City of Light prepared to host the coveted annual event
Large participation of Qatari-owned horses in Arabian races
Exciting contenders in Qatar Arabian World Cup with EBRAZ seeking a repeat
The current circumstances, which the world is going through due to the outbreak of the new Coronavirus (COVID-19), have had a negative impact on many sporting events. However, global horse racing events associated with Qatar are still in place in more than one European country. Following the Qatar Goodwood Festival in late July and early August this year and the Arc Trials and the Arc Trials at ParisLongchamp two weeks ago, the times has come for the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe weekend at the same famous Parisian racecourse in continuation of Qatar’s sponsorship since 2008. The event will be staged with precautionary and preventive measures to ensure the safety of everyone at ParisLonchamp. The global event is usually broadcasted worldwide and this is expected to be on a larger scale this year due to the current circumstances.
The 2020 renewal of the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe weekend will be on 3 and 4 October with 17 races, including ten group 1 races on the cards, featuring the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and the Qatar Arabian World Cup on the second day. However, two associated Arabian races will be held at St. Cloud on 2 October.
Entries of Arabian races
Action for Purebred Arabians will get underway with two races at St. Cloud on Friday, 2 October. The Qatar Arabian Trophy des Poulains (Gr1 PA) – 3YO colts only – and the Qatar Arabian Trophy des Pouliches (Gr1 PA) – 3YO fillies only, both run over 2000m, will crown the leaders of the 3-year-old colts and 3-year-old fillies.
There are 18 colts in the entry list of the boy’s races, including H.H. Sheikh Abdullah Bin Khalifa Al Thani’s ABBES and SIR MONLAU, H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani’s ALSAHER and ASIAK, Al Shaqab Racing’s ALHAFAR, EMBERATOR and HAZZAM and Abdullah Bin Fahad Ah Al-Attiyah’s MUNIR DU SOLEIL.
The young ladies race has nine entries, including Al Shaqab Racing’s ALAWSJ , ALKEDRI and JALELA, and Ali Bin Hamad Al Attiya’s MY BELLE DU SOLEIL.
As part of QREC’s vision to promote Qatar as a leader in the pure Arabian breed, the weekend involves the other two races for Purebred Arabians at ParisLongchamp. The Qatar Arabian Trophy des Juments (Gr1 PA) – 4YO fillies only – will be on Saturday, 3 October. Then, the peak of the world’s Purebred Arabian racing excellence will be on display on the finale with the Qatar Arabian World Cup (Gr1 PA), which is simply known as the Purebred Arabian World Championship race.
Qatar Arabian Trophy des Juments (Gr1 PA) is a 2,000m event where the Queen of the 4-year-old fillies will be decided. There are 12 fillies in the entry list, including H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani’s ARTEMIS and MIN’HA, Al Shaqab Racing’s AJAWEED, ALMAJDAH, MEETHAG, RYME AL CHAM, and UM TAJ, Sheail Bin Khalifa Al Kuwari’s LADY PRINCESS, winner of the Qatar Arabian Trophy des Pouliches (Gr1 PA) last year, and Mohamed Bin Fahad Al-Attiyah’s MISS BOUM AL MAURY
Purebred Arabian World Championship race
Qatar Arabian World Cup (Gr1 PA) will be run over 2,000m as well, but for 4YO+. The entry list is studded with world-class stars, including H.H. Sheikh Abdullah Bin Khalifa Al Thani’s TAYF, H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani’s EBRAZ, who will be returning to defend his title following his victory last year and will be crowned this time with another title as the champion of the Doha Triple Crown, and Al Shaqab Racing’s KHATAAB, SNAN and ZALEJ AL CHAM. Until 4 October, the question will remain: Can EBRAZ repeat on last year’s stunning victory or one of his tough rivals will have another say? The only thing that can be confirmed at this time is that all eyes will be on ParisLongchamp on 4 October for the answer!
Source: Qatar Racing & Equestrian Club