Qatar






History


Horse racing has always been part of the Arabian Culture and the Qatari's have been racing their horses for centuries. Officially horseracing was established in 1975 by an Emiri decree. The Racing Season consisted of 4 official racedays with Thoroughbred and Arabian races. Unofficially there were many more. Starting Stalls from Australia and a Photo Finish System were used for the first time.

In 1991 a local company constructed a new racetrack with the existing Grandstand being upgraded. At that time the Racing Season was increased to 12 race days, with 5 races each day. Races were programmed for Thoroughbreds , Local Thoroughbred and Arabians.

In 1994 a new track was again constructed by a local company. The Racing Season was increased to 20 racedays. Overall Prize money was increased from $500,000 to $2,000,000. The photo finish was upgraded to a Lynx system and New 16-stall starting gates were purchased from Steriline, Australia.

In 2001 the French Company Gregori commenced construction of the current Al Rayyan Race Course. This project incorporated modernised Grandstand, air conditioned stabling, Indoor Horse Swimming pool, new Vet Hospital and Farrier Section.

Name of Racing Authority: Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club

Postal Address: P.O Box 7559, Doha, State of Qatar

Tel: + 974 44825 709 Fax: + 974 44803 016

Email: qatarracing@gmail.com

Website: www.qrec.gov.qa

Chairman: H.E Sheikh Mohammed Bin Faleh Al Thani

Stewards/Committee

Ian Paterson (Chief Steward), Tariq Abdulhameed Al Siddique, Abdullah Rashid Al Kubaisi, Saad Mubarak Al Hajri, Ryan Skelton, Bradford Smith

General Manager: Sami Jassim Al Boenain

Chief Executive Officer (Racing) & Chief Stipendiary Steward: Ian Paterson

Racing Manager: Tariq Abdulhameed Al Siddique

Regulatory Veterinary Surgeon: Thiago De Luz

Handicapper: Ryan Skelton

Track Manager: Brad Smith

Racing Administrator: Sian Jones

Racecourse:'

Al Rayyan Racecourse, P.O Box 7559, Doha, State of Qatar.


Statistical:

Racing Season October to May
Number of Racecourses 1
Number of Fixtures 60
Number of Races 404
Number of Runners 3728
Number of Horses in Training 570
Number of Trainers 54
Number of Jockeys 31
Number of Owners 145

Name Class Date Type Prizemoney
Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani Trophy Group 2 International December TB $140,000
Qatar National Day Trophy International December PA $140,000
Qatar International Derby Group 2 International December PA $140,000
Qatar Derby Group 1 International December TB $280,000
Sheikh Abdullah Bin Khalifa Al Thani Trophy Group 1 January PA (Local Bred) $140,000
H.H The Heir Apparent Trophy Group 1 International February TB $280,000
H.H The Heir Apparent Sword Group 1 February PA (Local Bred) $280,000
Qatar 2022 Cup Group 3 International February TB $200,000
Qatar International Trophy Group 1 International February PA $140,000
Qatar International Cup Group 2 International February TB $280,000
H.H The Emir Trophy Group 1 February PA ( Local Bred) $280,000
H. H The Emir Trophy Group 1 International February TB $560,000
H.H The Emir Sword Group 1 International February PA $560,000


Race Festivals

Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani Festival – December
Sheikh Abdullah Bin Khalifa Al Thani Festival – January
H.H The Heir Apparent Festival - February
H.H The Emir Qatar International Horse Festival, February

Financials

Total Prizemoney (USD)
$11,000,000 - Provided by Racing Authorities
Exchange Rate to US$: - (3.65)

Breeding

Total number of stud farms 15
Total number of stallions (TB – 20) (P/A – 60)
Total number of mares (TB – 95) (P/A – 370)
Total number of thoroughbred births / year 65