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28 November 2017

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Jockeys Show Off Breeches

5 August 2017

New Zealand jockeys stepped out in their new Al Basti Equiworld-sponsored breeches for the first time at Te Rapa and Riccarton Park on Saturday.

“It’s fantastic to have an international brand like Al Basti Equiworld supporting not only jockeys here in New Zealand but the whole industry,” said jockey Matthew Cameron.

Al Basti Equiworld is the UAE’s leading distributor of horse feeds, supplements and veterinary medicines.

In March, they announced a five-year deal to sponsor the breeches along with a financial contribution to the New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing General Fund, which provides funding to injured jockeys and stablehands.

Saturday also marked the first day of Al Basti Equiworld-sponsored ‘Best Turned Out’ prizes at Riccarton Park. The first recipient was Rebecca Williamson, who strapped Shamal.

“I’m so appreciative of the award,” said Williamson, who has worked in the industry forthree-and-a-half years, and is currently employed by Ken Duncan.

The ‘Best Turned Out’ prizes, of $50 cash on Feature and Premier days and $25 on Industry days, will be awarded for every race at every meeting at Riccarton Park and Trentham over the next three years. Upgrades to the jockey’s lounges at both venues at are also underway.

Last month Al Basti Equiworld announced sponsorship of both the $500,000 Gr.1 New Zealand 2000 Guineas and $400,000 Gr.1 New Zealand Oaks at the venues.

“We’re really proud to have the Al Basti Equiworld Brand being carried by a new group of international brand ambassadors,” said Al Basti Equiworld’s owner and founder Malih Al Basti.

“New Zealand has produced many top class jockeys and we’re excited to be partnering with New Zealand riders.”

A globally recognised brand, Al Basti Equiworld is also a major supporter of racing in the UAE, USA and the UK.

Jockeys show off breeches

Jockeys in their breeches.
Photo courtesy of Trish Dunell

 

Al Basti Equiworld investment bolsters NZ racing

5 July 2017 

Al Basti Equiworld, the UAE’s leading distributor of horse feeds, supplements and veterinary medicines is to extend its support for racing in New Zealand to include sponsorship of two feature classic races, the New Zealand Two Thousand Guineas and Oaks, and significantly boosting prize-money.

In a three-year agreement, The Group 1 Al Basti Equiworld NZ Two Thousand Guineas held at Riccarton Park in November and the Group 1 Al Basti Equiworld NZ Oaks at Trentham Racecourse in March, will be run for $500,000 and $400,000 respectively. A $100,000 stake increase in both races.

New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing (NZTR) has also made a significant contribution to the increased stakes, through a lift in the Iconic Race funding for the two races.

“We are delighted that Al Basti Equiworld is extending their investment in New Zealand racing,” NZTR chief executive Bernard Saundry said.

“Sponsors play an important role in raising the profile of our feature races and the Two Thousand Guineas and New Zealand Oaks meetings are key dates on the New Zealand racing calendar.”

The race sponsorship headlines increased investment in New Zealand racing by Al Basti Equiworld, having in March agreed an innovative five-year partnership with the New Zealand Jockey’s Association which will see jockey’s carry their logo on sponsored breeches from August 1, 2017, along with a financial contribution to the New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing General Trust Fund, which provides funding to injured jockeys and stablehands.

The Dubai-based company will also be sponsoring cash prizes of $50 on Feature and Premier days and $25 on Tier 2 or Industry days, for the groom of the ‘Best Turned Out’ horse in each race run at Riccarton Park and Trentham Racecourse over the next three years and upgrading the jockey lounges at both venues.

“We understand the importance of New Zealand racing globally and we’re delighted to be bringing the Al Basti Equiworld brand to New Zealand,” said Al Basti Equiworld’s founder and CEO Malih Al Basti.

“The New Zealand Two Thousand Guineas and New Zealand Oaks are two historically important races to the New Zealand breeding industry that have been won by horses that have gone on to international success in the past.  

“As an owner and breeder of thoroughbred horses, I understand the outstanding contribution made by breeders, owners, trainers, jockeys and grooms and it’s important to us that our sponsorship reaches all participants.

“We’re delighted to be extending our sponsorship in New Zealand and we look forward to continuing our work with New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing, The New Zealand Jockeys Association, Canterbury Jockey Club and the Wellington Racing Club.”

President of the Wellington Racing Club, Wayne Guppy said; “we are delighted to have Mr Al Basti sponsor our premier fillies race at Trentham. I would like to make special mention and thank Bill Gleeson of Wellfield who has sponsored the NZ Oaks for many years and showed such great support for the Wellington Racing Club. Bill’s passion and commitment for the breeding industry and the Group 1 NZ Oaks has helped make this the great race it is.”

A globally recognised brand, Al Basti Equiworld is also a major supporter of racing in the UAE, USA and the UK.

Maliah Al Basti

Al Basti Equiworld founder and CEO Malih Al Basti

 
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Al Basti Equiworld investment bolsters New Zealand 05 Jul 2017

Al Basti Equiworld, the UAE’s leading distributor of horse feeds, supplements and veterinary medicines, is to extend its support for racing in New Zealand.

That will include sponsorship of two feature classic races, the New Zealand 2000 Guineas and the New Zealand Oaks, with each event to carry an extra $100,000 in prize money.

Al Basti Equiworld founder and CEO Malih Al Basti

In a three-year agreement, the Gr.1 Al Basti Equiworld NZ 2000 Guineas held at Riccarton Park in November and the Gr.1 Al Basti Equiworld NZ Oaks at Trentham in March will be run for $500,000 and $400,000 respectively.

New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing has also made a significant contribution to the increased stakes, through a lift in the Iconic Race funding for the two races.

“We are delighted that Al Basti Equiworld is extending their investment in New Zealand racing,” NZTR chief executive Bernard Saundry said.

“Sponsors play an important role in raising the profile of our feature races and the Two Thousand Guineas and New Zealand Oaks meetings are key dates on the New Zealand racing calendar.”

The race sponsorship headlines increased investment in New Zealand racing by Al Basti Equiworld, having in March agreed an innovative five-year partnership with the New Zealand Jockey’s Association.

Jockeys carry their logo on sponsored breeches from August 1, 2017, along with a financial contribution to the New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing General Trust Fund, which provides funding to injured jockeys and stablehands.

The Dubai-based company will also be sponsoring cash prizes of $50 on Feature and Premier days and $25 on Tier 2 or Industry days, for the groom of the ‘Best Turned Out’ horse in each race run at Riccarton Park and Trentham over the next three years and upgrading the jockey lounges at both venues.

“We understand the importance of New Zealand racing globally and we’re delighted to be bringing the Al Basti Equiworld brand to New Zealand,” Al Basti Equiworld’s founder and CEO Malih Al Basti said.

“The New Zealand 2000 Guineas and New Zealand Oaks are two historically important races to the New Zealand breeding industry that have been won by horses that have gone on to international success in the past.  

“As an owner and breeder of thoroughbred horses, I understand the outstanding contribution made by breeders, owners, trainers, jockeys and grooms and it’s important to us that our sponsorship reaches all participants.

“We’re delighted to be extending our sponsorship in New Zealand and we look forward to continuing our work with New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing, the New Zealand Jockeys’ Association, Canterbury Jockey Club and the Wellington Racing Club.”

President of the Wellington Racing Club, Wayne Guppy said; “we are delighted to have Mr Al Basti sponsor our premier fillies race at Trentham. I would like to make special mention and thank Bill Gleeson of Wellfield who has sponsored the NZ Oaks for many years and showed such great support for the Wellington Racing Club. Bill’s passion and commitment for the breeding industry and the Group 1 NZ Oaks has helped make this the great race it is.”

A globally recognised brand, Al Basti Equiworld is also a major supporter of racing in the UAE, USA and the UK.