Although the His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Khalifa Al Thani-owned Yazeed did not win the Qatar Arabian World Cup while he was a favourite, His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Khalifa Al Thani responded to the media representatives and spoke to them giving His Highness’s opinions of the race and its unexpected result.
His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Khalifa Al Thani said: ‘This race saw a surprise, which no one expected at all. It was a tough race in general and the winner, Fazza Al Khalediah, won the title deservedly. In fact, he gave a wonderful performance and I congratulate his owners for his class and ability to win the Qatar Arabian World Cup. We should put in consideration that ground at ParisLongchamp was affected by the rain today. In horse racing, each race has its own circumstances. Yazeed was a favourite, especially as he was at best and won the trial race three weeks ago, but soft ground did not help him give his usual performance’.
His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Khalifa Al Thani added: ‘Qatar’s sponsorship of the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe started in 2008 and will continue to 2022. The renewal of the partnership to continue the sponsorship of this event is under consideration, given the huge global reputation of the event, which comes with plenty of strength and thrill one year after another. In addition, dozens of thousands of racegoers attend the races at Paris Longchamp along with the TV broadcasting to nearly 100 countries, giving access to at least a billion viewers worldwide. I think Qatar’s decision to sponsor this event has been a right one’.
His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Khalifa Al Thani concluded: ‘In the coming years, we would like to see more people from Qatar in this event and we will have Marid, who won the Qatar Arabian Trophy Des Poulains over 2000 metres at St. Cloud two days ago.’