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Dubai playing a key
Dubai playing a key role in British racing, says J
Author: Duane Fonseca
As the man running one of the most important organisations in horse racing, Simon Bazalgette, the chief executive of The Jockey Club, has an important role to play in what is often considered the epicentre of the sport globally. Bazalgette has been responsible for the ‘strategic direction and ....
Seemar can only hope
Seemar can only hope for another upward performanc
Author: Duane Fonseca
Having worked for nearly three decades in the UAE, you would have thought the five time Champion Trainer Satish Seemar had seen it all. Then came North America’s remarkable record breaking performance under Richard Mullen in the Group 1 Al Maktoum Challenge R3 on Super Saturday, which landed S....
Busybody Tadhg looks
Busybody Tadhg looks to scale mountains after clim
Author: Duane Fonseca
If jockey Tadhg O’Shea were to be told that in his 17th season of riding in the UAE he would be comfortably placed in the Jockeys’ Championship and inching closer to what is a sixth title, he would have laughed at you. But that’s exactly the way things have worked out for the Irish....
Nass’ trial and er
Nass’ trial and error style seems to be working
Author: Duane Fonseca
Either he does not like to say much or Fawzi Nass just prefers to let his horses do all the talking. Whatever the case, the Bahraini trainer and owner has definitely made his point this season. “It’s been so far so good for us at the carnival with three winners,” Nass told Al Adiya....
Appleby hopes to do
Appleby hopes to do Godolphin proud by winning fir
Author: Duane Fonseca
Having won the International Trainer of the Year accolade twice over the last two years at the annual Horserace Writers and Photographers Association Derby Awards in the United Kingdom, the thought of a third title that would complete a fine hat-trick would have, at some stage, crossed Charlie Apple....
Forca Barza! Mickael
Forca Barza! Mickael keen to slay opponents with h
Author: Duane Fonseca
At the moment of crossing the winning post in the 2012 running of the Dubai World Cup, Mickael Barzalona celebrated in the manner he always did. He stood up erect in the irons and with more than a bit of chutzpah wielded his whip like a swordsman and punched the air above him even as his rank outsid....
De Sousa’s always
De Sousa’s always chasing after the Silvestre li
Author: Duane Fonseca
I cannot see why I won’t be going for a third title. I want to do very well again and if I had the same support as last year I hope to ride plenty of winners. If the good horses come I will ride them, but if not I will go to Catterick and anywhere else to ride the winners.” Winning is al....
Group One hungry Lem
Group One hungry Lemartinel won’t go to work wit
Author: Duane Fonseca
THE TALISMAN that hangs from the neck of Eric Lemartinel bears an intriguing testimony to the high demands of his job as the resident trainer at Al Asayl Stables. It is not uncommon to find people wearing amulets like his in this part of the world, and only on inspecting it rather closely can you se....
The importance of be
The importance of being Ernst
Author: Duane Fonseca
If there’s one thing the trainer Ernst Oertel loves most it is a challenge. And having overcome one of the biggest tests of his life just about anything and everything thrown at him now perhaps feels like a piece of cake. While most would have literally buckled at the knees if their legs fell ....
Beasley has come out
Beasley has come out fighting hard despite being C
Author: Duane Fonseca
It was 1970 when the Canadian singer and songwriter Joni Mitchell wrote, composed and recorded one of folk music’s greatest ever songs. With brutally honest lyrics that carried a voice expressing environmental concern and a sound that delighted itself in simplicity, ‘Big Yellow Taxi&rsqu....
Fresu riding with wi
Fresu riding with winning body language
Author: Duane Fonseca
It is often said that when an Italian talks, it is his hands and fingers that do the talking. It perhaps explains why the Italian jockey Antonio Fresu thrived in his first full season in the UAE last term and is presently on course for another successful campaign. Fresu has clearly carried that cult....
11/9 the right odds
11/9 the right odds for up and coming Al Alawi
Author: Duane Fonseca
The trainer Helal Al Alawi is perhaps oblivious of the significance the date 9 November has in his life. For him, it is perhaps as regular a day as he can imagine. “What’s so special about November 9, I have been winning around UAE Flag Day for a while now?” he asked, blissfully un....
Farooq Racing happy
Farooq Racing happy to be running on home turf
Author: Duane Fonseca
Their first full season of racing in the UAE may not have started with a bang, but Farooq Racing are not at all disappointed with the way things have panned out in the month that has elapsed since the 2017/18 season began at Jebel Ali on 3 November. Formerly, an operation based in Malaysia, Farooq R....
Bin Ghadayer quietly
Bin Ghadayer quietly confident after starting with
In the four years since he started saddling Thoroughbreds as the head trainer of Fazza Racing Stables, trainer Salem bin Ghadayer believes he has come a long way. Moreover, he feels he has every reason to think the ongoing season could be his best to date. Ever the optimist, Salem was the envy of mo....
One step at a time t
One step at a time the way forward for Cosgrave
The view might be a fine one looking down from the summit, but Pat Cosgrave is not about to get complacent and relax as the early leader of the UAE Jockeys’ Championship. “There is a tough group of riders out there trying to win the title,” Cosgrave told Al Adiyat at Jebel Ali last....
Can Touch Gold be th
Can Touch Gold be the syndicate with the Midas tou
You may have heard the tragic story about a certain fictional King Midas, who wished for everything he touched to turn to gold, was granted his wish by a fairy, and turned everything, including his daughter to gold, before ruing it all and begging for his life to be restored to what it used to be. T....
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27 Sep 2018
Issue Number: Issue 648
Seemar can only hope for another upward performance from North America
Dubai playing a key role in British racing, says Jockey Club boss
Busybody Tadhg looks to scale mountains after climbing Hills
Nass’ trial and error style seems to be working wonders for him
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