Sunday, August 12, 2012, Ghlin, Belgium ~ Release
The event which was open for three-year-olds and above, attracted a strong field of 11 runners going to post, with horses coming from different countries around Europe and the Middle East to battle it to the wire in the Euro 6000 prize-money for the 1,600 run. Bigg N Rich, with the blood of Falina Des Fabries and Virgule Al Maury through dam, Viraac, was the winner.
Bigg N Rich (Falina Des Fabries x Viraac by Virgule Al Maury), owner, Al Athba Stud Limited, jockey, Brice Raballand, trainer, Sandrine Tarrou
Terach El Samawi (Tidjani x Octavia El Samawi)
Theoretically (Doran SBFAR x First Ladie)
Phraseur Kossack ( Prince d’Orient x Pengalia Kossack)
Athlete Del Sol (Dormane x A La Volee)
Omni D.A. (Ircalan D.A. x Haliyana El Kendal)
Senna O.A.(Marwan x Saffiah)
Blitters Plonja (Marwan x Pakupka)
Sjacour (Mencour x Sjakoera)
Shakira D.A. (Altis Del Sol x Onaida D.A.)
And above all, the local media in Belgium supported the initiative of HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan to promote the Arabian horse and encourage the small breeders and owners in the country.
In the meantime, the tenth round of the Wathba Stud Farm Cup series will be held in Germany on August 15.
Ms Lara Sawaya, director of the HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival and head of IFAHR ladies racing said: “Under the directives of HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs to hold the ninth round of the Wathba Stud Farm Cup in Belgium, we have witnessed all this success. We have seen top 12 Arabian horses vying for honours in this special event which aimed at supporting the small breeders and owners in Belgium. Horses from UK, Belgium, Holland, KSA and elsewhere have been declared for the race out of the 22 entries which were made in the first stage.”
“Based on this great success, it has been decided to continue the Wathba Stud Farm Cup race in 2013. This is in addition to holding the Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup at the Hippodrome Wellington in Ostend and thereby increasing the numbers of the rounds in Europe.
“On August 30, the announcement of holding the next round of the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Championship IFAHR at the Croan Racecourse in France will be made to mark a historic move of its nature,” she added.
The HH 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 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.