Ajwad, ridden by Bernardo Pinheiro, races towards the finish line to win Nad Al Sheba Classic on Friday. Supplied photo
Racing at Meydan on Friday, the first post-Dubai World Cup meeting ever at the track, was highlighted by the Zabeel Trophy sponsored by Emirates Airline, a 1600m turf conditions race that was turned into a procession by Ajwad, who was sent straight to the front by Bernardo Pinheiro and never saw any of his 15 rivals afterward.
Sharjah Equestrian and Racing Club’s Salim Khamis Al Suwaidi and his horse Espresso won the 21st Emirates Show Jumping Championship.
Racing at Meydan this week, a rare Friday meeting at the UAE’s flagship racecourse, as well as the very first post Dubai World Cup meeting at the track, is officially highlighted by a 1600m conditions race but also includes a quality 1200m handicap. Both the races are on turf and would have not been out of place at the Dubai World Cup Carnival.
Pakistan selectors on Thursday left out pace spearhead Mohammad Amir from the preliminary 15-man squad for next month's World Cup to be held in England.
His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces crowned Tunisia’s Etoile du Sahel Zayed Champions Cup winners after the Tunisian club dashed Saudi Arabia giants Al Hilal’s dream of an unprecedented clean sweep of trophies.
Jurgen Klopp admitted he cannot wait to lead Liverpool into a Champions League semi-final against Barcelona after watching his side crush Porto 4-1 in Portugal on Wednesday to complete a 6-1 aggregate victory in their last-eight tie.