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17th April, 2018

Al Basti Equiworld extends Greatwood charity support

Al Basti Equiworld has stepped in to sponsor the Greenham Stakes at Newbury, in support of Greatwood, the Marlborough-based charity that uses former racehorses to educate disadvantaged children and young adults with Special Educational Needs.

The race is one of three Group 3 features on Saturday, 21st April, day two of the Dubai Duty Free Spring Trials Weekend.

Al Basti Equiworld has been a supporter of Greatwood since 2014 when the UAE's leading distributor of horse feeds, feed supplements and veterinary medicines, committed to provide funding to enable the charity to expand its educational programmes with the construction of the Al Basti Equiworld Classroom.

The opportunity arose after Greatwood's popular charity day in early March fell victim to the weather and activities were transferred to the opening fixture of Newbury's 19-day Flat racing season.

Al Basti Equiworld founder, Malih Al Basti, said: "We are delighted to have this opportunity to further support Greatwood's excellent work in the racing industry and the local community. We have supported Greatwood's educational programmes for more than three years and are pleased to be extending our association to include this important racing event".

An accomplished racehorse owner with a wide-range of commercial interests in racing, Mr Al Basti has enjoyed considerable success at Newbury, most notably when Angel's Pursuit carried the Dubai-based businessman's colours to victory in the 2010 running of the Listed Cararvon Stakes, having finished runner-up in the Group 2 Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes the previous year.

Subsequent Meydan winner, Desert Force, provided a further highlight at the Berkshire course making all to take the Dubai Duty Free Handicap Stakes at this meeting in 2015.

Greatwood co-founder and Managing Director, Helen Yeadon, said: "We are indebted to Mr Malih Al Basti for supporting us yet again by so kindly sponsoring the prestigious Greenham Stakes, we remain overwhelmed by his continual generosity and magnanimity to Greatwood and are immensely grateful to him".

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