Meydan Racecourse will see the former champions getting honoured while also witnessing some top-quality races during Super Saturday 2022 meeting on March 5. Image Credit: Gulf News Archives

Dubai: Dubai Racing Club (DRC) will conduct the fifth edition of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Horseracing Excellence Awards ceremony, a highlight of the Super Saturday 2022 meeting, the dress rehearsal for Dubai World Cup night, at Meydan Racecourse on March 5.

Commenting on the race night, Sheikh Rashid Bin Dalmook Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Racing Club, said: “His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Horseracing Excellence Awards, which has become an integral part of the UAE’s horse racing season, seeks to honour all those who have excelled during the Carnival and the World Cup meetings and carried that success on throughout the year both locally and internationally.”

Inaugurated in 2017, the awards seek to honour the best horse, jockey, trainer and owner through an independent data driven process. In addition, the awards also feature two public vote awards — the People’s Choice Award and Best Local Jockey, which honours riders who have had outstanding careers in Dubai.

“His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has always been keen to support and recognise equestrians who have contributed to the development of the horse racing industry around the world. We look forward to welcoming the award winners to this edition of Super Saturday, which now features a prestigious award ceremony as part of its main events,” Sheikh Rashid said.

Dar Al Khail

Dubai Racing Club said that in addition to the nine races to be held at the event, Super Saturday will feature the first parade for ‘Dar Al Khail’, which was the new name given to the rehabilitation centre for former racehorses. The centre aims to provide lifelong care to retired thoroughbred and purebred Arabians. It also seeks to retrain them in various equestrian sports.

A total of 14 ridden and in-hand off-track thoroughbreds will join the parade ring and will each display their current roles, which include eventing, show jumping and dressage. The horses parading are all in different phases of the retraining process; from the recently retired Carnival winner Grand Argentier, to Group 3 winners My Catch and Shamaal Nibras, both of whom have embarked on successful second careers with their new owners. Led in-hand will be 29-year-old First Flame, resident of DRC’s Rehoming and Rehabilitation Centre. The rehoming centre has been looking after retired racehorses in Dubai since the inception of racing in the UAE in the early 1990s and will form the nucleus of Dar Al Khail.