Fri, 27, Jan 2012,Melbourne,Australia~ Warrawee Naaziq under the hands of Kim Noble won the first leg of the Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup at the Moonee Valley Racecourse here on Friday evening. The eight-year-old gelding, son of Trystan, is owned and trained by Noble at her private stables in Lancefield, and this was the second time to get onboard. The race was held on the 2040m distance of the Cox Plate and the winner covered the 2040m in 2:27:15 seconds. Loretta Beckman, riding public favorite Franshar Park K Shar, finished a length and a quarter back in second place and behind them came the Swiss contestant, Catherine Buri, astride Blakes Heaven Bombora in third.
In the HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Ladies IFAHR Cup, a handicap event contested over 1600m, top weight Ridgecrest came away with the win under Jady Pietrasiewicz by more than five lengths. “He picked up nicely and was always surprising me,” said the delighted Dutch amateur rider. It’s one for my country and the best is still to come,” she said.
Chardonnay Park Rasheeka, ridden by Phillipa Tutty took second, and the French rider Barbara Guenet, riding Wantley Kaliph, took the third place honors.
Lara Sawya, director of the Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Global Arabian Racing Festival thanked the festival’s partners, sponsors and supporters for all what they have been doing to ensure the success of this national campaign.
The Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival is organized by the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH) and co-ordinated by Abu Dhabi Sports Council in association with Emirates Arabian Horse Society and IFAHR, supported by Fegentri with Emirates airlines as the official carrier and sponsored by Invest AD, Al Rashid Investment, Areej Al Ameerat, Mauzan, Alasabeh Al Sihriya, 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.