They call horse-racing “the sport of kings,” and during my time in Britain I have certainly always associated it with royalty. I ran into Queen Elizabeth II during my first visit to Ascot a few summers ago, and am used to seeing some of the richest people in the world during my trips to race tracks. The sport generates more than £4 billion a year for the UK economy, much of it through betting, and many of the most famous meetings are as much a part of the high-society “season” as Wimbledon or the Henley Regatta.
Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s Aghsaan wins the Emirates Premier Handicap Stakes at Newbury. (Nabila Ramdani/ Al Arabiya News)
His Excellency Mirza Al Sayegh hands out Prize to Hungerford Nursery, winners of the Arabian Rainbow Competition. (Nabila Ramdani/ Al Arabiya News)
Wilf and Amelia win the Best Children’s Hat Competition. (Nabila Ramdani/ Al Arabiya News)