4 April 2018, UK ~ The world renown established Dubai International Arabian Races program returns to Europe for 2018. This international program of Arabian racing, run under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, aims to educate more people about the Arabian breed, the sport of Arabian horse racing and the Arabic culture that underpins it.
In 2017, DIAR proudly sponsored 18 preparation races in Italy, Sweden, France, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, including six stakes races. Those races were well supported and the efforts of all DIAR partners resulted in a record participation of international runners at the showpiece event at Newbury Racecourse (UK) in July.
Mirza Al Sayegh, spokesperson for the DIAR program commented:
“Last year, we were very pleased to see so many racegoers and families attending our flagship event at Newbury as well as many owners and trainers from all of Europe and beyond. All the races were well supported and were all very competitive.
“We are very grateful to the racing authorities from Italy, Sweden, France, the Netherlands and the UK 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.
“In 2018, this event will be held on Sunday 29th 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 29th July and the renewal of the DIAR bonus prize fund for 2018. The bonus fund encourages international runners to the UK by offering a prize money bonus to horses placed in DIAR preparation races in Europe which then go on to win one of the bonus races at Newbury.
“The 2017 bonus of £3,000 was won by LIGHTNING BOLT after his Group 1 PA victory in the feature race Shadwell Dubai International Stakes for trainer Karin van den Bos.”
The DIAR program will visit the UK, France, Holland, Italy and Sweden during the summer with a series of Prep Races from grass root to Group PA level.
Dates: 2018 Dubai International Arabian Races
29 April – Capannelle Racecourse, Rome, Italy – 3 International Arabian races
including 1 Listed PA race”
14 June – Newbury Racecourse, UK – 1 International Arabian race
15 June – Chepstow Racecourse, UK – 1 Arabian Race, UK domestic horses only
18 June – Bro Park Racecourse, Stockholm, Sweden – 3 Arabian races including 1 Group 3 PA
26 June – Newbury Racecourse, UK – 1 International Arabian race for fillies and mares
3 July – La Teste de Buch Racecourse, France – 3 International Arabian races including 2 Group PA races
5 July – Newbury Racecourse, UK – 1 International Arabian race for 3yos only
8 July – Duindigt Racecourse, The Netherlands, 3 Arabian races including 2 Listed PA races
12 July – Newbury Racecourse, UK – 1 International Arabian race
29 July – Newbury Racecourse, UK – 8 Arabian Races including 3 Group 1 PA and 1 Group 3 PA races
More information: www.diaraces.com
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Dates will be listed on the www.horsereporter.com calendar of events.