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DIAR Entries - DIAR Prep Races
DIAR Entries

Both the domestic handicap entry stage and supplementary stage for the international contests at Dubai International Arabian Races 2018 have now passed yielding 166 entries for the eight races.

Thanks to the bonus series, any horse that finishes in the first three in any of the DIAR prep races then qualify to win a bonus award if they win one of the designated bonus races at DIAR on July 29, which are as follows:

- Shadwell Dubai International Stakes (Gr.1 PA 4yo+): £3,000 
- Shadwell Arabian Stallions Hatta International Stakes (Gr.1 PA for 4yo+ fillies and mares): £2,000 
- Jebel Ali Racecourse Za’abeel International Stakes (Gr.1 PA 4yo+) : £2,000 
- DIAR International Stakes (Gr.3 PA for 3yos only): £1,000 
- Premier Handicap Stakes (UK domestic horses only): £500 

Only two horses have been successful in securing the bonus so far, the first was Urge Di Gallura when winning what is now called the DIAR International Stakes (GR3PA) in 2016 and last years' Dubai International Stakes (GR1PA) winner Lightning Bolt.

UK DIAR Prep Races

With the exception of the premier handicap for domestic trained runners, the UK DIAR prep races have the added benefit of being run over the same course and distance as the the races in which they support: the Jebel Ali Za'abeel International (Gr1PA) 6f, the Shadwell Arabian Stallions Hatta International (G1PA) 1m2f, the DIAR International Gr3PA 7f and the Dubai International (Gr1PA) 1m2f.

Full reports of all the prep races can be found in the forthcoming Summer edition of The Arabian Racehorse due out after declarations next week.

Watch AL CHAMMY (Nizam x Al Ryme) win the DIAR at Newbury 29th July International Stakes over 6f at Newbury on June 14

Watch MEHDAAF ATHBAH (Amer x Keen Game) win the DIAR Premier Handicap Stakes over 1m4f at Chepstow on June 15:
Watch SHOMOOS ATHBAH (Burning Sand x Djanet Monlau) win the DIAR at Newbury 29th July International Stakes over 1m2f at Newbury on June 26:
Watch ENSIAB (Kerbella x Parsa) win DIAR at Newbury 29th July International Stakes over 7f at Newbury on July 5:
Watch SHARESA (Burning Sand x Margouia) win the DIAR at Newbury 29th July International Stakes over 1m2f at Newbury on July 12:
The first three home in all the UK prep races hold DIAR entries. In addition to the winners, the following placed horses are eligible for bonus awards should they win at DIAR 2018: Anfaas, Emiraaty, Hadiyah, Ishfaq, Laheeb, Mazyoonah, Rehab and Zayin Angkor Centurion.

The UK series was dominated by trainer Phil Collington with three wins (Mehdaaf Athbah, Shomoos Athbah and Sharesa) closely followed by Said Al Badi (Al Chammy, Ensiab) with two wins.

The full list of results and video links can be found HERE
Italian DIAR Prep Races

Italy holds the honour of supplying the first DIAR bonus winner when Urge Di Gallura romped home in the juvenile Group race over 7f in 2016.

The DIAR prep races were held at Capannelle racecourse near Rome on April 29, all the winners (Eiman Du Loup, Zoe Di Gallura, Ramiz Al Aziz), who were trained by Endo Botti, and four of the placed horses (Aline Khal, Djebel De La Roque, No And No Al Maury,Winne Taouy), hold entries for DIAR 2018.

The full list of results and video links can be found HERE

Watch RAMIZ AL AZIZ (Akbar x Win Taouy) win the Premio Dubai International Arabian Races 2018 LRPA 2000m at Capannelle on April 29:
French DIAR Prep Races

The DIAR prep races in France are the most prestigious of the series, as two of the three races are PA Group level. The Shadwell Criterium des Pouliches (Gr2PA) was won by Belqees, whilst the Shadwell Coupe de Sud-Ouest des Pur Sang Arabes (Gr3PA) was won by Taymour. Both horses are owned by YAS Horse Racing Management and hold entries for DIAR, as do placed horses Hajres, Joudh and Muraaqib.

The full list of results and video links can be found HERE

Watch BELQEES (Mahabb x Aleefa) win the Shadwell Criterium des Pouliches (Gr2PA) 1900m at La Teste de Buch on July 3:
Dutch DIAR Prep Races

Lightning Bolt, last years' Dubai International Stakes (Gr1PA) winner and recipient of a bonus award, put himself on course for a repeat performance on July 29 when winning the same race in which he'd been an unlucky second in at Duinguit last year. Neither Lightfeet or Hind, the respective winners of the the 1800m and 1300m LRPA races hold entries for DIAR, but placed horses Alazeez, Eqleem, Storm Troupour and Ziggy DA do.

The full list of results and video links can be found HERE

Watch LIGHTNING BOLT (Munjiz x Oleya Du Loup) win the Dubai International Arabian Races Stakes LRPA 2000m:
None of the Swedish DIAR prep winners or placed horses hold DIAR entries however the full race results can be found HERE
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