Monthly Archives: December 2017

Umm Qarn’s TM Thunder Struck wins Qatar National Day Cup & Trophy

TM Thunder Struck

THE LATE SHEIKH JASSIM BIN MOHAMMED AL THANI CUP & TROPHY – QATAR NATIONAL DAY CUP & TROPHY (GR2 PA)16 December 2017, Doha, Qatar ~ After having settled for a runner-up finish twice this season, Umm Qarn’s TM Thunder Struck (Majd al Arab x Bonnett) snatched a victory in the 2000m turf feature on Saturday. The…

Al Asayl’s Asyyad Takes Feature in Abu Dhabi

17 December 2017, Abu Dhabi ~ The Listed Abu Dhabi Championship over 1600m, was the feature in the capital on Sunday evening, 17 December, and it produced a finish worthy of its billing with Asyyad landing the spoils by a rapidly diminishing nose. That, however, only tells half the story as the son of Burning…

San Luis Rey Downs Fire Rallies Racing Community

From 15 December – Reprinted by Permission of the San Diego Tribune – Author, Bryce Miller The Lilac Fire that tore across North County killed at least 46 horses at San Luis Rey Downs, transforming a place brimming with life into one devastated by death. What did San Luis Rey endure in those fateful hours…

Ajjaj Stays the Distance in Round 1 of Al Ain Marathon Series

16 December 2017, Al Ain, UAE ~ After a titanic battle between Ajjaj and Shamikh Al Wathba in Round 1 of the Al Ain Marathon Series, it was Ajjaj that emerged victorious in the handicap over 2600m on Saturday, 15 December. Ajjaj (Tahar De Candelon x Shumoos by Djouras Tu), under pressure a long way out…

Sheikh Down looks To Defend Title in Al Ain Marathon Series

O'Shea winning at Al Ain (file photo 2017)

Al Ain Series Pits Top Distance runners15 December, 2017, Al Ain, UAE ~ Racing at Al Ain, the UAE’s newest racecourse, is highlighted by Round 1 of the Al Ain Marathon Series – a handicap over 2600m – for which eight have been declared, including last year’s winner Sheikh Down. A regular in this race…

The Boudheib Initiative in Shifting Sands

7 December 2017, Abu Dhabi ~ The Boudheib Initiative (BI), the enduring passion of His Highness Sheikh Sultan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan of Abu Dhabi, has gained momentum far exceeding initial expectations. Now entering it’s third year since creation (2015), HH Sheikh Sultan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan first introduced the BI rules when he saw…

Arabians Back in Action at Meydan

RB Madymoiselle

Meydan hosts third meet of the new season6 December 2017, Dubai ~ Purebred Arabian action returns to Meydan Racecourse for the first time this season on Thursday, 6 December, with nine runners declared for the Group 2 Bani Yas Sponsored by Friday over 1400m on a seven race card generously sponsored by Gulf News. Previously…

Royal Cavalry of Oman Honored with ARO Award

Hatta Presentation 2017

Arabian Racing Organization Awards Royal Cavalry of Oman for Outstanding Achievement in Arabian Racing 4 December 2017 ~ The Horserace Writers and Photographer’s Association (HWPA) Annual Derby Awards Luncheon on 4 December 2017, honoured the Royal Cavalry of Oman for their support and long-term commitment to Arabian racing with the Outstanding Achievement in Arabian Racing…

Lemartinel Takes Top Three Places in Abu Dhabi Group 3

3 December 2017, Abu Dhabi ~ The Group 3 Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup over 1600m was the official highlight at Abu Dhabi on Sunday evening, 3 December, and it produced not only a thrilling finish but an unforgettable one for trainer Eric Lemartinel. The Lemartinel horses filled the first three places home…

RB Burn Back in Action Sunday

1 December 2017, UAE ~ Sunday, 3 December celebrates National Day at Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, and the features are both the Group 3 Sheikh Sultan bin Zayed Al Nahyan Cup and the Listed National Day Cup, the only Thoroughbred race on the card. Both races are over 1600m and the former sees RB Burn…