Press releases and important news from Wellington Racing Club

Al Basti Equiworld gift two trips to Dubai

13 September 2018

Al Basti Equiworld Dubai in association with the Canterbury Jockey Club, Wellington Racing Club and New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing, have today announced a competition which will see four lucky racegoers jetting off to the United Arab Emirates for the 2019 Dubai World Cup.

Every racegoer who attends a meeting at Riccarton Park or Wellington Races between now and the Gr.1 NZ Al Basti Equiworld Dubai NZ 2000 Guineas meeting at Riccarton Park on November 10, 2018 and Gr.1 Al Basti Equiworld Dubai NZ Oaks meeting at Trentham Racecourse on March 16, 2019, respectively have a chance to win.

The prize includes two return domestic flights to Auckland Airport, two return Emirates Economy flights from Auckland to Dubai, Airport pickup and transfer to the 5-star Meydan Hotel for 6 nights, two tickets to the Dubai World Cup Barrier Draw, two tickets to Breakfast with the Stars, two tickets to the Gala Reception and hospitality in the Al Basti Equiworld Private Box overlooking Meydan Racecourse on Dubai World Cup night.

 “Al Basti Equiworld is delighted to support New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing and we are sure this incentive will prove popular with racegoers at Riccarton Park and Wellington,” said Al Basti agent Michael O’Hagan.

 “We look forward to welcoming the winners to Meydan in March for what promises to be another spectacular renewal of the world’s greatest race meeting, The Dubai World Cup.”

Created through the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Dubai World Cup race meeting is the world’s richest with total prizemoney of US$35 million. The meeting features six Group One races and three Group Two races, with the US$12 million Gr.1 Dubai World Cup the pinnacle event. The 2019 edition of the Dubai World Cup takes place on Saturday March 30, 2019.

Racegoers will be required to fill in an entry form in the race book and place it into one of the marked entry barrels on course. Participants can enter once each time they attend a race meeting, meaning that those who attend multiple meetings at a venue have additional chances of winning the prize. 

The winner of the first trip for two will be announced at Riccarton Park on Gr.1 NZ Al Basti Equiworld Dubai NZ 2000 Guineas Day on November 10, 2019 and the second will be announced at Trentham on Gr.1 Al Basti Equiworld Dubai NZ Oaks Day on March 16, 2019. 

Full information on the competition can be found on Picket Fence

Malih al Basti

Al Basti Equiworld founder and CEO Malih Al Basti

Dubai Giveaway

RACE Inc NEWS - straight from the horses mouth

21 December 2017

Exciting racedays ahead for RACE Group.

The first of those is on Saturday with a Premier day of racing for the Manawatu Racing Club. Highlighted by the Group 2 $100,000 Kamada Park Manawatu Challenge Stakes which is headlined by seven time Group 1 winner Kawi. Also featuring the Group 3 $100,000 Hotel Coachman Manawatu Cup. This has drawn a very even line up with twelve runners going to the post.

On Boxing Day one the biggest traditions returns to Awapuni with last year’s meeting being run at Otaki.  This will draw another massive crowd to Awapuni where the feature race will be the $40,000 Manawatu Standard Summer Cup boosted in stake with a $5,000 injection from FastTrack Insurance. Likely runners include Dolcetto, Ladies First and Beefeater.

Eleven days later another Premier raceday will be held at Awapuni for the Marton Jockey Club, featuring the Listed Gallagher Marton Cup over 2100m. This is the final lead up for most horses before they head to Trentham for the Wallaceville Estate three day Wellington Cup Carnival and will provide edge of the seat racing action.

Carnival racing kicks off at Trentham with the Group 1 $225,000 Grant Plumbing Levin Classic, Group 3 $70,000 Mills Reef Trentham Stakes over 2100m and Group 3 $70,000 Tui – Backing Winners Since 1889 Anniversary Handicap on Classic Day.  The Group 3 $250,000 Wallaceville Estate Wellington Cup headlines a massive second day along with the running of two Group 1’s in the JR & N Berkett Telegraph over 1200m and Harcourts Thorndon Mile. Also on the day will be the Group 3 Metroclad-Terracade Desert Gold Stakes for the three year old fillies over the 1600m.

So as we can see, top class racing action is ahead for the RACE Group of Clubs.

Brent Wall - RACE Inc Racing Manager


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