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Remembering Ertijaal

Most sincere condolences to HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum and all connections of Ertijaal (IRE) who unfortunately lost his life due to colic in his stable during the night.

The Oasis Dream gelding still holds the 5 furlong track record at Meydan Racecourse on the Turf. In his debuting career, being trained by William Haggas in England he won three of eight starts before relocating to Dubai in 2015 to be trained by Ali Rashid Al Raihe, based at Meydan. He eventually won his first race in the UAE as a 4 year old, winning the Listed HH Presidents Cup under Royston Ffrench (15/02/15). From then on went his winning streak showing his ability over high handicapped turf sprints.

Eritjaal won his first Group 3 in February 2017 beating Godolphins' star sprinter Jungle Cat by 2 3/4 lengths, and then another in February 2018 beating Blue Point.

Although never a Group 1 rated horse, his consistency and genuine love of racing brought race goers to support him and the whole team at Grand Stand Stables every time he ran.

He will be missed, but never forgotten. RIP

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