Curragh is delighted to announce that Al Basti Equiworld, the UAE’s leading
supplier of horse feeds and supplements, will sponsor the Group 1 Flying Five,
one the leading sprint races in the international racing calendar. The race
will be titled The Al Basti Equiworld, Dubai Flying Five. The Group 1 contest
over 5 furlongs (1,000 metres) takes place as one of the feature races at The
Curragh on Sunday 11th September, Day 2 of Longines Irish Champions Weekend and
will carry total prize money of €400,000.
agreement is for the next three years with the option to extend their support
for a further two years.
of the fastest horses in the world feature among the thirty five entries for
the race, including Group 1 winners A Case Of You, Winter Power and last year’s
winner Romantic Proposal.
notable contenders are Kaadem winner of the King George Stakes at Goodwood,
Barberstown Castle Sapphire Stakes winner Ladies Church and Prix Maurice De
Geest winner Highland Princess, together with the unbeaten Royal Aclaim,
Flotus, Mooneista, Castle Star, Twilight Calls and King’s Lynn who carries the
colours of owner and breeder, Queen Elizabeth.
race is broadcast live on RTE and ITV and receives significant global coverage
on RacingTV and its associate channels as well as throughout the US as part of
the Breeders’ Cup Win and You’re In initiative with the winning horse receiving
a free entry to the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint. In addition, The Curragh is
pleased to team up with Horse Racing Ireland to offer the winner of the Al Quoz
Sprint in Dubai an automatic entry into the Flying Five each year.
Flying Five is one of eight races on a star studded programme, which also
features the Comer Group Irish St Leger, Moyglare Stud Stakes and Goffs Vincent
O’Brien National Stakes.
Basti Equiworld founder Malih Al Basti said, “We are very pleased to be able to
support horseracing in Ireland and to add the Al Basti Equiworld, Dubai Flying
Five to our portfolio of international sponsorships which include Group races
at York, Newmarket, Dundalk and in New Zealand, and a number of high-profile
jockeys in the UK, Ireland and France.
am sure The Curragh will provide an excellent stage for the continued promotion
of our brand.”
Kavanagh, Chief Executive of The Curragh commented: “We are delighted to
welcome Al Basti Equiworld, Dubai to our roster of sponsors here at the Curragh
and very grateful to Malih Al Basti and his team for agreeing to support the
Flying Five on Longines Irish Champions Weekend. This is an important race for
us and is part of the Win and You’re In promotion by the Breeders’ Cup with the
winner guaranteed a run in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint at Keeneland. Recent
winners such as Caravaggio, Sole Power, Havana Grey, Glass Slippers and
Romantic Proposal attest to the quality of the race and this year’s entries
point to a very strong renewal. The support of sponsors with significant
international profile such as Al Basti Equiworld, Dubai is essential to
increasing prize money at The Curragh and we are delighted to welcome them to