The race day sported international entries and international guests
26 July 2015, Newbury, UK ~ The excitement of eight races on Sunday, 26 July warmed up a wet and sloppy day at Newbury.
The top tally for the three Group 1 races on Dubai International Arabian Races day was two for trainer Julian Smart and jockey Harry Bentley with wins on Djainka Des Forges and Gazwan.
Gazwan was the winner of the feature Shadwell Dubai International Stakes, while Djainka Des Forges proved she is still the best Purebred Arabian horse in the world with her triumphant win in the Dubai Duty Free Hatta International Stakes.
Aghsaan took the first race, the Emirates Premier Handicap Stake for trainer Gillian Duffield for HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, leaving the recent winner, the young KATONAHOTINROOF, to pull home in third. Duffield again hit the winning mark in the Group 2 Emirates Equestrian Federation International Stakes with the Munjiz son, Rasaasy under jockey Paul Hanagan.
The Royal Cavalry of Oman was not to be denied, winning the Jebel Ali Group 1 PA International Stakes with Al Mouhannad under jockey Thomas Henderson as well as the Emirates NBD International Stakes when Olivier Peslier took Vulcan Du Clos cleanly to the finish line.
Julian Smart totaled three wins as Abhar won the seventh race on the card with jockey Simon Walker for HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Thani. Simon Walker made his next ride a winner as well on the US bred Kao Kat MHF for trainer Beverly Deutrom. Kao Kat’s breeder Michelle Morgan of Mandolynn Hill Farms was hand to see the win. “This is thrilling,” she said. “I stand three of the Shadwell Stallions on my farm in Texas, Kaolino being one of them, and it was great to see one of my babies winning for his owners on a day sponsored by Shadwell.”
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Prizes For All
The public was treated to free goodies and chances to win IPads and Samsung phones, as well as a vacation to Dubai and a new Citroen Ci Touch in a mega draw. The Arabian Rainbow Project for primary schools showed off colorfully painted model horses in a variety of subjects. Some of these stationary horses sported raincoats to keep their paint dry during the worst part of the day. The sun appeared in time for the last race, putting a positive shine on the turf track.
The day was sponsored by Shadwell racing under the Dubai International Arabian Races program. (DIAR).
Expanded Support for Arabian Racing
Purebred Arabian racing has the support of expanding purses in Europe and the USA. There are over 19 Purebred Arabian races in Europe in 2015 that offer purses of €50,000 or more.
Shadwell has expanded their support for Arabian racing with a 2015 Calendar that embraces South America, Europe, the US, and Australia in addition to the 8 races on Dubai International Day 26 July. The Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Racing Festival supports over 100 races around the world and two Triple Crown series, one series in Europe and one in the USA. The Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup European Triple Crown offers a bonus of £50,000 for three races won by the same horse. The American Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup Triple Jewel has a bonus of $150,000 based on a points system for the three races. Abu Dhabi also supports the €1.2m Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Jewel Crown which will be held in November in Abu Dhabi.
In 2015, Qatar announced a major new race series for Purebred Arabians, the Qatar Arabian Triple Crown. The Qatar Arabian Triple Crown will begin with the £400,000 Qatar Harwood International Stakes (Group 1 PA) on Saturday, 1 August. The second leg will be the €1 million Qatar Arabian World Cup at the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe weekend in October 2015, with the final leg the H.H. The Emir’s Sword in Doha in February 2016. There will be a bonus of USD 1,000,000 for any horse who wins all three races.
Arabian racing has never looked better.