Significant gains for Qatar’s horse racing and equestrian sport in France
The President of the Qatar and the Asian Equestrian Federations and QREC Vice Chairman Hamad bin Abdulrahman Al Attiyah said “We congratulate His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Thani for winning the Qatar Arabian World Cup for the fifth time in this magnificent Qatar-sponsored event. I would like to thank His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Khalifa Al Thani and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Thani for their presence and supporting us in the prestigious event, especially as they have always added to horse racing both in Qatar and overseas.
“We normally assess each edition of this annual event as we are keen to invest this sponsorship in the most optimum manner, particularly since it has been leading to realizing the planned objectives one year after another. I believe that over the years and given the extra high quality of runners, the event has seen overwhelming success. It is a demonstration that the sponsorship of this event in Paris has been a perfect idea and has brought about numerous gains for Qatar’s horse racing and equestrian sport.
“The Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe weekend is very special. The presence of Qatari-owned runners in several races is, in itself, a significant gain apart from the results. Being present in such an iconic event really counts as it reflects the progress of Qatar’s horse racing and the efforts to maintain and enhance its global standing.”
Most successful edition of Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe weekend
The Qatar Racing & Equestrian Club (QREC) CEO Nasser bin Sherida Al Kaabi congratulated His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Thani for winning the Qatar Arabian World Cup. “Ebraz’s victory has been admired by everyone”, he said, “It is a well-deserved win in a high quality field. Although it was a soft ground, EBRAZ confirmed his class and excellence in prestigious races as he has already done in more than on group 1 event this season.
“The Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Tiomphe is fully successful in terms of organisation, turnout and results of Qatari-owned horses over three days. This very positive outcome highlights the value of the efforts and hard work by all racing officials and horse owners in general to ensure Qatar’s presence in the winners’ enclosures in such world-class races and events. Everyone agrees this is the best edition of the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe weekend, especially in terms of the results realised by Qatari-owned horses. We look forward to maintaining this success in the coming editions.
Qatar’s leadership of Arabian racing confirmed
His Excellency QREC Chairman Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi said “We are happy with the tremendous success of this year’s edition of the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe weekend with such huge turnout. In fact, France Galop officials told us that the turnout was higher than in the previous editions. We would like to thank His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Khalifa Al Thani and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Thani for their presence at the races, kind attention to all details to ensure the success of Qatar’s sponsorship of the event and the great support we receive in order to maintain and enhance the bright image of Qatar’s horseracing and equestrian sport.
“I would like to congratulate His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Thani for winning the Qatar Arabian World Cup for the fifth time in France. We are very proud with the victories realized by Qatar’s horses over the three days both at ParisLongchamp and Saint-Cloud. They underline the successful outcome of our commitment to Arabian horses, which is in line with QREC’s vision of promoting Qatar as a world leader in the pure Arabian breed. On the other hand, the presence of the His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Khalifa Al Thani-owned and bred French King in the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, is very special. The mere presence in the world’s best horse race is a milestone and we look forward to maintaining success for Qatar. I hope Qatari institutions and organizations will join us on a larger scale in this event and sponsorship, especially in the Qatar Arabian World Cup.”
Source: QREC / Photos: Juhaim QREC