September 21 2021  |  Retailers

Dubai Duty Free International Weekend concludes

By Wendy Morley

Wings Of War and Adam Kirby (near-side) fend off a strong challenge from Hierarchy and Oisin Murphy to win the Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes

Dubai Duty Free, the title sponsor, supported five of the eight races on the program at Newbury Racecourse on Saturday, 18 September, with prize money totalling GBP 276,500.

Ten two-year-olds lined up for the six-furlongs race, though Gis A Sub became unsettled in the starting stalls and had to be withdrawn. In a memorable finish, Wings Of War just getting up in the closing stages of the race to beat Hierarchy by a neck.

Wings Of War trainer Clive Cox also won with Harry Angel in 2016, while this was jockey Adam Kirby’s third win at the event.

Rick Astley gave a post-race performance and also presented the trophies for the Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes in absence of the Dubai Duty Free Senior Management Team, unable to attend due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic travel restrictions

Hurricane Ivor took the lion’s share of the GBP 70,000 prize fund on offer for the Group 3 Dubai International Airport World Trophy. This horse was racing for the second time in seven days, which might have been troublesome, but the four-year-old won by three quarters of a length.

“I thought he was quite laid-back last week, but today he was brighter,” said the trainer’s wife, Maureen, adding, “He’s a lovely, straight forward horse.”

Meanwhile, Solid Stone lost the lead at the halfway stage of the mile-and-three-furlongs Dubai Duty Free Legacy Cup, but rallied strongly to beat Foxes Tales by a neck in “a stirring finish” in the distinctive blue and yellow colours of Dubai businessman Saeed Suhail. “He goes through the gears quite gradually. He’s really game and wanted to win,” said jockey William Buick.

Dubai-based property developer Mohamed Obaida also struck lucky when his Injazti won the hugely competitive Dubai Duty Free Handicap.

Dubai Duty Free Executive Vice Chairman & CEO Colm McLoughlin said, “Once again the Dubai Duty Free International Weekend has delivered top quality racing and first-class entertainment for the thousands of racegoers who attended the fixture.

“We are grateful to Julian Thick and his team at Newbury Racecourse for their enthusiastic promotion of our brand in our absence, and we look forward to renewing our friendships in the UK when we return to Newbury for the Dubai Duty Free Spring Trials Weekend next April.”

In addition to supporting two important and well established fixtures at Newbury this year, Dubai Duty Free continued to invest in sports sponsorship throughout 2021, despite the challenges bought about by the coronavirus pandemic, beginning in January with the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, won by British player Paul Casey.

Brand News

October 21 2021

Cigar report: travel retail retains…

Exclusive innovation helps Davidoff attract gifting consumer

By Wendy Morley

October 19 2021

Shenzhen Duty Free hails Bacardi’s…

​Bacardi Global Travel Retail has opened The Whisky Emporium, its world-first permanent boutique, in the Shenzhen Duty Free…

By Laura Shirk

October 19 2021

shu uemura’s chic makeup box lands…

​shu uemura Travel Retail Asia Pacific has collaborated with Lagardère Travel Retail China to bring its makeup box pop-up…

By Wendy Morley

October 19 2021

Dr.Ci:Labo shifts to science-based…

​Dr.Ci:Labo, the leading derma-cosmetics brand in Japan, has pivoted to a “science that sells” content-for-commerce strategy…

By Wendy Morley

October 18 2021

Brown-Forman reinforces commitment…

​US liquor group Brown-Forman Corporation is joining RE100, a global environmental initiative,…

By Wendy Morley

October 18 2021

Lagardere Travel Retail unveils…

​Lagardere Travel Retail Pacific and Nestlé have announced a new addition to their exclusive partnership as the KitKat Chocolatory…

By Wendy Morley

October 18 2021

J.Cortès and Oliva brands unite…

​In a move that consolidates and clarifies both its machine-made and handmade cigar divisions, J.Cortès and Oliva Cigars…

By Wendy Morley

October 18 2021

Nederburg wines win major accolades…

​Winemaker Nederburg has scooped multiple medals at the 2021 International Wine & Spirit competition in London, winning three…

By Wendy Morley

October 14 2021

Appleton Estate relaunches travel…

​Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum has relaunched in travel retail with newly designed packaging, a reimagined bottle and label,…

By Laura Shirk

Copyright 2021 DutyFree Magazine. All rights reserved. Privacy Policy Sitemap