Godolphin crowned Britain’s Champion Owner in multi-million pound win

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It has been another successful year for Godolphin.

The race to be named Britain’s Champion Owner, which began on QIPCO 2000 Guineas Day at Newmarket on April 30, went right down to the wire and was decided on the final day of the QIPCO British Champions Day.

And team Godolphin, who also triumphed last year, survived stiff competition from the Coolmore partnership of Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier and Michael Tabor, winning with prize money of £4,213,524 up against £4,044,289.

John Ferguson, Chief Executive & Racing Manager of Godolphin, received the trophy from Her Majesty The Queen.

He said: “To win Britain’s Champion Owner title again is a great tribute to everybody involved. They have all worked very hard and done their best for Sheikh Mohammed and Godolphin.

“It was a great thrill to receive the trophy from Her Majesty The Queen, who sent Sheikh Mohammed her best wishes and hopes he enjoys receiving the trophy.”

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What sport is on this week in the UAE?

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It's one of the busiest weeks in the UAE calendar.

There is no shortage of top sporting events in the UAE and here’s our one-stop diary of everything that’s going on.

Are you taking part in an event this week?

Share your experiences with us, get in touch on Twitter or via Facebook.

Sunday, October 16


Organised by ATEX International Exhibitions, the FEME16 exhibition is one of the region’s few dedicated business events focusing solely on fitness.

WHEN: 11:00-19:00
WHERE: J.W. Marriott Marquis Hotel, Business Bay


Can Pakistan force victory in the first day-night Test match in Dubai? With two days still to play, a draw looks the most likely result between the two sides.

WHEN: 15:30
WHERE: Dubai International Cricket Stadium

Monday October 17


The Al-Wathba Cycle Race Series welcomes novice and veteran cyclists alike for a thrilling ride in the UAE capital. Register for the event, click here.

WHEN: 18:00
WHERE: Abu Dhabi, Al Wathba Cycling Track

Thursday October 20 


Attend the UCI-approved Abu Dhabi Tour for its second edition and witness the world’s best cyclists compete on a course that takes in the best the emirate has to offer.

British cyclist and Abu Dhabi Tour ambassador Mark Cavendish was forced out of last year’s race with injury and will be determined to make amends. Continues daily until Sunday 23.

WHEN: 12:00-18:00
WHERE: Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Al Gharbia.
WEBSITE: Abu Dhabi Tour

Friday October 21


This Friday and Saturday, Middle East’s first and only global platform for fitness, nutrition and bodybuilding brands to showcase products and services.

There will be an expected 10,000 visitors on October 21-22 at Dubai International Marine Club, who will be entertained with celebrity fitness appearances from former Mr. Olympias including Ronnie Coleman and inspirational female fitness models.

Click here for full ticket details.

WHEN: 10.00-19:00
WHERE: Dubai International Marine Club


The Labour Run makes it annual return this Friday in support of hard-working people whose gargantuan contributions have helped make the UAE such an important global presence.

The aim is to help unite labourers with those in other sectors who share a passion for running. Former Sonapur labourer Ismail Ssenyange is currently living his dream as a full-time marathon runner and will compete in this year’s event.

WHEN: 07:00
WHERE: Al Muhaisnah 2 Sonapur, Al Qusais
WEBSITE: Labour Run 2016


The Desert Warrior Challenge is designed to test participants’ physical strength, mental resilience, teamwork and overall fitness with a series of gruelling obstacles.

From children to seasoned extreme athletes, the series of challenges are fashioned for various skill and fitness levels consisting of multiple obstacles.

Young warriors can feature in the Junior category, which will see them traverse 2km of terrain before tackling appropriate obstacles, while first-time warriors are encouraged to attend the ‘Fearless’ category – a 5km track with more than 12 challenges.

The ‘Ultimate’ category is the next step up with its 10km obstacle course, but the big one is the brand new ‘Extreme’ race he first of its kind in the region. A 20km course, it is certainly  not for the faint-hearted.

WHEN: 07:30
WHERE: Dubai Police Training Facility, near Mall of Emirates
WEBSITE: Desert Warrior Challenge


ExpatBloke proudly unveils its premiere ‘Fight Night’, with a white collar boxing event sanctioned by the UAE Boxing Federation and Dubai Sports Council.

Although 600 spectators will witness the entire spectacle unravel within Le Meridien’s Great Ballroom, passionate pugilists looking to be a part of the action need look no further. Boxing hopefuls looking to seize the chance to step into the ring and go mano-a-mano with their opponents must first pass the tough selection process.

Look out for Sport360’s own Alex Rea in action!

WHEN: 18:00-02:00
WHERE: Dubai, The Great Ballroom, Le Meridien Hotel, Garhoud
WEBSITE: Fight Night


Daman’s Activelife 5 Star Aquathlon marks its Emirates Palace comeback.

Participants will be asked to dive headfirst into open water lagoon swim before emerging to run through the idyllic Palace grounds.

Kindly collect your swim caps and body marks no later than 5:30am.

Click here for more event details.

WHEN: 06:30
WHERE: Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi


Thanks to ever-growing demand, the Oceanic Triathlon Series returns to Khorfakkan.

Devised by the four-star Oceanic Hotel, the cost-friendly course encourages participation in two forms: Short and Super Sprint.

The latter, as advertised in its naming, challenges participants to repeat an altered, yet shorter version of the aforementioned course as rapidly possible.

WHEN: 06:15
WHERE: Oceanic Hotel, Khorfakkan, Sharjah
WEBSITE: Oceanic Triathlon Series


The phenomenon is believed to have begun over two millennia ago but Abu Dhabi will celebrate its ninth edition of the Dragon Boat Festival this Friday and Saturday.

This year, teams comprised of 20 participants, with no more than 16 men per boat, are in for a real treat.

WHEN: 08:00-17:00
WHERE: Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat al Beri, Al Maqta
WEBSITE: Dragon Boating


Hot off the heels of the first day-night Test in Dubai, the second Test gets underway in Abu Dhabi.

Click here for full ticket details.

WHEN: 10:00
WHERE: Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi

Saturday October 22


From Al Qudra to Jebel Jeis, the Stages TT Challenge pits participants against one another in a harsh test that will exhaust their physical and mental endurance.

Contestants vying for glory are required to cycle through arduous mountain ascents and 50km distances battling the country’s sandy and windy environs.

Similar to Australian Pursuits, riders will be released 15 seconds apart, but remember drafting is strictly prohibited as the challenge is adamantly a solo effort!

Click here for more information.

WHEN: 06:30
WHERE: Ras Al Khaimah, Jebel Jais

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Going Out: Register now for the Abu Dhabi Swimming Festival

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Fun for everyone: Races for all ages and abilities will take place this month.

The popular community event, which is in its third edition, is sponsored by National Health Insurance Company – Daman’s ActiveLife and will take place on Saturday, October 29 at the capital’s Emirates Palace.

Along with Al Bedwawi, who competed in the women’s 50m freestyle in Rio last month, the event is also supported by the Al Jasmi Brothers: Obaid, Saeed, Bakheet and Faisal, who are in the Guinness World Records for making up a national relay team in a world championship event at the 10th FINA World Swimming Championships in 2010.

“It is my pleasure to support young and upcoming swimmers in the UAE,” said Al Bedwawi. “The Abu Dhabi Swimming Festival is a great way to bring together amateur and young swimmers to put their skills to use in a fun and social environment.”

Swimmers of all ages and ability can take part in the event, which has seven different races.

Youngsters aged eight to nine can take part in the 100m Junior Splash Dash, while ages 10-11 can do the 300m and ages 12-14 can move up to the 500m.

The Abu Dhabi Splash Dash is a bit longer at 800m and is open for ages 14 and above. Finally, the longest distance, the Abu Dhabi Mile, can have competitors 16 and older.

Event Details

  • What: Abu Dhabi Swimming Festival
  • Where: Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi
  • When: Saturday, October 29, with registration closing at midnight on Saturday, October 22
  • Contact: Visit

For those who want swim with their children, a Family Fun Challenge is on offer, with parents going 300m and the child 100m.

An adult relay of 4x300m is another option.

Dr Michael Blitzer, chief executive officer of Daman, said: “We are delighted to support this event which promotes swimming as a fun and engaging sport to maintain a healthy lifestyle, especially that the country is host to the best beaches in the region.

“Having the Nada Al Badwawi and Al Jasmi brothers participate in the Festival once again is a real privilege. We hope they inspire other UAE Nationals to take up sports as a routine to stay healthy and fit and to hopefully represent the UAE on the biggest of international stages.”

To register and for more information, visit

Come out for a day of family fun and get inspired by some of the best athletes the UAE has to offer.

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