Festival News

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.
 

Beasley scores on Dahess D’Arabie
Sun, 17 Feb 2019
Dahess D’Arabie under Connor Beasley won the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s Wathba Stallions Cup For Private Owners Only race in Al Ain on Friday. The opening race of the meeting, for horses in private ownership, attracted the maximum field allowed of 15, but very few were ever able to get involved with the race developing into a duel throughout the straight bet...Read more

Beasley scores on Dahess D’Arabie

Sun, 17 Feb 2019
Dahess D’Arabie under Connor Beasley won the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s Wathba Stallions Cup For Private Owners Only race in Al Ain on Friday.

The opening race of the meeting, for horses in private ownership, attracted the maximum field allowed of 15, but very few were ever able to get involved with the race developing into a duel throughout the straight between AF Tathoor and Dahess D’Arabie.
 
The former had taken up the running just after the halfway point, having tracked early leader, Nawwaf KB with Connor Beasley matching the move on Dahess D’Arabie, trained by Helal Al Alawi for Abu Dhabi Racing.
 
 
Beasley’s mount gained the initiative about 300m out, running on strongly to win quite comfortably in the end with AF Tathoor holding on for second. In doing so, the 5-year-old gelding was doubling his career tally having made a winning local debut, last March, in a 1200m maiden on the Abu Dhabi turf.
ES Almas under Richard Mullen finished third.
 
The winner completed the Dh 70,000 1400-metre race in 1:36.87.
 
Al Alawi, who trains at The National Stables in Al Ain, said: “Our horses are performing well, so we were quite hopeful one of our three runners in the race could win and that was a good performance.
 
 
He has now won on dirt, which he was racing on for just the second time, and turf, so hopefully it opens up more options for the future.
 
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), Faisal Al Rahmani, IFAHR Chairman and Al Ain racing chief along with others 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.
Beasley steers Hawafez to victory
Tue, 12 Feb 2019
Hawafez, produced to lead close home by Connor Beasley and sporting the colours of Salem Ali Murshed Al Marar for trainer Ridha ben Attia. “I won over 1400m here at Abu Dhabi on this horse in December,” Beasley said. “He was then third and caught in the final strides, both over 1400m. This drop in trip has suited him.”   In winning the 6-furlong race, Hawafez finished ahead of Ashton Tourettes under F...Read more

Beasley steers Hawafez to victory

Tue, 12 Feb 2019
Hawafez, produced to lead close home by Connor Beasley and sporting the colours of Salem Ali Murshed Al Marar for trainer Ridha ben Attia.

“I won over 1400m here at Abu Dhabi on this horse in December,” Beasley said. “He was then third and caught in the final strides, both over 1400m. This drop in trip has suited him.”
 
In winning the 6-furlong race, Hawafez finished ahead of Ashton Tourettes under Fabrice Veron and Noof KB came third under Tadhg O’Shea.
 
 
Earlier, one of the biggest races of the season in the Capital, was highlighted by the 2200m AED 2,500,000 Group 1 HH The President Cup for Purebred Arabians. Ali Rashid Al Rayhi-trained Dubai-based Al Zahir was able to become the fourth horse to win the race more than once, defending the crown he first wore 12 months ago and defeating France’s Al Shamoos, winning of November’s rich Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Jewel Crown (G1) organised by the HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival.
 
Retained by owner His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Minister of Finance, Jim Crowley was in the saddle on the winner once again as he made the winning move with 750m remaining and ultimately outstayed the aforementioned mare.
 
 
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.
 

Dupleix win kicks off Festival’s international calendar
Wed, 06 Feb 2019
Dupleix, owned by the UAE’s Faisal Seddiq Al Mutawa and ridden by Jules Mobian won the year’s first international event of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival which was held in Pau, France over the weekend. The 6-year-old son of Madjani won the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s Prix Wathba Stallions Cup- Haras de G...Read more

Dupleix win kicks off Festival’s international calendar

Wed, 06 Feb 2019
Dupleix, owned by the UAE’s Faisal Seddiq Al Mutawa and ridden by Jules Mobian won the year’s first international event of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival which was held in Pau, France over the weekend.

The 6-year-old son of Madjani won the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s Prix Wathba Stallions Cup- Haras de Gelos run over 1950 metres with a total prize fund of Euros 17,000.
 
The Charles Gourdain-trained Dupleix won with over two and a half lengths to spare from Jadeeda under Roberto Montenegro while in third place was Jaahez under Francois Bertras.

FESTIVAL TO STAGE 25 RACES IN FRANCE
 
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) hailed the success of year 2019’s inaugural international race in Pau and said, “It was a strong field that contested the race which is part of the Festival under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister of the UAE and Minister of Presidential Affairs.”
 
 
Ms Sawaya said there will be 25 races in France throughout the year, including 21 races in the Wathba Stallions Cup, one for the Sheikh Zayed Cup, one leg of the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Women's World Championship and one for the HH Sheikha Lateefa Bint Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Ponies world championship series.
 
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.
ES Almas wins with a late run in Wathba Stallions Cup
Sun, 03 Feb 2019
It looked unlikely at halfway but ES Almas ultimately recorded a fairly comfortable victory, surging home under Richard Mullen, the pair having had only three of their 14 rivals behind them entering the straight. However, they made relentless progress over the final 400m, hitting the front inside the concluding 100m to deny Ubu Al Mels, trained on the Al Ain track by Mohamed Ramadan.   Saddled by Khalifa Al ...Read more

ES Almas wins with a late run in Wathba Stallions Cup

Sun, 03 Feb 2019
It looked unlikely at halfway but ES Almas ultimately recorded a fairly comfortable victory, surging home under Richard Mullen, the pair having had only three of their 14 rivals behind them entering the straight.

However, they made relentless progress over the final 400m, hitting the front inside the concluding 100m to deny Ubu Al Mels, trained on the Al Ain track by Mohamed Ramadan.
 
Saddled by Khalifa Al Neyadi for Al Awda Stables, the 7-year-old mare was recording a second career victory having, on her final outing for Ibrahim Aseel, won a 1200m handicap at Sharjah on seasonal debut in November.
 
 
“She was a long way back early on, but always travelling nicely enough,” Mullen said. “Halfway up the straight I was pretty confident but the runner-up, Ubu Al Mels, proved hard to pass but my mare picked up nicely to be it front where it mattered. In fairness, the trainer was pretty confident and has certainly been proved right.”
 
 
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.
 

Dassan Da demolishes rivals in Wathba Stallions Cup
Mon, 28 Jan 2019
In the 1600m handicap restricted to horses in private ownership, the 7-year-old grey took up the running 450m out before powering clear under Emirati apprentice Saeed Al Mazrooei. MH Tawag under Gerald Avranche finished over six lengths behind while in third place was AF Motaghatres under Tadhg O’Shea. Trained by Helal Al Alawi for Khalid Mohammed Rahma Al Shamsi, it was a third career victory for the 7-year-old a...Read more

Dassan Da demolishes rivals in Wathba Stallions Cup

Mon, 28 Jan 2019
In the 1600m handicap restricted to horses in private ownership, the 7-year-old grey took up the running 450m out before powering clear under Emirati apprentice Saeed Al Mazrooei. MH Tawag under Gerald Avranche finished over six lengths behind while in third place was AF Motaghatres under Tadhg O’Shea.

Trained by Helal Al Alawi for Khalid Mohammed Rahma Al Shamsi, it was a third career victory for the 7-year-old and second in the UAE having won a virtually identical handicap last February, as well as a 2100m victory on an all-weather surface in Europe back in June 2016.
 
“We had a wide draw, but that has suited me as this horse does not like to be crowded,” Al Mazrooei said. “He has travelled so strongly throughout the race I was pretty confident from a long way out and that was a good performance.”
 
 
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) along with Adnan Sultan Al Nuaimi, Director General of Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club 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.
 

AF Mozhell scores under Chaves
Mon, 21 Jan 2019
The HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s Wathba Stallions Cup For Private Owners Only race, a 1400m handicap, opened the action at the Al Ain race course on Friday, January 18, 2019. AF Mozhell, owned and trained by Khalifa Al Neyadi, scored a narrow victory to give the Khalifa a third winner for this season.   Jockey Elione Chaves, doubling his tally for the cam...Read more

AF Mozhell scores under Chaves

Mon, 21 Jan 2019
The HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s Wathba Stallions Cup For Private Owners Only race, a 1400m handicap, opened the action at the Al Ain race course on Friday, January 18, 2019.

AF Mozhell, owned and trained by Khalifa Al Neyadi, scored a narrow victory to give the Khalifa a third winner for this season.
 
Jockey Elione Chaves, doubling his tally for the campaign, settled the 4-year-old AF Mozhell just behind the early leader, AF Makerah, before gaining the initiative approaching the 200m pole, immediately seeing off that rival only for Nawwaf KB to emerge as the big danger.
 
 
The latter, with Ben Curtis riding for Helal Al Alawi, was closing all the way to the line, but the post appeared just in time for Chaves, who said: “Everything went very well for him today, the first time I have ridden him and—in fairness to the trainer and his team—they were confident of a big run.
 
It was pretty close at the end, but happily the line came just in time for us and this horse should improve as he was still quite immature.”
 
Faisal Al Rahmani, IFAHR Chairman and Al Ain racing chief, 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) and others 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.
HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival’s Wathba Stallions Cup
Wed, 02 Jan 2019
Owner Khalid Khalifa Al Naboodah signed off 2018 in Abu Dhabi with a perfect 1-2-3 in the final UAE racing fixture of the year at the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club on Sunday, December 23, 2018. In the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s Wathba Stallions Cup For Private Owners Only race, Al Naboodah saw AF Motaghatres, trained by Ernst Oertel lead the first three home, all ...Read more

HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival’s Wathba Stallions Cup

Wed, 02 Jan 2019
Owner Khalid Khalifa Al Naboodah signed off 2018 in Abu Dhabi with a perfect 1-2-3 in the final UAE racing fixture of the year at the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club on Sunday, December 23, 2018.

In the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s Wathba Stallions Cup For Private Owners Only race, Al Naboodah saw AF Motaghatres, trained by Ernst Oertel lead the first three home, all sporting his black and silver silks.
 
The 4-year old AF Motaghatres under Antonio Fresu registered his third win when finishing just a nose ahead of AF Momtaz under Ben Curtis while just a neck behind and in third place was AF Asheham under Tadhg O’Shea completing the sweep for owner Al Naboodah.
 
 
O’Shea set out to make every post a winning one and found a willing partner in AF Asheham who led until the dying strides, only to be passed by Ben Curtis and AF Momtaz, saddled by Musabbeh Al Mheiri. However, they veered towards the centre of the track where Fresu and AF Motaghatres were finishing fast before losing momentum when involved in a bump with Curtis’ mount. Fresu just had time to regain some impetus with his charge responding determinedly to lead in the final strides, denying AF Momtaz by a nose with just a neck back to AF Asheham in third.
 
A delighted Oertel, having watched AF Motaghatres, a 1400m Abu Dhabi maiden winner in January, score for a second time, said: “It has been a great evening and we knew we had some good chances. Mr. Al Naboodah is a pleasure to train for and has some very nice horses, which I am lucky enough to have in my care.”
 
 
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.