June 24, The Netherlands ~ It took all of 15 races for Alibaba del Sol to score his first win as the French-bred Dutch runner won the fourth race in the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival’s Wathba Stud Farm Cup series being run at the Duindigt racecourse, The Netherlands.
In Sunday’s race which was the fourth Wathba Stud Farm Cup, jockey Raymond Chang steered the 7-year-old son of Kerbella to a fine and encouraging win for owner-trainer Karin van den Bos.
Alibaba del Sol finished the 1800-metre race on turf ahead of the Gerd T Zoetelief-owned bay mare Paramour T under Anthony Deau to finally score his first win in 15 start.
Baloo DA under Bianca Willemstijn finished third in this race is part of a series of races held to encourage owners and trainers of Purebred Arabian horses at the grass-root level.
“The victory of Alibaba del Sol is what the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival is all about. The aim of HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affair is to give more opportunities to small and private owners the chance to race in the Wathba Stud Farm Cup,” said Ms Lara Sawaya, Director of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival and Head of IFAHR Ladies Racing.
“This is the fourth race held this year and we have seen an increase in the number of horses taking part,” she added.
The H.H Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival is organized by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority and co-ordinated by Abu Dhabi Sports Council in association with Emirates Racing Association, Emirates Arabian Horse Society and IFAHR, supported by General Authority for Youth and Sports and Fegentri with Emirates airlines as the official carrier and sponsored by Invest AD, Al Rashid Investment, Areej Al Ameerat, Mauzan, Al Awani General Enterprises, Kabale, the UAE’s General Women’s Union, the Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy, Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition 2012, Wathba Stud Farm and Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club.
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