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SPORT & LEISURE - HORSE RACING

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

Dubai World Cup promises special treat

Posted on 27/03/2004

More than 40,000 racegoers will savour the unique atmosphere that makes today's Dubai World Cup race meeting at Nad Al Sheba a special treat. The pagentry, colour and stylish hats will combine with the thundering action on track to make this day an unmissable highlight on the UAE sporting calendar. Over the years the Dubai World Cup race meeting, which features seven top-class races showcased by the $6 million Dubai World Cup itself, have provided so many memorable moments. Today's meeting ...  >>MORE

Classic re-match set to ignite Dubai World Cup

Posted on 27/03/2004

The world's most valuable thoroughbred race, the $6million Dubai World Cup (Gr 1), takes place at Nad Al Sheba racecourse today. But not surprisingly it appears, for the most part, to have developed into a mouth-watering re-match between Pleasantly Perfect and Medaglia d'Oro who fought out last year's Breeders' Cup Classic in Santa Anita. Not since the time Silver Charm and Swain waged a momentous battle in 1997, has there been the prospect of two contemporaries of the stature of these two ...  >>MORE

Emirates has a special Dubai World Cup package for every budget

Posted on 17/03/2004

Emirates, the Official Airline of the Dubai World Cup, is promoting this racing event with exceptional value-for-money packages. International customers have a choice of three first rate package deals – International Village, Millennium Terrace Hospitality and Al Dana Marquee Hospitality. These packages include a range of hotels and hospitality features to suit all pockets. All three packages offer meet-&-assist at the Dubai International Airport, transfers that include ...  >>MORE

Nizam clinches President's Cup

Posted on 09/02/2004

Trainer Alban de Mieulle and jockey David Bouland once again forged a winning partnership to land the richest race for Purebred Arabians here yesterday when Nizam comfortably won the His Highness The President's Cup. It was a grand double for the Qatari connections of Nizam as Alban and David had also combined to carry away the National Day Cup through Al Anood. A strong field of 14 runners in the Dh1 million race, the richest in the world for Purebred Arabians, Nizam captured the hearts of ...  >>MORE

Godolphin rides on Catstar for first win

Posted on 08/02/2004

Godolphin opened their account for the new season at the second attempt when Catstar ran out an impressive winner of the UAE 1000 Guineas under the flamboyant Frankie Dettori. Catstar also maintained Godolphin's unbeaten record in four runnings of the fillies 'classic', following up on the previous successes of Muwakkleh, Infinite Spirit and Mezzo Soprano. Making only her third career start, and first since finishing a competitive second to Attraction in the Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot ...  >>MORE

Rashid quartet bid for classic success

Posted on 04/02/2004

Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, leading owner in the UAE for the last three seasons, has provided another indication of his fiercely competitive nature. Not content with just winning the championship again, the sport-loving owner-rider is targeting some of the biggest prizes on offer during the Dubai Racing Carnival. This week he goes after his first success in the US$250,000 UAE 2000 Guineas with a quartet of horses prepared specifically with this prestigious race in mind. Sheikh ...  >>MORE

Star-studded line-up for Abu Dhabi championship

Posted on 06/01/2004

Reigning world champion Dermott Lennon of Ireland leads a strong field of riders who will tussle for supremacy in the CSI Three-star Abu Dhabi Championship starting tomorrow. Lennon is part of a star-studded entry list for the three-day championship to be held at the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, under the patronage of Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Director-General of the President's Office. "Apart from Lennon the other big names include Khalid Al Eid of Saudi Arabia, Jean Marc Nicolas of ...  >>MORE

Eau Royal set for seasonal debut

Posted on 04/01/2004

The stage is set for an intriguing battle for supremacy in the first feature event of the New Year here at the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club. The His Highness The President's Cup prep race has attracted some class runners including the UAE Arabian Derby winner Eau Royal who makes his seasonal debut today. Trainer Jill Duffield, who has already bagged the National Day Cup with Jiyush, will be hoping Eau Royal adds today's feature event to her kitty. The five-year-old son of Djel Bon makes his first ...  >>MORE

US$1m bonanza up for grabs at Abu Dhabi racecourse

Posted on 28/12/2003

The Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club is offering race enthusiasts the chance to win a staggering cash prize, with the launch of the 'US$1 Million Challenge.' This innovative competition challenges race goers, who will be presented one free ticket each, to correctly predict the first three finishers in all six races. In addition to one free entry upon admission, spectators may purchase additional entry forms. Last week's meeting at Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club was watched by hundreds of thousands of ...  >>MORE

Countdown to world's richest racing carnival begins

Posted on 15/10/2003

The Dubai Racing Club continues its' equine recruitment drive for the inaugural US$21,000,000 Dubai International Racing Carnival, with information brochures being sent to the leading racehorse owners and trainers around the globe. Dubai is preparing to welcome the elite of the world's racehorses to compete in the nine weeks of top class sporting action that is the Dubai International Racing Carnival. Beginning on January 29, the Dubai International Racing Carnival encompasses 55 races, of ...  >>MORE

Gala Dubai Racing Carnival next year

Posted on 15/09/2003

The internationalisation of horse racing has taken a giant leap forward with the announcement of the Dubai International Racing Carnival 2004. Massive prize money and generous incentives are associated with the two- month period, designed to entice leading owners and trainers from around the world to Dubai for an unprecedented nine weeks of international competition. In the coming weeks, leading trainers and owners throughout the world will be receiving a package detailing every aspect of ...  >>MORE

UAE Racing & Equestrian body comes in for all-round praise

Posted on 15/09/2003

Wilmington, Delaware - The UAE Racing & Equestrian Federation (UAE REF) have come in for generous praise from members of the Arabian Jockey Club and Eastern Arabian Racing Alliance for their strong support of the sport in North America. The Federation, under the chairmanship of Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chief of Abu Dhabi Crown Prince's Court and Chairman of UAE Equestrian and Racing Federation (UAE ERF), came to the rescue of the prestigious Arabian Stakes race at ...  >>MORE

100th for Godolphin!

Posted on 18/08/2003

Arlington, Chicago - Sulamani, ridden by American jockey David Flores for the first time, won a controversial running of the 21st Arlington Million in Chicago on Saturday, to provide Godolphin with their 100th Group/ Grade 1 winner. The four-year-old colt finished second behind Storming Home, but was awarded the race in the stewards' room following a protest by the riders of joint third placed Paolini and Kaieteur. Storming Home, ridden by Gary Stevens, appeared to have the race won ...  >>MORE

Maktoums quest for perfection leads to memorable milestone

Posted on 18/08/2003

It is said that if you really want something and are prepared to go in search of it, you can get it. Having relentlessly pursued their quest for worldwide success the Dubai-owned Godolphin stable on Saturday reached a major milestone when they claimed their 100th victory at the highest level. The remarkable achievement, which has come in the short span of ten years, is just reward for an operation that works tirelessly round the year. Created by General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, ...  >>MORE

Hamdan's Djourdan stars at Newbury

Posted on 22/07/2003

Newbury, England - The richest day in the European Arabian racing calendar, the Dubai International Race Day held under the patronage of Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Minister of Finance and Industry, proved a resounding success at a sun drenched Newbury racecourse on Sunday. Despite the day being the biggest sporting afternoon of the year in Britain with the F1 Grand Prix at Silverstone and the final day of the British Open golf at Sandwich, the record 10,000 ...  >>MORE

UAE Derby in Hamburg today

Posted on 05/07/2003

As many as 13 Purebred Arabian horses from different parts of Europe will by vying for The President of the UAE Challenge Derby Group I race, to be held in Hamburg, Germany today. Apart from the 13 runners in fray for the feature event, another 14 Purebred Arabian runners will contest the Abu Dhabi Championship Group I race, also to be staged on the same day. Both races are being organised by the UAE Equestrian and Racing Federation, according to a press release from the Federation. Run ...  >>MORE

Sheikh Ahmed's horse wins President's Arabian horse race

Posted on 30/06/2003

Ireland - Super Man Maury, owned by Sheikh Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, was ridden to brilliant victory to clinch the UAE Equestrian and Racing Federation Irish Arabian Hamdicap races held at Curragh Racecourse, Ireland, yesterday. Run over a distance of 1,600 metres, the race, exclusively featuring pure-bred Arabian horses aged five years and above, was sponsored by the UAE Federation in conjunction with the Curragh Racecourse, and was part of the races entitled 'The UAE President prize for ...  >>MORE

Horses are part of the nation's heritage: Sultan

Posted on 29/06/2003

Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman, UAE Equestrian and Racing Federation, has described the Purebred Arabian horses as part of the country's historical and cultural values. Sheikh Sultan made the remarks in his statement to the book 'The President of the UAE Prize for Pure-bred Arabians in Europe- 2003' released by the UAE Equestrian and Racing Federation to coincide with the beginning of The President of the UAE prize for Purebred Arabians which are being held annually ...  >>MORE

Sulamani bids for a perfect 100

Posted on 29/06/2003

Sulamani can supply Godolphin with a landmark 100th Group/Grade One success by taking today's Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud at France. Frankie Dettori takes the ride on the Hernando colt who will be making his second start for Godolphin since winning the Group 1 Dubai Sheema Classic at Nad Al Sheba in March. Godolphin, however, have indicated that Sulamani will not run if the ground conditions at Saint-Cloud are unsuitable. Godolphin have long stressed that the Group One King George VI & Queen ...  >>MORE

Maktoum runner coasts to victory

Posted on 22/06/2003

His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, saw his famous blue and white colours carried to victory at Royal Ascot on Friday when Shanty Star scored a popular victory in the Group 3 Queen's Vase run over a gruelling two miles. While it was Sheikh Maktoum's first winner at this year's Royal meeting it propelled winning trainer Mark Johnston to the top of the standings with five winners, the highest tally since John Dunlop ...  >>MORE

Godolphin off to a flying start

Posted on 18/06/2003

Godolphin emphatically bounced back to Group One winning form when Dubai Destination stormed home to win the Queen Anne Stakes, the featured race on the opening day of the Royal Ascot festival here yesterday. Always travelling well for Frankie Dettori, who has fond memories of the course, Dubai Destination hit the front inside the final furlong and left his rivals for dead as he crossed the finish line four lengths clear of Tillerman, with Right Approach, ridden by Kieren Fallon in the colours ...  >>MORE

Dettori aims for Royal record

Posted on 16/06/2003

Ascot, England - Godolphin's ever-ebullient pilot Frankie Dettori seeks to be toast of this year's Royal Ascot meeting given his promising book of rides for the five-day meeting starting here tomorrow. Dettori is likely to have as many as 19 rides in all, including plum bookings on leading Godolphin fancies Moon Ballad, Dubai Destination, Mamool and Highest and is rated a 11-4 close second favourite behind Kieren Fallon to capture the London Clubs Trophy for riding the most winners at the Royal ...  >>MORE

Godolphin aim high at Royal Ascot

Posted on 15/06/2003

Godolphin can exorcise the ghosts of what has, by their own high standards, been an unproductive season this far, when they bring out their firepower to contest the featured races at this week's prestigious Royal Ascot meeting. The Dubai-owned stable have nominated star performers Moon Ballad, Grandera, Mamool and Dubai Destination among a strong 11-horse entry in a determined bid to boost their tally of pattern race winners. Godolphin have yet to open their Group 1 account in England this year ...  >>MORE

Godolphin move base to Newmarket

Posted on 30/04/2003

Godolphin began their annual shifting of base from Dubai to England on Monday with the first batch of 30 horses being safely delivered to Newmarket's Moulton Paddocks ahead of this weekend's Guineas Festival. The powerful Maktoum-owned stable will complete the transfer this week with 30 more horses set to relocate to their European centre of operations. Godolphin will have their first runners of the year at Newmarket on Friday with New South Wales and Wilful set to launch their campaign ...  >>MORE

UAE Veterinarians to assist South African Equestrian Federation

Posted on 08/04/2003

Two senior veterinarians from the UAE Equestrian and Racing Federation have been invited by the South African National Equestrian Federation to assist them in two endurance rides which are being planned for this week, UAE Equestrian and Racing Federation announced in Abu Dhabi yesterday. Dr. Surendra Babu, Veterinary Officer and Dr. James Bryant, Advisor, Veterinary/ endurance and International Consultant to the UAE Federation' Secretary General will be visiting Dullstroom, which is situated ...  >>MORE

Danuta looks Oak solid

Posted on 03/04/2003

Promising filly Danuta was yesterday reported in 'great form' as she bids to land today's $250,000 UAE Oaks (Prestige), sponsored by the Melbourne Racing Club, and continue Godolphin's dominance of the Pattern races. The daughter of Sunday Silence caught the eye on her UAE debut in February when she dominated her eight rivals to win the Moonshell Mile (Prestige). Another convincing victory today will help secure her place in next month's Kentucky Oaks. Frankie Dettori takes the ride for trainer ...  >>MORE

Moon Ballad wins Dubai World Cup

Posted on 30/03/2003

The US$6million Dubai World Cup found another giant superstar yesterday when Frankie Dettori rode Moon Ballad to demolish a world-class field and give Godolphin their fourth victory in the world's richest horse race. For Dettori, one of racing's most colourful and admired personalities, it was his second success after an unforgettable triumph with Dubai Millennium in 2000. Harlan's Holiday, the big American hope, finished second under John Velazquez with joint favourite Nayef, last year's Group ...  >>MORE

Fashion steals slice of spotlight

Posted on 30/03/2003

While thousands of people were waiting anxiously for the gates to open and the horses to come thundering across the dirt track, a keen contest of a different kind was taking place, just past the Irish Village and the live-band stand. Women dressed in their Sunday best were waiting in line to parade their finery and hats, to a quartet of judges. The race wear ranged from the outlandish to the elegant, while feathers were the common choice for the hats. The judges for the "Fashions on the Field" ...  >>MORE

Festive mood sweeps race meeting

Posted on 30/03/2003

Nearly 70,000 people thronged Dubai's Nad Al Sheba race track to see the world's best horses race for a whopping prize. The largest single group were the Sudanese, some of whom had come from as far away as Khartoum. Many groups had come from Abu Dhabi with their wives and kids and were sitting on plastic mats poring over the race forms. There was a festive atmosphere at the track, though a little muted, because of the situation in the region. Tomoko Tanaka, a Japanese journalist, was ...  >>MORE

World’s richest race meet today

Posted on 29/03/2003

Its all systems go as Nad Al Sheba prepares to host the US$15.25 million Dubai World Cup race meet today. The world's richest race meet will boast a significant line up of the world's best horses. Adding further endorsement to the status of the event is the fact that out of the seven race cards five have been accorded Group 1 status by the International Classification Committee. The seven race spectacular culminates in the US$6 million Dubai World Cup event. Threatening to wrap up the title ...  >>MORE

If it's Dubai, it's possible

Posted on 29/03/2003

Welcome to Dubai, the home of Godolphin. The epicentre of modern day horse racing. And while you are here remember one thing: if it is Dubai, it is possible. The thought provides people with a sense of security. It is a good feeling in times like this. Life goes on, the future has been chalked out and the present is a journey which affords many experiences. In Dubai's case even more so. The path to progress can at times be desensitised. Too mechanical or too cold. So what does it take to walk ...  >>MORE

Nayef shows right signs in final work

Posted on 23/03/2003

Dubai World Cup favourite Nayef yesterday provided a sharp reminder of his potential with an impressive blowout over nine furlongs on the Nad Al Sheba dirt track. Under regular rider Richard Hills, Nayef was joined by Ekraar and it was impossible not to be impressed by his raking stride as the pair breezed past the finishing post. Few buttons were pressed but the indications were clear. Trainer Marcus Tregoning, watching from the grandstand, was equally impressed. Tregoning has targeted the ...  >>MORE

First O'Brien runner set for Dubai

Posted on 20/03/2003

Europe's most powerful flat trainer Aidan O'Brien is set to have his first ever runner in Dubai when the American-bred colt Delacroix contests the Group 2 US$2 million UAE Derby on next Saturday's Dubai World Cup card. O'Brien has a stable full of dirt-bred horses and in light of that the lightly raced Delacroix is an attention-grabbing choice for his maiden Dubai mission. The provisional list of runners expected to contest the fourth running of the UAE Derby, the richest purse on offer for ...  >>MORE

Eau Royal in class act

Posted on 17/03/2003

Richard Hills steered the Gill Duffield-trained Eau Royal to a superb win in the feature event of the evening and later went on to complete a double at the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club race course yesterday. Hills partnered Eau Royal to a fine win over Bint Belady in the His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Triple Crown – Round Three over a distance of 11 furlongs. In a thrilling race, Eau Royal, winner of Round One seemed to relish the turf here in the capital and more than made up for ...  >>MORE

Mohammed pleased with Classic

Posted on 09/03/2003

General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Minister of Defence, was satisfied with the progress made by the Dubai Desert Classic. Yesterday Sheikh Mohammed made his second visit in as many days to the event. "The tournament is good and it has been growing every year," Sheikh Mohammed told a group of reporters after visiting the media centre at the Desert Classic. "This has been a very successful tournament," he stressed. "Tiger Woods did not come this year. But ...  >>MORE

World Cup race as scheduled

Posted on 09/03/2003

Dubai World Cup Chairman Les Benton yesterday rubbished claims that the threat of war in the Middle East could scuttle plans to stage the $16.25 million Dubai World Cup meeting later this month. "The Dubai World Cup race meeting will go ahead as scheduled and we continue to have a huge interest from horses from all over the world," Benton told Gulf News. "A lot of the horses have arrived and others are on schedule to come over in the next week or so. As you can see we are going ahead with the ...  >>MORE

Grandera sounds Cup warning

Posted on 09/03/2003

Grandera, last year's world champion, had Godolphin dreaming of another famous Dubai World Cup victory when he won the final round of the Group 2 Maktoum Challenge, one of seven pattern races on yesterday's 'Super Saturday' card. Ridden by big race jockey Frankie Dettori the five-year-old son of Grand Lodge drew away from his six rivals at the two furlong pole to win eased down by half a length from Gundlefoot. "He will now head for the World Cup," trainer Saeed bin Suroor confirmed to Gulf ...  >>MORE

Godolphin out in force, four eye Kas El Dhaheb

Posted on 27/02/2003

A potential clash between Godolphin runners is on the cards as the all-powerful stable provide four of the ten runners in the inaugural running of the Kas El Dhaheb (Prestige), over a gruelling 2,800 metres at Nad Al Sheba tonight. The Al Quoz team is headed by Mamool, winner of the Queen's Vase at Royal Ascot last June, with others to take the eye from the yard comprising Pugin, 18th of 23 behind Media Puzzle in the Melbourne Cup, Millstreet, a two time winner when based in Ireland, and ...  >>MORE

Carnival race goers moonstruck

Posted on 14/02/2003

South Africa's Victory Moon produced a devastating turn of foot in the final furlong to land the $250,000 UAE 2,000 Guineas (Group 3) and snap Godolphin's stranglehold of the first leg of the Dubai Triple Crown. Victory Moon's performance had race fans rubbing their eyes in disbelief, the clock-watchers wondering if their stopwatches were working and some experts hailing him as a champion worthy of comparison with the race's past champions, Street Cry and Essence of Dubai. In less than the ...  >>MORE

Monsieur Al Maury triumphs

Posted on 03/02/2003

Gill Duffield's Monsieur Al Maury came up with a bold run to land the Group I 11th running of His Highness The President's Cup at the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club race course here yesterday. Monsieur Al Maury, ridden by Richard Hills, hit the front early in the 11-furlong race and then kept up the lead and pace even as favourite Nez D'Or faded away once inside the final stretch. Stablemate Iska Al Mels, trained by Kiaran McLaughlin and ridden by Willie Supple, kept company with Monsieur Al ...  >>MORE

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


Dubai World Cup promises special treat


Classic re-match set to ignite Dubai World Cup


Emirates has a special Dubai World Cup package for every budget


Nizam clinches President's Cup


Godolphin rides on Catstar for first win


Rashid quartet bid for classic success


Star-studded line-up for Abu Dhabi championship


Eau Royal set for seasonal debut


US$1m bonanza up for grabs at Abu Dhabi racecourse


Countdown to world's richest racing carnival begins


Gala Dubai Racing Carnival next year


UAE Racing & Equestrian body comes in for all-round praise


100th for Godolphin!


Maktoums quest for perfection leads to memorable milestone


Hamdan's Djourdan stars at Newbury


UAE Derby in Hamburg today


Sheikh Ahmed's horse wins President's Arabian horse race


Horses are part of the nation's heritage: Sultan


Sulamani bids for a perfect 100


Maktoum runner coasts to victory


Godolphin off to a flying start


Dettori aims for Royal record


Godolphin aim high at Royal Ascot


Godolphin move base to Newmarket


UAE Veterinarians to assist South African Equestrian Federation


Danuta looks Oak solid


Moon Ballad wins Dubai World Cup


Fashion steals slice of spotlight


Festive mood sweeps race meeting


World’s richest race meet today


If it's Dubai, it's possible


Nayef shows right signs in final work


First O'Brien runner set for Dubai


Eau Royal in class act


Mohammed pleased with Classic


World Cup race as scheduled


Grandera sounds Cup warning


Godolphin out in force, four eye Kas El Dhaheb


Carnival race goers moonstruck


Monsieur Al Maury triumphs