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Group 2 Balanchine Headlines Racemeeting Sponsored by Southern Oil & Gas

Fillies and mares will take centre stage at Meydan Racecourse for the Group 2 Balanchine to be contested during the seven-race programme offered on Friday, February 17 and sponsored through Southern Oil and Gas.

The Balanchine is contested over 1,800 metres over the turf in this annual Meydan event. Last year River Jetez produced a late charge to take the victory by 2 ˝-lengths as her final prep for the Group 1 Dubai Duty Free, where she finished a solid second to Presvis.

Also on the action-packed race card is the 1,400m Bani Yas, a Group 2 Purebred Arabian contest for five-year-olds and older on the all-weather surface.

Post time for the Friday afternoon programme is 3pm and gates will open at 1:30 pm.

Meydan’s CEO and Chairman of the Board and CEO Saeed H. Al Tayer said: “We are pleased to welcome Southern Oil and Gas as sponsors for this exciting race programme that will serve as an important prep event for the horses that will be competing in the upcoming Dubai World Cup. It is through the support of partners such as Southern Oil and Gas that allows us to grow and further develop our racing at Meydan and the Dubai Racing Club. Their generosity and commitment to the sport is an example of the bound that racing creates around the world.”

Southern Oil & Gas Managing Director and owner of 2010 Dubai World Cup winner, Gloria De Campeăo, Stefan Friborg said: “As the first winner of the 2010 Dubai World Cup to be held at Meydan Racecourse, I am proud to be able to sponsor and contribute to the sport of kings. We at Southern Oil and Gas wish Meydan all the best for the 2011/2012 racing season.”