Edited press release
The inaugural Dubai International Racing Carnival sale (DIRCS), part of the revamped annual Emirates Racing Authority Horse in Training auction, will be held March 4 at Nad Al Sheba.
The Dubai Racing Club and Europe’s leading auction house Tattersalls have entered into a partnership that promises to add a new dimension to the Dubai International Racing Carnival.
Forty-four horses are scheduled to be offered during the DIRCS, including the additional entries of Robbie Osborne-trained King Jock and Doug Watson’s duo T-Bird and Arabian Prince.
King Jock has been a real favorite in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The 7-year-old gelding has raced 20 times there and won four times. Outside of the UAE, the son of Ghazi has won four other times, including the Desmond Stakes (Ire-III) at the Curragh in 2006.
“This is the first Carnival sale, so we are feeling our way, and the quality of horses on offer will hopefully rise each year, but this looks to be a good platform to launch the sale, which should hopefully appeal to owners all over the world,” said Dubai Racing Club chief executive officer Frank Gabriel Jr.
Brazilian group I winners L’Amico Steve, Evil Knievel, and Nepotista also are scheduled to be offered.
There are 86 horses entered for the Emirates Racing Authority’s horses in training sale March 5 at Nad al Sheba.
The Dubai Racing Club announced last month that the annual horses in training sale in Dubai would be moved forward and include a DIRC session so horses that have competed at the Carnival can be put up for auction.