July 24, Berlin~ Four-year-old Sartejano (Dormane x Serafina) gamely led the field to win the 2000m Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival’s Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup (Listed) race in a time of 2:17:04 in front of nearly 15,000 spectators at Berlin’s Hoppegarten race course.
Owned and trained by Dorothy Dorenberg from the Netherlands and under the able hands of jockey Dominique Boeuf, Sartejano stole the win from favorite, Poulain Kossack (Nougatin x Pengalia Kossack) ridden by Eduardo Pedroza, second to finish in the field of 12. Athlete Del Sol followed for third place. Poulain Kossack, Bachi Bouzouk and Athlete del Sol have traded wins in the 2000m category since Spring on the race courses of Europe.
Dorenberg also ran Lillij Ann, who won the April 17 Presidents Cup at Hoppengarten, but it was not her day, and the five year old came in ninth in the field.
“Sartejano has benefited by running in two of the Wathba Stud Farm Cup races where he came ninth [in Duindigt] and fourth [in Sweden],” said Dorenberg. “Thanks to those races organised by Shaikh Mansour’s Festival now my horse has gone on to win the bigger Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup (Listed) race.”
6 Serouda Du Breuil (Dormane x Jamaa Du Breuil)
5 Bachi Bouzouk (Pepe le Mocco x Fifine Appapalou)
2 Poulain Kissack (Nougatin x Pengalia Kossack)
10 Eris Al Nath ( Pepe le Mocco x Inschalla)
7 Omni D.A. ( Ircalan D.A. x haliyana El Kendal)
12 Padishak (Baron of Tersk x Palanga)
8 Sayf (Kesberoy x Solonge)
9 Lillij Ann (Makfoul Du Breuil x Ludmillah)
3 Athlete Del Sol ( Dormane x A la Volee)
11 Phraseur Kossack
1 Sartejano (Dormane x Serafina)
4 Vasillij (Prince d’Orient x Vamlana)
Mohammad Ahmad Mahmoud, UAE Ambassador to Germany, hailed the success of race during the prize distribution ceremony. “This festival is a huge success and it is building a bridge not in economic or political matters but in culture and tradition,” he said. “Arabian racing is huge here in Germany and this festival aims at lifting that to a new level.”
Abdullah Al Qubaisi, director of communications at the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage said: “This debut race in Berlin is another addition to the historic venues that have hosted the Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup races. To be held on the same day when this historic race course welcomed back a Group One race for the first time since 1944 is itself a great boost to Arabian racing.”
Lara Sawaya, director of the Shaikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival, said: “Almost every inch of space in front of the stands was occupied and the Berlin fans got a good taste of top class racing.”