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Trial for Jebel Ali Sprint a highlight

Derrinstown Stud returns as sponsors of main event

  • By Leslie Wilson JrRacing & Special Features Writer
  • Published: 18:58 February 19, 2013
  • Gulf News

  • Image Credit: Leslie Wilson Jr/ Gulf News
  • Mirza Al Sayegh, representing Derrinstown Stud and Shadwell Farm (centre), is flanked by Shareef Al Halawani, Jebel Ali Racecourse manager (left) and Mersedeh Mahdi.

Dubai: The prep for the Listed Jebel Ali Sprint, the third and final jewel in the Jebel Ali Racecourse’s Pattern Race crown, takes place this weekend, with Russian Rock looking to repeat his win of last season.

Over the years the Sprint has earned the reputation of being one of the most exciting events at the hilly track, and Friday’s 1,000m contest offers a glimpse into what might materialise on March 8, the day of the sprint.

A whopping purse of Dh500,000 is on offer, courtesy of race sponsor Derringstown Stud, and a field of eight has been confirmed to challenge for the booty.

Derrinstown Stud, is part of the thoroughbred breeding empire of Shaikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai.

Underlining Derrinstown Stud’s commitment to supporting the growth and development of horse racing at Jebel Ali, Mirza Al Sayegh stressed the commitment, generosity and dedication of Shaikh Hamdan towards the racecourse.

“Like the racecourses at Meydan, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah, Jebel Ali provides an excellent environment for high-quality racing and Shaikh Hamdan is delighted to be a part of it through Derrinstown Stud and Shadwell Farm,” said the racing and investment director. “We are also proud to support the main races which consistently deliver some exciting finishes.

“Shaikh Hamdan views his sponsorship of horse racing as a natural extension of his passion for the sport.”

Shadwell Farm, Al Shafar Investment, Al Hudaiaba Contracting, STS (Schools Transport Systems) and the Emirates Horse Breeders Society (EHBS) lend their support to the remaining five races on the afternoon’s card.

Meanwhile, Al Habtoor Motors continue their support of the off-course entertainment, with the brand offering a 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer in the popular racecourse raffle.

In addition, the children’s colouring competition is another initiative for youngsters.

Mersedeh Mahdi, General Manager, Marketing, said: “This has been a wonderful association between Al Habtoor Motors and Jebel Ali Racecourse. I would like to, once again, convey our thanks to Major General Shaikh Ahmad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Chief of Dubai Police and Public Security, for this wonderful opportunity.

“The kids’ colouring competition is an initiative that is very close to my heart, and I am overwhelmed to receive such an enthusiastic response from the involvement of the children and their families.”

Al Habtoor are giving away an iPad each alternate week to the winner of the competition.

Racing starts at 2.15pm and entry is free.

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