FRIDAY’S RACING at Jebel Ali Racecourse, though lacking in attendance due to the Coronavirus pandemic that has swept across the world, is bound to be one of the more exciting cards of the season with the Jebel Ali Classic (Silver Jubilee), a 1400m conditions race sponsored by Shadwell, up for grabs alongside an interesting 3yo fillies’ race, which also carries a huge prize purse. The aforementioned events take centre stage on an eight race card this Friday with racing attendance restricted to connections, sponsors and accredited media. The Jebel Ali Classic and the race for 3yo fillies entitled ‘Shadwell Farm’ will be fought over an identical 1400m distance. A number of top names will line up during the course of the afternoon, particularly the Classic and in the silks of Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, whose unwavering support as sponsor has seen racing flourish at the Jebel Ali.
Five of the 16 in the field will carry his blue and white representing three trainers in the form of Ali Rashid Al Rayhi, Doug Watson and Musabbeh Al Mheiri. With the crowd absent, the Pick Six players will be keen to lock in their selections online well before the first race at 2pm. The overall Pick Six fund on offer this week is an enticing Dh40,000. Rather than host their traditional press conference on Tuesday, Jebel Ali Racecourse’s management issued a statement about the meeting which said: “We are pleased to announce the latest race meeting of the season on Friday and hope that the race will be well contested by all those participating. We would like to extend our sincere thanks and appreciation to all our sponsors, especially Shadwell and HH Sheikh Hamdan, for their continued support to our family racecourse.”
On behalf of Shadwell and Sheikh Hamdan, Mirza Al Sayegh said: “Shadwell is proud to sponsor a full Jebel Ali card alongside Newbury Racecourse, Irish Thoroughbred Marketing and the British Embassy, Dubai. “The relationship between the UAE and the UK will continue to flourish in line with this present partnership and will strengthen even better.” Racecourse manager Shareef Al Halawani added: The racecourse management would like to extend its thanks and gratitude to His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum for his generous and continued sponsorship of Jebel Ali racing. Sheikh Hamdan sponsors all of next week’s races at the racecourse includingthe Jebel Ali Classic. His support has continued to help Jebel Ali Racecourse.
“We extend a warm welcome to representatives of the British Embassy in the UAE and we are honoured to host this event at our beloved family racecourse. “The ERA was and is still working hand in hand with us to fulfil the needs of owners, trainers and jockeys and we thank and appreciate the support of everyone involved in elevating the status of racing at Jebel Ali Racecourse.” “Yasir Mabrouk of the ERA continued: “We have a very good card again this week and have an eight r”ace card that should be interesting as well as it will be a long afternoon.” The CEO of Irish Thoroughbred Marketing (ITM), Charles O’Neill, said: “ITM is pleased to continue its longstanding association with Jebel Ali just prior to the Dubai World Cup meeting.
Irish-bred and sourced horses have enjoyed another terrific season in the UAE and we wish to foster increased cooperation between our jurisdictions in the years ahead.’ Julien Thake, CEO of Newbury Racecourse said: “We are extremely grateful to H.H Sheikh Ahmed and his team at Jebel Ali Racecourse for continuing to recognise the special bond between our two courses. “Our annual visit to Jebel Ali is a personal highlight but, with much regret that I cannot sadly attend on this occasion. “I would like to convey my best wishes to all participants in Friday’s races and will follow with great interest the race run under the Newbury Racecourse banner.” Shadwell backs five races with the sponsorship completed by British Embassy, Irish Thoroughbred Marketing and Newbury Racecourse Combined, eight races are worth Dh1,100,000.
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 of the eight races for a total of Dh8,000. To reiterate, the online Pick Six competition carries a fund of Dh40,000, which is bound to keep racegoers glued to their televisions or computer screens throughout the afternoon and picking winners can be highly beneficial for participants who are spot on with their selections!