The President’s Cup World Series for Purebred Arabian racing celebrates the silver jubilee year with 10 races planned across 10 countries with the opening race in Egypt on April 14.
The race series is held under the patronage of The UAE President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and on the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs.
The highlight of the silver jubilee year of the series is a €100,000 Group 1 race included in the Emirates French Guineas meeting in France.
The Guineas meeting will be held at the rebranded Paris Longchamp racecourse when it re-opens to the public after major refurbishment which took nearly two years to complete.
“To have race on the French Guineas day, particularly when this iconic racecourse is open to public, is a massive advertisement for the Purebred Arabians,” said Matar Al Yabhouni, president of the Abu Dhabi Sports Council’s committee for the President’s Cup, at the launch ceremony at their headquarters on Tuesday.
“This race series has been held for about 35 years but it received official status only 25 years ago, and hence we are celebrating the silver jubilee this season.”
“We have seen the success of this race series with every passing year. We have eight races around the world and added Russia and Saudi Arabia this season which are big breakthroughs.”
The two races added in the season’s calendar are the US$40,000 Group 1 race run over the 2,150 metres in Moscow on August 26 and the $100,000 contest in Saudi Arabia in December, for which a date is yet to be confirmed.
The race series will also become under the umbrella of the Ministry of Presidential Affairs but it will continue as before with the involvement of the ADSC committee for the President’s Cup and the Emirates Equestrian Federation.
“The races series is to promote and encourage Purebred Arabian racing as well as the breeding of this species around the world and we are proud this event is celebrating a milestone of 25 years,” said Aref Al Awani, general secretary of ADSC.
“These races are staged at high-profile race meetings around the world and it receives the kind massive exposure from the racing fraternity.
“The race days are well-attended and we had more than 100,000 in attendance. We wish to double that number this year to 200,000. Then there will be millions of TV viewers on a race-day like the Emirates Guinea.”
The President’s Cup schedule:
April 14: Cairo, Egypt.
May 13: Longchamp, France.
June 24: Den Haag, Holland.
July 1: Milan, Italy.
July 30: Oostende, Belgium.
August 26: Moscow, Russia.
September 15: Doncaster, England.
September 29: Churchill Downs, USA.
November 18: Casablanca, Morocco.
December (TBC): Saudi Arabia.