United Arab Emirates

‘Like A Dream’: Phoenix Ladies Syndicate Now Two-For-Two In Dubai

Global horseracing has moved gradually and successfully toward the embrace of syndicates, in both horses retired for stud duty and active athletes on the track, with the latter becoming increasingly popular in the UAE. One such group that has quickly made itself known in Dubai is Phoenix Ladies Syndicate, which is off to an auspicious start, […]

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The Darling Of Meydan: 12-Year-Old Reynaldothewizard Still Going Strong

The most popular horse in the UAE is easily Reynaldothewizard. He has stood the test of time, quite literally, competing into his 12-year-old season in 2018; a feat unmatched at the Group-racing level. He has become the darling of Meydan racing fans, notably bringing the house to frenzy when winning the Dubawi Stakes for the […]

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World’s Richest Horse Race: Sheikh Mohammed Plans Purse Increase For Dubai World Cup

Saturday saw Juddmonte’s Arrogate take down the Dubai World Cup in spectacular fashion to become the richest North American racehorse in history, boasting a mind-boggling $17 million in earnings. On the same night, reports The National, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, vice president of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, made a public promise: he will increase […]

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Maria Ritchie Will Be Just The Second Woman To Saddle A Dubai World Cup Contender

Maria Ritchie, a 49-year-old native of New Zealand, will become the second female trainer to have a horse in the $10 million Dubai World Cup this Saturday, when she saddles the 6-year-old Special Fighter. Though the son of Teofilo was fourth in last year’s edition of the Group 1 race, Ritchie has only held her […]

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Arrogate ‘Looked Fantastic’ In Sunday Breeze, Leaves For Dubai Monday

The highest-rated horse in the world, Juddmonte Farm’s Arrogate had his final work at Santa Anita on Sunday, before he loads on to a plane for the United Arab Emirates on Monday. The 4-year-old son of Unbridled’s Song worked seven furlongs under regular work rider Martin Garcia in 1:25 2/5, out-finishing workmate Cat Burglar at […]

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Two UAE Trainers Handed One-Year Suspensions For Cobalt Overages

A pair of trainers in the United Arab Emirates have been suspended for 12 months each, according to the Emirates Racing Authority, for concentrations of cobalt in excess of 100 micrograms per liter of urine. Trainer Mr. Musabah al Muhairi pleaded guilty to the charge that he presented and raced Vivernus to a victory in […]

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Godolphin Launches Unique Scholarship Program In Racing And Breeding For UAE Nationals

Godolphin has launched an exciting new program in the horse racing industry for Emiratis. Masar Godolphin is an academic and experiential scholarship operating under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, which will provide UAE nationals with a unique and unrivalled opportunity to embrace their equestrian heritage with the aim of […]

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Borel Will Follow Reigning Arabian Horse Of The Year To Abu Dhabi Nov. 6

Following Arabian Paddys Day’s decisive victory in Saturday night’s $100,000 President of the United Arab Emirates Cup (Grade I) at Churchill Downs, trainer Scott Powell plans on giving Hall of Fame jockey Calvin Borel the opportunity to ride his reigning Arabian Horse of the Year in Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Jewel […]

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UAE: Trainer Mohammed Fined Over Use Of Prohibited Substance

Trainer Ismail Mohammed has been fined by stewards in the UAE after his horse, Expert, was found to have raced at Jebel Ali with a banned substance in its system. The Racing Post reports that on Jan. 8, 2016, a post-race test found that Expert tested positive for minoxidil, a vasodilator that aids blood flow to muscles. It […]

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UAE Issues New Law To Combat Drugs In Racing, Equestrian Events

Earlier this week, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates issued a new law to combat the “trade or use of banned substances in horse racing and equestrian sports events in the country.” According to the website Arabian Business, the new law will aim to “protect legitimate competition in the […]

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