As excitement grows to the commencement of the 2022/23 UAE racing season, which is due to commence on Oct. 28, the future equine stars of the Middle East will go under the hammer at the prestigious Meydan Racecourse on Saturday, Sept. 17.
The Racing in Dubai September Sale will again be conducted by the Emirates Racing Authority in conjunction with Tattersalls, Europe’s leading bloodstock auctioneers.
The sale will commence at 6:45 p.m. within Meydan Quarantine (NOFA Stables), with the Meydan grandstand as the backdrop. Viewing of the lots will take place Sept. 15 and 16, from 8-10 a.m. and 4-6 p.m. on each day, at Meydan Quarantine (NOFA Stables).
Sheikh Rashid bin Dalmook Al Maktoum, Vice Chairman of the Emirates Racing Authority stated, “We are delighted to offer some exceptional bloodstock for the current ownership base, and hopefully this will encourage new owners to invest in the UAE racing industry. The Racing in Dubai Sale provides great value and has a proven record in producing horses that win at all our tracks, even being successful at the World Cup meeting.”
All horses are carefully selected by Godolphin’s bloodstock manager, Marie Sullivan, with the star performer from last year’s sale being Desert Wisdom (GB), purchased for only 70,000 AED. The son of Dubawi (IRE), under the care of emerging Emirati trainer Ahmed Al Shemaili, who has recently been appointed as a DRC trainer, impressively won the Group 3 Burj Nahaar on Super Saturday before running a strong second in the Godolphin Mile on the World Cup meeting.
Other notable purchases from last year’s sale were Eastern World (IRE) purchased for 220,000 AED, winner of the Group 3 Mahab Al Shimaal on Super Saturday, and Al Nefud (GB) purchased for 425,000 AED, a two-time winner from only four starts in the UAE.
The usual conditions for the sale will apply with no horse being permitted to be exported until the completion of the 2022/23 UAE racing season. Further, all horses are to be collected on Sunday, Sept. 18, between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m. from Meydan Quarantine (NOFA Stables) with appropriate transport.
Prospective purchasers can view the full list of lots and obtain further information via the Emirates Racing Authority website, www.emiratesracing.com. The ERA expects to release the full details of horses on offer with updated UAE ratings in the coming weeks.