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Satish Seemar: A Witness to Meydan`s Growth

Indian Handler On His Long History In The Desert

Satish Seemar is uniquely placed when it comes to charting the development of racing in the UAE.

The Indian trainer was here almost at the very beginning after being handpicked by HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum back in 1991. Since then he has seen the Emirates` racing scene grow into a global leader in the industry.

A four-time champion trainer in the UAE, Seemar has also campaigned horses in England, France, Japan, Argentina and America and claimed a host of important Carnival races over the years. The Group 3 UAE 2000 Guineas with Little Jim and the Group 2 Bani Yas with Big Easy in 2004, the Group 1 Al Maktoum Challenge Rd 1 with Al Sabeq in 2007 and the 2008 Group 1 Al Maktoum Challenge Rd 2 with Al Mutawakel have all been chalked up to Seemar.

Last season Seemar, who claimed a double at Jebel Ali`s opening meeting on Friday, won four Dubai World Cup Carnival races with his new generation of charges including Sand Stamp, Lord Tiger, Farrier and Al Naouwee.

He currently oversees the care of more than 100 horses divided between Zabeel Stables situated next to the Trade Centre and Millennium Stables at Meydan Racecourse.

“Numbers at the two yards are very fluid at this time of year because horses are coming in from overseas and some will stay with me and some will go to other trainers” said Seemar. “Right now I have 100 horses at Zabeel and around 50 at Millennium.”

This season Seemar is looking forward to the performance of a horse called Surfer, owned by Sheikh Rashid Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, who was second behind Mike de Kock`s Group 3 winner Mickdaam in the Listed Al Bastakiya last season.

“He is a nice horse and would be one of the ones that I am looking forward to” said Seemar. “He was unlucky not to get in the Derby last season but he`s doing very well and I am expecting him to go well this time too.”

Farrier, owned by Sheikh Maktoum Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum is one win for one run after breaking his maiden with a four-length victory last season.

“Let`s see how he comes on,” said Seemar. “Sometimes they just take a little bit longer to mature and are not ready as three-year-olds. He could be very interesting this season.”

Despite his success in the desert, Seemar said that his greatest moment as a trainer was watching the development of Meydan Racecourse.

“The greatest moment for me was to watch this amazing Meydan,” said the handler. “The opening of Meydan Racecourse was a significant milestone for racing in the UAE and as a horseman I`m just so honoured that I`ve seen one of the best facilities in the world being built with my own eyes and it`s something that not too many horsemen get to see.”

Seemar, who served an apprentice to horse whisperer, Monty Roberts during his time in the US, is once again to renew his partnership with long-time jockey, Richard Mullen.

“We normally also have an apprentice rider, and we are just finalising the plans for that and he should be arriving very soon,” said Seemar. “We are hopeful for a good season, but it`s too early to predict just now. After the first ten meetings we will be able to see how the rest of the season is likely to pan out.”


Satish Seemar Profile

Nationality: Indian

Stable: Zabeel Stables, Millennium Stables

Years Training: Satish has been training in the UAE since 1991.

Highlights: A four-time champion trainer in the UAE, Seemar has also campaigned horses in England, France, Japan, Argentina and America and claimed a host of important Carnival races over the years. He has also claimed a number of high-profile Carnival races over the years, including the Group 3 UAE 2000 Guineas with Little Jim and the Group 2 Bani Yas with Big Easy, both in 2004, the Group 1 Al Maktoum Challenge Rd 1 with Al Sabeq in 2007 and the 2008 Group 1 Al Maktoum Challenge Rd 2 with Al Mutawakel. Seemar also had a Group 1 Dubai World Cup runner with Richard’s Kid in 2011.