Safir Bainuna steals the show in Wathba Stud Cup
Abu Dhabi – Harry Bentley teamed up with trainer Ahmed Mohammed Al
Mehairbi to bring Safir Bainuna home in the Wathba Stud Farm Cup For
Private Owners Only, a Purebred Arabians Conditions race which was
contested over a mile at the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club on Sunday, December 15.
“He’s a nice four-year-old well-bred colt by Elios De Carrere,” said a
delighted owner and trainer Ahmed Al Mehairbi later. “This is my first
win of the season. We are all obliged to HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed
Al Nahyan for introducing the Wathba Stud races for private owners
only. It’s a brilliant initiative that has paid dividends in
encouraging and motivating small owners and breeders,” he added.
The same opinion was echoed by Bentley who praised the hard work of Al
Mehairbi. “Safir Bainuna was picking up nicely and he showed great
speed when asked him to improve in the home turn. I think Al Mehairbi
has done a great job to prepare the horse. This colt is full of speed
and will be useful even over a longer distance,” he said.
Safir Bainuna covered the mile distance in 1:49:73 seconds before
being eased close home to prevail by more than two lengths and walk
away with the major share of the Dh50.000 prize-money that has been
provided for the top five finishers by the sponsors Wathba Stud Farm
in conjunction with the Liverpool John Moores University.
Sole Restoreto came with a late run to finish second under Noel
Garbutt and behind them came the mount of Patrick Dobbs, Al Raahi, to
Meanwhile, Adnan Sultan Al Nuaimi, director general of the Abu Dhabi
Equestrian Club alongside Sheikh Hamdan Suroor Al Sherqi and Manal Al
Menhali, representing Invest AD have crowned the winners after the end
of the race.
The HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat
Racing Festival is organized by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture
Authority and co-ordinated by Abu Dhabi Sports Council in association
with Emirates Racing Authority, IFAHR and Emirates Arabian Horse
Society, supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs , the General Authority for Youth and Sports Welfare
and Fegentri with Arabtec Holding PJSC main Sponsor and Emirates airlines as the official carrier and
sponsored by Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC), Invest
AD, Al Rashid Investment, Areej Al Ameerat, Al
Awani General Enterprises, Kabale, Al Wathba Centre, the UAE's General
Women's Union, the HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Ladies Sports
Academy, Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition
2014, Dr. Nader Saab Switzerland, Al Wathba Center,
Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Eastern Mangroves Suites-Abu Dhabi by Jannah and Racing Post.
Source: HH SH Mansoor Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival
Photo: Morhaf Al Assaf