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All set for summer action
KT Report / 26 May 2012
The Emirates Equestrian Federation-sponsored President of the UAE Cup (Listed) race, part of the Abu Dhabi Irish Guineas Festival 2012 to be held on Saturday and Sunday, will kick-start the summer action at the Curragh Racecourse in Ireland.
The races will be run as part of the Irish Classics in which the best Thoroughbred horses and jockeys in Europe compete over two days.
Saturday’s opening day features a clash of Europe’s top colts in the Abu Dhabi Irish 2000 Guineas (Group 1) while the Emirates Equestrian Federation-sponsored President of the UAE Cup (Listed) race on Sunday heralds the Arabian Racing Organisation’s international races for the 2012 season. The event attracts a diverse range of race goers including racing enthusiasts, socialites, fashion aficionados, entertainment seekers, and high-ranking officials.
The race is being sponsored by Emirates Equestrian Federation with the support of Brand Abu Dhabi, Etihad Airways and Abu Dhabi Sports Council. Dewhurst Stakes winner Parish Hall leads an 11-strong field of Thoroughbreds for the Abu Dhabi Irish 2000 which includes four contenders from trainer Aidan O’Brien.
Power, Daddy Long Legs and Wrote who finished first and third in the UAE Derby (Group 2) on Dubai World Cup night and Reply are O’Brien’s runners. John Oxx runners Takar and Born To Sea, the Richard Hannon-trained Trumpet Major, Bryan Smart’s Foxtrot Romeo are also in the fray.
Hermival from France and Alkazim, trained by David Wachman, complete the field with the 3-year-olds chasing a prize fund of €300,000 in this Group 1 contest.
Some of the top Purebred Arabians including three Group 1 will be seen in action on Sunday as The Curragh Racecourse hosts the second leg of the world renowned President of the UAE Cup Series, the Original Arabian Purebred Classic Series. The 1400-meter race has a prize money of €350,00 and will feature four-year-old and above Arabians.
Taleb Dhaher Al Muhairi, secretary general of the Emirates Equestrian Federation, said: “The Curragh is such a prestigious racing venue and to stage our races here in Ireland is a matter of great pride and privilege. I take this opportunity to thank all those who have made this series a success including the UAE Rulers and other supporting staff.” He further added that this is the second race of the series after a historical debut in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, in the past week, which attracted over 120,000 people with a even bigger audience on the television.
The President of the UAE Cup (Listed) race field includes Group 1 winners Aziz, Harran and Areej, all trained by Julian Smart. Aziz won both Group races for Sprint horses – The Al Hai Group Zabeel International Stakes (Group 1 PA) and The Royal Cavalry Of Oman Clarendon International Stakes (Group 3 PA) in his UK campaign and then in winter in Qatar he won two top quality Group 1 races.
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