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Deryan Brings Home Kahayla Classic Win for France

French runner Deryan takes the Dubai Kahayla Classic in a rapid time at Meydan (Credit - DRC & Mathea Kelley)

Deryan Makes Track Record with Win27 March 2021, Meydan ~ Kahayla Classic Win ~ French-trained Deryan (FR) broke the track record when he lifted the US$750,000 Dubai Kahayla Classic Sponsored by Mubadala, the opener on Dubai World Cup night at Meydan, in 2 minutes 11.87 seconds. Winner: DERYAN (FR) Owner: Yas Horse Racing Management LLC…

Track Notes for Dubai Kahayla Classic

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24 March 2021 -The Dubai World Cup Group 1 $750,000 Dubai Kahayla Classic Sponsored by Mubadala AF Alwajel (UAE) – Rider Tadhg O’Shea is happy with the gate drawn by AF Alwajel, after finishing his last piece of work last Sunday. O’Shea reported he rode the horse in training like he would ride him when…

Dubai’s Deputy Ruler Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum Dies

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The racing world will pay tribute on 27 March at the Dubai World Cup24 March 2021, Dubai ~ A sad day for the world. This morning a statement was released by Shadwell Stud that read, “It is with great sadness that Shadwell announces the death of His Highness, Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum. He…

Somoud Repeats Group 1 Emirates Championship Win

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21 March 2021, Abu Dhabi, UAE ~ One of the major fixtures of the Abu Dhabi season on 21 March was the 2200m Group 1 Emirates Championship, a Purebred Arabian feature in which class prevailed with last year’s winner Somoud proving a class apart as he defended his crown effortlessly in the win time of…

FEI UPDATES on the Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1) – neurological form

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21 March 2021, The FEI has created a dedicated hub to collect and share all the latest information and developments around the outbreak of Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1 – neurological form), which originated in Valencia (ESP) in February 2021. This outbreak led to the FEI cancelling international events in 11 countries on the European mainland…

Likely Fields for 25th Dubai World Cup Day

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RACE 1 is the US$ 750,000 DUBAI KAHAYLA CLASSIC (Group 1)  17 March 2021,  Dubai, UAE ~ There will be 14 Group or Grade 1 winners with a combined 23 victories at the highest level are set to line up for the 25th running of Dubai World Cup day at Meydan Racecourse on Saturday, 27…

DUBAI World Cup Race Meeting on 27 March To Be Held Without Spectators

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  DUBAI (March 11, 2021) – Dubai Racing Club will welcome limited horse connections, racing officials, accredited media and sponsors to Dubai World Cup, the world’s most spectacular race day at Meydan Racecourse on Saturday, March 27, 2021. Dubai Racing Club will host the race meeting, without spectators and tickets will not be sold. All…

Brraq Takes Group 1 Al Maktoum Challenge R3 On the Road to Dubai

Group 1 $165,000 Al Maktoum Challenge R3 (PA 2000m D) 25 February 20221, Meydan, UAE ~ The only contest on the dirt track for the evening’s racing was also the sole Purebred Arabian race, the curtain raising 2000m Group 1 Al Maktoum Challenge R3 sponsored by gnfocus where Frenchman Jean-Claude Pecout doubled his UAE tally with…

Hollie Doyle Is Riding on Top!

2020 Sunday Times Sportswoman of The Year and HWPA Jockey of The Year in Britain21 February 2021, Dubai ~ A Finalist in the Dubai World People’s Choice Awards, 24-year-old British jockey Hollie Doyle has already had quite a year. She was named third in the 2020 edition of BBC’s Sport Personality of The Year, emulating…

Mon’nia Lands H.H The Amir Sword (GR1 PA) in Doha

20 February 2021, Doha, Qatar ~ H.E. Sheikha Yasmeen Bint Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani’s MON’NIA and Al Wasmiyah Farm’s NOOR AL HAWA won the two US$1M features on the final day of what has been an exciting H.H. The Amir Sword Festival at Al Rayyan Park on Saturday, 20 February 2021. H.H THE AMIR…

Hollie Doyle Shows Determined Win on True Self in Neom Turf Cup

  20 February 2021, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia ~ Hollie Doyle has become one of British racing’s shining stars with her exploits over the last few months and her talents were demonstrated on the global stage with a perfect late run on True Self (IRE) in the US $1,000,000 Neom Turf Cup. Now an 8-year-old mare,…

Shane Foley Takes stc International Jockeys Challenge for Ireland

  19 February 2021, Riyadh, Saudi Arabian ~ Irish star Shane Foley emerged triumphant in the second stc International Jockeys Challenge after taking two out of the four legs, each worth US $400,000, in the competition. Fourteen internationally-renowned male and female jockeys from all over the globe took part but it was the Classic-winning Foley,…

Friday Track Notes – Trainer Elizabeth Bernard Ready for The Obaiya Arabian Classic

19 February 2021, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia~ $US 2,000,000 The Obaiya Arabian Classic The Elisabeth Bernard trained duo, Hajres (TUN) and Jarif (FR), came onto the dirt track on Friday morning where they cantered slowly for one lap and she said: “The went cool this morning. One day when I was in Dubai, I talked to…

Two US$ 1 Million Gr 1 Features Lead Doha Festival

18 February 2021, Doha, Qatar ~ The 34th H.H. The Amir Sword Festival at Al Rayyan Park, Doha, Qatar, kicked off today, 18 February, and continues through the 19th and 20th. Saturday, 20 February will feature two Gr1 Races. H.H THE AMIR SWORD (GR1 PA) (Sponsored by Al Hazm) Time: 16:45 Distance: 2400 Surface: Turf…

Entries For $US 2,000,000 The Obaiya Arabian Classic

18 February 2021 ~ Entry list for $US 2,000,000 The Obaiya Arabian Classic to be run on Saturday, 20 February 2021, at the King Abdulaziz Racetrack in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The Saudi Cup is a two-day festival of international racing headlined by the USD$20m Saudi Cup – the world’s most valuable race. How to watch…

Thursday Track Notes from Saudi Arabia

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Track Notes from $US 2,000,000 The Obaiya Arabian Classic18 February 2021, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia ~ Ahead of the two days of the biggest races and prize money in the region, horses were lightly exercised. The $20 Million Saudi Cup and the $2 Million The Obaiya Arabian Classic will be held on Saturday, 20 February. Deryan…

Tuesday Track Notes For The Saudi Cup and The Obaiya Arabian Classic

16 February 2021, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia ~ A quiet buzz is in the air in the early morning hours on the track at the King Abdulaziz Racetrack in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, ahead of the top two money days of racing on 19 and 20 February. Saturday, the Saudi Cup day card carries a total prize…

RB Frynchh Dude Beats Brraq in Rnd 2 of Group 1 Al Maktoum Challenge

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On the Road to the Dubai World Cup28 January 2021, Meydan, UAE ~ On 28 January 2021, the second round of the PA Group 1 $49,000 Al Maktoum Challenge R2 (1900m D) was the curtain raiser and the only Purebred Arabian race on the card. Run on dirt, the 1900m Group 1 Al Maktoum Challenge…

Baffert Confident Charlatan Is Ready for Saudi Cup

“The thing I like about the Saudi race is it’s a one-turn, mile-and-an-eighth and Charlatan is so fast.”Hall of Fame American trainer Bob Baffert believes the $20million Saudi Cup “fits the bill perfectly” for his improving star Charlatan. The four-year-old’s career has been blighted by injury, but he roared back with an easy victory in…

Braaq Brings In Rnd 1 of Group 1 Al Maktoum Challenge Group

Braaq takes Rnd 1 Al Maktoum Challenge 7 January 2021

Road to the Dubai World Cup Kahayla ClassicBrraq (Mahabb x Fattana by Njewman) fought for the win in the opening 1600m Group 1 Al Maktoum Challenge R1 presented by Longines in the only Arabian race on the card at Meydan on 7 January 2021. Settled in midfield by Adrie de Vries, the 8-year-old entire made…

$2M Obaiya Arabian Classic Upgraded to Listed Status

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Obaiya Cup Arabian Race prize money increased from $1.9m to $2m 19 January 2020, KSA ~ The USD $2M Obaiya Arabian Classic, to be run on Saudi Cup Day, 20 February, now has Listed status after receiving an upgrade from the International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing this week. The 2000m dirt contest, which saw…

Thirty-one Group 1 Winners Compete in the Saudi Cup Roster

The second staging of The Saudi Cup meeting, headlined by the $20m Saudi Cup, has attracted a star-studded list of entries from across the globe.13 January 2021, Saudi Arabia ~ After a successful inaugural event last year, the two-day meeting, held at King Abdulaziz Racecourse in Riyadh on 19 and 20 February, has been expanded…

Katara International Arabian Horses Festival Announced

Title show from 2-6 February9 January 2021, Qatar ~ Under the generous patronage of the Amir, His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Cultural Village Foundation, Katara, will organize the Katara International Arabian Horse Festival from 2 – 6 February 2021. His Excellency Dr. Khalid Bin Ibrahim Al-Sulaiti, General Manager, Katara, and Chairman of…

BRRAQ Takes Gr 1 Maktoum Challenge R1 at Meydan

07 Jan, 2021, Dubai, UAE ~ Racing at Meydan on Thursday evening, the first UAE fixture of 2021, was highlighted by the only Purebred Arabian race on the card, the opening 1600m Group 1 Al Maktoum Challenge R1 presented by Longines and won in determined fashion by Brraq (Mahabb x Fattana (FR) by Njewman (FR).…

RB MONEY TO BURN Seeks to Defend Al Maktoum Challenge at Meydan

6 January 2021, Dubai, UAE ~ Racing at Meydan on Thursday evening, the first UAE race meeting of 2021, is a six-race card sponsored by pillar partner Longines. The two features for the night are the opening round of the Purebred Arabian Maktoum Challenge and the UAE 1000 Guineas Trial for 3-year-old Thoroughbred fillies. The…

Congratulations to Winners of the Funniest Horse Photo Contest

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WINNERS! Horsereporter, in association with Trafalgar Square Books, offered two (2) books to be won by the funniest photo sent in before 21 December 2020. Thank you all for your entries of your funny, silly horse photos! Winners will receive one of the books below published by Trafalgar Square Books.          …

Lady Princess Lands Qatar Derby for Arabians at Doha

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Hellenistique Wins the Derby for Thoroughbreds20 December 2020, Doha, Qatar ~ Khalifa Bin Sheail Al Kuwari’s Lady Princess (General x Nacree Al Maury), second in the Qatar Derby last season, landed the Purebred Arabian feature QATAR DERBY (Gr2 PA for Purebred Arabians 4 Year Olds only) comfortably. Runner up behind Umm Qarn’s JABALAH (Al Mamun…

FEI Appoints Christina Abu-Dayyeh New Endurance Director

Ms Abu-Dayyeh will replace Manuel Bandeira De Mello (POR), who joined the FEI in 2014 as Endurance DirectorChristina Abu-Dayyeh (JOR) has been appointed as Endurance Director for the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI), the global governing body for equestrian sports. Ms Abu-Dayyeh, 31, has been Secretary General of the Royal Jordanian Equestrian Federation since 2017 and…

Shadwell Arabian Stallions Handicap Stakes Concludes the ARO Season at Wolverhampton

29 November 2020, UK ~ Six runners will contest the Shadwell Arabians Stallions (0-95) Handicap Stakes to be run at Wolverhampton on Monday 30 November. The nine-and-a-half-furlong contest will be the final race in the 2020 Arabian Racing Organisation (ARO) season. ARO Patron HH Sheikh Hamdan is well represented with five of the six runners,…

Paddys Day Proves Still the Best in Texas Arabian Stallion Stakes Gr 3

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    22 November 2020, Lone Star Park, Texas, USA ~ Paddys Day made short work of his six competitors in the 22 November, 1 mile, $30,000, Texas Arabian Stallion Stakes Gr 3 at Lone Star Park outside of Dallas, Texas. Nine-year-old mutliple champion Paddys Day made a bold start to the race and finished…

Lone Star Park Provides Top Weekend Arabian Racing

LONE STAR PARK – November 21, 2020 ~ On the Verge backed by Lucas Berticelli won his maiden race on 21 November during one of the last weekends at the Grand Prairie, Texas, Lone Star Park race track.  In a pack, five crowded to the front vying for control including WMA North Wind, Like Moulin Rouge,…

AL-TABARI Leads Four Home for Hammersley in the Equine Medirecord Handicap Stakes at Wolverhampton

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21 November 2020, Wolverhampton, UK ~ Local trainer Peter Hammersley had a night to remember with Al-Tabari leading home a one-two-three-four in the Equine MediRecord (0-70) Handicap Stakes at Wolverhampton on Saturday, 21 November. Owned by Hammerlsey’s wife Michelle, Al-Tabari was given another well-judged ride by Howard Cheng, drawing six and a half-lengths clear of…