H.H. Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival
Official Website / CALENDAR 2012 / Photos by Morhaf
Lausanne – Top weight Terach El Samawi survived a stewards’ inquiry to land the 15th round of the Wathba Stud Farm Cup series at the Hippodrome D’Avenches here on Saturday afternoon (September 15).
The six-year-old son of Tidijani made virtually all to win hands and heels under Fabian Weissmeier ahead of the mount of Placais Olivier, Nil Ashal who chased the winner home to take second and behind them came Badjy, ridden by Huber Michael.
However, the result was decided in the stewards’ room after the second finisher objected to alleged interference in the last strides, but the objection was denied and the result was held in the same order in which the horses crossed the finish line.
“I didn’t need to edge right as my mount was well settled and stormed home well clear. El Samawi was always surprising me and was travelling nicely throughout the trip. I didn’t feel any pressure and my horse did a very good job,” a jubilant jockey Fabian Weissmeier said.
Trainer cum owner Regine Weissmeier said: “Terach El Samawi has been training very well and did everything right. We need to wait to find out how he’s come out after the race to decide his next target.
Most probably it could be the final round of the Wathba Stud Farm Cup in Sweden later this month,” he said.
Weissmeier said they are truly obliged to HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and UAE Minister of Presidential Affairs for his great initiative to support small breeders and owners which they believe has paid dividends.
“I would like to thank the people behind the HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival without which the industry of Arabian horses breeding would have been discontinued due to lack of races and potential markets.
“The festival has in fact revived hopes and opened a new window for the small breeders and owners. Hopefully we will be able to join hands with festival to promote this noble creature worldwide,” he said.
The race is held under the directives of the HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan as part of the HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Globa lArabian Flat Racing Festival which 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 General Authority for Youth and Sports and Fegentri with Emirates airlines as the official carrier and sponsored by Invest AD, Al Rashid Investment, Areej Al Ameerat, Mauzan, Al Awani General Enterprises, Kabale, the UAE’s General Women’s Union, the Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy, Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition 2012,Wathba Stud Farm and Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club.
According to Mohammed Atiq Al Rumaithi, UAE ambassador to Switzerland, the support of His Highness the President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, God preserves him, and his brother His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice-President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai and their brothers the Members of the Supreme Council and Rulers of the Emirates to sports in general and equestrian in particular has equally enhanced the strong presence of the UAE at the international arenas.
“The activities and events hosted by the UAE abroad played a great role in strengthening the country’s ties with the outside world, including of course Switzerland, and made our job easier,” he said.
Al Rumaithi also thanked HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan and HH Sheikha Fatima bin Mubarak, Mother of the UAE, for their appreciated efforts to promote the Arabian races around the globe.
Meanwhile, Obaid Salem Al Zaabi, UAE ambassador/ permanent representative to the UN office and other international organisations in Geneva repeated his thanks to the wise leadership of the UAE and said they are delighted to see the Arabian races reaching Switzerland to further introduce the UAE culture and heritage to the people of this important part of Europe.
Lara Sawaya, director of the HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Racing Festival and Head of IFAHR ladies racing said: “The wise vision and directives of HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan to hold the 15th round of the Wathba Stud Farm Cup have prompted owners and trainers to send their best horses to the race which came from different parts of the continent.
“This attention on the part of owners underlined the great success of the series in the last three years. The main objective of the festival to encourage and support small breeders and owners has paid off.”
Sawaya pointed out that preparations have been put on top gear to host the final round of the HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship IFAHR and the Mother of the UAE Cup for apprentice jockeys at the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club on November 11.
Adnan Sultan Al Nuaimi, director general of the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club said: “This great success evidences that the series are on the right track and the declaration of nine top Arabian horses for the competition proves teh farsightedness of HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan vision.”
Urs Aeschbacher, director of Swiss Arabian Racing said he’s delighted to see this level of success and excitement in the 15th round of the Wathba Stud Farm Cup.
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