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SPORT & LEISURE - HORSE RACING

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

World's best invited for Dubai World Cup

Posted on 29/01/2003

Invitations have been sent around the globe enticing connections of racing's best horses to Dubai for the US$15,250,000 Dubai World Cup programme, the world's richest race meeting, at Nad Al Sheba on March 29. Over 80 invitations were issued from the Dubai World Cup Committee after the nomination increased to 1,401. When second nominations closed on January 15, this figure represents a rise of 15 per cent on 2002 and 25 per cent on 2001. The Dubai World Cup, sponsored by Emirates airline, ...  >>MORE

Four-member panel to organise equestrian games

Posted on 07/01/2003

The Board of Directors of the UAE Equestrian and Racing Federation has decided to form a four-member committee to oversee the organisation of equestrian competitions. The committee, formed under the directives of the Board Chairman Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, will be engaged in formulating general policies for all equestrian sports which are being conducted under the patronage of the Federation, introducing new plans and programmes, approving rules and regulations of equestrian ...  >>MORE

Dutch horse clinches UAE President's cup in Holland

Posted on 11/07/2002

Dutch-bred horse Paradox T, owned and trained by H. Otermans and ridden by Raymond Chang, has clinched the President of the UAE Challenge Derby race. In the 2000-metre race event , the horse was a comfortable winner by two lengths over Klass Man, a French horse trained by Mrs. Sandrine Tarro. Another French-bred horse Nue at Reine came in third. Ten horses from different parts of Europe ran in the Championship race. The UAE Equestrian and Racing Federation had sponsored three races at the ...  >>MORE

Hamdan horses strike it rich

Posted on 23/06/2002

Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Minister of Finance and Industry, saw his colours carried to victory in two of the featured races on the concluding day of the 2002 Royal Ascot Meeting including a monumental victory by Malhub in the £250,000 Golden Jubilee Stakes. Malhub, a disappointing ninth behind Black Minnaloushe in last year's St. James Palace Stakes at this course, won yesterday's grand finale by one and half lengths from Danehurst with Godolphin's Three ...  >>MORE

UAE President Prize Race in Morocco on May 24

Posted on 23/05/2002

The prestigious H.H. President of the UAE Prize race series will be held in Rabat, Morocco, on May 24. This prestigious race series, which started off with a race meeting in Egypt on April 21, will have the second leg in Rabat, according to a press release issued by the UAE Equestrian and Racing Federation. Organised by the Federation, two races will be held on the race day in Rabat. The H.H. the President of the UAE Prize is open to pure-bred Arabian horses registered with WAHO and will run ...  >>MORE

Dubai World Cup horse race winner

Posted on 28/03/2002

Over 70,000 people attended the major Dubai horseracing event The Dubai World Cup 2002. Street Cry ridden by jockey Jerry Bailey won the $6 million Dubai World Cup, the world's richest horse race. Dubai's Sakhee came third and Japanese horse Sei Mi came second. Frankie Dettori who rode Sakee said 'We all thought it was Sakhee, but it was not, he runs better on turf.' http://www.dubaiworldcup.com ...  >>MORE

World Cup joy for Street Cry

Posted on 24/03/2002

Street Cry left his rivals trailing in the dirt even as jockey Jerry Bailey underlined his credentials as the best in the business in the $6 million Dubai World Cup, the richest horse race on earth. So emphatic was Street Cry's performance that he left the much fancied Sakhee and Sei Mi trailing in third and second place respectively. Jerry Bailey in a wonderful display of horsemanship guided the son of Machiavellian through on the fence. It was a display which prompted trainer Saed bin Suroor ...  >>MORE

World’s richest horse race in Dubai tonight

Posted on 23/03/2002

The US$15.25 million Dubai World Cup, the richest race meeting on the planet, will be held tonight at Nad Al Sheba with the organisers hoping for a rain-free night. However, an expected crowd of 50,000 can be assured of some terrific action with six supporting races packed with top local and international runners. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai; Sheikh Hamdam bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai ...  >>MORE

Sharjah Arabian horse festival attracts the best

Posted on 22/03/2002

One hundred and seventy superb examples of equine excellence were put through their paces at The third Sharjah Arabian Horse Festival, which concluded at the Sharjah Equestrian and Racing Club yesterday. The event, attended by His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, last night, featured 16 classes, each featuring between seven and 12 horses. The two-day show was organised by Sharjah International Airport under the chairmanship of ...  >>MORE

Japan set to challenge Dubai in World Cup horse race

Posted on 21/03/2002

The Dubai World Cup horse race with the challenge for the $6 million Dubai World Cup takes place on Saturday 23 March at the Nad Al Sheba track in Dubai. This year the Japanese contenders have offered a strong challenge to Dubai's Godolphin stable, which is fielding the favourite Sakhee as well as Street Cry. ‘We're here to beat the champ,' declared Toshiaki Shirai, the Japanese trainer of Agnes Digital, although the horse has not run before on dirt over 2000 meters. Godolphin's Sakee will ...  >>MORE

UAE equestrian begins today

Posted on 21/03/2002

The UAE Equestrian Show, the region's only official trade show dedicated to the equine world, starts today at Nad Al Sheba race course. The Equestrian Show, which is held under the patronage of Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Minister of Finance and Industry, and support of the Dubai Racing Club, UAE Equestrian and Racing Federation and Emirates Racing Association, has also been extended a day to include Dubai World Cup, the world's richest horse race which takes ...  >>MORE

Strong Godolphin provisional entry for Dubai World Cup

Posted on 17/03/2002

Godolphin announced a formidable list of 23 provisional runners for next Saturday's Dubai World Cup meeting, including Best of the Bests who goes for his second US$6 million Dubai World Cup (Group 1). There were few surprises in the list, although the notable absentees were impressive UAE 1,000 Guineas winner Infinite Spirit and runner-up Tempera, and the much-touted Dubai Destination. Godolphin's runners for the big meet has been the subject of some discussion, and much speculation, but the ...  >>MORE

Record entries for Dubai World Cup horse race

Posted on 31/01/2002

Nominations have reached a record high at the second entry stage for the 2002 Dubai World Cup, (DWC), scheduled to be held at Nad Al Sheba racecourse on March 23, it was announced on 29 January. The DWC Committee has received a total of 1,181 entries for the seven races, a 12 per cent increase on 2001, including nominations for the first time from South Africa and Norway. The Dubai World Cup Committee Chairman said that a the Dubai World Cup this year 'We have horses from 25 different ...  >>MORE

Record entries for world's richest race meet

Posted on 30/01/2002

A spectacular race meeting is in prospect for the 2002 Dubai World Cup at Nad Al Sheba racecourse on March 23, with nominations having reached a record high at the second entry stage yesterday. One could detect strength in numbers when surveying the profusion of entries, including first-time nominations from South Africa and Norway. The DWC Committee have received a total of 1,181 entries for the seven races, an increase of 12 per cent on the total amount received last year. Dubai World Cup ...  >>MORE

Mohammed to receive U.S. racing award

Posted on 24/01/2002

General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Minister of Defence, was chosen on 20 January to receive a Special Eclipse Award of Merit in recognition of his contribution and achievements in both racing and philanthropy. The award was given to him by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), the organisation that controls horse racing in the United States. The awards are held in Miami, Florida, USA on 18 February. >>MORE

Mohammed to receive U.S. racing award

Posted on 21/01/2002

General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Minister of Defence, has been chosen to receive a Special Eclipse Award of Merit in recognition of his outstanding contribution and achievements in both racing and philanthropy. The honour has been bestowed on him by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), the body that controls horse racing in the United States. Sheikh Mohammed was selected to receive the distinguished award by a committee comprising ...  >>MORE

The Godolphin Gallery re-opens

Posted on 14/01/2002

Previously unseen memorabilia has been added to the glittering array of trophies, photographs and interactive audio-visual presentations that line the walls of The Godolphin Gallery which re-opened this week following a recent revamp. The inspiration of His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and the Ruler of Dubai, The Godolphin Gallery was opened on Dubai World Cup Day in 1999. It is named, like the racing stable, after the Godolphin ...  >>MORE

Hazza and Rashid lead strong field

Posted on 01/01/2002

Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed Al Maktoum will be leading a strong pack of UAE riders in Thursday's National Cup Endurance. The 120-km ride at the Al Wathba Endurance Village, is this season's first 'Star' category ride and over 60 riders have so far entered in this 'Two Star' ride. The UAE Equestrian and Racing Federation along with the FEI have rated rides according to their status and importance and these events will be given a 'Star' rating. Sheikh ...  >>MORE

Rashid wins endurance horse race

Posted on 27/12/2001

Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed Al Maktoum had his third win on Maradon, a horse trained by Ismaeel Mohammed, in a two-day 200-km Endurance Ride on 20 December. ...  >>MORE

First Emirates Giants Endurance Rides today

Posted on 26/12/2001

General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and UAE Defence Minister, Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Director General of the President's Office, are expected to take part in the first body weight endurance ride of the season to be held today at the Federation Endurance Village, Seih Assalem, Dubai. The Emirates first giants endurance championship, for riders of 80 kg body weight, is being organised by the UAE Equestrian and Racing ...  >>MORE

Sheikh Zayed's horse racing festival to be held in Egypt

Posted on 25/12/2001

The Higher Authority for Egyptian Horse Racing today said that the UAE Horse Racing Federation approved the holding of horse racing festival in Egypt in the name of President H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al Nahyan. Riders will compete for a trophy of 100,000 Egyptian pounds in four difference races. The first prize of 40,000 pounds will be for the Sheikh Zayed cup, the second 25,000 pounds for Abu Dhabi cup, the third 20,000 pounds for Al Nahyan cup and the fourth of 15,000 pounds will be for ...  >>MORE

Sheikh Rashid wins Nestle Endurance Horse Race

Posted on 20/12/2001

Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed Al Maktoum won the two-day Nestle Challenge Endurance race, which ended here today at the UAE Equestrian Federation's Endurance Village at Seih Assalam after beating 19 other contestants who took part in today's stages of the annual race. Ali Al Muahiri, placed second, while the third and fourth places were occupied by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum and Mohammed Ali Al Sha'afar respectively. Today's 100km race was run in four stages of 29, 26, 26 and ...  >>MORE

Godolphin's Sakhee to run in Dubai World Cup in March

Posted on 22/11/2001

Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner Sakhee will lead a four-horse entry for General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum's Godolphin stables in the ($6 million) Dh22million Dubai World Cup (Group I) to be run at Nad Al Sheba on March 23, 2002. http://www.dubaiworldcup.com, http://www.sheikhmohammed.co.ae, http://www.godolphin.com ...  >>MORE

Sheikh Mohammed lead UAE to double gold

Posted on 30/09/2001

Defending team champions the UAE not only retained the title in style but also swept the individual championship with a one-two finish to assert their supremacy in the 160-km European Open Endurance Championship in Perugia, Italy yesterday. The architect of the UAE superb double triumph was General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Minister of Defence. In 1999 in Spain-Portugal, Sheikh Mohammed was one of the three riders who completed and carried the UAE to the ...  >>MORE

UAE gear up to defend title

Posted on 29/09/2001

General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and UAE Defence Minister leads a strong UAE team in defence of the team gold in today's 160-km European Open Endurance Championship in Perugia, Italy. Sheikh Mohammed, who arrived in Perugia yesterday afternoon, straight away went to the ride site and began training on Nelson 1, the 15-year-old Bay Gelding which won the 1997 European Open ride in Rome. Speaking to reporters on arrival at the Perugia airport, Sheikh Mohammed ...  >>MORE

Sheikh Mohammed leads strong UAE endurance squad

Posted on 19/09/2001

A strong UAE squad led by General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Minister of Defence will pit their skills against the world's top riders in the September 29 FEI European Open Endurance Championship in Perugia, Italy. According to the list of confirmed entries made available from the ride's organisers in Italy, the UAE team, who are defending team champions, will be led by Sheikh Mohammed. The other team members are Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, Sheikh ...  >>MORE

Sheikh Hamdan excels; UAE riders capture silver in world championship

Posted on 09/09/2001

Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum was in superb form as he finished first, ahead of 81 riders from 17 countries in the inaugural World Endurance Championship for Junior riders held in Villacastin, Spain here yesterday. Sheikh Hamdan was a member of the UAE team, and his fantastic performance helped the team fetch the world junior silver behind hosts Spain. Sheikh Hamdan finished the ride in six hours and 11 seconds with younger brother Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al ...  >>MORE

Zayed's prize horse race starts in Germany

Posted on 02/09/2001

A horse race in which 16 Arabian thoroughbreds will fight for Zayed's prize started today in the German town of Baden. The prize is named after President H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al Nahyan. Eyes are on Mashhour owned by H.H. Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces. A prize of 50,000 German Marks will be given to the winners of the first round being held under the title Abu Dhabi International, while 50,000 Marks was to be ...  >>MORE

UK double for Sheikh Hamdan

Posted on 12/08/2001

Nayef rediscovered his Classic touch with a thumping victory under Richard Hills in the Group 3 Rose of Lancaster Stakes at Haydock yesterday, to anchor a nice UK double for Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Minister of Finance and Industry. At Newmarket Muklah won the Listed Milcars Sweet Solera Stakes in an equally impressive fashion for Willie Supple. The daughter of Singspiel, who is bred at the Sheikh Hamdan-owned Shadwell Stud drew away up the hill to ...  >>MORE

Sheikh Mohammed leads UAE endurance sweep

Posted on 31/07/2001

General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Minister of Defence led a UAE sweep at the Villacastin Endurance Ride in Spain last evening. While Sheikh Mohammed led a 1-2-3 finish of UAE riders in the 102 km category, Saeed Abdullah Al Kitbi cantered home to win the 120-kilometre ride at the Gasparibnez Endurance Club in Villacastin, Segova about 80 kilometres north west of Madrid. Riding Karavan, Sheikh Mohammed was in the top bunch for most of the four-stage ride. ...  >>MORE

Hamdan likely to attend Emirates Challenge Stakes in Germany

Posted on 11/07/2001

Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Minister of Finance and Industry, is expected to attend the Emirates' Challenge Stakes at Frankfurt this Saturday, organisers announced yesterday. The Emirates Challenge Stakes is a day-long racing extravaganza that aims to promote Purebred Arabian racing in Germany. Seven races will be held at the vintage Frankfurt Race Club at Niederad, with six of them dedicated to Arabian Horses. The seventh race is and exhibition ...  >>MORE

Dubai horse storms home in style at Ascot

Posted on 23/06/2001

Storming Home impressively upheld the Epsom Derby form yesterday when striding up the straight at Royal Ascot to win the King Edward VII Stakes by a convincing one and a quarter lengths. "He certainly came storming home. He is a very good horse," beaming jockey Michael Hills said after the colt's convincing victory at odds of 9-2. Second at 12-1 was Snowstorm with the 20-1 outsider Theatre Script a further three quarters of a length back in third place. Storming Home, owned by Vice President ...  >>MORE

Endurance race gets a major boost

Posted on 06/06/2001

The efforts of General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and Defence Minister, to make Endurance Riding an Olympic sport received a major boost last week when the Federation of Equestrian Internationale (FEI) formed a subcommittee to handle it. The FEI, the governing body of all equestrian sport except flat-racing, established the subcommittee at the FEI Endurance Committee annual meeting held in Amsterdam on May 28-29 to look at the feasibility of Endurance becoming ...  >>MORE

UAE Federation to host Copenhagen race on June 24

Posted on 26/05/2001

The UAE Equestrian and Racing Federation has included the opening round of the Abu Dhabi Championship International Series as part of the famous Danish Derby day meeting and will be run at the historic Klampenborg course. The Danish Derby is run every year on the last Sunday in June at Klampenborgvej 52 on the Ordrup Moor. This year, the Abu Dhabi International Championship series, which comprises six races, begins in the race meeting in Klamepnborg on the Derby Day on June 24, according to a ...  >>MORE

UAE to defend European Open title in Italy in September

Posted on 16/05/2001

General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and UAE Defence Minister will be guiding the UAE's fortunes when they defend their title in the European Open Team Championship in Italy this September. Sheikh Mohammed led the UAE's biggest triumph in 1999 when they overcame the top European teams in the championship held in Spain and Portugal. The biennial championship will be held in Peruggia, Italy in September and Sheikh Mohammed will be sending a team of horses in July ...  >>MORE

Sheikh Mansour corners glory

Posted on 12/05/2001

Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan registered his first ever win in an endurance rise as riders and horses from the Al Wathba Stables and Al Reef Stables shared the honours in the 100-km night ride, which ended early yesterday morning. Sheikh Mansour, Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Mubarark Al Artid completed a clean sweep for Al Wathba Stables while Al Hammadi's first place in the open event was completed by the third place finish of Sheikh Abdullah Mohammed bin Hamdan Al Nahyan. (The ...  >>MORE

UAE riders win Egyptian endurance race but forgo prizes for Egyptian riders

Posted on 22/04/2001

UAE riders dominated the Egyptian endurance horse race held here today by occupying the first four positions. General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and Defence Minister, came first, followed by Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed al Nahyan. The third and fifth positions were occupied by Sheikh Mohammed's sons, Rashid and Ahmed respectively, while Abdullah BelAbid of the UAE took the fourth position. The eighth, ninth and tenth positions were also occupied by UAE riders. In a ...  >>MORE

Maiden Endurance win for Hazza

Posted on 18/04/2001

Sheikh Hazza Bin Zayed Al Nahyan won his first ever endurance ride astride Allura Park Star Minoan in the Al Wathba Endurance Body Weight Ride held at the Endurance Village on Tuesday. The 120-km CEI.B ride was run in four stages of 37 kms, 36 kms, 29 kms and 18 kms. Sheikh Hazza, finished the distance in six hours 42 minutes and nine seconds ahead of Khaled Ghanem who was riding Doran Park Zatory (7:11.47). Sheikh Hazza who was placed ninth in the Body Weight Category, on the 13-year-old ...  >>MORE

Mubarak claims Qatar International

Posted on 01/04/2001

The UAE's Mubarak Khalifa bin Shafya won the 100km Qatar International Endurance Ride in Qatar on Friday. Riding Nina, bin Shafya led a one-tow finish for the UAE with recent FEI/UAE World Cup rider Abdullah Bilhad finishing second on Fergie. Bin Shafya, who is the top rider this season in the UAE and had won the DPA ride in February this year, was in fact riding for the second consecutive day. On Thursday, he took part in the Dubai Shopping Festival ride and completed three stages before his ...  >>MORE

All set for world's richest race meet

Posted on 24/03/2001

All roads lead to Nad Al Sheba venue for the world's richest race meet today where US$6 million Dubai World Cup, sponsored by Emirates, is the centrepiece of a record US$15.25 million seven-race. A record 78 horses from 18 countries will be seen in action. They come from every corner of the globe, America, Australia, Europe, Japan, Singapore and the Middle East. Leading the local attack on the foreign raiders will be Godolphin's main hope Best of the Bests, the pre-race joint favourite along ...  >>MORE

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Monsieur Al Maury triumphs


World's best invited for Dubai World Cup


Four-member panel to organise equestrian games


Dutch horse clinches UAE President's cup in Holland


Hamdan horses strike it rich


UAE President Prize Race in Morocco on May 24


Dubai World Cup horse race winner


World Cup joy for Street Cry


World’s richest horse race in Dubai tonight


Sharjah Arabian horse festival attracts the best


Japan set to challenge Dubai in World Cup horse race


UAE equestrian begins today


Strong Godolphin provisional entry for Dubai World Cup


Record entries for Dubai World Cup horse race


Record entries for world's richest race meet


Mohammed to receive U.S. racing award


Mohammed to receive U.S. racing award


The Godolphin Gallery re-opens


Hazza and Rashid lead strong field


Rashid wins endurance horse race


First Emirates Giants Endurance Rides today


Sheikh Zayed's horse racing festival to be held in Egypt


Sheikh Rashid wins Nestle Endurance Horse Race


Godolphin's Sakhee to run in Dubai World Cup in March


Sheikh Mohammed lead UAE to double gold


UAE gear up to defend title


Sheikh Mohammed leads strong UAE endurance squad


Sheikh Hamdan excels; UAE riders capture silver in world championship


Zayed's prize horse race starts in Germany


UK double for Sheikh Hamdan


Sheikh Mohammed leads UAE endurance sweep


Hamdan likely to attend Emirates Challenge Stakes in Germany


Dubai horse storms home in style at Ascot


Endurance race gets a major boost


UAE Federation to host Copenhagen race on June 24


UAE to defend European Open title in Italy in September


Sheikh Mansour corners glory


UAE riders win Egyptian endurance race but forgo prizes for Egyptian riders


Maiden Endurance win for Hazza


Mubarak claims Qatar International


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