A sectional timing system will be in use at Newmarket, the first of its kind in England, and Frankel will be running the Qipco Sussex Stakes at Goodwood.
President of the UAE Cup just in time for Newmarket's timing system
Newmarket, England // A timed comparison between purebred Arabians and thoroughbreds will be made for the first time in England on Friday after it was revealed that sectional timing will be available for the President of the UAE Cup race at Newmarket.
It will be the first time that sectional times for purebred Arabians will have been published in Britain and highlights the growing standing the races are having outside the UAE.
Racegoers in Dubai are used to Trakkus information, which breaks down races in 100-metre sections at Meydan Racecourse, but in England the timings are confined only to 60 per cent of the British Champions Series.
"It's great news that we will have access to sectional times for one of our most important races of the season," said Antonia Newman, the Arabian Racing Organisation's racing manager. "Many of our owners compete regularly on the international stage at venues where sectional timing is commonplace, and it is a real benefit to be able to offer the same facility here in the UK."
The President of the UAE Cup race will be the seventh on an eight-race card at the July Course, although the event will be the only race to be staged over one mile and two furlongs, which means a direct comparison will not be possible.
"We are pleased to be able to provide additional data to the owners and trainers and are looking forward to seeing how the data for the Purebred Arabians compares with the thoroughbreds," said Mike Maher, managing director of TurfTrax, the company behind the times. "From a technical point of view it makes no difference to our operation, we will be treating the contest in exactly the same way as the other races at the meeting."
The race, known as the UK Arabian Derby, attracted 17 entries which were whittled down to six at Wednesday's final declaration stage.
Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid's Al Hibaab lines up for Gillian Duffield, his retained trainer, while Qatar is represented by Al Mamun Monlau, owned by Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al Thani, who also owns TM Fred Texas, the Dubai Kahayla Classic victor.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Thani's Rathowan, Mkeefa and Theeba also line up while Pentagon runs for Denmark.
The Group 1 contest, which is the most valuable prize for Arabian horses in Britain, returns to Newmarket after three years at Ascot.
The thoroughbred action at Newmarket on Thursday is headed by the Princess of Wales's Stakes, a Group 2 contest over 1m 4f.
Godolphin run Modun, who is having his first start since finishing fourth to the ill-fated Fox Hunt in the Nad Al Sheba Trophy in March. Marco Botti also runs Jakkalberry, the Dubai Sheema Classic third, who was subsequently fifth to Sea Moon in the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot.
The Italian trainer also has entered Joshua Tree, who was second to Opinion Poll in the Dubai Gold Cup on World Cup night before running twice in Europe this season.
"Jakkalberry has come out of Royal Ascot in good order," the Dubai regular said. "I think that he has definitely come on for his run in the Hardwicke Stakes. We gave him a break after he came back from Dubai and that race will have brought him on. His run in the Dubai Sheema Classic, when he had ideal conditions, was probably his best run to date.
"We are aiming him at the Melbourne Cup this year and there are a couple of options before then."
FRANKEL IS GO FOR THE QIPCO SUSSEX STAKES IN AUGUST
Frankel is among just 17 horses left at the latest confirmation stakes for the Qipco Sussex Stakes at Goodwood next month.
Sir Henry Cecil’s unbeaten superstar produced one of his very best efforts when sweeping clear of Canford Cliffs in last year’s renewal and is likely to be sent off as a strong favourite for what is scheduled to be his next start.
Excelebration, who has now been beaten five times by Frankel, is one of his best possible opponents, while trainer Aidan O’Brien has also kept Maybe, Ishvana, Requisition, Reply, Power and Daddy Long Legs in the field.
Richard Hannon’s Strong Suit and Trumpet Major are other leading horses to remain in the race along with Foxtrot Romeo and Planteur.
Cecil can also run Chachamaidee and Frankel’s pacemaker and lead horse Bullet Train.
Supplementary entries can still be made by July 26.
– Press Association
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