International Arabian Horse Racing

Tilal Al Khalediah Runs Downs Stablemate Asfan in Dubai Kahayla Classic

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30/3/2024 $1,000,000 Group 1 Dubai Kahayla Classic [Sponsored by One Za’abeel] $1,000,000 Group 1 Dubai Kahayla Classic [Sponsored by One Za’abeel] Many predicted a win for Saudi Arabia in the G1 Dubai Kahayla Classic (2000m) for Purebred Arabians, and that’s what happened – but not with the horse most expected. Unbeaten champ Asfan Al Khalediah…

How to Watch the Dubai World Cup Horseracing

The Dubai World Cup will be seen in more than 150 countries worldwide 27 March 2024, Dubai, UAE ~ The US$30.5million Dubai World Cup meeting at Meydan Racecourse on Saturday, March 30, will be seen in around 150 countries in all corners of the globe. There are a staggering 33 individual Group / Grade 1…

Dubai World Cup Trackwork Notes

Road to the Dubai World Cup – For Arabians, It’s Al Khalediah vs Al Khalediah25 March 2024, Dubai, UAE, Monday, 25 March ~ $1,000,000 Group 1 Dubai Kahayla Classic Sponsored by One Za’abeel (Purebred Arabians, 2000m, dirt) Dubai World Cup night will start with a heavyweight clash between 13 of the world’s best purebred Arabians,…

Gr 1 Al Maktoum Challenge R3 Won by Sunny Du Loup

2 March 2024, Meydan, Dubai ~ The day’s Group 1  opener was the Purebred Arabian Maktoum Challenge Round 3, which produced a compelling battle between winner Sunny Du Loup and runner-up at the wire AF Alwajel. Sunny Du Loup prevailed by a short head, giving second season trainer Hamad Al Marar his first top level…

Al Khalediah Stables Complete Another Famous Double

Asfan Al Khalediah was an impressive winner under Abdullah Alawfi Credit: Jockey Club of Saudi Arabia / Ali Al-Abdullah

Naser Mutlaq’s grey demonstrates versatility in Obaiyah ClassicSaturday, 24 February 2024 ~ Riyadh, Saudi Arabia ~ Horses bred by the Al Khalediah Stables continued to dominate the 2024 The Saudi Cup meeting after the family-owned Asfan Al Khalediah (KSA) added the US$2m Diriyah Gate Development Authority Obaiyah Arabian Classic to his growing record. A winner of…

Tilal Al Khalediah Wins $1.5M Al Mneefah Cup

Friday 23 February 2024, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia ~ The Naser Mutlaq-trained Tilal Al Khalediah (KSA) wrote himself into the history books when he stormed home in the US $1.5m Ministry of Culture Al Mneefah Cup, a Group 1 event for Purebred Arabians. A winner of last year’s Group 1 Diriyah Gate Development Authority Obaiyah Arabian…

Saudi Cup Day Obaiyah Classic Track Works Trainer Comments

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22 February 2024 ~ US$2m Diriyah Gate Development Authority Obaiyah Arabian Classic Honey Proof (USA) – “He is very well, looks in great condition,” trainer Rhonda Tuley said. “He likes the track and is handling the change in environment without any trouble.” Vica Grine (FR) – Trainer Elisabeth Bernard admits that it will be difficult to assess…

White Abarrio Poised for $20M Group 1 2024 Saudi Cup

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Both Purebred Arabian races over the weekend now carry Group 1 status9 February 2024, Saudi Arabia ~ The Breeders’ Cup Classic winner White Abarrio (USA) is poised to renew rivalry with four of his vanquished combatants from the Santa Anita shakedown after the likely fields for the 2024 Saudi Cup at King Abdulaziz Racecourse were…

Multiple Upgrades for February Saudi Cup Races

Sunday, 22 October 2023, Saudi Arabia ~ A raft of upgrades covering the 2023-2024 Riyadh season and 2024 Saudi Cup have been announced by the Jockey Club of Saudi Arabia, with prize money for the world’s richest weekend of racing boosted to $37.35m across the Riyadh racing extravaganza. Next year’s Saudi Cup, to be held…

Saudi Cup Winners Back on Track in Saudi Arabia

1 September 2023 – Commissioner King, last year’s G3 Saudi Derby winner, will return to action on Saturday September 2 on a high-class day of racing from King Khalid Racecourse, Ta’if, which includes two SAR1m Listed contests, the Prince Abdullah Alfaisal Cup and the King Faisal Cup for Purebred Arabians. Commissioner King, the FMQ Stables-owned…

Dubai’s Medan Racecourse Program for 2023-24

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17 August 2023, Dubai, UAE ~ Racing at Dubai’s Meydan Racecourse will begin on 10 November 2023, and end on 8 March 2024, with 14 meetings, all leading up to the $30.5million Dubai World Cup meeting on 30 March. Dubai Racing Club has increased prize money by 27 per cent from the 2022-23 campaign, meaning…

Saudi Arabia’s 2023 Ta’if Season Set To Begin in June

A record number of races will include 108 for Purebred Arabians30 May 2023, Saudi Arabia – Racing in Saudi Arabia resumes on Thursday June 1 with a significantly expanded programme at King Khalid Racecourse in Taif.   The 2023 campaign gets underway two weeks earlier than in 2022 meaning the total number of meetings has…

Diamond Gem AA Wins UAE President Cup S. Grade 1

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20 May 2023, Pimlico Race Track, Maryland, USA ~ On a rainy Preakness Day directly after the Bob Baffert trained National Treasure won the Preakness, Arabians took the stage in the US Gr 1 UAE President Cup Stakes. It was Diamond Gem AA backed by Angel Cruz that flew out of the gates and led…

IFAHR European/North Africa Arabian Racehorse Rankings 2022

30 March 2023, Paris ~ The International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing (IFAHR) has just put out the most recent Arabian race horse rankings. Established in 1999, IFAHR was founded as a non-profit organization for the purpose of setting up an International Federation of Arabian Horseracing, bringing together all national and international Arab Horse Racing…