New sporting discipline and exciting highlights
10 December 2014, St. Moritz ~ Race days are on Sundays, 8th, 15th, and 22nd February 2015 on the frozen lake of St. Moritz. The traditional International horse races on ice, founded in 1907, are part of the exclusive circle of the Top Events of Switzerland. In terms of lifestyle, ambiance and flair, the 2015 White Turf will come up with many surprising innovations on all three race Sundays, both for the active participants and the enthusiastic race spectators!
The most lucrative hurdle race on snow in the world will celebrate its revival at the 2015 White Turf
The hurdle race in St. Moritz on the second White Turf race Sunday, 15th February 2015, will be the final race of the two previous hurdle races taking place on 18th and 25th January on the Upper Lake of Arosa. The hurdle races will be run on the frozen lake of St. Moritz for the first time in 21 years. With prize money of 20,000 Swiss Francs ($20,660USD) this is the most lucrative hurdle race on snow in the world. The race will start directly in front of the stands, before racing two rounds with jumps 70 cm high in accordance with the regulations of Galopp Schweiz.
With prize money of more than half a million Swiss Francs, White Turf surpasses once again all customary winning sums in Swiss racing sports. Besides the likewise highly remunerated BMW trotting races, the world exclusive Credit Suisse Skikjöring races will certainly once again guarantee an adrenaline rush. In this discipline, daredevil lady and men drivers on skis are pulled over a distance of 2,700m by riderless thoroughbreds galloping across the frozen lake. It requires courageous skills, excellent physical condition, skiing proficiency and sensitive handling of the noble race horses – and, of course, top performance. Finally, the person who collects the highest number of points on all three race Sundays can rejoice in being awarded for one year the title of ‘King of the Engadine’!
Arabian Racing thanks to HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival
The worldwide reputation of the White Turf is proved by the two exclusive Arabian races that are now firmly established among the race events of the White Turf after their successful premieres in the last two years. At the H.H. Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Listed Cup, the best pure-bred Arabian horses at St. Moritz will compete for victory in a breath-taking gallop race on ice, whilst the H.H. Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship (IFAHR) will be the most important, and with a purse of 35,000 Swiss Francs ($36,155 USD). “This tremendous commitment of the Arabian racing stables is a great honour for our event,” emphasized White Turf CEO Silvio M. Staub.
Through the cooperation agreement with the Berlin-Hoppegarten and Mauritius racecourses, the persons responsible for the White Turf have succeeded in continuously enhancing the attractiveness of the International Horseraces on ice. It is primarily the sport that forms the basis for the mutual and fruitful cooperation, but art and tourism are also part of it. For instance, since the Grand Prix White Turf St. Moritz took place for the fourth time this year in Berlin-Hoppegarten, the Grand Prix of the Berlin-Hoppegarten racecourse will greatly contribute on the third 2015 race Sunday to enhance the White Turf racing events.