RACE royalty doesn't get much more regal than Dubai's Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
A major figure in international thoroughbred horse racing and breeding, the Sheikh hosts the Dubai Cup, the world's richest horse series.
For the past two years Sheikh Mohammed has fielded winning horses in the Ramornie Hcp at Grafton, so DEX sport editor Patrick Allen thought it might be time for His Highness to pay us a visit.
In Saturday's DEX, we printed a formal invitation to the Sheikh to attend Ramornie Day.
Dear Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum,
On behalf of the people of the Clarence Valley, I am writing to your Highness to invite you to our July racing carnival.
Your Darley horses Pinwheel and Jerezana have won our feature sprint race, the Listed Ramornie Handicap (1,200m), for the past two years running.
We hope you will be kind enough to grace us with your presence as your trainer Peter Snowden shoots for a third Ramornie win in Grafton on Wednesday July 11, 2012.
The Clarence River Jockey Club can not match the luxury of Meydan.
Nor can it hold a candle to the likes of Royal Ascot or Flemington racecourses.
But our humble facilities still stand for the same thing.
People from around our country will converge on our small town for a week long festival of racing in July.
They come to celebrate the great Australian tradition of bush racing.
To celebrate horses, and the people who continue the horsemanship on which our country was founded.
When it comes to racing in the bush, our carnival stands out like Dubai World Cup Night as the pinnacle of the local calendar.
We realise you are a very busy man, but we also know you love your horses and have invested heavily in the future of the Australian racing industry.
We thank you for your contribution, and even if you cannot make it to Grafton this year, consider this letter an open invitation to visit us in the future.
Should you wish to come this year, please reply via twitter by July 1. We currently have a lot of red carpet on lay-by.
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