The grand finale of the His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum Arabian Horseracing Championship will take place this weekend in Chile and Brazil. The first of the two races that fall under the Dubai International Arabian Races (DIAR) series will be held at Club Hipico de Santiago in Chile’s capital city on Friday, 9 November, with the final round slated in Brazil on 11 November. The series, which runs under the patronage of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the UAE’s Minister of Finance and Industry and the Deputy Ruler of Dubai, began in late April in Rome and later made a number of European stops, which included the showpiece DIAR Day at Newbury in July.
Established in 1870, Club Hipico de Santiago is Chile’s oldest racecourse and is home to South America’s oldest Stakes race, the Clasico El Ensayo. A delegation, led by Mirza Al Sayegh, Director of the Office of HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum and Chairman of the Organising Committee of the Championship, will be present at the events in Chile and Brazil. Since making its entry in 2009, Chile has become one of the most important stops in the Championship schedule. The Championship is credited with introducing Purebred Arabian racing to Chile. Following the penultimate Chilean round, the shindig travels to Brazil for the final stop of the Championship on 11 November.
Al Sayegh said: “Although His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s global investments are centred around Thoroughbreds, he pays particular attention to Arabian horses for whome has great love and treats them like Thoroughbreds. “Hence, it is his desire to take Arabian racing to different parts of the world no matter how distant or remote they might seem such as South America or Australia. The Championship has left an indelible mark on many destinations and established a solid foundation to ensure continuity over time.” Al Sayegh said through the Championship, Sheikh Hamdan hopes to achieve the objectives of His Highness Sheikh Zayed, a keen patron of the Purebred Arabian fold, whose birth centennial year is being celebrated in the UAE in 2018. In Brazil, the race will be held in Sao Paulo, where Purebred Arabian racing has gained a lot of popularity because of Arab immigrants.
Al Sayegh predicted a bright future for Purebred Arabian races in the world, adding: “In just 10 years of the Championship entering these countries and through the support of the Shadwell Stables, Arabian races have achieved a quantum leap in South America, where races have become mainstays “Horses have been trained and breeders are producing horses locally, and that is a positive indicator towards the future, and we at Shadwell strongly support them.”