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A top-class line up is ready for the G1 President of the UAE Cup (UK Arabian Derby) at Doncaster on September 8th, after 11 entries were received for the 2000m Purebred Arabian showpiece.

The race, which has moved to Doncaster from its previous home at Newmarket, is sponsored by Abu Dhabi Sports Council, with an increased prize fund of £80,000. It takes place on the second day of the prestigious St Leger Festival.

The 11 entries include six from overseas trainers, including two for Qatar/France-based handler Alban De Mieulle. His team includes Djelamer, winner of the UAE President Cup at Duindigt, Holland, last month, while he has also entered Tayf, runner-up in the French Derby. 

The UK-based team also looks strong, and includes Group 2-placed Lou Raynal for trainer Beverley Deutrom. HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s famous colours will also be represented by Jamaayil, impressive winner of a handicap back in July for rookie trainer Phil Collington.

Faisal Al Rahmani, General Secretary for The President of the UAE Cup programme, was pleased to see such an international collection of entries, commenting: “We’re very pleased to be bringing back the UK Arabian Derby, which will be run as The President of the UAE Cup, and Doncaster will be excellent hosts.”

“It’s good to see horses from The Netherlands, France and, of course, the UK entered for the race and I hope we will see an exciting finish.”

ARO Racing Manager, Amanda Smith commented. “We are delighted to welcome back the President of the UAE Cup and are extremely grateful to the Abu Dhabi Sports Council for their generous support of our feature race for four-year-olds. The series last sponsored the UK Arabian Derby in 2013, when it was run at Newmarket as part of the July Festival meeting.”

She continued. “It looks likely to be a very competitive race as the overseas entries are all quite closely matched on form and it will be interesting to see how our UK horses compare. It is also very exciting to be bringing Arabian racing back to the prestigious Doncaster St Leger Festival meeting.”