Arab racing silver jubilee

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  • The Arabian Racing Organisation (ARO) is to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Dubai International Arabian Race Day with an additional race on 4 July at Kempton Park.

    The Silver Jubilee Premier Handicap Stakes, which will be run over a distance of 1 mile 2 furlongs and offer £10,000 in prize money, is open to purebred Arabians rated up to 105.

    Bill Smith, director of the ARO, said: “The Dubai International Race Day has changed almost beyond recognition in its stature and popularity in recent years, but we are keen to recognise our heritage, and Kempton Park shares our history of staging top class Arabian Racing.”

    The first 1000 race-goers to arrive at Kempton on Wednesday will receive special free gifts.

    The race day was originally conceived as a championship event for Arabian racing in the UK and was first run at Kempton in 1982. It then switched to Newbury, where ARO has its headquarters, in 1999.

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