The new Dubai International Arabian Races (DIAR) season began at Capannelle Racecourse on the outskirts of Rome in Italy at the end of last month. The nine race card of Purebred Arabian and Thoroughbred contests included the fourth running of the Purebred Arabian feature, the Premio Dubai International Arabian Races 2019, as well as the Italian 1000 and 2000 Guineas, both Thoroughbred Group Three contests. DIAR have been sponsoring domestic Arabian racing in Italy, where the appetite for the sport has been growing over the last decade, for a number of years. DIAR supported the Italian Arabian racing and breeding governing body ANICA (Associazione Nationale Italiana Cavallo Arabo) and the Italian Ministry of Agriculture when they applied for membership of IFAHR (International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing) which was granted in October 2015. Following this historic step forward for Arabian racing in Italy, DIAR were also honoured to be able to sponsor the first international IFAHR authorised pattern race in the country: the Listed Premio Dubai International Arabian Races 2016 run over 1900m for 4yo+. The race was run in May 2016 and won by the Royal Cavalry of Oman’s Vulcain Du Clos.
Mirza Al Sayegh, director of Sheikh Hamdan’s office, commented on the day: “We were delighted to be back in Rome this year and the day is now firmly established in the DIAR calendar, a point emphasised by the number and quality of runners coming from all over Europe.“The prep series are staged to encourage participation at the Dubai International Arabian Races at Newbury in July and it was fantastic to hear the connections of both Bayan and Avez De Pine state they plan to run their horses at the meeting this year.” The featured Purebred Arabian race, the Listed 2000m Premio Dubai International Arabian Races 2019, was won impressively by Kanaan ridden by Sylvain Ruis, for trainer Didier Guillemin. This was the third consecutive win and the second at Listed level, for the 4yo son of Saraab. Thierry Delegue, racing manager for owner and breeder Yas Horse Racing Management, was delighted with the colt’s performance and said: “I think he will go to the Derby in Chantilly now. We wanted to see how much he had improved over the winter and we are very happy; his turn of foot was very, very impressive, particularly against older horses. “He may go to Dubai Day, though we may keep to races for 4yos for now, so the UK Arabian Derby at Doncaster may also be an option, later in the year.” This was the second win on the card for Yas Horse Racing Management as their 4yo filly Bayan had won the opening contest, the Premio Taajer UAE Embassy Conditions Stakes, also run over 2000m for 4yo+. She led the field from start to finish, though was strongly pressed by Jadeeda in the closing stages with the pair finishing clear of Manou Taouy in third. Bayan was also ridden by Ruis, but is trained by Frederic Sanchez and afterwards Delegue commented: “With this filly we hope to go to Newbury; she is a good filly who was second in a Group One last year. “The DIAR series is perfect; we came to Italy with two horses and will go next to La Teste, where we hope to run two or three horses and then go on to Newbury.” The Premio Shadwell Arabian Stallions Conditions Stakes, over 1500m and confined to 3yos, produced a second win in the race for Razza de Pine Stud, whose Aves De Pine landed the spoils.Mattia Cadrobbi was pleased with his homebred colt commenting: “We are based in the north of Italy, near Germany and we hope to take this colt to Newbury for July’s Group 3 DIAR International Stakes.” Andrea Atzeni won Italy’s 2000 Guineas, the 1600m Group 3 Premio Parioli Shadwell, on Out Of Time as veteran trainer Alduino Botti saddled the first three home in the €154,000 Classic, with favourite Mission Boy and Pensiero D’Amore filling the places. Atzeni had been happy to bide his time on Out Of Time, waiting towards the rear and asking his mount to close from over 400m out. A strong run inside the final furlong saw them head Mission Boy with 75 yards to run and quickly take control. Out Of Time, who was fourth to Mission Boy in the Group 2 Gran Criterium in October but had won a trial nicely this spring, has stamina in his pedigree and races as if a step up in trip would not go amiss, so the Derby Italiano on 19 May is very much on the cards according to connections. After a prolific winter in Bahrain, Gerard Mosse landed the Group 3 Premio Regina Elena, or Italian 1000 Guineas, on Fullness Of Life, completing a Guineas double for trainer Botti. Fullness Of Life ran out a decisive winner and has now won three of her five starts and while connections have not ruled out the Oaks d’Italia, she is bred to be at her best at around a mile.