The President of the UAE Cup continues revival at Doncaster and Churchill Downs
The President of the UAE Cup has been resuscitated in some style, and action at Doncaster racecourse begins Thursday to start a busy month for the Purebred Arabian series.
Eight four-year-old Purebred Arabians are set to compete for £80,000 (Dh392,800) at the Yorkshire racecourse for the Group 1 UK Arabian Derby.
On September 24, the President of the UAE Cup will stage a US$100,000 (Dh367,300) Grade 1 contest at Churchill Downs, the home of the Kentucky Derby.
These are strong roots of revival to what was, several years ago, a series that spanned four continents and staged races at the highest level on some of the world’s most famous race days.
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The President of the UAE Cup previously sponsored Purebred Arabian racing on cards that featured the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot, the Irish Guineas at the Curragh, the Grand Prix de Saint Cloud in France and started off in February in Abu Dhabi.
“We are delighted to bring back the President of the UAE Cup back to Britain, giving the UK Arabian Derby the prominence it deserves,” Faisal Al Rahmani, general secretary for the President of the UAE Cup programme, said. The President of the UAE Cup last sponsored the UK Arabian Derby in 2013, when it was run at Newmarket’s prestigious July meeting.
The series was established in 1994 to promote the Purebred Arabian horse worldwide.
Thursday’s 2,000-metre race has attracted a solid field with the second and third in the French Purebred Arabian Derby crossing the Channel.
Alban De Mieulle’s Tayf finished a nose ahead of Thomas Fourcy’s Khataab, who was bred by De Mieulle, at Chantilly in June behind Elizabeth Bernard’s Alsaaker.
De Mieulle also trains Djelamer, who beat Dutch raider Lightning Bolt in a Listed contest at Duindigt, in The Hague, in June.
The lightly raced grey added to that success by winning a President of the UAE Cup race at the same course 11 days ago.
Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid runs Jamaayil, who won a handicap on Dubai International Arabian race day at Newbury in July, for trainer Philip Collington, who also sends out Dossar Athbah. Beverley Deutrom’s Lou Raynal and James Owen’s Difaa complete the field.
“This is the final Group race of the Arabian Racing Organisation season and it will be interesting to see how our UK horses compare to the more experienced overseas runners,” Amanda Smith, Arabian Racing Organisation racing manager, said.
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Published: September 7, 2016 04:00 AM