As racing action heated up in Chantilly, France, for the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe this past weekend, the Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club (QREC) organised some family entertainment at Souq Waqif on Saturday and Sunday.
Families were able to enjoy pony rides, face painting and a photo booth to capture their memories of the day while enjoying the races live on the screens. One of the biggest racing events in the world, it is being sponsored by Qatar since 2008. The weekend boasts a prestigious two-day racing programme with no fewer than 15 flat races, nine of which have Group 1 status, the highest category of horse race.
The past weekend was also an opportunity to watch Purebred Arabians in action; these elegant horses contested in the Qatar Arabian World Cup, the second leg of the Doha Triple Crown. In its previous editions, the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe has witnessed major Qatari achievements, chief among them Al Shaqab Racing’s Treve, who won the prestigious feature for two straight years — 2013 and 2014.
The event at Souq Waqif simulated the atmosphere of the racecourse in Chantilly and the audience enjoyed the live broadcast of the races on the screen, as well as all the other fun activities. “Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe is an integral part of our proud commitment to promoting Qatar as a world class hub for horse racing and a leader in the pure Arabian breed. This event is an opportunity to share our passion with the local community and cements our efforts in bringing the joy of racing and breeding to the wider public,” QREC general manager Nasser Sherida al-Kaabi said.
QREC represents, promotes and advances equine and equestrian initiatives from grassroots programmes to the international arena. Focused on equestrian sport and horse welfare, QREC is dedicated to promoting Qatar as a world class hub for horse racing.