The Bahrain turf club has announced an increase in purse money to the tune of 20% for the 2022 Bahrain International Trophy and the Bahrain Turf Series, meaning that the total prize fund for the Group 3 Bahrain International Trophy will rise to £600,000 for 2022. Alongside that, the ten Bahrain Turf Series’ races will be run for £60,000 apiece.
Inaugurated in 2019 as a conditions race, the Bahrain International Trophy was upgraded to Group Three status last year, with Lord Glitters edging out Godolphin’s Barney Roy in a tight finish to the 1m2f contest. It was recently confirmed the 9yo gelded winner, also victorious at Meydan in each of the last two years and a dual Group One winner, had been retired.
Shaikh Salman bin Rashed Al Khalifa, executive director of the Bahrain Turf Club, thinks the increased prize money on offer will further cement the fixture on the international calendar. He explained: “We are delighted to announce an increase in prize money for our feature race, the Group 3 Bahrain International Trophy.
We are continually looking to develop horse racing in the kingdom and by making this race more valuable, we believe that it is now firmly established on the international programme. We look forward to this year’s renewal and hope that we will attract some of the best horses from around the world.”