Sheikh Mansoor’s horses in 1-2 finish in Sheikh Zayed Cup in Frankfurt

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 August 14, FRANKFURT, Germany: It was a 1-2 finish for   HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs,  in the Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival’s Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup (Listed) race held at the Frankfurt race course on Sunday.

Three year-old Naseem,   ridden by Alexandre Gavilan and trained by D Guillemin, surged ahead to win by a length from Thakif, ridden by Charles Nora and trained by J.P. Totain . Magua finished half-a-length behind third. The winning time was 1:47.14.

Thakif, also owned by Sheikh Mansoor had looked extremely strong  until the  final few meters of the 1600 race.

“This is the second win  for   Naseem after the Qatar Cup in June and I knew I was going to win today  as  my horse is in fine form,”  said   jockey Gavilan.


Khalid Bin Ghalaitah Al Mehairi, Manager of UAE Embassy Office in Bonn, Lara Sawaya, director of   Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival,   Adnan Sultan Al Nuaimi, director general of Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Stephen Bowey, Executive Director (marketing) of Invest AD and German Racing Officials participated in the prize distribution.

“Horse racing is a huge passion in Germany as it is in the UAE and thanks to HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s  initiative   Arab horses have become subject of interest among the breeders and Arab horse racing enthusiasts from all over the world. This was   the second   of the  two races    organised in Germany after the Berlin event, last month,” he said.   Arabian racing is gaining momentum in this part of the world   and we are getting lot of calls in our offices   from genuine Arabian horse enthusiasts to know more about this breed and other details,” said Al Mehairi.

Abdullah Al Qubaisi, Communication Director   of  Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH)  said: “Flat racing has a global following and Arabian purebred horses have been consistently successful at prestigious race meeting world over and it is our objective to raise global awareness about their speed and stamina among the true lovers of this sport.”

Ms Lara Sawaya, Director of HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival said it was a thrilling race in which   HH  Sheikh Mansoor’s    Naseem and Thakif   secured the top spots in  front of  a packed grand stand.

Sawaya outlined the achievements of the series since its inception saying that it had boosted UAE’s reputation worldwide as a leading promoter of Arabian horses.

Sawaya said preparations  are   already underway for the 2012     Sheikh Mansoor  Bin Zayed  Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival and one of the highlight’s will be the  HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Fegentri Cup which  will take place in Newbury, UK  next year with a  handsome prize money of 20000£,  which is  scheduled for  May 18 next year.

The  Festival is being  organized by the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage and co-ordinated by Abu Dhabi Sports Council in association with Emirates Arabian Horse Society 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.

Photo by Morhaf Al Assaf

Caption: Khalid Bin Ghalaitah Al Mehairi (centre)  presents the jockey’s award  to Alexandre Gavilan  in the presence of     Lara Sawaya,  Stephen   Bowey,    Adnan Sultan Al Nuaimi (with the Cup), and German racing officials at the Frankfurt racecourse on Sunday.



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