Polish race officials hail HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival for positive impact
Polish horse racing officials have admitted that the HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival has played a huge role in the revival of breeding of Purebred Arabian race horses in the country.
At a press conference held at the Sheraton Hotel in Warsaw on Thursday to announce details of Sunday’s UAE Day of racing, the Sluzewiec race course Director Wlodzimierz Bakowski said, “For about ten years there was a huge decline in the breeding of Purebred Arabian racehorses but all this has changed over the recent past.”
Following the success of the Wathba Stud Farm Cup last year in Ghlin, Belgium and Monday’s tremendous response to the Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup(Listed) race, the The HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival made two announcements that were warmly welcomed by the racing fans at the Wellington racetrack in Ostend on Monday, August 19.
Ms Lara Sawaya, Director of HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival and Head of International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authorities (IFAHR) for Ladies Racng announced that from next year Ostend will be a stop for the HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak World Ladies
The HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup made a dream debut at the Wellington racetrack in Ostend, Belgium with No Problem Al Maury winning an exciting contest.
Despite being a working day on Monday, August 19, over 10,000 fans turned out for what was an exciting day of racing and the Euros 20,000 Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup (Listed) race was the feature event.
With 11 strong runners in the 1800-metre turf contest it was once again Jean-Francois Bernard who saddled the winner with Jean-Bernard Eyquem coming up with a perfect ride.
Top horses for HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival race Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup makes Belgian debut
The large field of 13 horses in action in the race last year
The HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival adds a new chapter to the historic Wellington racetrack in Ostend, Belgium as it unveils its Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup on Sunday, August 19, 2013.
The HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, had last year staged the Wathba Stud Farm Cup race in Belgium and with over 12,000 fans watching the Purebred Arabian equine stars in action, have this time around put up a Euros 20,000 prize money for the four-year-olds that will be starting off in Sunday’s 1800-metre race.
Yaqoot, Akkar stride to glory in the Wathba Stud Farm Cup
races in Sweden and France
Yaqoot ridden by Jacob Johansen - Photo: Nils Rosenkjaer
Sweden – Yaqoot kicked away from the rest of the field to claim a comfortable two and a half lengths victory in the 1730m Wathba Stud Farm Golden Cup at Jägersro Racecourse in Malmö, Sweden on Sunday, August 11. Donner battled on to take second place from Neira Royal who was relegated to third on the line.
Sanovagan eyes Wathba Stud Farm Cup glory
Thirteen runners have been declared to battle it out to the wire in the 1800m Wathba Stud Farm Golden Cup at the Jaqersro Racecourse, Sweden on Sunday. The race which is held under the directives of HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs as part of the HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival is open for four-year-olds and above Purebred Arabians and carries a total purse of 100.000 SEK, with plenty of horses in with a chance to strike.
August 3, 2013, Santa Rosa, California ~ Wathba Stud Farm Cup Maiden Special Weight for Arabians Three Years and Up – Prize Money $11,300
On a beautiful sunny California Saturday, Reign Supreme CS (Kador De Blaziet x Reign Dance PW by Monarach AH) showed her speed for the 6 Furlong Maiden Special Weight, taking the win from the field of seven with apparent ease. Jockey Marcia Stortz, making her comeback after a 10-year absence from the saddle, seemed at ease as she took advantage of a quick break from the gate to guide the the 3-year-old Texas bred to the front. The filly, owned by the partnership of Forbes-Robinson and Nicola and Jim Schleimer, opened a three length lead driving for home, leaving the favorite, Laurie Lu under Chris Russell, and the challenger, Vaz Djets On under Barrington Harvey, trying to keep up with the pace. Vaz Djets On, trained by Helen Shelley made it home for second, followed by the Diana Skinner trained, Laurie Lu.
London: Herford racecourse is all out to two Wathba Stud Farm Cup races on Saturday, August 3.
Meanwhile, seven horses have been declared to battle it to the wire in the 1400m Maidens (3 years old +) which carries a total purse of GPD 400 with the Omani contender Dahline looking good to do the better work.
Trained by Salem Al Hakami on behalf of the Royal Cavalry Oman, the three-year-old filly by Dahes is lightly raced this season, but has every chance to improve and bounce back from her 6th position last time out.
The immediate danger could be posed by Al Majihi Hoor, owned and bred by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Thani and trained by Julian Smart in Qatar.
Pandoro, ridden by Anthony Deau, came full of running in the concluding stages to land the 1800m Wathba Stud Farm Cup (PA Maiden) at the Duindigt Racecourse, Netherlands on Sunday, July 28. Alzain, finished second under Jadey Pietrasiewicz and behind them came the mount of Anne van Den Troost, Easterlitz.
The race was held under the directives of HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs as part of the HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival.
Duindigt Racecourse welcomes Wathba Stud Farm Cup Runners
July 25, 2013, ~ On July 28, the Netherland’s Duindigt Racecourse welcomes the 1800m Wathba Stud Farm Cup with 9 runners. This Maiden race for 4 years + pits favorites, Alzain by Khoutoubia, in training with Mrs. Kim Augenbroe, against Pandoro, a straight Russian colt by Normative, in training with Mrs. Diana Dorenberg. Alzain is owned by top U.A.E. breeder, Mr. Khalid Al Nabooda, while Pandora is owned by Germany’s, Mrs. Soltau.
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