Dubai International Arabian Races set to deliver spectacular day

His Excellency Mirza Al Sayegh and members of the DIAR committee

Dubai International Arabian Races set to deliver spectacular day

The Dubai International Arabian Races promises spectacular entertainment both on and off the track when the world’s most prestigious day’s racing dedicated to Purebred Arabians returns to Newbury Racecourse under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum Deputy Ruler of Dubai and UAE Minister of Finance, on Sunday, 29 July.

Prize money of more than £190,000 is on offer for the eight-race programme which begins at 2.05pm and has attracted the best of Arabian racehorses from the UK, Europe and the Middle East.

The highlight is the Shadwell Dubai International Stakes, a Group 1PA event for Purebred Arabians four-years-old and over and run over a distance of a mile and a quarter with prize money of £58,000 on offer.

The international flavour of the event is endorsed by the preparation races which have been staged in France, Italy, Netherlands, Sweden and the UK. The winner and placed horses in each have secured the opportunity to chase valuable bonuses should they go on to win either the Shadwell Dubai International Stakes (Gr1 PA), the Shadwell Arabian Stallions Hatta International Stakes (Gr1 PA) for fillies and mares, the DIAR International Stakes (Gr3 PA) or the Rotana Hotels and Resorts Premier Handicap Stakes.

The day is presented by international sports broadcaster, Derek Thompson, and owes much of its inspiration to the family atmosphere enjoyed by racegoers at Jebel Ali Racecourse in Dubai. Admission is free and there are 1000s of free gifts for those arriving early, plus the chance to win a vast array of valuable prizes including a brand-new car.

Competitions and prizes

The winner of the Best Dressed Lady competition and a friend will jet off to Dubai in style courtesy of the multi award-winning Emirates Airline to enjoy five luxurious nights in one of Rotana’s five-star properties in the Emirates’ most vibrant city.

Berkshire-based lifestyle and fashion blogger Sophie Rose (@sophieroseblog) will be on hand to help select the 12 finalists who will be invited into the winner’s enclosure after race seven, the Rotana Hotels and Resorts Premier Handicap, where three runners-up will be presented with exquisite jewellery sets crafted in Dubai and the winner will receive her ticket to a dream getaway.

The holiday prize is one of three up for grabs on the day, all supported by Emirates Airline and Rotana Hotels and Resorts. Racegoers registering in advance at will be entered into an exclusive draw to win a pair of return flights, five nights’ accommodation and the winner of the racecard draw will receive a Business Class upgrade.

Creative kids can win an iPad in the Best Homemade Children’s Hat competition. Apple iPads will be presented to the boy and girl judged to have created the best homemade hat reflecting the occasion, and there are prizes for the runners-up.

An iPad is also the prize for the best selfie competition. Selfies taken on the day and posted on Twitter at @DIA_Races using the hashtag #DIARDay2018, will be judged throughout the afternoon and the winner will be announced at approximately 4.15pm.

Pupils from 13 schools in West Berkshire and Hampshire will be eagerly awaiting the results of the Arabian Rainbow Competition which will be announced during the afternoon. A community art project which has injected more than £100,000 in prize money to schools in the area since its launch in 2009, the Arabian Rainbow Competition challenges primary school children and their teachers to create and apply an innovative design to a near life-size sculpture of an Arabian Horse.

There are plenty of chances to win valuable prizes and draws will take place in the winner’s enclosure between races to win state-of-the-art mobile phones courtesy of Jebel Ali Racecourse. Star among the prize draw items on offer is a brand-new Citroen C1 Vti 68 Feel in gleaming white, supplied by Wilmoths Wokingham and worth £11,500. The free-to-enter prize draw for the ultraeconomical and eye-catching C1, one of the most compact and versatile city cars on the market, will take place in the winner’s enclosure after the trophy presentations for the eighth and final race at

Family entertainments

There is a host of activities designed to keep the whole family entertained throughout the day. The action on the track will be the focus of attention at 1.30pm when Arabian Racing expert, Gary Capewell, will be in the Parade Ring to guide racegoers through the day’s runners and riders and, hopefully, identify a few winners before heading up to the commentary box to call home the horses in the afternoon’s eight races. Face painters and Henna tattoo artists will be stationed in the Crafty Filly Terrace where budding jockeys of all ages can put their riding skills to the test aboard the Racing To School Equicizer under the expert eye of former jump jockey Ollie McPhail.

The Crafty Filly Terrce is also the venue for the free Art Workshop where Liz Armstrong, a member of the Society of Equine Artists will be sharing her skills with those keen to explore their creative side, and racegoers looking to experience a touch of Arabic culture can visit the live falconry exhibit. Younger racegoers with energy to spare will be keen to make their way to the Derby Hoppers and take part in their own races on inflatable bouncy horses.

Gates open at 12 noon and admission is free. Scratch cards handed out on arrival will entitle racegoers to collect a free ‘goodie bag’ packed with toys and gadgets, and Jebel Ali Racecourse will be gifting specially produced Jebel Ali branded merchandise to those arriving early.

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