Coronavirus: Arabian Horse racing series to get underway in France without spectators

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A field of strong fillies and mares, aged four years and above, will compete in the 27th UAE President’s Cup World Series for Purebred Arabian Horses on June 1, 2020, at Deauville-La Touques Racecourse in France.

According to the Emirates News Agency (WAM), the Emirati-French equestrian carnival will feature 10 races, including the 2000-meter Group 1 UAE President Cup.

The UAE President Cup Series is the first international race series for Arabian horses and remains the premier race for the breed.

The French racing association, France Galop, has approved strict preventive and precautionary measures with the race being staged without spectators, following the global coronavirus pandemic.

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Only trainers and jockeys will be allowed to attend.

Faisal Al Rahmani, Racing Advisor to Abu Dhabi Sports Council, said, “The French leg is one of the world’s elite races.’’

Participation of a select group of purebred Arabian horses from France and other countries in the cup is proof of the prestigious stature of the cup on the world racing calendar, Al Rahmani added.

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The Emirates Equestrian Federation launched the President of the UAE Cup Series for Purebred Arabian Horses in 1994 to promote the breed globally, which is now growing in popularity and appeal.

Established by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the series promotes the UAE’s efforts to build global awareness about the purebred Arabian horse and its significant place in the culture and history of the UAE.

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The races help to build global awareness about the purebred Arabian horse, especially in Europe and North America, and to prove that they can race competitively with thoroughbred horses.

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