(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Al Sayegh said they have put the final touches for the preparations to invade South America one of the largest home of horse breeding and racing. According to Mirza Al Sayegh director of the office of Shaikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum Deputy Ruler of Dubai and UAE Minister of Finance there’s nothing that will sway their determination to keep the flag of their young nation flying while developing Purebred Arabian racing around the globe.
“We have started promoting Purebred Arabian racing in England and Europe 33 years ago at Kempton Park Racecourse and have enjoyed quite a lot of success” he said. “But our sight is set on more success thanks to the strong support and backing of our wise leadership.
“Shaikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum who happens to be amongst the highest profile horse breeders had started the Dubai International Race Day 30 years ago and is still looking to keep it up and running. And the room is only there for improvement of prizes to attract top horses.
“We would like to see more race fans come to these races because the Arabian horse is very unique.
“We will continue to do our best thought events like the Dubai International Race Day to promote and develop Arabian racing in UK and elsewhere.
“We have received an invitation from the owner of the Goodwood Racecourse to stage a similar event there and we are weighing our options.
“But the most exciting news is the probable move to Ascot Racecourse as Shaikh Hamdan said he would like to see a full day of Arabian racing at the royal venue.
“We want the world to take notice of the Purebred Arabian. We would like to raise the prize money.
“But the Jockey Club have a condition that the prize money for Purebred Arabian racing should not exceed a certain limit and unless you offer bigger money you will not attract the best horses” he said.
“But it’s all about the UAE flag. We are all working to promote our nation and this is the focus of our efforts” he said.
Al Sayegh noted that the decision to honour journalists aimed at providing wider coverage for the Arabian races in UK.
“We have been delighted with the quality of the media coverage of the competition in UK and we are confident that the coverage it has generated will help to promote Arabian Racing to even wider audience” he said.
Aimed primarily at natinal newspaper journalists the competition also included a category for unpublished work and regional coverage.
“Schools in West Berkshire have received equipment and prize money worth more than £15000 since the Colourful Camels competition was launched in 2009.
“Colourful Camels is an exciting art project for primary schools which allows children to express themselves through art and provides teachers with an opportunity to engage with students in a wide variety of subjects including languages geography and culture” he said.
“Shaikh Hamdan is delighted with the success of the Dubai International Race Day. It has done much to introduce new audiences to Arabian racing and through initiatives like the Colourful Camels competition has helped to promote a better understanding of UAE culture.”
“We are also pleased to expand our operations to Brazil and Chile to display the unique quality of this smart creature. Our efforts in Latin America and Down Under are paying off and we are sure to make the move even more worthwhile” he added.
Al Sayegh said they have put the final touches for the preparations to invade South America one of the largest home of horse breeding and racing.
The races will be sponsored by Shadwell Farm where Shaikh Hamdan produces a remarkable array of talented runners. Success has come to Shadwell as a result of assembling all the necessary ingredients for a top-notch program. “Shadwell’s global success is the result of hands-on management” he said.
Under the direct supervision of Shaikh Hamdan Shadwell built an outstanding facility on the best land available and is home to many of the world’s top broodmares. “With racing and breeding programmes in Ireland England and America Shadwell pulls everything together into one successful unit. Qualified professionals at the farm provide the requisite leadership to achieve Shadwell’s goals.
In a short time Shadwell has produced the winners of nine classic races: Sakhee winner of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe Nashwan winner of the Epsom Derby and Two Thousand Guineas Erhab winner of the Epsom Derby Shadayid winner of the English One Thousand Guineas Harayir winner of the English One Thousand Guineas Mehthaaf winner of the Irish One Thousand Guineas Snow Bridge winner of the Epsom Oaks Tarib winner of the French One Thousand Guineas and Ghanaati winner of the English One Thousand Guineas.