Mats Genberg / 2011-07-30|
11 RUNNERS IN SCANDINAVIA'S BIGGEST FILLY RACE
11 runners is starting in tomorrows "Qatar NEAR Fillies & Mares Championship" in Gothenburg, Sweden. The 1600 m race has a purse of about 11,600 Euro making it one of, if not THE, the biggest filly race(s] in Northern Europe.
This year marks the 7th running of the race on Gothenburgs turf. The 11 fillies are bred in Sweden, Holland, Russia and Iraq, and are all trained in Sweden.
Among the jockeys you will find Scandinavia's currently dominating jockey - dane Jacob Johansen. As well as chilean veteran Manuel Santos - with more than 4500 wins!
The race is part of the new Qatar NEAR sponsorship. Where "NEAR" Stands for Northern European Arabian Racing.
Qatar NEAR is a series of 26 races in Sweden, Holland and Germany. Plus 2 races each in Belgium and Switzerland. The idea is to raise purses in races for local average horses, and thus making sure that the Arabian Racing "pyramid" gets a solid base.