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Al Maktoum Challenge R1 Highlights International Six-Race Card
Luxury Swiss watchmaker, Longines returns to Meydan Racecourse on Thursday as Official Timekeeper for the first of the 11 race meetings of the 2014 Dubai World Cup Carnival.
The brand, a major supporter of the top echelons of horse sport the world over, also puts its name behind the first Dubai World Cup Carnival meeting at Meydan Racecourse, a card which carries a combined prize purse of US$915,000.
The Dubai World Cup Carnival’s first meeting boasts an important series of races, with the stage set by the renewal of the Group 1 Purebred Arabian Al Maktoum Challenge R1. The Thoroughbred equivalent, the Group 2 Al Maktoum Challenge is staged later the same evening. These races act as the first stop on a race series that ultimately act as a preparation campaign for the Saturday March 29, $10m Dubai World Cup.
Another highlight on the card is the newly-created Listed Singspiel Stakes, run over 1800m of the turf track, which trainers can use to prepare horses for Group 2 $200,000 Al Rashidiya over the same distance, held on Thursday January 30.
Longines will revisit Meydan Racecourse on February 15, 2014 for the eighth Racing at Meydan meeting but the brand’s biggest presence will be felt at the Dubai track for the climax of the racing season when the running of the U$5m Dubai Sheema Classic presented by Longines takes place on Dubai World Cup day.
Mr. Walter von Känel, President of Longines said: “The Dubai World Cup Carnival is an amazing competition in the field of horseracing. It really fits with the values that define the DNA of Longines, namely tradition, performance and elegance. That’s why we are proud to be the Official Timekeeper of this prestigious event.”
Malih Al Basti, Board Member, Meydan Group and Chairman of the Racing Committee, said: “Longines is an instantly recognisable brand on the global horse sport calendar and we are always delighted to welcome this famous company to Meydan Racecourse.
“As a long-time supporter of all horse sport including endurance as well as horse racing, Longines backs our domestic season and our world-renowned international season and it is this foresight that continues to pave the way for development of the sport in the UAE.”