The Dubai Duty Free (UAE-I), now worth $5 million, has been added to the 2006 Asian Mile Challenge series. The Dubai Duty Free, to be run on Dubai World Cup day at Nad Al Sheba Racecourse on March 25, will be the second leg of the four-race Asian Mile Challenge.The Hong Kong Jockey Club and the Japan Racing Association established the Asian Mile Challenge in 2005.
Dubai's inclusion in the Asian Mile Challenge was announced by Saeed H. Al-Tayer, chairman of the Dubai Racing Club, "I am very excited to announce that the Dubai Duty Free, one of the highlights of the Dubai racing calendar, is now part of the Asian Mile Challenge. The Challenge brings together four of Asia's leading racing nations and is the perfect vehicle to showcase the quality of racing in this part of the world." Australia's Futurity Stakes (Aus-I) run on March 7 at Caulfield Racecourse is the opening leg of the Asian Mile Challenge, followed by the Dubai Duty Free, the Champions Mile (HK-I) in Hong Kong on May 7 and Japan's Yasuda Kinen (Jpn-I) on June 4.