27 July 2020, UK ~ In a year full of challenges, the Arabian Racing Organisation (ARO) confirms that the Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club (QREC) will go ahead this week and the final day, Saturday, 1 August, will highlight the Arabian race, the Qatar International Stakes Gr 1. The one-mile contest will be held in front of a crowd of invited racegoers. The 12 entries received (subject to eligibility), list Ebraz returning, like 2017 winner Tayf, for a fourth consecutive year. The domestic entries are headed by Mehdaaf Athbah, untried at the historic Sussex Downs course.
The Qatar International Stakes, a £200,000 Group 1 PA event, forms the first stage of the Doha Triple Crown. The second stage is the Qatar Arabian World Cup at ParisLongchamp on Arc weekend, and the HH The Amir Sword, highlight of Qatar’s annual February Festival, concludes the challenge. This year, on the back of his 2019 wins at Goodwood and ParisLongchamp, Ebraz won a record-breaking third HH The Amir Sword, and in doing so claimed the Doha Triple Crown. His place in Arabian racing history is secured.
Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club (QREC) CEO Nasser Bin Sherida Al Kaabi commented: “Supporting and Promoting Arabian racing at this difficult time is an achievement which QREC has been able to realise through coordination with ARO and the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) and we do appreciate their cooperation. This year’s edition will be exceptional as it comes during the Covid-19 pandemic and the related new challenges. Therefore, racing at the Qatar Goodwood Festival will remain special as ever”.
ARO Finance and Commercial Director Genny Haynes is looking forward to the race saying: “We are most grateful for the continued support by Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club and Goodwood racecourse of UK Arabian racing at this most testing time. Though our season has been pushed back in the calendar due to the current circumstances, we are all delighted to have the opportunity to showcase our sport with a top-level race in front of a crowd eager for live racing.”
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