Newmarket Racecourses is proud to be staging the inaugural £2 million two-day Dubai Future Champions Festival at the Rowley Mile on Friday 9th and Saturday 10th October, with the Group 1 feature races showcasing fillies on the Friday and the colts on the Saturday.
The two-day event is quite simply the highest class racing for young horses anywhere in the world, attracting some of the best equine talent.
Accompanying the Group 1 Dubai Fillies’ Mile in a seven-race card for the Friday are the Group 2 Dubai Challenge Stakes, the Vision Old Rowley Cup Heritage Handicap, the Group 3 Dubai Cornwallis Stakes, the Group 3 Vision Oh So Sharp Stakes, the Listed Dubai Pride Stakes and the Vision Maiden Fillies Stakes.
Saturday’s Group 1 highlight, the Dubai Dewhurst Stakes, is being run for £500,000, up from £400,000 in 2014, and Friday’s Dubai Fillies’ Mile is also offering a purse of £500,000, up from £200,000 in 2014. This makes both races the most valuable Group 1 two-year-old contests in Europe.
The Saturday of the Festival also includes the running of the famous £250,000 Betfred Cesarewitch, the only horse race run across two counties – Cambridgeshire into Suffolk – and with a history as long as that of Aintree Racecourse’s Grand National, back to 1839.
‘Cesarewitch’ is the English version of Tsesarevich, the title of the heir to the throne of Imperial Russia – the race was named in honour of Tsesarevich Alexander (later Tsar Alexander II) after he gave £300 to The Jockey Club.
Joining the Dubai Dewhurst and Betfred Cesarewitch on an eight-race card on the Saturday are the Group 3 Darley Stakes, the Group 3 Vision Autumn Stakes, the Dubai European Breeders’ Fund Fillies’ Nursery Handicap Stakes, the Listed Dubai Zetland Stakes and the Listed Vision EBF Stallions Boadicea Fillies’ Stakes.
The second running of the Vision Varsity Race will take place ahead of the high quality card on the Saturday. The historic sporting rivals Oxford and Cambridge Universities will battle it out again to see who can claim this year’s crown – will it be the light blue of Cambridge again or will the dark blues of Oxford be crowned champions for the first time in history? This newly established race will also be shown on Channel 4 Racing for the first time too.
Students go free to both days of Dubai Future Champions Festival provided they are in possession of a valid NUS card on the day. The Minstrel and Pretty Polly Bars on the first floor of the Millennium Grandstand will be areas dedicated to students and up to 15% off certain drinks will be offered again on the basis of valid student identification.
The fun won’t stop after the last race either, Après Racing, Newmarket’s official racing after-party, will include acts from Swagger following racing on Friday and a special guest to be announced for the Saturday.
In addition to world-class racing, the Dubai Future Champions Festival will also focus on the local community, fashion, and education.