The 2023 running of the Bahrain International Trophy will be more valuable than ever following the news that race’s value has been increased to $1M and the race’s status has been upgraded to Group 2 level.
The Bahrain International Trophy is the highest profile race run in the Kingdom of Bahrain and this year an increase in prize money will boost the value of the race to $1M. Furthermore, it was recently announced by the Asian Pattern Committee that the race has earned a promotion from Group 3 to Group 2 status following a review of the race’s past performances and the quality of the runners it attracted.
The 2023 running of the $1M Bahrain International Trophy will take place on 17th November at the Rashid Equestrian & Horseracing Club with entries for the 1m2f (2000m) event closing on 5th October. Last year’s race included runners from six different countries and was won by Dubai Future, trained by Saeed Bin Suroor for Godolphin, while in 2021 the ever-popular grey Lord Glitters won the race for trainer David O’Meara.
His Highness Shaikh Isa Bin Salman Bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Chairman of the Rashid Equestrian & Horseracing Club, said:
“The Bahrain International Trophy is our showpiece event and its promotion to Group 2 status represents another significant step in growing the Kingdom’s standing on the international racing stage.
“We are looking forward to staging the best horseracing event to date and welcoming runners from all over the world to Bahrain.”
The increase in the prize fund of the Bahrain International Trophy is part of an all-round investment programme making the 2023-24 season in Bahrain the most valuable yet. The Kingdom’s three Listed races, the Crown Prince’s Cup, the King’s Cup and the Al Methaq Mile, have all been boosted in value and the prize money on offer in the ten races that comprise the Bahrain Turf Series has also increased with each race worth $80,000 (£65,000).
Yusuf Buheji, CEO of the Bahrain Turf Club added:
“We are delighted to announce the staging of the first $1M race in Bahrain, along with increases in the value of all our Pattern races, the Bahrain Turf Series and our wider domestic programme.
“In addition to increases in prize money, we continue to invest in our racing and training facilities, as well as our integrity standards. Through these initiatives, as well as our partnerships and sponsorship portfolio, the aim is to further raise the standard of racing in Bahrain and welcome more international visitors.”
All the details are reproduced in the Bahrain Turf Club’s newly published international racing brochure 2023-24, including the race programme for imported horses and travel incentives for internationally trained horses.
To view the brochure.
Thursday 6th July 2023