Longines To Sponsor Dubai World Cup Opening Night
Luxury Swiss watch brand Longines "will sponsor the opening night of the eleven-programme Dubai World Cup Carnival, which gets underway on Thursday at the iconic Meydan racecourse," according to GULF NEWS. The seven-race card kicks off with the thoroughbred and purebred Arabian versions of the Al Maktoum Challenge. The night "will also showcase racing excitement on the turf for the first time this season," with the $125,000 Al Rashidiya Trial that "will be contested over 1,800m" (GULF NEWS, 1/9).
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