DUBAI INTERNATIONAL ARABIAN RACES (DIAR) SPONSORSHIP PROGRAMME FOR 2018
The world renown established Dubai International Arabian Races programme is coming back to Europe for 2018. This international programme of Arabian racing, run under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, aims to educate more people about the Arabian breed, the sport of Arabian horse racing and the Arabic culture that underpins it.
In 2017, DIAR proudly sponsored 18 preparation races in Italy, Sweden, France, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, including six stakes races. Those races were well supported and the efforts of all DIAR partners resulted in a record participation of international runners at the showpiece event at Newbury Racecourse (UK) in July.
Mirza Al Sayegh, spokesperson for the DIAR programme commented:
“Last year, we were very pleased to see so many racegoers and families attending our flagship event at Newbury as well as many owners and trainers from all of Europe and beyond. All the races were well supported and were all very competitive.
“We are very grateful to the racing authorities from Italy, Sweden, France, the Netherlands and the UK for their support and help in promoting our race programme and our showpiece at Newbury, which is now established as one of the best and most prestigious days of Arabian racing anywhere in the world. “In 2018, this event will be held on Sunday 29th July and will feature a total of five Group and International level races, including three Gr.1 PA races.
“We are delighted to announce the renewal of the travel allowances for international runners competing in the races at Newbury on 29th July and the renewal of the DIAR bonus prize fund for 2018. The bonus fund encourages international runners to the UK by offering a prize money bonus to horses placed in DIAR preparation races in Europe which then go on to win one of the bonus races at Newbury.
“Last year, a bonus of £3,000 was won by LIGHTNING BOLT after his Group 1 PA victory in the feature race Shadwell Dubai International Stakes for trainer Karin van den Bos.”
The programme will be visiting the UK, France, Holland, Italy and Sweden during the summer with a series of Prep Races from grass root to Group PA level.
The Dubai International Arabian Races is an international programme of Arabian racing run under the patronage of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Minister of Finance and Deputy Ruler of Dubai.
More information about Dubai International Arabian Races can be found at www.diaraces.com