DIAR UNVEILS ITS 2020 SCHEDULE
The Dubai International Arabian Races (DIAR) Committee and their partners have finalised the dates of the 2020 edition of the DIAR series. It will culminate with the flagship event at Newbury on Sunday, July 26th.
There will be 17 ‘DIAR’ European qualifiers. As in previous years, the series gets underway at the Capannelle, Rome, on April 19th. Bro Park (Sweden) Duindigt (Holland) and La Teste-de-Buch (France) will then take up the baton. The first British races (which have yet to be rubber stamped by the British Horseracing Authority) are run on June 11th.
Genny Haynes, the Commercial and Finance Director of ARO (Arabian Racing Organisation) said: “We warmly welcome the announcement of the DIAR committee. The addition of the prep race series four years ago completely revitalised DIAR in terms of the interest it has generated outside of the UK, and, last year, we had the biggest number of international runners at the meeting. ”
A total of 153 entries were made for the DIAR finals day races at Newbury, and they yielded 73 declared runners, including Gazwan (Amer) and Al Shamoos (No Risk Al Maury), the respective joint-highest rated older horse and highest rated filly of 2018. They also comprised the seven winners and nine placed horses in the ‘qualifiers’. These 16 horses all headed to Newbury with the prospect of adding a DIAR bonus to their winnings.
A ‘DIAR’ bonus has been secured every year since their inception. Urge Di Gallura (Caligola) proved to be the ice breaker in the three-year-olds’ race. He was also the first Italian owned, trained, bred and ridden winner of a PA pattern race in Britain. In 2017 Lightning Bolt (Munjiz) scooped the bonus following his win in the Dubai International Stakes (Gr1 PA). The 2018 season heralded two bonus winners, Joudh (Mahabb) and Al Chammy (Nizam), following their respective wins in the Hatta International Stakes (Gr1 PA) and the Za’abeel International Stakes (Gr1 PA). Bayan (Munjiz), trained by Frederic Sanchez for YAS Horseracing Management, hit the ‘bonus’ jackpot this season. Ridden by Ioritz Mendizabal, the filly achieved this by landing the Shadwell Arabian Stallions Hatta International Stakes (Gr1 PA), having been successful in a DIAR ‘qualifier’ in Italy.
The DIAR flagship event is a unique opportunity for PA horses in Europe and is the highlight of the British PA racing calendar. It offers an eclectic mix of three Gr1 PA races, a Gr3 PA race for 3-year-olds, an international conditions race, plus a further three handicaps which are restricted to horses trained in Great Britain.
Mirza Al Sayegh, the DIAR spokesman, said: “In 2019, the DIAR prep races were very well supported, as they attracted runners from all over Europe. The finals day at Newbury was a great success, thanks to all its participants, trainers, owners, sponsors, racecourse staff and partners, as well as the public, who were there to witness very competitive PA racing.
We are very grateful for the support we have received from all the owners and trainers who travelled from afar to participate in the DIAR race programme. The racing authorities from Italy, Sweden, Holland, France and the UK have been very helpful as regards organising, promoting and hosting our races, and we looking forward to working with them again in 2020. We are delighted to announce that we will again be paying travel allowances for those international runners bound for Newbury on July 26th, plus the renewal of the DIAR bonus prize fund for 2020. The details of those schemes and the conditions of the races will be published at a later date.”
THE DIAR 2020 CIRCUIT
Capannelle, Italy, April 19th.
Bro Park, Sweden, June 14th.
Duindigt, Holland, June 28th.
La Teste-de-Buch, France, June 29th.
Newbury, UK, June 11th.
Chepstow, UK, June 12th.
Newbury, UK, June 23rd.
Newbury, UK, July 2nd.
Newbury, UK, July 9th.
Newbury, UK, July 26th.
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