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SPORT & LEISURE - HORSE RACING

Dubai International Horse Fair races next month

Posted on 13/02/2008

The Dubai International Horse Fair (DIHF), the region's leading equestrian exhibition is set for its most prestigious edition ever in 2008. The event has grown every year since its launch in 2005 in numbers of exhibitors, features and official country participations. This year it will host for the first time an official French pavilion plus exhibitors from Japan and Singapore. Organised by Dubai World Trade Centre, DIHF will run from 20 - 22 March 2008 at the Dubai International Convention ...  >>MORE

Dubai to host world's richest ride

Posted on 07/01/2008

The Dubai Equestrian Club on Sunday unveiled the world's richest-ever endurance ride - the His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Endurance Cup 2008 - to be held at the Dubai International Endurance City on January 12. Addressing the press here at the Madinat Jumeirah, Saeed Al Tayer, vice-president of DEC, said 26 riders from all over the world have been invited for the Dh4 million ride with Omega as the title sponsor. The January 12 ride is a FEI CEI three-star 160km event and ...  >>MORE

Godolphin dominates in wooden powerboat race

Posted on 05/01/2008

Godolphin1, manned by Mohammed Al Roum and Marwan Al Ayali, emerged winner in the Emirates Championship of Traditional Wooden Powerboats (Shawaheef), held today at the Abu Dhabi Breakwater area and competed by 22 boats from the UAE and Kuwait. Abu Dhabi 2 team's boat, steered by Thani Al Qamzi and Majid Al Mansouri, came second. Salem Al Rumaithi, Assistant Director of Abu Dhabi International Club for Marine Sports, distributed prizes to the winners of the race. (Emirates News Agency, WAM) ...  >>MORE

Final races for President's prize in Germany tomorrow

Posted on 21/10/2007

The final round of horse races for H.H. President's prize will be held at the Baden-Baden Racecourse in Germany today. The prize is given in the Arabian horses' category. Located twenty miles from the French border on the German side of the Rhine, Baden Baden racecourse is the most popular in Germany. The two main racing festivals are in the Spring and the Autumn attracting runners from all over Europe and other countries, giving the racing a truly international flavour. (Emirates News ...  >>MORE

Work to begin on Meydan Racecourse

Posted on 19/09/2007

A joint venture between UAE-based Arabtec Construction and Malaysian builder WCT Engineering has confirmed that it won the Dh4.6 billion contract to build the UAE's new horseracing project, the Meydan Racecourse. The contract includes construction of a one-kilometre grandstand with capacity of up to 60,000, a luxury hotel, more than 10 restaurants, a museum and covered car parking with 10,000 spaces. Construction will begin immediately near Dubai's existing Nad Al Sheba course and take ...  >>MORE

Bin Shafya happy with UAE's show

Posted on 10/09/2007

Alcochette, Portugal - The European equestrian fraternity seemed to have become familiar with the UAE national anthem, which once again filled the air when Mubarak Khalifa Bin Shafya stood on the podium to extend the UAE's domination in the European Open endurance championships. Bin Shafya, representing the UAE for the first time, won the 160-km Open individual gold medal on Saturday, but the newly-appointed trainer-cum-manager of the Al Asaafa Endurance Stables, owned by His Highness Sheikh ...  >>MORE

5th round of UAE President's Cup for Arabian Horses kicks off in Moscow

Posted on 26/08/2007

In line with the directives of President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, as well as with direct supervision from Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, Chairman of the UAE Equestrian and Racing Federation, the fifth round of the Arabian horse racing kicked off today at Moscow racetracks. The races which are aimed at making foray into Russian Arabian horse ...  >>MORE

Dubai Women’s College students make up the country’s first all female horse riding team

Posted on 15/08/2007

They're under starter's orders… and they're off! A group of young Emirati women have set up the country's first all female horse riding team. Arabyana is a trailblazing initiative thought up by six young Dubai Women's College students who share a passion for horses and they hope, eventually, to represent the UAE in equestrian and endurance events both locally and internationally. "UAE women are making their mark in every field, so why not in this sport, too?” said Hanan Abdullah Al Muhairi, ...  >>MORE

Dubai World Cup produces five of world's top racehorses: WTRR

Posted on 15/08/2007

The Dubai World Cup meeting has officially produced five of the top six racehorses in the world, according to the World Thoroughbred Racehorse Rankings (WTRR) for 2006-07. The now-retired Invasor (rated 129) claims overall champion status by virtue of his imperious performance in beating Premium Tap (125) in the Dubai World Cup, sponsored by Emirates. The International Federation of Horseracing Authorities' list is compiled by a panel of handicappers from major racing nations. It covers horses ...  >>MORE

Arabian Horse racing in Belgium today

Posted on 15/08/2007

In line with the directives of President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, as well as with direct supervision from Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, Chairman of the UAE Equestrian and Racing Federation, the fourth round of the Arabian horse racing will be held at the Ostende race track in Belgium today. The event falls in the series of races for the ...  >>MORE

Dubai World Cup in March next year

Posted on 10/08/2007

The 2008 Dubai World Cup will be held on Saturday, March 29,2008 after the Board of Directors for the Emirates Racing Authority yesterday released fixtures for the 2007-08 UAE racing season. The world's richest day's racing, sponsored by Emirates Airline, will be the highlight of 49 race meetings this season, hosted by the four racing clubs of the United Arab Emirates, the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Dubai Racing Club, Jebel Ali Racecourse and Sharjah Equestrian and Racing Club. The season ...  >>MORE

Ramonti rises for Godolphin

Posted on 20/06/2007

Ascot, Berkshire - Godolphin's long wait for a first Group 1 success of the season ended in dramatic fashion at Royal Ascot yesterday when Frankie Dettori delivered a masterly performance aboard Ramonti to snatch the Queen Anne Stakes. The Italian appeared to find no more in the ex-Italian horse as he was passed by Jeremy and Turtle Bowl on either side approaching the final furlong, but forced Ramonti to dig deep into his reserves and come up with a final thrust. George Washington, last ...  >>MORE

Sheikh Hamdan's Invasor rides to top of the world

Posted on 01/04/2007

American Horse of the Year Invasor joined an elite group of great champions who have won the US$6 million Dubai World Cup, the richest race in the world, when he triumphed in majestic fashion last evening. Bred in Argentina, Invasor rallied late under his 19-year-old Panamanian jockey Fernando Jara, to rein in Saudi Arabian challenger Premium Tap, and go on to win by one and three-quarter lengths. The winner was supplying Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and ...  >>MORE

Dubai ushers in new horse racing era

Posted on 31/03/2007

The future of horse racing in Dubai was unveiled yesterday with pomp and ceremony on the Beach Arena at Mina Salaam, Madinat Jumeirah. And it looked radiant. In two and a half years time Dubai will have a state-of-the-art horse racing city called Meydan inclusive of luxury hotels and a sky-bubble restaurant, entertainment clubs, a concourse plaza, iconic towers and a boat-house. The timing could not have been better, with Dubai set to host the $6 million Dubai World Cup, the world's ...  >>MORE

Region's first horse-whispering workshops held in Dubai

Posted on 24/03/2007

A series of workshops on Horse-Whispering Techniques were held by Dubai Ladies Club, a Member of Dubai Women Establishment at the Dubai Polo Club. The workshops which are patronized by Sheikha Manal Bint Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, wife of Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Presidential Affairs, President of Dubai Women Establishment, put emphasis on Developing Leadership and Psychosocial Skills as part of Sheikha Manal's Complete Women Program agenda. The session will ...  >>MORE

Cat favoured for Dubai World Cup

Posted on 22/03/2007

Godolphin's Discreet Cat was installed the favourite to win next Saturday's $6 million Dubai World Cup even as his biggest threat, American Horse of the Year Invasor, landed in Dubai on Wednesday. English bookmakers Coral were offering odds of 6/5 for the unbeaten four-year-old following his impressive gallop at Nad Al Sheba racecourse last Saturday. Invasor, who won four Grade 1 races on the trot culminating in his sensational victory in the Breeders' Cup Classic last November, is a ...  >>MORE

Ajman Stud sweep contest

Posted on 11/02/2007

The Ajman Stud drove away with most of the six Hummers and seven 4-wheel drives and clinched a major portion of the Dh400,000 prize money on offer at the sixth ECAHO National Arabian Horse Championship that ended here on Friday. Purebred Arabians bred by the Ajman Stud were the most attractive as fans of the Arabian breed cheered each and every movement by the fine creatures. Ajman Stud won in 8 of the 11 different classes and then went on to dominate the special awards too. Deska Hje won ...  >>MORE

Sultan bin Zayed receives Egyptian horse farmers

Posted on 05/01/2007

Sheikh Sultan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of Emirates Heritage Club - EHC- received yesterday Egyptian horse farmers on the sidelines of the International Endurance Festival which started today's early morning at Emirates International Budthib Endurance Village. During the meeting, heritage, equestrian and horse farming issues were discussed. Egyptian visitors expressed appreciation to Sheikh Sultan for inviting them to the festival and paid tribute to the ...  >>MORE

Nashmi receives another pat on the back

Posted on 15/12/2006

Nashmi, the nine-year-old horse that carried Shaikh Rashid Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum to an Asian Games gold medal and also helped him complete a double gold-winning act, is one of the favourite endurance horses of His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. Both Shaikh Mohammad and Shaikh Rashid garlanded the equine star with the gold medal and gave him a much-deserved pat after the memorable win. "Nashmi ...  >>MORE

Golden double for UAE

Posted on 15/12/2006

The UAE endurance riders led by Shaikh Rashid Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum created history at the 15th Asian Games yesterday. Fighting against all odds, the UAE team proved their superiority by winning the individual gold and bronze medals. But more importantly, they created sporting history by becoming the first quartet of brothers to be in a gold-medal winning team. The UAE team featured the four sons of His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime ...  >>MORE

Electrocutionist wins Dubai World Cup

Posted on 26/03/2006

Godolphin's Electrocutionist came from behind to win the world's richest horse race in a thrilling encounter. Ridden by Frankie Dettori and trained by Saeed bin Suroor, Electrocutionist galloped to take away a cash prize of 3.6 million US Dollars. (Emirates News Agency, WAM) ...  >>MORE

Dubai World Cup a source of pride, says Mansour bin Zayed

Posted on 26/03/2006

The world's richest race - the Dubai World Cup - has become the favourite meeting place for the world's racing fraternity, said Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Presidential Affairs. Sheikh Mansour, who is also Chairman of the Emirates Horse Racing Authority (EHRA), praised the great support given to the sport by President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai. "Dubai World ...  >>MORE

Huge national and international support for the Dubai International Arabian Horse Championship 2005

Posted on 02/04/2005

The Dubai International Arabian Horse Championship 2005 has been a resounding success. Now in its second year, it has built on its inauguration in 2004 by attracting a strong national and international sponsorship. The Championship, which ended on Wednesday, has been designed to highlight the authenticity, endurance and beauty attributes of each entry with authorised judges from the European Conference of Arab Horse Organisation evaluating the beauty and performance specifications of each ...  >>MORE

Sultan and Hamdan attend final ceremony of Arabian Horse Championship

Posted on 01/04/2005

Sheikh Sultan bin Zayed Al Nahyan , Deputy Prime Minister and Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Deputy Ruler and Minister of Finance and Industry, have attended on Wednesday the closing ceremony of the Dubai Arabian Horse Championship. The ceremony was also attended by Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, Sheikh Saud bin Rashid Al Mualla,Crown Prince of Umm al-Qaiwain, Sheikh Ammar bin Humaid Al Nu'aimi, Crown Prince of Ajman, sheikhs and ...  >>MORE

Hamdan bin Rashid inaugurates horse fair

Posted on 28/03/2005

Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Deputy Ruler and Minister of Finance and Industry, yesterday inaugurated the Dubai International Horse Fair which coincides with the opening of the second Dubai International Arabian Horse Championship. Over 133 specialised companies from 16 countries are taking part in the fair which showcases all equine-related equipment and services such as stable items, training and competitive racing gears. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM) ...  >>MORE

Roses in May blossoms in Dubai World Cup

Posted on 27/03/2005

Roses in May ridden by John Velasquez, powers to victory in the US$6 million (Dh22 million) Dubai Cup, the world's richest race. His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Ministers of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, accompanied by Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Deputy Ruler and Minister of Finance and Industry, and General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Minister of Defence, presents the Dubai World Cup to Kenneth L. ...  >>MORE

A Dubai hat trick

Posted on 27/03/2005

Anett Wockenfuss (right), adjudged the Best Dressed Lady, and Asha James (left), the runner-up for the Damas and Saks Fifth Avenue Fashions event, at the races yesterday. (The Gulf News) ...  >>MORE

World's richest race meeting on track for tenth running

Posted on 26/03/2005

At precisely 5pm this evening the curtain will come up for the tenth running of the richest race meeting in the world the Dubai World Cup with the staging of the Kahayla Classic for Purebred Arabians. (The Gulf News) ...  >>MORE

Carnival set to smash records

Posted on 20/12/2004

A record number of international horses will be arriving in Dubai over the next month as the countdown begins to the start of the richest horseracing carnival in the world the 2005 Dubai International Racing Carnival. The event kicks off on January 20 with the US$200,000 (around Dh735,000) first round of the His Highness Sheikh Maktoum Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Challenge (Group 3). Worth a whopping US$25 million (around Dh91.87 million) in prize money an increase by US$4 million (around Dh14.7 ...  >>MORE

Arabian Derby to be held in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 25/10/2004

The UAE Arabian Derby for Purebred Arabians has been shifted to Abu Dhabi. The capital will now stage a total of 15 race meetings during the 2004-05 UAE flat racing season. Speaking to Gulf News yesterday, Adnan Sultan Al Nuaimi, Director General of Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club (ADEC), said apart from the Derby for Purebred Arabian horses, which will be run at the ADEC's turf course for the first time, the newly-introduced Abu Dhabi Classic races for three-year-old colts and fillies bred in ...  >>MORE

Maktoum attends King George race

Posted on 25/07/2004

H.H Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai attended the King George horse race which kicked off in London yesterday in the presence of Queen Elizabeth II of Britain. The race was also attended by Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Deputy Ruler and Minister of Finance and Industry, General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and Minister of Defence in addition to a number of sheikhs and dignitaries. At the end of the ...  >>MORE

A Royal win for Sheikh Hamdan

Posted on 19/07/2004

Newbury, England: Eau Royal fittingly won the featured £163;20,000 Dubai International Stakes before a record crowd of 12,200 at the second running of the Dubai International Arabian Race Day at Newbury yesterday. Held under the patronage of Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Minister of Finance and Industry, the meet is the biggest day of the European Arabian racing calendar. The racegoers enjoyed a terrific afternoon of high-class Arabian racing. Eau Royal, ...  >>MORE

Emirates signs as main sponsor of Australia's top horse race

Posted on 06/07/2004

Emirates yesterday announced it has signed a seven-year partnership deal with the Victoria Racing Club (VRC) to become the main sponsor of Australia's top horse race, now named the Emirates Melbourne Cup. The Emirates Melbourne Cup, run on 2nd November, is the highlight of the annual Melbourne Cup Carnival race meeting at Flemington Race Course which will be held between 30th October and 6th November. At a press conference yesterday, Ghaith al Ghaith, Emirates' Executive Vice President ...  >>MORE

Etihad Airways sponsors Arabian horse show

Posted on 13/06/2004

Etihad Airways in order to encourage the Arab tradition of horse breeding has sponsored an Arabian international horse festival being held at Lingfield Park, near London. For centuries, the purebred Arabian horse has stood as a proud symbol of the desert and the Arab culture. The breed is known for its speed, stamina, spirit and renowned loyalty. Through many wars and countless campaigns, these attributes of the Arabian horse helped shape the history and culture of much of the Middle East, ...  >>MORE

DWTC venue for Dubai International Arabian Horse Championship

Posted on 17/05/2004

In the light of the undoubted success of the inaugural Dubai International Arabian Horse Championships (DIAHC), the Organising Committee of the DIAHC has decided to make the Dubai World Trade Centre Complex (DWTC) its official venue for future editions of the championship till the year 2010. The DIAHC will also be shifting its management office to the DWTC Complex. The event will take place at the DWTC from 27 to 30 March 2005. Running alongside the championship will be an exhibition titled ...  >>MORE

Rashid honoured for Triple Crown success

Posted on 03/04/2004

Sheikh Rashid bin Hamdan Al Maktoum, who emerged overall champion after the end of three rounds in the Triple Crown Endurance Series, was felicitated here on Thursday night. In a gala honouring ceremony, the young Sheikh Rashid cut a celebratory cake to mark his first major triumph in endurance racing. Sheikh Rashid extended his run of consistent performances when he finished seventh in the 140-km third leg of the Triple Crown, ahead of Rashed Hamad Al Suwaidi, his only rival for the title. ...  >>MORE

Battle for UAE jockey's title hots up

Posted on 03/04/2004

Now that the dust has settled on the Dubai World Cup meeting, the spotlight shifts to the domestic season where the battle for the jockeys' championship appears to be the focal point of a tremendous card at Nad Al Sheba tonight. Richard Mullen, looking for his first ever title, goes into today's meeting with a slender one-point advantage over three-time UAE champion Ted Durcan, with another former champion Willie Supple, just four winners behind. Few race meetings will be more important to the ...  >>MORE

UAE, Saudi-owned horses steal show at Arabian Championships

Posted on 31/03/2004

UAE and Saudi Arabia-owned horses secured top honours at the Dubai International Arabian Horse Championships held at the Dubai World Trade Centre yesterday. Prince Khalid bin Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud claimed a double, winning two of the four prestigious championships with Moutaz Al Biwaibiya and WN Fawn Obsession. Saudi-bred Moutaz Al Biwaibiya was named overall winner in the Junior Colts category, while Brazilian-bred WN Fawn Obsession topped the Senior Mares division. Reserve ...  >>MORE

Pleasantly Perfect wins world’s richest horse race

Posted on 28/03/2004

Pleasantly Perfect, the hero of last year's Breeders' Cup Classic, further established his claims to be the best middle distance horse in the world when winning the US$6 million Dubai World Cup (Group 1) with a colossal effort at Nad Al Sheba yesterday evening. In a classic rematch of the Santa Anita classic, Pleasantly Perfect maintained his superiority over rival American Medaglia d'Oro in a race that will probably go down as one of the best, most riveting and significant in its nine-year ...  >>MORE

Rich and famous jostle for fashion honours on the greens

Posted on 28/03/2004

As thoroughbreds were thundering along the Nad Al Sheba tracks for the US$6million Dubai World Cup honours yesterday, an equally elegant race took place in the nearby greens. Nearly 200 women in their exquisite dresses signed up as early as 2pm for the 'Fashions on the Field'. The scene next to the Bubble Lounge was one of frenetic activity with women parading in their finery and hats. By around 4.45pm, only 24 ladies were left. As some 60,000 racing aficionados picked the seven finest ...  >>MORE

Journalists hail DTCM's media centre facilities at Dubai World Cup

Posted on 28/03/2004

The Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing's (DTCM) press office facilities at the Dubai World Cup were applauded and hailed as a great convenience. The office was a useful, authentic source of information for local, regional and international media. The visitors at the Nad Al Sheba also had pleasant surprise as DTCM erected a temporary miniature Heritage Village showcasing the UAE's culture and heritage. DTCM Manager Events, Marwan bin Beyat said Dubai World Cup is an ...  >>MORE

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Dubai International Horse Fair races next month


Dubai to host world's richest ride


Godolphin dominates in wooden powerboat race


Final races for President's prize in Germany tomorrow


Work to begin on Meydan Racecourse


Bin Shafya happy with UAE's show


5th round of UAE President's Cup for Arabian Horses kicks off in Moscow


Dubai Women’s College students make up the country’s first all female horse riding team


Dubai World Cup produces five of world's top racehorses: WTRR


Arabian Horse racing in Belgium today


Dubai World Cup in March next year


Ramonti rises for Godolphin


Sheikh Hamdan's Invasor rides to top of the world


Dubai ushers in new horse racing era


Region's first horse-whispering workshops held in Dubai


Cat favoured for Dubai World Cup


Ajman Stud sweep contest


Sultan bin Zayed receives Egyptian horse farmers


Nashmi receives another pat on the back


Golden double for UAE


Electrocutionist wins Dubai World Cup


Dubai World Cup a source of pride, says Mansour bin Zayed


Huge national and international support for the Dubai International Arabian Horse Championship 2005


Sultan and Hamdan attend final ceremony of Arabian Horse Championship


Hamdan bin Rashid inaugurates horse fair


Roses in May blossoms in Dubai World Cup


A Dubai hat trick


World's richest race meeting on track for tenth running


Carnival set to smash records


Arabian Derby to be held in Abu Dhabi


Maktoum attends King George race


A Royal win for Sheikh Hamdan


Emirates signs as main sponsor of Australia's top horse race


Etihad Airways sponsors Arabian horse show


DWTC venue for Dubai International Arabian Horse Championship


Rashid honoured for Triple Crown success


Battle for UAE jockey's title hots up


UAE, Saudi-owned horses steal show at Arabian Championships


Pleasantly Perfect wins world’s richest horse race


Rich and famous jostle for fashion honours on the greens


Journalists hail DTCM's media centre facilities at Dubai World Cup