The Curragh announced recently that Al Basti Equiworld, Dubai, the UAE’s leading supplier of horse feeds and supplements, will sponsor the Group 1 Flying Five, a leading sprint race in the international racing calendar. The 5f Group 1 Al Basti Equiworld, Dubai Flying Five will take place as one of the feature races on The Curragh on Sunday 11-September, the second day of Irish Champions Weekend and will carry total prize money of €400,000.
The agreement is for the next three years with the option to extend their support for a further two years. Some of the fastest horses in the world feature among the current 35 entries for the race, including Group One winners A Case Of You, Winter Power and last year’s winner Romantic Proposal.
Other notable contenders are Khaadem, winner of the King George Stakes at Goodwood, Barberstown Castle Sapphire Stakes winner Ladies Church and Prix Maurice de Geest heroine Highland Princess, together with the unbeaten Royal Aclaim and King’s Lynn who carries the colours of owner and breeder, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth.
The Curragh is pleased to team up with Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) to offer the winner of the Al Quoz Sprint in Dubai an automatic entry into the Flying Five each year. Al Basti Equiworld founder Malih Al Basti said: "We are very pleased to be able to support horse racing in Ireland and to add the Al Basti Equiworld, Dubai Flying Five to our portfolio of international sponsorships which include Group races at York, Newmarket, Dundalk and in New Zealand, and a number of high profile jockeys in the UK, Ireland and France.
“I am sure The Curragh will provide an excellent stage for the continued promotion of our brand.” Brian Kavanagh, chief executive of The Curragh added: “We are delighted to welcome Al Basti Equiworld, Dubai to our roster of sponsors here on The Curragh and very grateful to Malih Al Basti and his team for agreeing to support the Flying Five on Irish Champions Weekend.
“This is an important race for us and is part of the ‘Win and You’re In’ promotion by the Breeders’ Cup with the winner guaranteed a run in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint at Keeneland. “Recent winners such as Caravaggio, Sole Power, Havana Grey, Glass Slippers and Romantic Proposal attest to the quality of the race and this year’s entries point to a very strong renewal.