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Longines to back Dubai World Cup opening night

Watchmaker says commitment reflects shared passion for the sport of horse racing

Gulf News

Dubai: Luxury Swiss watch brand Longines will sponsor the opening night of the eleven-programme Dubai World Cup Carnival, which gets underway on Thursday at the iconic Meydan racecourse.

The exciting seven-race card kicks-off with the Thoroughbred and Purebred Arabian versions of the Al Maktoum Challenge, a three-race series that is an early pointer to the season-ending Dubai World Cup (G1) meeting.

The night will also showcase racing excitement on the turf for the first time this season, with the $125,000 (Dh459,151) Al Rashidiya Trial that will be contested over 1,800m.

“As we begin the Dubai World Cup Carnival season we are most pleased to welcome and thank Longines for their support in presenting tonight’s racing,” said Mahlih Al Basti, Chairman of the Meydan Racing Committee.

“Longines’ commitment to racing is international and reflects the dedication and passion that is shared by the Dubai Racing Club and Meydan. We not only thank them for their participation with the opening night of the Dubai World Cup Carnival but also recognise their valued support for events such as His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Endurance Cup, the Dubai Show Jumping Championship, and the Dubai Sheema Classic, a prized race on the Dubai World Cup programme.”

Longines Vice-President of Sales, Charles Villoz said: “We are proud to be again the official timekeeper for the Dubai World Cup Carnival, culminating in the famous day of racing, the Dubai World Cup.

“In the framework of our partnership with Meydan Group, we are excited to experience the thrill of the races at the amazing Meydan Racecourse.”