Dubai International Arabian Races 2019
Super Sunday at Bro Park, Sweden
#DIAR2019 arrives in Sweden
The Dubai International Arabian Races (DIAR) prep series moved on to Sweden, to Bro Park racecourse on the outskirts of Stockholm on Sunday June 16. The ten race mixed card of Purebred Arabian and thoroughbred races included the DIAR Stockholm Arabian Cup (Gr3PA), which has been under the DIAR banner since 2016, as well as the Swedish 1000 and 2000 Guineas, and the Stockholm Stora Pris (Gr3) for thoroughbreds.

Representing the UAE Embassy was Mohammed bin Jasim bin Khalfan, who also presented the prizes in the first race, the UAE Embassy Trophy. He was delighted with the day saying:"I came last year and we can see how popular the day is becoming with the people of Stockholm. The DIAR series is an important way for them to see and appreciate the qualities of the Arabian horse."

Arabian Marketing and Nominations Co-ordinator, Marion Lachat, who was representing Shadwell and the DIAR Committee said:"The team at Bro Park and at Svensk Galopp have done a fantastic job over the last four years since we began sponsoring in Sweden in raising the profile of Arabian racing here. The quality of the horses competing has improved and we saw some very competitive finishes this afternoon."

She continued:"We are delighted to be associated with one of the biggest racedays in Sweden and we are looking forward to welcoming the horses and their connections to Newbury on July 28 for DIAR."
The feature race, was the 1800m DIAR Stockholm Arabian Cup (Gr3PA) , this produced a terrific finish with barely a length covering the three horses at the line.
Ayman ridden by Fedrik Janetzky prevailed by half a length from long-time leader Salam Al Kalediah, with Jaldi Karo just a short head away in third.

Both Ayman and Jaldi Karo are trained Maria Hagman-Eriksson who was overjoyed with her two horses said:"It's unbelievable, I'm so happy. Of course I would like to come to Newbury with Ayman. He's a really nice horse, I got him when he just turned four last season and he won five races for me. This is his second win this year, the entries for Newbury close on Tuesday so I will look to see what will suit him best."
The meeting opened with the UAE Embassy Trophy Stakes , a handicap run over 1200m for four year olds an upwards. This was won in impressive style by the four-year-old colt ASSUAN, ridden by Elione Chaves, who finished well clear of Poloniz and Afja'an.

Trained by Camilla Nilsson for Abdulla Al Mansoori who had only taken over training the colt in December, she said: "He is a tough horse and he's brave. He is progressing well, the first race he ran for me was over 2100m and the trip was too far but over 12 to 1600m like today, that suits him well. I will look at the race conditions for DIAR at Newbury now, we may find a race for him there, we'll see."

The DIAR International Fillies & Mares Conditions Stakes was run over 1600m for three-year-olds and upwards. The crowds cheered another close finish with CLEOPATHRE just winning by a head in a photo, from Anood Al Kahlediah.

Ridden by Andreas Tapia Dalbark for owner-trainer Annalie Kristina Eriksson, this is the second win for the five-year-old mare. Eriksson is a very dedicated handler as she explained:"I train three hours North from here, but come to Bro Park to do all their fast work. I only have two horses in training, this one and Eastway who ran in the Stockholm Cup. I will definitely look at the DIAR races and hopefully I will bring her to Newbury in July."
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features photographs from 2017 HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak (International) Best Photographer Award winner & Arabian Racing Organisation Official Photographer
Debbie Burt