The horse and the Middle East can never be separated, and the sport of modern horse racing becomes increasingly reliant on Middle East patronage by the year. Interest in horse racing may wax and wane in other parts of the world, but no place can match the racy and sustained passion for the sport which is found in the Middle East.Bahrain has made commendable contributions to horse racing in the recent past, but it is to Dubai that most credit is due for the bulk of the region’s contribution to the sport. The Emir from the ruling family has spread his influence on horse racing far beyond the shores of the United Arab Emirates, and has made enormous and continuous investments in U.K. horse racing. Some of the best breeding and racing facilities in and around London are now owned and operated by the Emir and by members of his extended family. This comes in the wake of decades of love for the sport by the Aga Khan, whose stables continue to produce thoroughbreds of rare pedigrees every year.