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March 31, 2010

Emirates Equestrian Federation to Sponsor Irish Guineas

EEF The Curragh Racecourse today announced a five-year partnership with the Emirates Equestrian Federation (EEF), which includes sponsorship of the Irish Guineas Festival.

 Re-named the Abu Dhabi Irish Guineas Festival, the weekend will feature the Abu Dhabi Irish 2000 Guineas on Saturday, May 22 and the Etihad Airways Irish 1000 Guineas on Sunday, May 23.

The sponsorship arrangement also includes the first race in the 2010 calendar of the prestigious President of the UAE Cup Series for purebred Arabian horses, as well as, naming rights to four other thoroughbred races throughout the weekend.

The President of the UAE Cup Series was established in 1994 by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan to promote and celebrate the Arabian horse globally. It is the original international purebred Arabian horse race series, and today is still considered the premier racing series for the breed.

“We are excited to launch the 2010 President’s Cup series at a racecourse as historic as the Curragh and in such a significant way,” said Taleb Dhaher Al Muhairi, Secretary General of the Emirates Equestrian Federation. “The sponsorship of two of the top Classic races in Europe, together with the opportunity to showcase some of the best purebred Arabian racehorses creates multiple benefits, such as promoting tourism and enhancing bilateral relationships between countries.”

“The support of our Guineas Festival by the Emirates Equestrian Federation is hugely positive for both the Curragh racecourse and Irish horse racing and their association with two of our most prestigious races will ensure we continue to attract the very best horses and riders for what promises to be an outstanding event,” said Curragh General Manager Paul Hensey, “We will work closely with our new Guineas partner to ensure they maximize their association with this great weekend of entertainment.”