Qatar Racing & Equestrian Club (QREC) has announced Qatar Petroleum International Ltd (QPI) as the exclusive sponsor of the world’s richest race for purebred Arabians, the Qatar Arabian World Cup, which will be run in Longchamp, Paris on Sunday 5 October, 2014.

Qatar Petroleum International Ltd has been associated with France’s most prestigious race meeting for the past six years and became the exclusive sponsor of the Qatar Arabian World Cup for the first time in 2013.

The Group 1 event, reserved for four-year-olds and over and run over a distance of 2,000 metres was given a prize money boost of more than 40% earlier this year to create the world’s first €1 million race ever for purebred Arabians.

HE Sheikh Mohamed Bin Faleh Al Thani, Chairman of Qatar Racing & Equestrian Club said:

Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe weekend is one of the highlights of our global sponsorship portfolio and we are delighted to welcome Qatar Petroleum International Ltd as a partner. The Qatar Arabian World Cup has produced a distinguished roll of honour in its relatively short existence and we look forward to another exciting renewal this year.’

Qatar Petroleum International Ltd is a regular supporter of horse racing events at Al Rayyan Race Course in Doha, the home of Qatar Racing & Equestrian Club.

Nasser Al Jaidah, CEO of Qatar Petroleum International said:

We are proud to be renewing our sponsorship of the Qatar Arabian World Cup, a prestigious sporting event that demonstrates the pursuit of excellence and achievement, both of which are values shared by QPI. In partnership with QREC, this world-class race demonstrates our mutual dedication to maintaining and promoting Qatar’s heritage and culture to the highest international standards.’

The Qatar Arabian World Cup shares the programme of the second and final day of the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe Weekend with the world’s richest turf race for thoroughbreds, which has been supported by Qatar Racing & Equestrian Club since 2008.