Dubai International Arabian Races 2019
Dubai Day at Capannelle, Italy
#DIAR2019 begins in Italy
The new season began for Dubai International Arabian Races (DIAR) at Capannelle racecourse on the outskirts of Rome in Italy on Sunday April 28. The nine race mixed card of Purebred Arabian and thoroughbred races includes the fourth running of the Premio Dubai International Arabian Races 2019 (Listed PA) as well as the Italian 1000 and 2000 Guineas (Gr3) for thoroughbreds.

DIAR have been sponsoring domestic Arabian racing in Italy for a number of years, where the appetite for the sport has been growing over the last decade. DIAR supported the Italian Arabian racing and breeding governing body ANICA (Associazione Nationale Italiana Cavallo Arabo) and the Italian Ministry of Agriculture when they applied for membership of IFAHR (International Federation of Arabian Horse Haring) which was granted in October 2015.

Following this historic step forward for Arabian racing in Italy, DIAR were also honoured to be able to sponsor the first international IFAHR authorised pattern race in the country: the Premio Dubai International Arabian Races 2016 (Listed PA) run over 1900m for four year olds and upwards. The race was run in May 2016 and won by the Royal Cavalry of Oman's Vulcain Du Clos.

Mirza Al Sayegh, Chairman of Shadwell commented on the day: " We were delighted to be back in Rome this year and the day is now firmly established in the DIAR calendar, a point emphasised by the number and quality of runners coming from all over Europe. 

“The prep series are staged to encourage participation at the Dubai International Arabian Races at Newbury in July and it was fantastic to hear the connections of both Bayan and Avez De Pine state they plan to run their horses at the meeting this year.”
The feature race, the 2000m Premio Dubai International Arabian Races 2019 (Listed PA) , was won impressively by KANAAN ridden by Sylvain Ruis, for trainer Didier Guillemin. This was the third consecutive win and the second at Listed level, for the the four-year-old son of Saraab, who is a half brother to the Group 1 winning fillies, Joudh and Mabrooka. Six and a half lengths behind in second was Mashhururalkhalediah and a further one and a quarter lengths in third was Salam Al Khalediah.

Thierry Delegue, racing manager for owner-breeders YAS Horse Management, was delighted with the colt's performance saying: "I think he will go to the Derby in Chantilly now. We wanted to see how much he had improved over the winter and we are very happy, his turn of foot was very, very impressive, particularly against older horses.

"He may go to Dubai Day, though we may keep to races for four-year-old for now, so the UK Arabian Derby at Doncaster may also be an option, later in the year."

Watch Kanaan win the Premio Dubai International Arabian Races 2019 (Listed PA)
This was the second win for YAS Horseracing Management as their four-year-old filly BAYAN had won the opening contest, the Premio Taajer - UAE Embassy Conditions Stakes , also run over 2000m for four year olds an upwards. She led the field from start to finish though was strongly pressed by Jadeeda in the closing stages, the pair finished clear of Manou Taouy in third.

Bayan was also ridden by Ruis, but is trained by Frederic Sanchez, afterwards Delegue commented: "With this filly we hope to go to Newbury, she is a good filly who was second in a Group 1 last year.

"The DIAR Series is perfect. We came to Italy with two horses and will go next at La Teste, where we hope to run two or three horses and then go on to Newbury."

Watch Bayan win the Premio Taajer - UAE Embassy Conditions Stakes
The Premio Shadwell Arabian Stallions Conditions Stakes was run over 1500m and was confined to three-year-olds. This was a second win in the race for Razza de Pine Stud, whose Aves De Pine won by one and three quarter lengths from Dagui Lotois, just ahead of Amour in third.

Mattia Cadrobbi was pleased with his homebred colt commenting: "We are based in the North of Italy, near Germany, we hope to take this colt to Newbury for the DIAR International Stakes (Gr3PA) in July."

Watch Avez De Pine win the Premio Shadwell Arabian Stallions
Conditions Stakes
Avez De Pine (IT)
The Arabian Raceh o rse 
features photographs from 2017 HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak (International) Best Photographer Award winner & Arabian Racing Organisation Official Photographer
Debbie Burt