May 13, Malmo Jagercro Sweden ~The French-bred, 8 yr old, Bachi Bouzouk (Pepe le Mocco x Fifine Appapalou) won the Wathba Stud Farm Cup by a nose on The Shaikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nayhan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival’s Swedish debut at Malmo’s Jagercro racetrack on Friday night.
Favourite and Scandinavian Champion Arabian SR Dorwan (Marwan x Dorwana Kossack)
of Denmark came in second while French-bred Sartejano (Dormane x Serafina) and Senanhk BA (Barour de Cardonne x Edwina) followed closely behind in this EUR16500 group-three PA race for four-year-olds, 58-60kg. Iraqi-bred Gharraa was scratched from the twelve horse race after dismounting its jockey before the start.
It was the fourth event in a 21 stage world-wide series designed to reinvigorate and encourage the Arabian horse racing industry globally to preserve Arab culture and traditions.
UAE ambassador to Sweden Her Excellency Shaikha Najla Mohammad Al Qasimi was on hand to distribute the trophies to Bachi’s owner/trainer CJF Nibbering from Holland said: “It’s all down to the jockey. Normally Bachi is a long distant horse. I told the jockey not to wait but attack and he did just that.”
Bachi’s jockey Shane Karlsson said: “I thought I had a chance on the homestretch but I never thought I was going to win. I had to push him all the way. He has no speed he just goes. I thought he was done towards the end so it’s kind of a surprise to win.”