31 July 2017, UK ~ The Arabian Racing Organisation (ARO), published the list of runners for the forthcoming Qatar International Stakes (Gr1PA) to be run on Wednesday, 2 August 2017 on the second day of the five-day annual Qatar Goodwood Festival held at the historic Sussex Downs course.
With four of the entries having won eight Group races between them, it promises to be a fascinating contest, with some of the best progressive young horses around taking on established yardstick Prada T, second in both previous runnings of the race so far.
With £200,000 to the winner, the first leg of the Doha Triple Crown has attracted an excellent class of entries. The runners include the 2017 HH Emir’s Sword Winner Ebraz, and the second Tayf. Also in contention is this years’ French Arabian Derby winner Nafees and the aforementioned mare, Prada T. She is trained by her owner-breeder Gerard Zoetelief on the beach in Holland and he is in red-hot form at present, boasting three wins in three countries, in less than a week.
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Gemma Cobb, ARO Racing Operations Executive said: “Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club have been sponsoring Arabian racing in the UK since 2009 and inaugurated this race in 2015, as the first leg of the Doha Triple Crown Series. It is an honour to play host to such a high-profile race and we hope that maybe this years’ winner could be the first to make history by going on to win the Triple Crown and claim the bonus too.”