Festival News

Qualifies for final of HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Apprentice World Championship
Sun, 16 Jun 2019
Brazil’s Jose Severo on Egyto LA won the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Apprentice World Championship race in Sao Paulo on Saturday to book a place in the series final in Abu Dhabi in November. The HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival staged two races at the Hippodrome of Cidade Jardim in Sao Paulo on Saturday, May 25, 2019 and Severo steered Egyto LA to a smart win in th...Read more

Qualifies for final of HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Apprentice World Championship

Sun, 16 Jun 2019
Brazil’s Jose Severo on Egyto LA won the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Apprentice World Championship race in Sao Paulo on Saturday to book a place in the series final in Abu Dhabi in November.

The HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival staged two races at the Hippodrome of Cidade Jardim in Sao Paulo on Saturday, May 25, 2019 and Severo steered Egyto LA to a smart win in the third race in 2019’s HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Apprentice World Championship series.
 
Lorenzo of Puerto Rico on Gunther Rach finished second while Peru’s Apprentice jockey
 
Stephanie Hernandez on Catarina LA took third place.
 
 
In the Wathba Stallions Cup, another event supported by the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, Gaea Rach, under jockey J Sousa, scored an impressive three-length win, whereas Velozter under E. Pereira finished second. It was a happy day for owner Andre Lahoz Mendonca as the first two horses belong to him. Oneida Rach under V.Sousa ran in to third place.
 
The Brazilian jockey Severo, who brought cheers to the home crowd, said: “Since the start I had been following closely the other horses and in the final 100 meters Egyto LA ran better than the others and I managed to win.”
 
Stephanie Hernandez of Peru said: “Just being able to participate in the race was important because I have two more races to complete 51 and become a professional Lady jockey.”
 
 
This was the first international race in which Apprentice jockeys from Uruguay, Argentina, Chile, Peru, Ecuador and Puerto Rico attended and all participants thanked the HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival for the opportunity.
 
HE Ibrahim Salem Alalawi, Consul General of the UAE in São Paulo; Benjamin Steinbruch, President of the Jockey Club of São Paulo; Luciano Cury, President of the Brazilian Arabian Horse Breeders Association (ABCCA) and Almir José Ribeiro, Racing Director of ABCCA, attended the prize distribution ceremony.
 
HE Alalawi said: “I would like to thank HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Deputy Prime Minister 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 for their unlimited support for sport in general and equestrian events in particular all over the globe.”
 
 
“The event was very well received by the public of São Paulo. The support offered by the Festival will have a significant impact on the status of Arabian horses around the world. Finally, I would like to thank Ms Lara Sawaya, Executive Director of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, Chairperson of the International Federation of Horse Racing Academies (IFHRA), Chairperson of Ladies & Apprentice Racing Committees in the International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authorities (IFAHR), for her support for this sport, the UAE envoy said.
 
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 , Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Eastern Mangroves Suites-Abu Dhabi by Jannah, Anantara Eastern Mangroves Spa and Resort.
Latin American jockeys to contest HH Sheikha Fatima Apprentice race
Sun, 16 Jun 2019
HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival will be organizing two races at the Hippodrome of Cidade Jardim in Sao Paulo on Saturday, May 25, 2019. Organised under the Festival’s banner by the Jockey Club de Sao Paulo, the Brazilian race course will host the third race in 2019’s HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Apprentice World Championship race series and the Wathba Stallions C...Read more

Latin American jockeys to contest HH Sheikha Fatima Apprentice race

Sun, 16 Jun 2019
HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival will be organizing two races at the Hippodrome of Cidade Jardim in Sao Paulo on Saturday, May 25, 2019.

Organised under the Festival’s banner by the Jockey Club de Sao Paulo, the Brazilian race course will host the third race in 2019’s HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Apprentice World Championship race series and the Wathba Stallions Cup.
 
It will be the first time that Latin American apprentice jockeys from Brazil, Peru, Uruguay, Chile, Puerto Rico, Argentina and Ecuador - will have the opportunity to compete and secure a berth in the final of the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Apprentice World Championship (IFHRA) to be held on November 24 in Abu Dhabi.
 
The jockeys will ride young horses that have already run a race and a draw was held on May 20 to pair the apprentice jockeys with the horses.
 
Brazil’s Jose Severo will ride Egyto LA (Magnum Chall HVP x HLP Darkyna Fame by Legacy of Fame) a colt owned by Stud Magal; Stephanie Hernandez of Peru will be on Catarina LA (HDB Sihr Ibn Massai x My Princess TGS by Shahllenger) a filly also owned by Stud Magal while another filly by the same owner Cigarra LA (HDB Sihr Ibn Massai x Shanelle Di Master JM by Mister Style JM) will be partnered by Uruguay’s Jhonatan Rodrigo Mora Izquierdo.
 
Pablo Lucero of Chile will ride Vigilius Rach (Thunder Rach x Vienna Rach by Aleksander Rach) while Anthony Rafael Rodriguez Lorenzoof Puerto Rico, will ride Gunther Rach (Eksort Rach x Geneve AJR by Second Chall) both colts owned by Paulo Jamil Saliba.
 
Alexis Castro of Argentina will be on Farouk AJR (Feitizzo Rach x Fascination VE by Adventure Aladin) a colt owned by Ricardo Lahoz while Nicole Kitsy Ycaza of Ecuador, will ride Flynt AJR (HK Keav Power x Fascinee LUD by Red Bear) owned by Almir José Ribeiro.
 
“Once again, we would like to thank HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister 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 for their vision and generosity in supporting the Arabian Horse Racing around the World,” said Almir Jose Ribeiro, Racing Director of the Brazilian Arabian Horse Breeders Association (ABCCA).
 
We also thank Ms Lara Sawaya, Executive Director of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, Chairperson of the International Federation of Horse Racing Academies (IFHRA), Chairperson of Ladies & Apprentice Racing Committees in the International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authorities IFAHR), for giving the opportunity to Brazil to be responsible for the integration of Arabian Horse Racing in Latin America. It is the Arabian Horses that integrate countries, cultures & people”, Ribeiro added.
 
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.
HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak race in Belgium on Sunday
Sun, 16 Jun 2019
The Hippodrome Waregem, located in Waregem, a municipality located in the Belgian province of West Flanders will play host to the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Apprentice World Championship race on Sunday, June 2, 2019. The race is the fourth in this year’s HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Apprentice World Championship which is being held as part of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Fla...Read more

HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak race in Belgium on Sunday

Sun, 16 Jun 2019
The Hippodrome Waregem, located in Waregem, a municipality located in the Belgian province of West Flanders will play host to the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Apprentice World Championship race on Sunday, June 2, 2019.

The race is the fourth in this year’s HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Apprentice World Championship which is being held as part of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival.
 
Seven Apprentice jockeys from around the world will vie in Sunday’s race for a spot in the November 24 final of the championship to be held in Abu Dhabi.
 
The 2120-metre race carries a prize fund of Euros 10,000 and is expected to attract a large gathering at the Hippodrome Waregem.
 
Hungarian Apprentice jockey will ride BEUNE DE L´ARDUS, one of the favourites while Norway’s Silja Storen will be on AL FAHL.
 
BLITTERS PACO will be ridden by Erac Eracleous of Cyprus while Italian Sara Del Fabbro will ride El Zarka. ZIGGY D.A will be partnered by Poland’s Konrad Mazur and Denmark’s Liam Doran will ride JAMAS D.A. The seventh runner in the small field is CALITRI D.A. and will be ridden by UK’s Grace McEntee.
 
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, Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Eastern Mangroves Suites-Abu Dhabi by Jannah, Anantara Eastern Mangroves Spa and Resort.
Al Mounteze Monlau wins Zayed Cup in Stockholm
Sun, 16 Jun 2019
The two races along with HH Sheikha Lateefa Bint Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan International Pony championship race were part of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival and were held on June 6 in Stockholm as Sweden marked its National Day. Al Mounteze Monlau under Elione Chaves, outperformed last year’s winner Macallan in the prestigious Sheikh Zayed Cup. The six-year-old...Read more

Al Mounteze Monlau wins Zayed Cup in Stockholm

Sun, 16 Jun 2019
The two races along with HH Sheikha Lateefa Bint Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan International Pony championship race were part of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival and were held on June 6 in Stockholm as Sweden marked its National Day.

Al Mounteze Monlau under Elione Chaves, outperformed last year’s winner Macallan in the prestigious Sheikh Zayed Cup. The six-year-old is trained by Camilla Nilsson in Markaryd.
 
Al Mounteze Monlau got a perfect start and could relatively easily take care of the lead in the entrance to the curve. The leader was followed by pre-race favorite Macallan (N Stott) and Cleopathre (Tapia Dalbark).
 
 
The positions remained unchanged until the end of the last turn when Macallan attacked and put pressure on the leader. For a short while it looked like the favorite would score for the third straight year in the prestigious race. But nicely backed by Elione Chaves' counter, Al Mounteze Monlau stayed ahead and salvaged victory by a head.
 
In the ladies race, the home crowd cheered all the way for Holmquist who ensured that HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies IFAHR Cup became a home win for female jockeys from all over Europe. Holmquist sent the Polish-born Eastway to the forefront and stayed there to win well.
 
 
The Annelie Kristina Eriksson –trained Eastway, which made its first start since November 2017, took the lead quite easily before the two stallions Toutatix (Racheal Kneller) and Jaldi Karo (Sophie Ralston). The eight-year-old then had to decide at his own pace over the 2 750 meters.
 
Jaldi Karo made a brave attempt to challenge the leader but Ulrika had a token saved in the reins and when she asked Eastway for the extra effort, the horse obliged to win by a short length.
 
 
If these two fine races weren't enough the Festival had another qualifier for a final during the end of season festivities in Abu Dhabi. In the HH Sheikha Lateefa Bint Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan International Pony championship race Stina Landh was eager to defend her title. Others wanted a crack, too, and Alva Malmström just got the better of Stina Landh in an exciting finish to become the Swedish representative in Abu Dhabi 2019.
 
 
Ms. Lara Sawaya, Executive Director of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, Chairperson of the International Federation of Horse Racing Academies (IFHRA), Chairperson of Ladies & Apprentice Racing Committees in the International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authorities (IFAHR) along with Swedish official Mats Genberg and other VIPs took part in the prize distribution.
 
 
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 , Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Eastern Mangroves Suites-Abu Dhabi by Jannah, Anantara Eastern Mangroves Spa and Resort.
Mawarid wins Wathba Stallions Cup
Sun, 16 Jun 2019
It was a memorable day for 18-year-old Isaac Buncle who rode Mawarid, his first ever winner, in the Wathba Stallions over a mile at Chelmsford City in a time of 1.52.50. Buncle has been working for trainer James Owen since February and Owen told him he could ride Mawarid in the race three weeks ago.   Mawarid is a four-year-old son of No Risk Al Maury owned and bred by HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, D...Read more

Mawarid wins Wathba Stallions Cup

Sun, 16 Jun 2019
It was a memorable day for 18-year-old Isaac Buncle who rode Mawarid, his first ever winner, in the Wathba Stallions over a mile at Chelmsford City in a time of 1.52.50.

Buncle has been working for trainer James Owen since February and Owen told him he could ride Mawarid in the race three weeks ago.
 
Mawarid is a four-year-old son of No Risk Al Maury owned and bred by HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Rules of Dubai and Minister of Finance, who was almost as inexperienced as his jockey, having only his third racecourse appearance. Buncle has been riding him every day at home in preparation and that paid off in the race on Saturday.
 
In second place was Kayclaire ridden by Charlie Price for owner-trainer Delyth Thomas. Price started his career riding as an amateur and has recently turned professional.
 
In third was Sarah Innes and Nicola Buchan’s Zayin Zamurai, ridden by James Harding for trainer Adam Newey, who had teamed up to win the corresponding race last year with Vindetta.
 
ARO’s Genny Haynes along with other UK racing officials gave away the trophies on behalf of the Festival.
 
 
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 , Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Eastern Mangroves Suites-Abu Dhabi by Jannah, Anantara Eastern Mangroves Spa and Resort.
Macallan wins Wathba Stallions Cup in Sweden
Sun, 12 May 2019
Nine went to post in the 1730-metre contest on the dirt tracks of Jagersro on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 and it was Macallan which once again proved a worthy winner. Martin Rodrigues on Macallan ran a well-judged race to win the race in 2:02.1 with a nearly two-length margin from Jaldi Karo with Cleopathre in third place.   It was a strong field with the ‘Big three’ of Scandinavia- Jaldi Karo, Macallan and Al ...Read more

Macallan wins Wathba Stallions Cup in Sweden

Sun, 12 May 2019
Nine went to post in the 1730-metre contest on the dirt tracks of Jagersro on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 and it was Macallan which once again proved a worthy winner.

Martin Rodrigues on Macallan ran a well-judged race to win the race in 2:02.1 with a nearly two-length margin from Jaldi Karo with Cleopathre in third place.
 
It was a strong field with the ‘Big three’ of Scandinavia- Jaldi Karo, Macallan and Al Mounteze Monlau-in the fray.
 
All of them are international pattern race performers and Macallan alone has six such victories to his name. The three finished in that order in last year's edition of Wathba Stallion Cup, but nothing stays exactly the same.
 
Considered a short-distance runner Macallan, under a new regime, turned the tables on Jaldi Karo having played his cards well.
 
 
At half way stage young Benjie was in the lead with Al Mounteze Monlau and Maghazi close up.
 
Then everything changed when first Cleopathre, then Jaldi Karo and Macallan from among the back-markers made their moves.
 
Cleopathre and Jaldi Karo hit the front round the bend with Macallan catching up. Battle ensued and when first Cleopathre gave in and then Jaldi Karo also did so a little later.
 
Martin Rodriguez had judged the pace well and had fuel for an almost two length victory for Stall Apperitiffe and their trainer Henrik Engblom.
 
Engblom is himself an industrious man, with around twenty English thoroughbreds in his care. He is also one of the most accomplished jump jockeys in the region and readily admitted tactics had won the day. He was also happy for the Festival’s support. “It is needed in both the bread and butter races and the top races. It's inevitable that good money will attract even people from outside the Arabian horse racing fraternity,” Engblom said.
 
Scandinavian Arabian Racing thanked HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival for all the support over the years to Arabian horse racing in the region.
 
 
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.
Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup in Morroco
Wed, 24 Apr 2019
Adi De Saint Lon won the Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup race organized by the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival at the Marrakesh race course in Morocco on Monday, April 22, 2019. The race was one of the three organized by the Festival as part of the UAE Abu Dhabi Race Day at this historic Moroccan city which is well known for its connections with Purebred Arabian...Read more

Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup in Morroco

Wed, 24 Apr 2019
Adi De Saint Lon won the Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup race organized by the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival at the Marrakesh race course in Morocco on Monday, April 22, 2019.

The race was one of the three organized by the Festival as part of the UAE Abu Dhabi Race Day at this historic Moroccan city which is well known for its connections with Purebred Arabian racing.
 
It was Aoun, a Mahabb colt owned by Yas Horse Racing Management and winner of the 2018 Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup (Listed) race here in Marrakesh which looked the one to beat in the 1900-metre race which was the feature event of the afternoon.
 
 
But the A. Kouay-trained Adi De Saint Lon under jockey Amine Moughat however was in top form winning for owner Zakaria Semlali.
 
In the 1900-metre HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Apprentice World Championship race it was 21-year old Danish lady jockey Victoria Larsen who reigned supreme. Larsen scored a great win on Azaz Al Boraq, trained and owned by Zembsch Schreve.
 
 
After winning this race which carried a prize fund of h 160,000, Larsen has now qualified to race in the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Apprentice World Championship final to be held in November in Abu Dhabi.
 
The third race supported by the Festival was the Wathba Stallions Cup and Rachid Amenai who won this race on Fawzi Al Mels in 2018 was again the winning jockey this year.
 
 
Amenai steered Walled Al Mels, owned by Ezzeddine Sedrati to a smart win in the PRIX WATHBA STALLIONS CUP carrying a prize fund of Dh. 70.000 and run over 1600 metres.
 
Saif Khalifa Al Tunaiji, First Secretary of the UAE Embassy in the Kingdom of Morocco along with 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 International Federation of Horse Racing Academies (IFHRA), Chairperson of Ladies & Apprentice Racing Committees in the International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authorities (IFAHR) and other top local and racing officials gave away the trophies.
 
 
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.
 

Al Busaidi registers superb win
Sun, 24 Mar 2019
It was a proud moment for Apprentice jockey Quis Al Busaidi as he stepped out to receive the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Apprentice World Championship (IFHRA) winner’s trophy from none other than King of Kingdom of Bahrain, His Majesty King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa in Manama on Friday, March 15, 2019. The 1400-metre race, held under the umbrella of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse ...Read more

Al Busaidi registers superb win

Sun, 24 Mar 2019
It was a proud moment for Apprentice jockey Quis Al Busaidi as he stepped out to receive the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Apprentice World Championship (IFHRA) winner’s trophy from none other than King of Kingdom of Bahrain, His Majesty King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa in Manama on Friday, March 15, 2019.

The 1400-metre race, held under the umbrella of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, had attracted nine Apprentice jockeys from around the world with a large crowd in attendance at the Rashid Equestrian and Horse Racing club racecourse.
 
The race was part of the big race meeting which also included two Grade 1 races in the name of the King of Kingdom of Bahrain, His Majesty King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa.
 
Riding 4-year-old Al Saqlawieh 1733 trained by Yousif Al Riffa, Al Busaidi was in great form as he won by two-and-a-half lengths from Krayaan 1706 under Sara Del Fabbro while in third place was Krushan 1710 ridden by Grace McEntee.
 
 
Al Busaidi and Al Saqlawieh took a time 1:37.09 for the 7-furlong race and the jockey is the first to book his berth in the November finals of the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Apprentice World Championship (IFHRA) race series.
 
Apart from His Majesty King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa, Friday’s race meeting was also attended by His Royal Highness Prince Salman Bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Premier, King’s Representative for Charity Work and Youth Affairs, Chairman of the Supreme Council for Youth and Sports and Honorary President of Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation (BREEF) His Highness Sheikh Nasser Bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Chairman of the Supreme Authority of the Rashid Equestrian and Horse Racing Club Sheikh Abdullah Bin Isa Al Khalifa, Deputy Chairman Sheikh Isa bin Salman Bin Hamad Al Khalifa and the UAE’s Ambassador to Bahrain HH Sheikh Sultan Bin Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan and 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 International Federation of Horse Racing Academies (IFHRA), Chairperson of Ladies & Apprentice Racing Committees in the International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authorities (IFAHR) among other VIP guests and officials.
 
 
HH Sheikh Sultan Bin Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan said the HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival was one of the most famous equestrian events in the world and thank the leaders of Bahrain for supporting the event.
 
Ms. Lara Sawaya said the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Apprentice series was an important element of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival and thanked 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, Mother of the Emirates, President of the General Women’s Union, Supreme President of the Family Development Foundation, President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood for their support.
 
She also thanked the Bahraini authorities for all their support in hosting the HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival event.
 
 
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 and Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club.
Easter Man wins Grade 1 Sheikh Zayed Cup in Houston
Sun, 10 Mar 2019
Valdez-Jimenez and Easter Man cruised home in the 1400-metre race organized by the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival in front of a large crowd at the Sam Houston Park racecourse. Trained by Jerenesto Torrez for owners Joseph and Betty Gillis, Easter Man finished ahead of Updown Sandy under Jose Garcia while last year’s joint winner Quick Sand AA under Sasha Risenhoover...Read more

Easter Man wins Grade 1 Sheikh Zayed Cup in Houston

Sun, 10 Mar 2019
Valdez-Jimenez and Easter Man cruised home in the 1400-metre race organized by the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival in front of a large crowd at the Sam Houston Park racecourse.

Trained by Jerenesto Torrez for owners Joseph and Betty Gillis, Easter Man finished ahead of Updown Sandy under Jose Garcia while last year’s joint winner Quick Sand AA under Sasha Risenhoover was third.
 
 
Easter Man finished in a timing of 1:31.97 in the 11-horse field.
 
Earlier in the meeting, trainer Torrez and jockey Valdez-Jimenez scored in the Festival’s Wathba Stallions Cup, also run over 1400 metres.
 
Dance With Me romped home under Valdez-Jimenez with Bryan McNeil on Fortaissa and Erick McNeil on Last Call MHF finished second and third in that order. The winning time was 1:36.97.
 
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 International Federation of Horse Racing Academies (IFHRA), Chairperson of Ladies & Apprentice Racing Committees in the International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authorities (IFAHR) said “It has been an exciting start to the Festival’s activities in the US. Some of the best Purebred Arabians currently racing in the US were in the line-up and we congratulate the winning connections of the winners of both the Sheikh Zayed Cup and the Wathba Stallions Cup.”
 
 
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.
HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival calendar for 2019 unveiled with 124 races in 90 countries
Wed, 20 Feb 2019
Addressing a press conference at the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club racecourse, 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, “t...Read more

HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival calendar for 2019 unveiled with 124 races in 90 countries

Wed, 20 Feb 2019
Addressing a press conference at the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club racecourse, 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, “the 11th year of the Festival initiated by His Highness Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister of the UAE and Minister of Presidential Affairs will be bigger in the number of races and we thank HH Sheikh Mansoor 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 for making it one of the world’s top events.”

Also attending the press conference and addressing the media were Dr. Abdullah Al Raisi, Director General of the National Archives, Aref Al Awani,
Secretary General of the Abu Dhabi Sports Council, Faisal Al Rahmani, IFAHR President, Mubarak Al Nuaimi, Director of Global Promotions-Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority, Khulood Al -Nuaimi-representative of National Feed and Flour Production and Marketing Co. LLC, Khalid Khalifa Naboodah of Al Aweer Stables, Khalil Al Saffar, Deputy Director of Abu Dhabi Sports Channel, and Ali Al Mulla, chairman of Areej, Mohammed Abdullah Al Masood –Sales Manager of Al Masoud Automobiles, Saeed Bin Sulaiman, representative of Emirates Airlines and Festival’s jockey Ambassador Xavier Ziani.
 
 
“The Festival’s 2019 calendar includes 10 races in the Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup series, eight races in the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship series, 10 in the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Apprentice World Championship series and 13 in the HH Sheikha Lateefa Bint Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Pony Championship series,” Ms. Lara Sawaya said.

Wathba Stallion Cup Grassroots Series
 
The Wathba Stallions Cup will once again focus on the grassroots level and 30 races will be held in the UAE (Abu Dhabi and Al Ain) while another 50 races will be staged outside the country with 20 of these in France alone, Ms. Sawaya stated.
 
 
The World Arabian Horse Racing Forum will be held in Romania from July 2 to 8, 2019.
 
Ms. Sawaya stated that the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Stakes race in Santa Anita, California will in 2019 carry a prize fund of US$ 50,000 and will be run on the Derby day.
 
She explained that the Endurance races this year includes the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan Cup race "Al Wathba Land" on 22 February followed by the HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan race on February 23.

WORLD’s RICHEST RACE FOR ARABIAN HORSES
 
“The Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Jewel Crown (Group 1), the world’s richest race for Purebred Arabians will be held on November 24 and this year obliging requests from owners and connections a prep race has been scheduled for October 25,” Ms. Sawaya said.
 
 
The Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak International awards will also be held along with the Conference on Training for jockeys to make it another memorable year for horse racing connections.
 
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.