’s calendar highlighted the sixth and final meeting of the venue’s season on Saturday, 12 March. The Eric Lemartinel-trained Hamza (AL NASR(FR) toughed out a brave win in the Prestige contest presented by Longines, handing owner…

FEI Tribunal Decisions on UAE Endurance Cases

11 March 2016, Lausanne (SUI), FEI Tribunal publishes decisions in three Endurance cases in the United Arab Emirates involving Dr Hallvard Sommerseth, Abdul Aziz Sheikh and Ali Mohammed Al Muhairi. Dr Hallvard Sommerseth, former Head of the Veterinary Department at the United Arab Emirates Equestrian Federation (EEF), has been suspended as an FEI Official for…

California Chrome Among Top Rated In Worldwide Racehorse Rankings

CALIFORNIA CHROME (USA)is one of the top three rated 121 by the Longines World’s Best Racehorse rankings. Although none of the top ranked are based in the United Arab Emirates, all three are being pointed toward the Dubai World Cup card on 26 March. Earning a top Longines ranking of 121, California Chrome kicked off…

Boudhieb Endurance Rules Put Welfare of the Horse First

“Reform or stop, no compromise,” said HH Sheikh Sultan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan11 March, 2016, Abu Dhabi ~ The 1st International Boudhieb Endurance Conference was held on 10 March 2016 outside Abu Dhabi at the Boudhieb Endurance Village. Disrupted by extraordinary storms and a deluge of rain, the 1st International Endurance Seminar had to be postponed…

Handassa Wins Meydan Gr1 Al Maktoum Challenge

8 March 2016, UK ~ Shadwell Arabian Stallions’s triple Kahayla Classic winner MADJANI sired his first Group 1 winner on Thursday 3rd March at Meydan, in UAE. The Shadwell-bred 6-year-old colt HANDASSA won the Al Maktoum Challenge Round 3 (Gr.1 PA) over 2000m for his debut on the dirt track of Meydan. His win was…

Arabian Racing Association of California 2015 Award Winners

The Arabian Racing Association of California held their annual Meeting and Awards Banquet on 27 February 2016, honoring top horses, trainers, owners and jockeys for 2015 at Harris Ranch in Coalinga, California. Congratulations to 2015 ARAC Award Winners: Leading Trainer: Helen Shelley Leading Owner: Warren Shelley Leading Breeder: Sam Vasquez Leading Jockey: Pedro Flores Champion…

Sniper on Target at Abu Dhabi

6 March 2016, Abu Dhabi, UAE ~ HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum and his retained jockey Paul Hanagan snared the big Purebred Arabian contest of the weekend, the Group 1 Liwa Oasis (1400m), at Abu Dhabi on Sunday, 6 March. Ten went to the post in the Liwa Oasis but only three were key players with Shateh leading, then…