The Dubai International Arabian Races (DIAR) are back for 2016 and they are bigger and better than ever
2 May 2016, UK ~ The international program of Arabian racing (DIAR) which is run under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum [Dubai, UAE] seeks to educate more people about the Arabian breed, the sport of Arabian horse racing, and the supporting Arabic culture.
Mirza Al Sayegh, spokesperson for the DIAR program commented: “The culmination of this program is a flagship event held at Newbury Racecourse (UK) each year and is widely acknowledged to be one of the best and most prestigious days of Arabian racing anywhere in the world. In 2016 this event will be held on Sunday 24th July and will feature a total of 5 Group and International level races including: 3 Gr.1 PA (IFAHR) races as well as a Gr.2 PA (IFAHR) race for 3 year olds.
Of significant importance this year is the introduction of travel allowances for international runners competing in the races at Newbury on 24th July and the renewal of the DIAR bonus prize fund for 2016. The bonus fund encourages international runners to the UK by offering a prize money bonus to horses placed in DIAR races in their own country which then go on to win one of the bonus races at Newbury.
In addition to these initiatives, 2016 will see a £20,000 increase in prize money for the flagship event. The prize money will be used to boost the Gr.1 PA Shadwell Dubai International Stakes; the Gr.1 PA Dubai Duty Free Hatta International Stakes and the Jebel Ali Racecourse Za’abeel International Stakes (Gr.1 PA).”
2016 DIAR Calendar
The rest of the DIAR program will be made up of international prep races and domestic races to support Arabian racing across the world.
8 May, Italy – DIAR is delighted to be able to sponsor the first ever IFAHR recognized international stakes race for Arabians in Italy. The Premio Dubai International Arabian Races 2016, a Listed contest for 4 year olds and up, will be run as part of a day of Thoroughbred racing sponsored by Shadwell on Sunday 8th May at Rome Capannelle Racecourse.
4 July, Sweden – The program has also expanded to incorporate Sweden for the first time with the sponsorship of 4 races including the Gr.3 PA DIAR Stockholm Arabian Cup on 4th July at the newly completed Bro Park Racecourse.
24 July, UK – Dubai International Day at Newbury Racecourse featuring 5 Group and International level Stakes races.
The program will be visiting the UK, France, Holland, Italy and Sweden during the summer and work has begun to return to the USA following the successful inaugural visit to Lone Star Park, Texas in 2015.
Full Calendar here:
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