Press release: STOCKHOLM: The HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festivals’ Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan (Listed) Cup and Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Championship (IFAHR) race will take place at the Taby race course in the Swedish capital on Tuesday.
Details of the races were announced at a press conference held at the Grand Hotel in Stockholm by Ms Lara Sawaya, director of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Racing Festival and head of IFAHR ladies racing.
Also present at the press briefing were Sheikha Najla Al Qassimi, UAE, Ambassador to Sweden, Abdullah Al Qubaisi, communications director at the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority, Aisha Al Marzooqi, Head off Strategic Planning at UAE Women’s Sports Committee, Khalid Abdullah Al Hussein, director of Sports Affairs, General Authority for Youth and Sports Welfare, Yasser Mabrouk of Emirates Racing Authority, Susanna Santesson of European Association of Racing School and Nicholas Cordrey of Svensk Galopp of Sweden.
Ambassador Sheikha Qassimi expressed her gratitude to HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, Chairperson of UAE General Women’s Union for her support in promoting Arabian horses which is part of the culture and heritage of the UAE, across the world and giving the opportunities for UAE women jockeys to compete with their pears from other parts of the world.
A total of 12 horses have entered the Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan (Listed) Cup which is the sixth race in the series whereas 11 lady jockeys are eyeing for honours in the seventh leg of the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak World Ladies Championship (IFAHR).
However on Tuesday, the feature event will be the Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup, a dirt contest over a mile (1600 metres). Some of the top horses in the region are in the race including Rasikh, owned by HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs. But challenges are expected to come from Al Dhahis and Athlete Del Sol.
The top finishers in each of the 10 -round series of the lady’s only ride will get a valuable chance of competing in the final event in Abu Dhabi slated for on November 9 which attractive prizes at stakes including Mercedes cars.
Amateur female riders from around the world along with one professional Racheal Kneller are invited for the 20,000-euro race which makes its Swedish debut. The race will be run over 1200 metres with women from the Gulf including the UAE’s Shathra Al Hajaj is in the line-up.
Abdullah Al Qubaisi, communications director at the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority said: “This is our second time in Sweden this year after the Wathba Stud Farm Cup race in May and it is proving to be an exciting venue. The support of the Swedish racing officials is tremendous and we are confident that this will further increase interest in pure-bred Arabian horses.
“We are delighted with the response received here. Clearly Arabian racing has a strong fan base in Sweden and we look forward to even stronger growth in the future here and whereever the races are held. The feedback received is very encouraging,” said Sawaya.
The H.H Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival is organized to promote purebred Arabians in different parts of the world with the sponsors being by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority and co-ordinated by Abu Dhabi Sports Council in association with Emirates Racing Authority ,IFAHR and Emirates Arabian Horse Society, 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.