January 4, 2012, Melbourne, Australia ~ Everything is well underway for the running of the Sheik Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup and the HH Sheikha Fatma bint Mubarak Ladies IFAHR Cup. These two races will take place during the Australia Stakes meeting at the Moonee Valley Race Club, home of one of the most prestigious races in Australia, The Cox Plate.
To add to the excitement, the mighty mare, Black Caviar, will be making her first appearance for 2012. This unbeaten champion (16 straight wins) acknowledged as the best thoroughbred sprinter in the world, traces back to the three foundation Arabian sires, the Godolphin Arabian, the Darley Arabian and the Byerley Turk. The crowds that follow this great mare are enormous and will ensure that the Arabians have the best exposure possible. To add to excitement NARA have engaged the services of the only female race caller in Australia to call the Ladies race. Victoria Shaw has a racing program covering country race meets in Victoria, has called races all over the State and recently called the races at Rosehill racecourse in Sydney during the Girls Just Wanna Have Fun race meeting. (See article on Victoria Shaw http://wp.me/p26iCL-C0). His Excellency the UAE Ambassador to Australia, Ali Nasser Al Nuami, will be presenting the trophies for the Arabian races which will commence at 5.55pm on Friday 27th January 2012 at Moonee Valley Racecourse, Victoria, Australia. NARA are honored to be part of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival.
The following weekend, Saturday 4th February, a good field of Arabians will contest the second Shadwell Arabian Mile at Caulfield racecourse, home of the famous Caulfield Cup. His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum is sponsoring the Shadwell Stud Australasia race meeting. Emirates are again sponsoring the very popular Cultural Marquee which was great attraction for racegoers last year. His Excellency the Ambassador will again be attending and presenting the trophies. A luncheon for distinguished guests will take place in the Commitee room overlooking the racetrack.This event attracted Arabian fans from all over Australia last year and NARA expects even more to cheer the Arabians home this year. The Shadwell Arabian Mile commences at 12.30pm.
Virginia Dodson, National Arabian Racehorse Association, NARA.