Muscat, The horse race season, organised by

the Royal Horse Racing Club (RHRC), will kick off in Al Rahba

Racecourse in the Wilayat of Barka tomorrow (Thursday). It will include

20 races with three classic races and will run until April 2019.

Brigadier General Abdul Razzaq bin Abdul Qadir al-Shahwarzi,

Commander of the Royal Cavalry said that the first classic race will be

held on 16 November (the National Day Cup), followed by the Omani

Derby Cup on18 January with the series of Sheikha Fatima Cup,

which begins annually from Muscat, followed by the final classic race

on 6 April 2019.

Brigadier General al-Shahwarzi said in a press conference held

at Madinat Al Adyat today to discuss the details of the new season,

“The preparations are complete and the horses of the race have been

registered. The necessary procedures were taken regarding the horse

riders. The racecourse of Al Rahba Farm was prepared in terms of turf

or its related services. The owners and trainers of horses trained their

horses in preparation for the season”.

On the attention for the locally bred horses, horses, Brigadier

General al-Shahwarzi explained that the Royal Horse Racing Club has

dedicated races for the locally bred horses, along with the pure Arabian

horses and thoroughbred horses to support and encourage breeders

and horse owners while supporting thoroughbred horses to obtain a

high international ranking by the International Federation of

Horseracing Authorities. He added that horse riders from various

countries will take part next season in the classic races.

He talked about the recent improvements and modifications

introduced to Al Rahba racecourse course, in coordination and

cooperation between the Royal Court Affaors and the Ministry of Sports

Affairs in order to create the new course, stands and the paddock for

the new season.

Last season witnessed the participation of about 780 horses, with

an expected increase this season due to the entry of more than / 100 /

horses to the Sultanate in the past period to participate in 20 races, run

by Omanis themselves by nearly 100%.

Source: Oman News Agency