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RECENT IFHRA NEWS
Focus on weight control, injured jockeys
May 27, 2016
IFHRA unveils Racing Scholarship FundThe International Federation of Horse Racing Academies, IFHRA, at its General Assembly meeting held on Friday, May 29, 2015, at Marriott Hotel, Warsaw, Poland, unveiled an innovative IFHRA Raci...Read more

Focus on weight control, injured jockeys

May 27, 2016
IFHRA unveils Racing Scholarship Fund



The International Federation of Horse Racing Academies, IFHRA, at its General Assembly meeting held on Friday, May 29, 2015, at Marriott Hotel, Warsaw, Poland, unveiled an innovative IFHRA Racing Scholarship Fund (RSF) and also admitted 14 new members to the Federation.

An amount of US $100,000 has been earmarked for the IFHRA Racing Scholarship Fund and is expected to initially benefit between 10-20 apprentice jockeys to spend around two months each with reputed mentors. The concept is based on providing students with valuable continuing educational opportunities in the event they choose a new path within horse racing and related industries.

Ms Lara Sawaya , Chairperson of the International Federation of Horse Racing Academies (IFHRA),  Executive Director of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival and Chairperson of Ladies & Apprentice Racing Committees in the International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authorities, (IFHAR) said: “This Fund will help provide professional mentorship opportunities abroad for students who are currently enrolled in or who have recently graduated from an IFHRA member Racing Academy or national representative. The goal is to improve the horse racing and breeding industry workforce by providing deserving racing academy students or recent graduates with the opportunity to gain new knowledge and experience in equitation and overall horsemanship, while learning about new culture and customs.”

Explaining details of the RSF, Mr. Remi Bellocq, General Secretary of IFHRA, said: “The Fund is designed to benefit both students of IFHRA members and employers within the horse racing and breeding industries. Students will work abroad in real-world situations gaining experience and benefitting from mentorship which will be a long-term benefit to future careers.”

He further added that at the same time future employers will also benefit from students who have “experienced the IFHRA RSF and who have therefore gained training in the newest practices the industry offers.”

The IFHRA meeting was held on the sidelines of the The HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s sixth World Arabian Horse Racing conference held in Warsaw in Poland.

Meanwhile, IFHRA also admitted 14 new members to its body during this meeting including Argentina, Brazil, China, Denmark, France, Hong Kong, Hungary, Morocco, Sultanate of Oman, Portugal, Poland, Turkey, Slovakia and Sweden whereas the membership of two more countries, Bahrain and Switzerland, are pending.

The Federation also appointed Mr. Pat Buckley as the Vice- Chairman following the demise of Ms Susanne Santesson earlier this year.

At the outset IFHRA members were urged to provide details on a regular basis for the official website to benefit all equestrian aficionados.

The meeting also decided to form a sub-committee to look into the insurance aspect for participating apprentice jockeys.

IFHRA was founded in 2014 under the instructions of HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs and had a record number of 18 countries at the time of inception. It has its headquarters in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

The next IFHRA meeting will be held during the Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition, ADIHEX which will be held in Abu Dhabi from September 9 to 13, 2015. IFHAR Chairman Ms Lara Sawaya invited all IFHAR member-countries to make use of this opportunity and represent their countries at the IFHAR stall.

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UK jockeys fly to Australia, USA
January 07, 2016
RSF Mentorship ProgrammeHH Sheikh Mansoor Festival-supported initiative kicks off on January 7The much-awaited Racing Scholarship Fund, RSF, a first of its kind mentorship programme, initiated by the International Federation of Ho...Read more

UK jockeys fly to Australia, USA

January 07, 2016
RSF Mentorship Programme

HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival-supported initiative kicks off on January 7

The much-awaited Racing Scholarship Fund, RSF, a first of its kind mentorship programme, initiated by the International Federation of Horse Racing Academies (IFHRA), headquartered in Abu Dhabi, kick-started with British apprentice Tom Marquand heading for his mentorship programme to Victoria, Australia on January 7, 2016 and Ryan Colley from York representing the Northern Racing College in Doncaster, heading to Lexington, Kentucky, US on January 18.

The 18-year-old jockey/rider Tom had a four-week mentorship programme, whereas Ryan attended an eight-week programme in Lexington, Kentucky, after taking a break as assistant trainer at Ruth Carr’s North Yorkshire Horse Racing stable.

The funding for the programme is being done by His Highness Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Racing Festival.
As many as 12 candidates have been selected under the RSF programme from different countries and Tom was the first candidate to start off this eagerly awaited sponsored event. Tom was assisted in his training by Richard Perham of British Racing School of UK and Matt Hyland and Melisa Weatherley in Victoria, Australia. 

Any candidate between the age group of 18-29 and employed within the racing industry either as an amateur jockey or apprentice jockey or involved in some other racing activity is eligible for this scholarship fund. 
The His Highness Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Racing Festival-supported mentorship programme lasts a maximum of eight weeks and takes place in a country other than where the incumbent resides. 
According to the RSF guidelines, the candidate should have finished at least one year or graduated from a racing academy based in his/her home country or other entity that provides horse racing or related industry workforce training.

Ms Lara Sawaya,  Chairperson of the International Federation of Horse Racing Academies (IFHRA), Executive Director of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival and Chairperson of Ladies & Apprentice Racing Committees in the International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authorities (IFAHR),  thanked HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential affairs, for his innovative initiative in evolving a plan to train and fund young riders.

 “The IFHRA Racing Scholarship Fund (RSF) is designed to benefit both students of IFHRA member racing academies and employers within the horse racing and related industries. Students will work abroad in real-world situations gaining experience and benefitting from mentorships which will be a long-term benefit to future careers. At the same time, future employers will also benefit from students who have experienced from the IFHRA RSF and who have therefore gained training in the newest practices our industry offers,” Ms Sawaya said.
She added: “The goal is to improve the horse racing and breeding industry workforce by providing deserving racing academy students or recent graduates with the opportunity to gain new training and experience within the horse racing industry and related disciplines, while learning about new cultures and customs.”

The board had received 19 applications for the scholarship scheme out of which the RSF Selection Committee zeroed down on 12 applicants representing different countries. Others selected are from Australia, Canada, Hungary, Ireland, Korea, Poland, Puerto Rico, Sweden, Turkey and the United States.

Obviously elated about the exciting opportunity ahead of him, Ryan said before his departure: “I’m really excited. It’s my first visit to America and I’m looking forward to seeing how their racing system operates. I’m told it’s very different from ours, so this is a fantastic opportunity to see it at first hand. My ambition is to become a starter in the UK and the experience I gain in America could provide me with a valuable foot in the door.”

Both the youngsters thanked IFHRA and His Highness Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan  Global Arabian Horse Racing Festival for their extraordinary and unique venture which will help youngsters like them to learn new racing techniques.

Ms Lara Sawaya was immensely happy that the second student had already taken to the wings at such a short period with the first student still on the field. 

“The initiative of HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan is encouraging many youngsters to learn new skills in riding and providing them new opportunities to learn different riding skills from countries other than their own birth country,” she said while thanking His Highness Sheikh Mansoor for his financial and moral support for such a unique training programme.

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RECENT FESTIVAL NEWS
Jara steers Burj Al Reef to victory
Sun, 09 Dec 2018
Once again it was the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s Wathba Stallions Cup For Private Owners Only which started the action in Friday’s third Al Ain meeting of the current seas...Read more

Jara steers Burj Al Reef to victory

Sun, 09 Dec 2018
Once again it was the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s Wathba Stallions Cup For Private Owners Only which started the action in Friday’s third Al Ain meeting of the current season.

It was Burj Al Reef under Dubai World Cup winning jockey Fernando Jara running away with the honours in the Dh 70,000 race at the Al Ain race course.
 
Probably last of the 15 runners with 1200m remaining, Burj Al Reef snatched what appeared a most unlikely victory in the opening 2000 metre handicap, powering home down the straight under Jara to lead in the final 75m.
 
Trained by Ahmed Al Mehairbi, the 6-year-old was losing his maiden tag at the 12th attempt and clearly relished the stamina test afforded by this 2000m trip.
 
 
To land the spoils, he and Jara pounced on MH Areeb under Antonio Fresu who seemed less than impressed and took a bite at his vanquishers before trying, to no avail, to regain the lead.
 
Running into third place was ES Kwashi under Roman Scott for trainer Mohammed Ramadan.
 
Jara quipped: “He ran very well last time but the extra 200m here has really helped him and he stayed on very strongly in the closing stages, despite the attentions of the runner-up!”
 
 
The HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival is sustained by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority and coordinated by Abu Dhabi Sports Council, with National Feed and Flour Production and Marketing Co. LLC as associate sponsors, The National Archives as the official partner and Emirates airline as the official carriers, in cooperation with Emirates Racing Authority, IFAHR, Emirates Arabian Horse Society, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, General Authority of Youth and Sports Welfare and sponsored by Ayadi LLC, Global United Veterinary Services LLC, Wathba Stallions, Abu Dhabi Falconers Club, Emirates Falconers Club, Mohamed Bin Zayed Falconry and Desert Physiognomy School, Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), Al Awani General Enterprises, Kabale, Omeir Travels, Laboratories Fadia Karam Cosmetics, YAS Channel, Racing Post, Paris Turf, Al Wathba Centre, the UAE's General Women's Union, The Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy, Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition 2017, Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Eastern Mangroves Suites-Abu Dhabi by Jannah, Anantara Eastern Mangroves Spa and Resort.
Mullen scores on AF Kafu in Wathba Stallions Cup
Tue, 27 Nov 2018
Richard Mullen steered AF Kafu to a smart win in the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s Wathba Stallions Cup For Private Owners Only at the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club on Sunday, Nove...Read more

Mullen scores on AF Kafu in Wathba Stallions Cup

Tue, 27 Nov 2018
Richard Mullen steered AF Kafu to a smart win in the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s Wathba Stallions Cup For Private Owners Only at the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club on Sunday, November 25, 2018.
 
In winning this 5th race on the card, Mullen helped himself, trainer Ernst Oertel and his main patron, Khalid Khalifa Al Naboodah to a double.
 
AF Kafu and Mullen finished ahead of AF Al Mawhebah under Sam Hitchcott with LaYfootkum under Fernando Jara in third place in the 2200m handicap carrying a prize fund of Dh 70,000.
 
Mullen was the man in the saddle on AF Kafu with Tadhg O’Shea electing to partner the same connections’ AF Motaghatres who was never able to land a blow before finishing sixth.
 
Never far off what appeared a frantic early gallop, with about seven runners seemingly wanting to lead into the first turn, Mullen always appeared happy to take his time with Shareef KB, also representing Oertel and Al Naboodah, cutting out the running. When that stable companion weakened leaving the final bend, Mullen committed for home, soon hitting the front and the pair stayed on strongly to make a victorious seasonal bow for AF Kafu.
 
A 5-year-old, AF Kafu has now run 14 times and was registering a first turf victory to add to two at Sharjah, the first over 1700m and more recently in January, over 2000m.
 
 
An almost rueful Mullen said: “It must have been a tough choice for Tadhg and he probably chose the other one because he had won on turf and had the benefit of an outing this season. As I said, for this owner and trainer, any spare ride is a good one and I have been lucky to be on two winners for them this evening.”
 
Mullen had earlier won the opening 1400m conditions contest, restricted to 3-year-olds foaled in the UAE, on AF Tahoonah.

The HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival is sustained by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority and coordinated by Abu Dhabi Sports Council, with National Feed and Flour Production and Marketing Co. LLC as associate sponsors, The National Archives as the official partner and Emirates airline as the official carriers, in cooperation with Emirates Racing Authority, IFAHR, Emirates Arabian Horse Society, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, General Authority of Youth and Sports Welfare and sponsored by Ayadi LLC, Global United Veterinary Services LLC, Wathba Stallions, Abu Dhabi Falconers Club, Emirates Falconers Club, Mohamed Bin Zayed Falconry and Desert Physiognomy School, Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), Al Awani General Enterprises, Kabale, Omeir Travels, Laboratories Fadia Karam Cosmetics, YAS Channel, Racing Post, Paris Turf, Al Wathba Centre, the UAE's General Women's Union, The Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy, Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition 2017, Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Eastern Mangroves Suites-Abu Dhabi by Jannah, Anantara Eastern Mangroves Spa and Resort. (With inputs from ERA).
 
Auge steers Al Shamoos to victory in world’s richest race for Purebred Arabian horses
Sun, 11 Nov 2018
Al Shamoos, owned by HH Sheikh Tahnoon Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, won the Dh. 5 million Group 1 Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Jewel Crown- the world’s richest race for Purebred Arabian horses, on Friday night at the Abu Dhabi Eque...Read more

Auge steers Al Shamoos to victory in world’s richest race for Purebred Arabian horses

Sun, 11 Nov 2018
Al Shamoos, owned by HH Sheikh Tahnoon Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, won the Dh. 5 million Group 1 Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Jewel Crown- the world’s richest race for Purebred Arabian horses, on Friday night at the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club’s turf racecourse here in the UAE capital.

French jockey Julien Auge on Al Shamoos cruised him in perfect fashion to chalk out a first-ever UAE success for himself and fellow French trainer Charles Gourdain while two German ladies and a young Swedish pony jockey also shared the limelight on the big night for the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival.
 
In the Group 1 Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Jewel Crown race over a mile’s distance, ES Ajeeb did all the early running before fading away and from then on it was a powerful run by the 4-year-old No Risk Al Maury filly Al Shamoos.
 
With about 500 metres left, Auge kicked his mount into a substantial lead and it was left to Fazza Al Khalediah, defeated just once in 11 previous starts, to chase him home. But Pierantonio Convertino on Fazza Al Khalediah had too much to do and had to settle for second behind the Sheikh Tahnoon-owned Al Shamoos.
 
 
For the owner it was a memorable winner with his first UAE runner since March 2015 and for his trainer Charles Gourdain, a maiden local success with
just his second competitor in the UAE.
 
For Auge, riding in the UAE for an eighth time, it was also a first UAE victory and he proved more than capable deputy for Christophe Soumillon who was aboard Al Shamoos when she won the Arabian Trophy des Juments (G1 PA, mares only), at ParisLongcamp on her previous start.
 
“I was obviously delighted to be asked to ride her and knew her form well from France,” said Auge. “The leader went quickly enough, but not madly fast, so I was happy to take a lead and she really quickened when I asked. She is a quality filly and this is a very special occasion for all of us.”
 
Gourdain, who was seemingly hugged by half those present in the paddock area, added: “We were hopeful and blessed with a nice low draw in three. The race could probably not have worked out much better and it is amazing to win this race for this owner here in Abu Dhabi.”

GERMAN DOUBLE
 
Winning their respective 86th races for Rebecca Danz and Esther Weissmeier not only earned them world titles but also helped them make it a German double on the big night.
 
In the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship final race, Germany’s Danz on Asyyad led a top four sweep for trainer Eric Lemartinel in the colours of his main patron, UAE President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
 
Asyyad under Danz won from Lemartinel’s daughter Marie on Bainoona with Mahfouz under Ireland’s Evanna McCutcheon and Jaahiz under UK’s Antonia Peck make it 1-2-3-4 for the French trainer.
 
“Obviously we were very hopeful and the conditions of the race suited Asyyad so we though he was our best choice,” said trainer Lemartinel. “To have the first four is probably more than we could have hoped, but the jockeys have done well.
 
“I am delighted with Asyyad winning under a very good ride and also, very proud of Marie who rode the second excellently.”
 
 
Danz added: “This is just brilliant and I am over the moon. To win here in Abu Dhabi, wearing these silks and representing my country is very special. I have to thank the horse’s connections and of course the HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival for this wonderful series of races.”
 
It was another world championship for Germany when Esther Weissmeier made her 86th career win a memorable one in the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Apprentice Jockey Championship final.
 
Weissmeier won on Harrab, saddled by Jean de Roualle for Yas Horse Racing Management owned by HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister of the UAE and Minister of Presidential Affairs.
 
“Obviously it is a great feeling to come here and win and I was able to do exactly what the trainer told me,” Weissmeier said. “He told me to follow the leaders and, from our low draw, try and stay on the inside. He instilled me with a lot of confidence and I was obviously very lucky when my name came out of the hat on Tuesday to ride this horse.”
 
 
De Roualle added: “We knew we had a good chance, but in these races, you rely a lot on a good jockey and she has given the horse a great ride, following instructions perfectly.”

SWEDISH DELIGHT
 
Sweden’s flag also flew high on the night and that was due to a determined effort by 11-year-old Stina Landh who won the HH Sheikha Lateefa Bint Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan International Pony race final.
 
 
According to Swedish scribe Nils Rosenkjaer, Stina had qualified for the final riding a shetland pony. “Very much looking forward to the race and aware that the ponies in the final would be bigger than what she usually rode, Stina broke out of her comfort zone and prepared herself for the final riding much bigger ponies. That has paid off and she has made Sweden proud,” he said.

AL NABOODAH DOUBLE
 
One of the UAE’s leading owner and breeder of Purebred Arabian horses, Khalid Khalifa Al Naboodah, helped himself to a double in the supporting races for Purebred Arabian horses.
 
 
In the opening UAE Martyrs Trophy, Ben Curtis, stable jockey for Musabbeh Al Mheiri, was seemingly never headed on the trainer’s AF Momtaz, homebred by Khalid Khalifa Al Naboodah.
 
Al Naboodah’s second win on the night came in the Festival’s Wathba Stallions Cup For Private Owners Only, a 6-furlong Handicap through Noof KB, trained by Ernst Oertel and ridden by Connor Beasley.
 
In the only Thoroughbred contest, the 1600m UAE Martyrs Cup, Olivier Delouze on Jaaref struck for UAE trainer Ali Rashid Al Rayhi. Jaaref is owned by HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Minister of Finance.
 
 
HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, HH Sheikha Lateefa Bint Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Humaid Saeed Al Neyadi, Ms. Lara Sawaya, Executive Director of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, General Manager of Wathba Stallions, Chairperson of the Int’l Federation of Horse Racing Academies (IFHRA) and Chairperson of Ladies & Apprentice Racing Committees in the International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authorities (IFAHR), ADEC Director General Adnan Sultan Al Nuaimi and Musallam Al Amri- Director of Al Jazira Stables gave away the trophies to the winners of races along with other VIP guests, representatives of the Festival’s sponsors, officials.
 
 
The HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival is sustained by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority and coordinated by Abu Dhabi Sports Council, with National Feed and Flour Production and Marketing Co. LLC as associate sponsors, The National Archives as the official partner and Emirates airline as the official carrier, in cooperation with Emirates Racing Authority, IFHRA, IFAHR, Emirates Arabian Horse Society, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abu Dhabi Youth Council, General Authority for Sports and sponsored by Ayadi LLC, Global United Veterinary Services LLC, Nissan Middleast Al Massood Automobiles, Nirvana Travels and Tourism LLC, Equicare Veterinary Services, Alawal Stud, Cavalos Equine Care & Supplies, SET Sustainable Environmental Technologies, Al Awani General Enterprises, Omeir Travels, Kabale, YAS Channel, Abu Dhabi Falconers Club, Emirates Falconers Club, Mohammed Bin Zayed Falconry and Desert Physiognomy School, Racing Post, Paris Turf, Al Wathba Centre, the UAE's General Women's Union, The Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy, Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition 2018, Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club and Anantara Hotel.
 
Al Ghailani on Almendra JV scores maiden win
Sun, 11 Nov 2018
Abdul Rahman Saeed Saleh Al Ghailani on Almendra JV scored his first ever career win when he finish on top of the pack in the 120-km Al Wathba Challenge Endurance ride which was held on Saturday in Al Wathba on the sidelines of th...Read more

Al Ghailani on Almendra JV scores maiden win

Sun, 11 Nov 2018
Abdul Rahman Saeed Saleh Al Ghailani on Almendra JV scored his first ever career win when he finish on top of the pack in the 120-km Al Wathba Challenge Endurance ride which was held on Saturday in Al Wathba on the sidelines of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival finale of their 2018 calendar of events.

Al Ghailani’s win came on the 9-year-old chestnut mare from Al Wathba Stables which belongs to HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs.
 
While registering his first career win, Al Ghailani on Almendra JV, who started the final phase in 5th place, whipped up a pace of over 33 kmph in the final loop and that helped him finish first in a time of 4 hours 16 minutes and 15 seconds for the 120-km distance.
 
 
Fellow UAE rider Abdulla Ghanim Al Marri on Inshalla Slagger finished second a minute later while in third place was Oman’s Issa Radhawan on LM
Tremendo. The UAE’s Hamad Obaid Rashed Al Kaabi on Unzo took fourth place and all the four top riders were awarded a car each for their effort.
 
“I thank HH Sheikh Mansoor and the trainer Majid Al Jahouri for their support which helped me win my first ride in five years,” the winning Al Ghailani said.
 
Dr. Ghanim Al-Hajri, Secretary-General of the UAE Equestrian and Racing Federation, Adnan Sultan Al Nuaimi, Director General of Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club and Ms. Lara Sawaya, Executive Director of HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, Chairperson of the International Federation of Horse Racing Academies (IFHRA) and Chairperson of Ladies & Apprentice Racing Committees in the International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authorities (IFAHR) gave away the trophies and keys of the cars to the winners.

GALA DINNER ENDS FESTIVAL FINALE
 
The curtain came down on the 2018 activities of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival with a Gala Dinner at the Ritz Carlton on Saturday night where officials, representatives of sponsors and media persons were honored.
 
Mubarak Al Nuaimi- Director of External Promotion Department, Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism said the Festival was a huge success and had made a huge impact of Arabian horse racing all over the world.
 
 
Ms. Sawaya thanked all the sponsors for their support and added, “The year 2018 has been a milestone year for the Festival and the and this success was possible only due to the support of His Highness Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister of the UAE and Minister of Presidential Affairs and Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women's Union, Supreme President of the Family Development Foundation (FDF) and Head of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood.”
 
 
The HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival is sustained by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority and coordinated by Abu Dhabi Sports Council, with National Feed and Flour Production and Marketing Co. LLC as associate sponsors, The National Archives as the official partner and Emirates airline as the official carriers, in cooperation with Emirates Racing Authority, IFAHR, Emirates Arabian Horse Society, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, General Authority of Youth and Sports Welfare and sponsored by Ayadi LLC, Global United Veterinary Services LLC, Wathba Stallions, Abu Dhabi Falconers Club, Emirates Falconers Club, Mohamed Bin Zayed Falconry and Desert Physiognomy School, Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), Al Awani General Enterprises, Kabale, Omeir Travels, Laboratories Fadia Karam Cosmetics, YAS Channel, Racing Post, Paris Turf, Al Wathba Centre, the UAE's General Women's Union, The Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy, Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition 2017, Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Eastern Mangroves Suites-Abu Dhabi by Jannah, Anantara Eastern Mangroves Spa and Resort.
Abu Dhabi all set for biggest meeting of Purebred Arabian horses on Nov. 9
Thu, 08 Nov 2018
Expect a packed Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club racecourse on Friday, November 9, 2018 as world’s richest race for Purebred Arabians – the Dh. 5 million Group 1 Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Jewel Crown- is part of what surely p...Read more

Abu Dhabi all set for biggest meeting of Purebred Arabian horses on Nov. 9

Thu, 08 Nov 2018
Expect a packed Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club racecourse on Friday, November 9, 2018 as world’s richest race for Purebred Arabians – the Dh. 5 million Group 1 Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Jewel Crown- is part of what surely promises to be an action-packed meeting to end the 2018 calendar of HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival.

The big race along with two world championship races and an international series will see professional jockeys, lady jockeys, apprentice jockeys and pony jockeys all at one race meeting with the spotlight on Purebred Arabian horses.
 
With the UAE celebrating the 100th birth anniversary of Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan – the Founder of the United Arab Emirates and one of the world’s greatest promoters of Purebred Arabian horses and the HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival marking a landmark 10th anniversary, Friday’s meeting will carry special significance and pride.
 
In the final race of the night, the world’s richest race for Purebred Arabians – the Dh. 5 million Group 1 Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Jewel Crown- 14 runners are in the fray.
 
The following are those eyeing a slice of the prize money in the 1600-metre turf contest: Ahzar under Francois-Xavier Bertras, Al Chammy under Patrick Dobbs, Cakouet De Bozouls under William Lee, Chaddad under Royston Ffrench, ES Ajeeb under Sam Hitchcott, Fazza Al Khalediah under Pierantonio Convertino, RB Burn under Patrick Cosgrave, Rmmas under Richard Mullen, AF Marrah under Tadhg O’Shea, Al Shamoos under Julien Auge, Joudh under Olivier Peslier, Mawahib under Fabrice Veron, Shomoos Athbah under Dane O’Neill and Wadeeaa under Harry Bentley.
 
Winner of this race in 2016, RB Burn crossed the finish line first last year too but a Stewards’ verdict ruled in favour of second-placed Muraaqib. While
RB Burn’s connections will be looking for a third podium finish, there are quite a few genuine contenders and the list includes Fazza Al Khalediah, Chaddad, Al Chammy, Al Shamoos, Joudh and Rmmas.
 
 
Prior to the big race will be the young pony jockeys who will line up for the HH Sheikha Lateefa Bint Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan International Pony race final. Having won their respective races in the newly-added championship series, the following are the pony jockeys to be seen in action: Belgium’s Illuna Cortain, French rider Jad Hondier, Italian Thomas Emma, Koos Westerndorp from The Netherlands, Romania’s Erica Georgescu, Russian Naina Muzheva, Sweden’s Stina Landh, UK’s Harry Davies, Spain’s Alberto Perez, Caitlin Rennie from New Zealand and American Joseph Davies.
 
The ten runners and lady jockeys contesting the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship final race are Asyyad under Germany’s Rebecca Danz, Bainoona under French jockey Marie Lemartinel, Bushrah Al Reef under French jockey Megane Peslier, Dassan Da under Italian Ilaria Saggiomo, Jaahiz under UK’s Antonia Peck, Mahfouz under Ireland’s Evanna McCutcheon, Ras Esina under Nadia Ibrahim of The Netherlands, RB Inferno under Sweden’s Tina Henriksson, Shaama under Belgium’s Sara Vermeersch and Yaa Salam under Morocco’s Zineb El Briouil.
 
While Megane Peslier, eldest daughter of Olivier Peslier- who also has a ride in the big race- will be looking to make the most of the presence of her great French Champion jockey-dad, another French lady jockey Marie Lemartinel will be hoping to make it a winning family affair as her father Eric Lemartinel trains her mount Bainoona. Lemartinel has six runners in this race and that includes last year’s winner RB Inferno, this time the mount of Sweden’s Henriksson. Asyyad under Germany’s Rebecca Danz looks the one to beat in this race.
 
The HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Apprentice World Championship final race is also expected to be a thrilling affair with the following runners and jockeys in the 1600-metre contest: Ameer Al Reef under Ireland’s Eoin Walsh, MH Tawag under Spain’s Alejandra Gutierrez Baeza, AF Motaghatres under Andreas Tapia Dalbark from Sweden, AF Noqoush under Belgium’s Sanne De Ceulaer, Dahess D’Arabie under Belgium’s Jurico Bogaerts, Faheeda under Poland’s Joanna Grzybowska, Garnishh under UK’s Patrick Pilley, Harrab under Germany’s Esther Weissmeier, Narjes under Oman’s Abdul Aziz Al Balushi and Nimer under Russia’s Anna Markova.
 
The Festival’s Wathba Stallions Cup For Private Owners Only, a 6-furlong Handicap with a prize fund of Dh 70,000 and the UAE Martyrs Trophy – a Dh 80,000 race for maidens, complete the race list for Purebred Arabian horses while the only race for Thoroughbred horses on the big day is the Dh 125,000 UAE Martyrs Cup – a 1600-metre rated-conditions event.
 
Commenting on ten years of the Festival, Mubarak Al Nuaimi- Director of External Promotion Department Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism said, “We are proud of how this Festival has panned out in the last decade. On one hand we believe it has firmly confirmed Abu Dhabi as the capital of Purebred Arabian racing while retaining the focus of Arabian horses as part of the UAE’s culture and heritage.
 
Nadim Lahad- Representative of Emirates Airline and Khulood Al Nuaimi- representative of National Feed and Flour Production and Marketing Co LLC hailed the success of the Festival and said they were fortunate to be part of the exciting activities that covered various aspects of Arabian racing and equestrian sport.
 
 
Ms. Lara Sawaya, Executive Director of HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, Chairperson of the International Federation of Horse Racing Academies (IFHRA) and Chairperson of Ladies & Apprentice Racing Committees in the International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authorities (IFAHR) said it was a matter and of pride and satisfaction for the Festival.
 
“We are looking forward to another great final day of racing and all this has only been made possible due to the unlimited support and guidance of His Highness Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister of the UAE and Minister of Presidential Affairs and Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women's Union, Supreme President of the Family Development Foundation (FDF) and Head of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood.”
 
The HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival is sustained by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority and coordinated by Abu Dhabi Sports Council, with National Feed and Flour Production and Marketing Co. LLC as associate sponsors, The National Archives as the official partner and Emirates airline as the official carrier, in cooperation with Emirates Racing Authority, IFHRA, IFAHR, Emirates Arabian Horse Society, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abu Dhabi Youth Council, General Authority for Sports and sponsored by Ayadi LLC, Global United Veterinary Services LLC, Nissan Middleast Al Massood Automobiles, Nirvana Travels and Tourism LLC, Equicare Veterinary Services, Alawal Stud, Cavalos Equine Care & Supplies, SET Sustainable Environmental Technologies, Al Awani General Enterprises, Omeir Travels, Kabale, YAS Channel, Abu Dhabi Falconers Club, Emirates Falconers Club, Mohammed Bin Zayed Falconry and Desert Physiognomy School, Racing Post, Paris Turf, Al Wathba Centre, the UAE's General Women's Union, The Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy, Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition 2018, Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club and Anantara Hotel.