An exciting six race card is the offering at Jebel Ali Racecourse this Friday with some top performers ‘up the hill’ ready to make a splash in the 1400m conditions event that has been singled out as the feature contest. The thrill of racing coupled with the chance to win exciting prizes and enjoy a wide range of entertainment activities for the entire family on the sidelines of the track make Jebel Ali Racecourse a must visit on racedays. Pick Six players are assured to start arriving late Friday morning to this ever popular venue for its fourth meeting this season, long before the 2.00pm first race, undoubtedly encouraged by the 130 valuable prizes to be raffled throughout the afternoon with the first draw scheduled for midday.
The Jebel Ali Racecourse management invited all members of the media, written and television, to a press conference on Tuesday at the racecourse, to reveal all the details ahead of the eagerly anticipated fixture. The overall Pick Six fund on offer this week is an enticing Dh40,000 with the Double Tricast rolling up to Dh25,000 as part of a prize competition grand total of Dh85,000. Considered by many as their favourite UAE racecourse, Jebel Ali is always well attended with the car parks filling up from early morning before the gates are thrown open to greet the public, two hours before the first race. Each attendee will be issued an aforementioned raffle ticket offering them a chance to win the prizes. A big, enthusiastic crowd is guaranteed to savour what is often described as a ‘tea party’ atmosphere with plenty of picnicking families, but the Pick Six players are knowledgeable and will be poring over their copies of Al Adiyat,looking for that vital insight when seeking to win their share of a whopping Dh85,000 on offer this week in the tipping competitions.
After a rare fixture a fortnight ago when they did not sponsor, Sheikh Hamdan’s Shadwell are back in style and actually back all six races, the featured 1400m conditions race carrying the name of Shadwell itself. Two races are attributed to Shadwell, as well as a pair to both Shadwell Farm and Derrinstown Stud, the US and Irish arms respectively of Sheikh Hamdan’s breeding empire. Speaking on behalf of Shadwell, His Excellency Mirza Al Sayegh said: “Sheikh Hamdan has always been an ardent supporter of racing at Jebel Ali Racecourse and he is always there to back racing here when it comes to sponsoring races and making sure his colours are well represented. “During the years, he has enjoyed a lot of success and it is a venue that is close to him and he is always supportive when it concerns racing at Jebel Ali.
“This week too we have a strong card and one that is sponsored fully by HH Sheikh Hamdan and we hope that everyone attending will have a good time both because of the racing and because the management do such a good job of making it a fun outing for the entire family.”
Racecourse manager Shareef Al Halawani added: “There is always a lot to look out for at Jebel Ali Racecourse and we make sure we cater to everyone: not just racing enthusiasts but their families as well. “It’s a family picnic like atmosphere here and over the years people have come and enjoyed themselves and made a day of it here. The racing is top class too so we have everything needed in place to ensure visitors have a great time.” Yasir Mabrouk of the Emirates Racing Authority added: “This is a very good card with strong full fields in nearly every race including the feature event which is a conditions event to be run over a 1400m distance. There are 14 starters in the contest and some really good horses to look forward to.
“Races two and five have fields of 16 each which shows that there is so much interest and apart from the racing there is so much to look forward to here at the racecourse with so many activities planned for families. The racecourse really goes a step further to ensure that the various sections of the racegoing public are kept happy.” During the course of the day, Shadwell will reward the schools that won its horse painting competition. The winners will receive a cheque of Dh15,000, with the runner-up taking home Dh12,000 and Dh10,000 going to the third place. As always, the Dubai International Arabian Horse Championship (DIAHC) are donating Dh1,000 to the groom of the horse adjudged the ‘best turned out’ in each race, a total of Dh6,000 this week. To reiterate, there will be 130 valuable gifts and prizes allocated to the public throughout the day, via a raffle and lucky winning ticket holders also have the chance of winning 25 cash gifts of Dh400 apiece, a total of Dh10,000 with that particular draw conducted after the final race.
The main gates, where the free raffle tickets await, open at 10am and the first raffle draw, for 20 of the most valuable prizes, will be made at 12 noon. For Dh10 you can buy the chance to win a Cherry Arrizo3 car, with the winners drawn after the final race, while it is worth reiterating the Pick Six and other selection competitions offer a combined total prize of Dh85,000. The traditional free buses are provided from the car parks to the main entrance and special areas are allocated for ladies and families. With the usual big crowd expected, it is recommended to arrive in good time and savour the atmosphere as it builds ahead of the eagerly awaited first race.