UAE President Cup to Go Ahead on Doncaster St Leger Day

Hayyan (FR) winner of the 2019 UAE President Cup (UK Arabian Derby) (Gr1PA) at Doncaster (C) Debbie Burt

The UAE President Cup will go ahead on Doncaster St Leger Day, the Arabian Racing Organisation (ARO) confirmed today. What is the oldest Purebred Arabian race fits nicely with the St Leger Stakes, which is held in September each year at Doncaster Racecourse, the highlight fixture of the flat season.

Run over a mile and a quarter, The UAE President Cup (UK Arabian Derby) resumed its’ association with the UK Arabian Derby in 2016 and is exclusively for four-year-old Purebred Arabians.

Hayyan (FR) winner of the 2019 UAE President Cup (UK Arabian Derby) (Gr1PA) at Doncaster (C) Debbie Burt
Hayyan (FR) winner of the 2019 UAE President Cup (UK Arabian Derby) (Gr1PA) at Doncaster (C) Debbie Burt

For three consecutive seasons, it has been won by the winner of the French equivalent in Nafees, Rodess Du Loup and Hayyan. It would be no surprise if entries were to include recent French Arabian Derby winner Hattal, trained by Xavier Thomas-Demault for YAS Horse Management and HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan, owner-breeders of last year’s winner.

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Genny Haynes, ARO Commercial and Finance Director was thrilled commenting.

We were excited to welcome back the President of the UAE Cup in 2016 and we are proud that the race consistently produces a top-quality winner. We are extremely grateful to the Series for their continued support of our feature race for four-year-olds and to Doncaster racecourse for their support of international Arabian racing. This race is now firmly established as part of St Leger Day, at Doncaster’s most prestigious meeting of the year which enhances the contest’s prestige and Arabian racing’s status in the UK.”

The 2020 race will take place on Saturday 12th September.

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