The grand finale of the 2020 Dubai International Arabian Races will be held at Newbury Racecourse on 26 July, it was announced last week. Revealing the timeline of events for next season, the DIAR committee said the European Prep Series for 2020 will begin at Rome’s Capannelle Racecourse on 19 April. A total of 17 races will be contested as part of next year’s European Prep Series and after the ball is set rolling in Rome, the shindig visits each of Sweden’s Bro Park, Duindigt in Holland and La Teste de Buch in France. The UK races are yet to be approved by the British Horseracing Authority, but have been scheduled for a 11 June start.
Director of the office of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum and spokesperson for the DIAR programme, Mirza Al Sayegh said: “In 2019, the DIAR prep races were very well supported, with runners coming from across all Europe. “Our final race day at Newbury was a great success, thanks to all participants, trainers, owners, sponsors, racecourse staff, partners as well as the public who were there to witness very competitive Arabian races. “We are very grateful for the support we have received from all the owners and trainers who travel from afar to participate in the DIAR race programme. The racing authorities from Italy, Sweden, Holland, France and the UK have been very helpful in organising, promoting and hosting our races and we are looking forward to working with them again in 2020. “We are delighted to announce the renewal of the travel allowances for international runners competing in the races at Newbury on 26 July and 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.” A staunch partner of the series, the ArabianRacing Organisation (ARO), says it is looking forward to this year’s programme renewal. ARO commercial and finance director Genny Haynes said: “We warmly welcome this news from the DIAR committee. The addition of the prep series four years ago completely revitalised DIAR in terms of the interest it has generated outside of the UK and last year saw our highest number of international runners declared for the meeting. “The DIAR series and of course DIAR itself have become a significant part of the European Arabian racing programme. We are delighted to warmly welcome overseas competitors to the UK and recognise the importance of being able to offer international racing at some of our most prestigious Grade One racecourses.”