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The UAE President cup sorouh Derby today in Moscow

THE 14th year of His Highness the President of the UAE Championship Derby for Purebred Arabian horses will be held on Saturday at the Moscow Race Course with some of the best-known horses from Russia participating.

This will be second in the series being held in major European cities and in the US. The series kicked off in Newmarket, UK on July 9.

Organised by the UAE Equestrian and Racing Federation, it has also joint support from the Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition, Abu Dhabi Culture and Heritage Authority, Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority and the Abu Dhabi Sports Council.

Sorouh Real Estate PJSC is the sponsor of the race and the distance to cover in the Group 1 event is 2000 metres. The prize money on offer is Rouble 200,000.

The day will also witness the Abu Dhabi Serous race for thoroughbreds which will be of a lesser distance of 1600 meters. Also a Group 1 race, again sponsored by Sorouh, Rouble 600,000 is at stake.

"This Moscow event is the second in the His Highness the President of the UAE championship Derby which is being held in major European cities and the US," said Sultan Abdullah Al Marzouqi, secretary general of the UAE Equestrian and Racing Federation on the eve of the ride.

"The UAE Equestrian and Racing Federation are organising all these events to promote the equestrian sports further. The Federation is not only actively involved in promoting Purebred Arabians but also Thoroughbreds horse racing," he said.

It is widely believed these races will certainly promote the global image of the UAE generally and Abu Dhabi in particular.

He thanked the sponsors Sorouh Real Estate PJSC for coming forward to support the races in Moscow which will boost the UAE equestrian activities.

Masaood Al Awar, chief sales and marketing officer of Sorouh thanked the UAEERF for giving them a chance to be associated with the Federation in hosting the Moscow event

"We take pride in taking part in the Moscow races which are expected to draw some of the top horses in Russia promising thrilling races," he said.

Sorouh is a leading real estate developer in the UAE and we have also proved our support for sports in general and equestrianism in particular in keeping with the culture and tradition of the country.

"We have been in the forefront of supporting equestrian events both in the UAE and abroad. We consider equestrianism as part of UAE's culture and heritage and it is indeed important for us to make our presence felt at international events, "he said.

"At Sorouh we are proud to be associated with all the efforts being made to safeguard the UAE's culture and heritage. This is one the key reason for our involvement in the UAE Equestrian Federation's sporting activities," concluded Awar

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