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Christmas comes early for hard riding Brazilian Pinheiro

By Duane Fonseca


Brazilian jockey Bernardo Pinheiro might have pinched himself in disbelief Friday night at Al Ain after riding a first hat-trick on UAE soil a day after winning his first ever Group race in the Emirates at Me

Feature for Pinheiro, Al Neyadi, hat-trick for Al Mheiri, Fresu

By Duane Fonseca


Brazilian rider Bernardo Pinheiro claimed a first Group success in the UAE when powering home Thursday night on the back of Khalifa Al Neyadi’s Jayide Al Boraq in the Group 2 Bani Yas, which

Two meetings off but Watson remains atop

A FURTHER 20 races into the new season so the championships are starting to take shape and a second consecutive Jebel Ali treble for Doug Watson propelled him to the top of the trainers’ table on Friday. He had no runners at either Al Ain or Abu D

RB Money To Burn off rivals

THE UAE’S iconic flagship racecourse, Meydan stage their second meeting of the new season with, unusually, the Purebred Arabians taking centre stage with the 1400m Group 2 Bani Yas in which the exciting AF Alwajel will attempt to concede weight to

Royal Cavalry will look to shoot down rivals with No Riesgo Al Maury

AFTER THE all Purebred Arabian card of last Friday that somewhat broke with tradition, Al Ain reverts back to old ways this week with another seven race programme that includes a lone Thoroughbred contest. Needless to say six of those seven runs a

Bachalard and Curatolo combine to win Abu Dhabi feature with Boerhan

By Duane Fonseca


Retained Jebel Ali Racecourse trainer and jockey combine of Nicholas Bachalard and Ryan Curatolo clinched the Sunday night feature at Abu Dhabi with Boerhan, who showed a strong turn of foot

Al Hammadi and Al Jahoori make headlines on an all Arabian card at Al Ain

By Duane Fonseca


Abdallah Al Hammadi and Majed Al Jahoori grabbed the spotlight at Al Ain Saturday, with the former claiming a double and the latter winning the nightly feature of a seven race card dedicated to Purebred Arabi

Capitalising Hitchcott rides a superb hat-trick for Watson

By Duane Fonseca


Sam Hitchcott appears to be making the most of his time in the saddle in the absence of Doug Watson’s first choice rider Pat Dobbs and was on hand to ride his first hat-trick in the UAE at Jebel Ali Friday af

Jebel Ali feature might lack numbers, but not quality

JEBEL ALI will this week welcome Purebred Arabian racing for the first time this season on its seven race Friday card, which has for a feature a 1600m conditions event that has been sponsored by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s S

The hill could come alive with the sound of Von Trapp success

TIME FOR THE superstitious among us to look away: another Friday 13th is upon us so fingers crossed for an uneventful, drama free, afternoon ‘up the hill’. The second Jebel Ali fixture of the fledgling season is highlighted by a Dh100,000 rated co

Basmah, Dagui Lotois head field in wide open handicap which is top event

THE SECOND meeting of the 2020/21 UAE season hosted by Al Ain Saturday boasts an unusual break from tradition with no Thoroughbred offering on the seven race card. What is now being offered is four maiden and three handicap races: all involving Pu

New connections hoping Za can be the Man

THE THOROUGHBREDS take centre stage at this second meeting of the season in the capital, their sole race being a 1600m rated conditions stakes which, should, offer big race clues for later in the season. Arguably the most interesting of the 14 run

Somoud lands Abu Dhabi feature while contributing to Mullen’s double

By Duane Fonseca


Jean de Roualle’s Somoud put his hands up as favourite for next month’s Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Jewel Crown after winning Sunday’s course and distance prep rather comfortably at Abu

Doubles for Seemar and Bin Ghadayer, feature for Watson on Meydan’s opening night

By Duane Fonseca


Meydan opened its doors to racing for the first time this season Thursday night with UAE Champion Trainer Satish Seemar, Salem bin Ghadayer and Doug Watson all getting their chance to bask in glory under floo

Ffrench not operating at a quarter but healthy strike rate nonetheless

JUST TWENTY races into the new UAE season but early observations would indicate Doug Watson is all systems go in his quest to reclaim the trainers’ title and that Salem bin Ghadayer has his string in fine fettle. Both have three winners on the boa

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