10 June Duindigt, The Netherlands~Mirabella del Sol, owned and trainer Mr. G. T. Zoetelief and ridden by Stephen Hellyn won the Wathba Stud Farm Cup race on Sunday, the 5th in this year’s series organized by the HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival.
Mirabelle del Sol under Hellyn pipped Alligator Kossack, a horse owned and trained by Mr. H. G. A. Otermans with lady jockey Jadey Pietrasiewicz in the saddle.
Sakina de Faust ridden by Jan Palik was third while Shakia Dormala under Sabrina Wandt was fourth.
Mirabelle del Sol won the 8-horse race run over 1800 metres in 2:04.7.
Sunday’s Wathba Stud Farm Cup race is part of the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage’s (ADACH) HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Racing Festival and is the fifth such race to be held in The Netherlands.
Margaret j. de Ruiter one of the owner trainers in the race said, “The Wathba Stud Farm Cup race was held on the English Thoroughbred Derby Day and was watched by a huge crowd of Derby dressed visitors who enjoyed good sport at the century old Race Track.”
“Dutch owners and breeders expressed their gratitude for H. H. Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s Wathba Stud Farm Cup races and its support and enhancement for Arab Racing in our country,” she said.
The HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival’s Wathba Stud Farm Cup races are co-ordinated by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council and IFAHR and are staged with support from Invest AD, Areej Al Ameerat, La Sirene, the UAE’s General Women’s Union, Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition 2011, Wathba Stud Farm and Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club.