Emirates Racing Authority

Satish Seemar Temporarily Suspended By ERA

Trainer Satish Seemar has had his license temporarily suspended by the Emirates Racing Authority Stewards due to circumstances surrounding his association with owner Ramzan Kadyrov. Kadyrov, the Head of the Chechen Republic, was added to the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office Of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC)'s list for his record of serious human rights abuses in 2017. Seemar, who trained the 2018 G1 Al Maktoum Challenge Round 3 victor North America (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}) for Kadyrov, was put on the list due to his connection with Kadyrov on Dec....

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Cohen To Commentate At Meydan

South African Alistair Cohen has been appointed English language racecaller for the 2021/22 racing season in the United Arab Emirates. Thirty-year-old Cohen has been calling races for more than a decade in his native country, including the South African Triple Crown and Triple Tiara series'. He has also called races at Musselburgh Racecourse in Scotland. Cohen will commentate at all five ERA racetracks: Meydan, Jebel Ali, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and Al Ain. His calls will also be used on Dubai Racing Channel and the international feed. Commenting on the appointment,...

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ERA Racing in Dubai Sale Topped By Telemaque

The winning 4-year-old colt Telemaque (War Front--Treasure Trail, by Pulpit) (lot 38) topped the Emirates Racing Authority Racing in Dubai September Sale on Saturday. He was knocked down for AED825,000 to Satish Seemar of Zabeel Stables after being previously campaigned by Godolphin and Andre Fabre. Another that went to Seemar was the day's second highest price-Royal Mews (Fr) (Siyouni {Fr}), a 4-year-old gelding. Out of Queen Arabella (GB) (Medicean {GB}), lot 37 brought AED520,000 and won once at three. Rounding out the top three horses from the 41-strong sale was...

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Dubai World Cup Day and Dubai World Cup Carnival Receive Purse Hike

Dubai World Cup Day will now be worth $30.5 million, and the Dubai World Cup Carnival has also received a prizemoney boost, the Dubai Racing Club announced on Tuesday. The 2021-2022 racing season begins Nov. 4, and total purse money on offer throughout the season has been increased to over $40 million. Every race on the Mar. 26 Dubai World Cup card will be worth at least $1 million, while Super Saturday on Mar. 5 has had its prizemoney increased to over $2.2 million. The prizemoney for the G1 Al...

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Sharjah Trainer Banned For Steroid Positive; Others For Cobalt

Trainer Mujeeb Rahman, based at Sharjah in the UAE, has been banned two years by Emirates Racing Authority stewards after a horse in his care returned a positive test for Stanozolol, an anabolic steroid. The Rahman-trained Storyboard (Medaglia d'Oro) came on stewards' radar last May when, during an inspection of Rahman's stable medical records, it was discovered the then 6-year-old gelding had been treated with intra-articular injections to both front fetlocks within five days of racing-rules state that the minimum withdrawal period is eight days. Rahman was fined AED10,000 for...

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Dubai Assistant Trainer Banned Two Years

Sultan Al Hajri, assistant to Dubai-based trainer Mohammed Al Shamsi, has been banned for two years by Emirates Racing Authority stewards after administering what he said was sesame oil to a horse prior to a Meydan maiden race on Mar. 12. About 40 minutes prior to the race, Al Hajri was captured on video in the Meydan stable area administering a clear substance orally via syringe to Visual Effect (GB) that he claimed was water and a normal pre-race routine for a nervous horse. Moments later, Al Hajri was captured...

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UAE Trainer Fined For Arsenic Positives

Trainer Khalifa Al Neyadi has been fined AED40,000 (€9,278/£7,894) after two runners in his care returned levels of arsenic above the permitted threshold in post-race tests in March. Both horses-White Sky (Ire), a Thoroughbred, and Jayide Al Boraq (MA), a Purebred Arabian-were disqualified from their placings in the races in question. While Al Neyadi denied that either horse had had any recent medication or treatment, he pled guilty to presenting the horses to race with elevated levels of arsenic in their systems. Al Neyadi exercised his right to have the...

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Dubai Trainer Fined For Shockwave Violations

Trainer Ismail Mohammed, who has stables in both Dubai and the UK, has been fined AED80,000 (€19,035/£17,138) after horses in his care in Dubai in eight incidences were found to be treated with shockwave therapy inside the seven clear day threshold. A veterinarian involved has been banned for six months. While Mohammed claimed to be unaware that the horses were receiving treatments at inappropriate times, he pled guilty and had a previously clear record in regards to shockwave therapy. Veterinarian Dr. Fred Van Der Linde testified that the medical records...

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ERA Restricts Attendance on Four Cards, No Ruling on DWC Night
ERA Restricts Attendance on Four Cards, No Ruling on DWC Night

Four meetings in the UAE, barring Dubai World Cup night on Mar. 28, will be conducted without spectators, the Emirates Racing Authority announced on Tuesday. The ruling comes in accordance to public safety measures pertaining to the proliferation of COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus. The dates are as follows: Meydan, Mar. 12 Al Ain, Mar. 13 Abu Dhabi, Mar. 14 Jebel Ali, Mar. 20 All races will be contested and regulated in a standard fashion and results will be recorded in an official capacity. Only the horses' connections, racing...

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No Spectators For Super Saturday
No Spectators For Super Saturday

Meydan's Super Saturday card on Mar. 7 will be staged without spectators, with the Emirates Racing Authority taking preventative action in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Thursday's Al Ain meeting was also held without spectators, and so will Friday's meeting at Jebel Ali and Sunday's meeting at Abu Dhabi. Super Saturday stages seven races intended as preps for the Dubai World Cup card on Mar. 28. Horse connections, sponsors and media will be the only persons permitted to attend.

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