His Excellency Issa bin Mohammed Al-Mohannadi, QREC Chairman, commended the success of the Qatar International Derby Festival with many international runners present at the races of the Festival in line with the QREC’s aim to attract international horse connections to contest in Qatar.
“We would like to thank His Excellency Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al-Thani for His Excellency’s presence at the conclusion of the Festival”, he said, “We would like also to thank His Excellency Mr Salah bin Ghanem Al-Ali, the Minister of Culture and Sports, for patronising the Festival and crowning the winners. In fact, the presence of dignitaries is in favour of Qatar’s horseracing in general as it demonstrates their support to QREC-organised events.”
“It is wonderful to see such a large number of international runners at the Qatar International Derby as it reflects the excellent reputation of our horse racing. On the other hand, QREC has been preparing, for a long time now, Qatari jockeys to ride in racing events organised at Al Rayyan Park. The programme developed for this purpose has started to pay off with the participation of 16 Qatari jockeys in training camps conducted overseas. Some of them have already done a very good job at our racing events this season. The QREC Management is committed to continue the support for Qatari jockeys and give them more opportunities to ride at races regularly”, he added.