Sport | Horse Racing

Derrinstown extend support of Jebel Ali Stakes

First highlight of the season to be staged at racecourse on Friday

  • By Leslie Wilson Jr, Racing & special Features Writer
  • Published: 17:12 January 8, 2013
  • Gulf News

Dubai: Ireland’s Derrinstown Stud has been a major sponsor of racing at Jebel Ali Racecourse and continue to give their support to the Jebel Ali Stakes (Listed), the first of three Pattern race highlights that will run at the track on Friday.

Run over a distance of 1,950 metres, the Jebel Ali Stakes is the showpiece race of an attractive-looking six-race card that also features the prep race for the Jebel Ali Mile, which together with the Jebel Ali Sprint, comprise the three big races staged at the course.

Derrinstown Stud is one of eight stud farms owned by Shaikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Minister of Finance. Based in County Kildare, the stud currently stands top stallions like Alhaarth, Arcano, Elnadim, Haatef, Intikhab and Tamayuz.

Drawing attention to Derrinstown’s support of Jebel Ali Racing, Mirza Al Sayegh, Director of Shaikh Hamdan’s Office, said: “Derrinstown Stud has been a long-time partner of racing at Jebel Ali and we are excited to continue the relationship in 2013, in order to help it flourish.

“Hopefully through this sponsorship we can continue to drive fans to Jebel Ali and hopefully continue to help the sport develop into the future.

“Shaikh Hamdan has continued his commitment to Jebel Ali Racecourse in such an exciting time for the sport with the first major race of the season, the Jebel Ali Stakes, taking place this weekend.”

Jebel Ali Racecourse Manager, Shareef Al Halawani, thanked Shaikh Hamdan for giving his allegiance to racing at the racetrack and said: “Without the support of people like Shaikh Hamdan, racing at Jebel Ali Racecourse could not have reached such a high level, both in terms of the quality of racing and the patronage it receives each week from the thousands of race fans that come to watch some top class racing.

“As an organiser it is our aim to ensure that racegoers have a memorable day out at the track. We do our best to keep them entertained with shows, dancers and singers between races and also give away many prizes to those whose luck is shining on the day.

“This week is no exception and racegoers can win many valuable electronic items and cash prizes through the Pick Six completion.”

Al Habtoor Motors, a key support sponsor of racing at Jebel Ali, will continue to offer a Mitsubishi Lancer as part of the popular car raffle and a iPad to the winner of the Children’s Colouring Competition.

In addition they will introduce Mr Speedy, their friendly mascot for their SpeedFit Centre, which is a quick and convenient maintenance, repair and service for all makes of cars.

“We are proud to be associated with the prestigious Jebel Ali racecourse and look forward to another action-packed weekend,” said Neil Cooliedge, Al Habtoor Motors General Manager. “I encourage everyone to join the fun day with Mr. Speedy and to participate in the lucky draws.”

Racing starts at 2.30pm and entrance is free.

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