8 April 2019, UK ~ The now established Dubai International Arabian Races program returns to four countries in Europe in 2019 in Sponsor Preparation races to encourage Arabian racehorses to prepare for the flagship event in the UK on 28 July 2019.
The 2019 DIAR sponsorship calendar includes 17 races in Italy, Sweden, the Netherlands and France, as well as the United Kingdom. This list includes six stakes races and eight international races.
Mirza Al Sayegh, spokesperson for the DIAR program commented: “In previous years, we have been delighted to welcome many international runners at Newbury in July, for our final race day, and we are grateful to all the connections of those horses who have made the journey.
“The eight Arabian races were incredibly competitive and we witnessed high quality racing. It was a great day for the sport. Olivier Peslier, one of the best French jockeys, rode the winners of the four Group races! Furthermore, two winners earned a DIAR bonus: they had finished placed in a preparation race earlier in the year and won one of the Bonus races at Newbury.
“This race program can only be achieved thanks to our team and partners, including the racing authorities from Italy, Sweden, France, the Netherlands and the UK. We are very grateful for their support and help in promoting our race program and our showpiece at Newbury, which is now established as one of the best and most prestigious days of Arabian racing anywhere in the world.”
Al Sayegh added: “In 2019, this event will be held on Sunday 28th July and will feature a total of five Group and International level races, including three Gr.1 PA races.
“We are delighted to announce the renewal of the travel allowances for international runners competing in the races at Newbury on 28th July and the renewal of the DIAR bonus prize fund for 2019.”
The Dubai International Arabian Races is an international programme of Arabian racing run under the patronage of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Minister of Finance and Deputy Ruler of Dubai.