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SHEIKH ABDULLAH AL-MALEK AL-SABAH EXPANDS BRITISH BASED OWNERSHIP AT FRUITFUL CRAVEN BREEZE UP SALES

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

SHEIKH ABDULLAH AL-MALEK AL-SABAH EXPANDS BRITISH BASED OWNERSHIP AT FRUITFUL CRAVEN BREEZE UP SALES

Kuwait’s former Champion Owner emerges as big spender at Craven Breeze Up Sales 2016

Last week saw Sheikh Abdullah Al-Malek Al-Sabah, former Champion Owner and a member of the Ruling family in Kuwait, expand his British-based thoroughbred team thanks to a handful of successful bids at Tattersalls’ Craven Stakes Breeze Up Sale in Newmarket. Three purchases were made, together totaling a sum of 292,000gns with an average of 97,333gns per purchase, making Sheikh Abdullah Al-Malek Al-Sabah the 11th highest spender at this year’s sale.

Sheikh Abdullah Al-Malek Al-Sabah, who currently has horses in training with David O’Meara, William Knight, John Quinn and Richard Fahey, has owned a few horses in the past, but British-based ownership has got altogether more serious in the past three years. Notable horses who have carried his colours since his first foray into British sales in 2013 have included Salateen, who placed third in the Royal Lodge Stakes (Group 2) in 2014, and Areen, who finished second in the Windsor Castle Stakes (Listed) at Royal Ascot in 2015.

Sheikh Abdullah Al-Malek Al-Sabah, his Racing Manager, Abdullah Al-Otaibi, and his UK Racing & Bloodstock Advisor, Richard Knight, will be hoping for further success from their growing team of racehorses. Big things will be expected of Tumbulgum, a French bred Siyouni colt, bought on Wednesday (Lot 108) who now flies the flag as Sheikh Abdullah Al-Malek Al-Sabah’s most expensive ever British purchase, bought for a total of 175,000gns.

When asked about the switch from owning horses in Kuwait to owning in Britain, Abdullah Al-Otaibi, speaking on behalf of Sheikh Abdullah Al-Malek Al-Sabah, commented, “Britain is the capital of racing in the world…there is a big difference [between Britain and Kuwait]”. The aim in the next few years, according to Al-Otaibi, will be to target the British Classics, including the “2,000 Guineas, 1,000 Guineas and Derby”. The focus will continue to be on sending Sheikh Abdullah Al-Malek Al-Sabah’s horses to the most high profile racecourses to race at the highest level.

Richard Knight added:

“Sheikh Abdullah thoroughly enjoys British racing and spending time in his London home over the summer months watching his horses run, especially at tracks like Ascot, Newmarket, York and Goodwood. Hopefully between Abdullah Al-Otaibi, myself and our selected trainers we can deliver both the fun and success that Sheikh Abdullah is striving for over the coming years.”

James Oldring, Operations Director at Great British Racing International (GBRI), said:

“Sheikh Abdullah’s passion for British racing is clear and it’s fantastic to see him and his team investing at the sales. It’s also great to have him nominated to the GBRI Members Club and we look forward to welcoming him to British racecourses throughout the coming months.”

 

Notes to Editors

About Great British Racing International
Great British Racing International (GBRI) was launched in April 2013 by Racing Enterprises Ltd, The British Horseracing Authority and The Horserace Betting Levy Board.

GBRI has been set up to facilitate and grow international investment into the British racing and breeding industries. GBRI provides a bespoke service for those seeking to invest in the highest levels of thoroughbred racing in Britain, as well as marketing British racing to a wider international audience. As a world leader in the sport, British racing is a prime opportunity for investment at all levels.

Twitter: @GBRI_UK

For more information contact;

Amanda Bossom

Phone – +44 7471 216075

Email – abossom@greatbritishracing.com

FUTURE FUNDING AGREED FOR GREAT BRITISH RACING INTERNATIONAL

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Tuesday 24 November, 2015

FUTURE FUNDING AGREED FOR GREAT BRITISH RACING INTERNATIONAL

Racing Enterprises Limited to continue support of British horseracings international marketing and promotion operation.

Great British Racing International (GBRI) which has been funded by Racing Enterprises Limited (REL), the Horserace Betting Levy Board (HBLB) and the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) for the last three years, has received an extension to its funding for a minimum of two more years. This follows a business review of GBRI’s activities.

Due to current industry funding challenges, with reductions in the Levy and cuts to the BHA budget, the REL board has agreed to fund GBRI directly in 2016 and in 2017.

Chris McFadden, Chairman of REL said: “The business review demonstrated that much had been achieved by GBRI since its launch in 2013. The activities of GBRI have proven to be significant in attracting and maintaining international investment and a powerful marketing platform on which to promote the global excellence of British racing and bloodstock. With limited financial means, the GBRI team has done a terrific job in creating value for the industry.

The review indicated support for the core functions of GBRI amongst key racing professionals. The REL board felt it was important that GBRI’s work continued, since the organisation has shown in a short amount of time to have become a valuable resource in growing international investment.”

Philip Freedman, Chairman of The Horsemen’s Group said: “The Horsemen’s Group fully supports GBRI’s continued funding. It plays an important role in working with all those promoting investment in British Racing, in particular through its concierge service which assists so many international customers.”

With GBRI funding secured, Carter Carnegie, who was recruited on a two-year contract to launch and lead the daily operations of GBRI as International Executive, will conclude his role at the end of December 2015.  He will continue to serve GBRI on a consultancy basis and will be retained to provide assistance and representation at selected international events.

James Oldring has been appointed GBRI’s Operations Director and will lead the GBRI team in addition to his responsibilities at QIPCO British Champions Series.

International Executive, Carter Carnegie said: “I wish to thank the GBRI Board, the British racing stakeholder network and all of the racing professionals for giving me the opportunity to work with them to build the GBRI platform.”

Chief Executive of REL, Rod Street said: “Carter’s professionalism and enthusiasm for this project was instrumental in delivering and ensuring a successful start to GBRI. His management of the limited resources has ensured sufficient cost savings in GBRI in its first two years to make it viable for REL to fund future years. I am pleased that he will remain a resource for our team.

We are delighted to appoint James as the Operations Director of GBRI. He was originally involved with GBRI’s forerunner – British Bloodstock Marketing – so has a sound understanding of the business. His thirteen years’ experience with the BHA and, more recently, British Champions Series, will stand him in good stead to lead the GBRI team.”

GBRI has been responsible for creating programmes such as Team British Racing, which promotes the owners and trainers of British runners overseas, the GBRI Members Club, which provides hospitality to overseas owners as well as being a partner of the prestigious Goffs London Sale which precedes Royal Ascot. GBRI also provides a concierge service to many overseas visitors investing in bloodstock and training in Great Britain.

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Notes to Editors

About Great British Racing International
Great British Racing International (GBRI) was launched in April 2013 by Racing Enterprises Ltd, The British Horseracing Authority and The Horserace Betting Levy Board.

GBRI has been set up to facilitate and grow international investment into the British racing and breeding industries. GBRI provides a bespoke service for those seeking to invest in the highest levels of thoroughbred racing in Britain, as well as marketing British racing to a wider international audience. As a world leader in the sport, British racing is a prime opportunity for investment at all levels.

Twitter: @GBRI_UK

For more information contact;

Harriet Collins

Head of PR, Great British Racing

Phone – ++ 44 (0) 7827 957 113

Email – hcollins@greatbritishracing.com

 

GOLDEN HORN AND TRIP TO PARIS HEAD TEAM BRITISH RACING CHALLENGE IN AMERICA AND AUSTRALIA

Wednesday October 21st

Trip To Paris in Team British Racing livery with his groom, Tegan Kerr.

Trip To Paris in Team British Racing livery with his groom, Tegan Kerr.

Another successful year for Team British Racing is set to reach its climax in the next two weeks with raids on showpiece races in both America and Australia.

Golden Horn, the Epsom Derby and Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner, leads a nine-strong Team British Racing entry at the Breeders’ Cup meeting while the Ascot Gold Cup hero, Trip To Paris, is part of a six-pronged bid for the top races at the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.

They will be aiming to add to the list of 2015 overseas big race triumphs for Team British Racing members such as the Dubai Gold Cup win of Brown Panther; Amazing Maria beating the top French fillies on their home soil in the Prix Rothschild; and Mondialiste giving trainer David O’Meara a first transatlantic victory in the Woodbine Mile.

Entries were announced today (Wednesday) for the Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland in Lexington, Kentucky, on Friday October 30th and Saturday October 31st – America’s end-of-season championship fixture.

 

Golden Horn in the $3million Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf stands out among the Team British Racing contingent. Should the son of Cape Cross end his career on a victorious note, he would be the first horse to complete the Arc/Breeders’ Cup Turf double and help his trainer, John Gosden, become the first British handler to win £10 million in a season.

Hopes are also especially high for the Tercentenary Stakes and Joel Stakes winner, Time Test, who will fly the flag alongside Mondialiste in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile.

Roger Charlton, trainer of Time Test, said:

“Time Test is in a good place at the moment – I am very happy with him. He had a gallop at Wolverhampton last week, jumping out of the gates and spinning round the tight turns under Ryan Moore, which was highly satisfactory.”

“I am very excited to have another Breeders’ Cup runner with a lively chance, and if he gets a good draw I think that he is capable of running very well. He may still prove to be at his best over a mile and a quarter but he has enough class and speed to be effective over a mile and I think that the turns at Keeneland will suit him.”

Ed Dunlop has often been the British trainer to follow in Australia as he proved again last Saturday when Trip To Paris finished in front of everything except Mongolian Khan in the Aus$3.15 million Caulfield Cup despite racing over an inadequate mile and a half.

Trip To Paris now heads for the Aus$6.2 million Emirates Melbourne Cup over two miles at Flemington on Tuesday November 3rd. Dunlop will also be represented by the highest earner in the history of British Racing, Red Cadeaux, now nine years of age but running in The Race That Stops The Nation for a fifth time having already finished runner-up in it on a record three occasions.

 

Dunlop said:

“Trip To Paris has come out of the Caulfield Cup very well – he lost five kilos during the race but has already put it all back on. Although you always want to win, it was a fantastic trial for the Melbourne Cup as we know that he will be better over further. Tommy Berry will keep the ride.”

“Red Cadeaux did his second piece of work out there yesterday morning and has made a big step forward. We sent him in as good a condition as we ever have and he loves the individual attention that he receives on his travels – he really seems to blossom for it.”

“He is now just £1,500 away from being the first British horse to earn £5 million and while my staff deserve an enormous amount of credit for the fantastic job that they have done with him, so does his owner, Ronnie Arculli, who is so often the forgotten man in all of this, for his bravery and patience.”

 

A hugely significant 11-day period for Team British Racing starts on Saturday (October 24th) when the Peter Chapple-Hyam-trained Arod bids to become the first British winner of the Aus$3.05 million William Hill Cox Plate at Moonee Valley.

 

A full list of the Team British Racing entries over the next two weeks is as follows:

Saturday October 23rd

Moonee Valley, Melbourne, Australia

Aus$3.05 million William Hill Cox Plate – 1m 2f 44y (turf)

Arod (Peter Chapple-Hyam)

 

Friday October 30th

Keeneland, Lexington, Kentucky, USA

US$1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf  – 1m (turf)

Humphrey Bogart (Richard Hannon)

US$1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf – 1m (turf)

Illuminate (Richard Hannon)

Nemoralia (Jeremy Noseda)

 

Saturday October 31st

Keeneland, Lexington, Kentucky, USA

US$1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies – 1m 110y (dirt)

Nemoralia (Jeremy Noseda) (2nd preference)

US$2 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf – 1m 1f 110y (turf)

Irish Rookie (Martyn Meade)

Mutatis Mutandis (Ed Walker)

Secret Gesture (Ralph Beckett)

US$2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile – 1m (turf)

Mondialiste (David O’Meara)

Time Test (Roger Charlton)

US$3 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf – 1m 4f (turf)

Golden Horn (John Gosden)

 

Tuesday November 3rd

Flemington, Melbourne, Australia

Aus$6.2 million Emirates Melbourne Cup – 2m (turf)

Big Orange (Michael Bell)

Quest For More (Roger Charlton)

Red Cadeaux (Ed Dunlop)

Snow Sky (Sir Michael Stoute)

Trip To Paris (Ed Dunlop)

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To follow Team British Racing visit https://www.facebook.com/teambritishracing or follow @GBRI_UK using #TeamBritishRacing

Notes to Editor:
Great British Racing International (GBRI) was launched in April 2013 by Racing Enterprises Ltd, The British Horseracing Authority and The Horserace Betting Levy Board.

GBRI has been set up to facilitate and grow international investment into the British racing and breeding industry through initiatives including Team British Racing.
Instigated in 2014, Team British Racing unites British human and equine representatives under one umbrella brand promoting the talent and successes of British trained racehorses and their owners, trainers and jockeys worldwide.

As a world leader in the sport, British racing is a prime opportunity for investment at all levels and GBRI is sourcing and growing the investment opportunities within the sport.

For more information contact:
Bobby Jackson
Great British Racing International Marketing Executive
Phone – ++ 44 (0)207 152 0038 or +44 (0) 7471 216 076
Email – bjackson@greatbritishracing.com

 

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