Sluzewiec Group 3 Won by Reznikov on Shannon Queen

Warsaw's home favorite Ireneusz Wojcik on Salman Al Khalediah won the Apprentice Championship

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21 August 2017, Warsaw, Poland ~ Alexander Reznikov on Shannon Queen won the Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan-Nagroda Europy- Group 3, one of three races held under the umbrella of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival at the Sluzewiec racecourse in Warsaw, Poland, on Sunday, 20 August 2017.

Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan-Nagroda Europy- Group 3

Despite the rain a large crowd of racing fans were on hand as Shannon Queen ridden by Alexander Reznikov finished first in the 2600-metre Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan-Group 3, a little over a length ahead of Shahad Athbah under Sergey Vasyutov, with a head separating third in, Mogadiusz ridden by Szeczepan Mazur. The winning time was: 03:22.4

HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship

Csenge Sutak on Echaruna in the lead

The HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship race turned out to be the most exciting event of the meeting as Csenge Sutak, the 25-year-old from Hungary and one of the two professionals in the line-up and UK’s Joanna Mason were involved in a close contest all the way to the wire.

Sutak was mounted on Echaruna and Extremo was under Mason as the two left the rest of the field far behind while they took over the race. Sutak and Echaruna hit the front first but was joined by Mason and Extremo midway through. For a short while Mason and Extremo forged ahead but the professional in Sutak fought back, and after a stride-for-stride battle down the stretch, Sutak emerged the winner by half a length.

A further 15 lengths behind in third was the other professional, Swiss jockey Cheryl Schoch on Addis. The winner took 2.18.03 to cover the 1800 metre distance.

HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Apprentice World Championship

Poland's Wojcik winning the Apprentice race

Poland’s Wojcik winning the Apprentice race

The HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Apprentice World Championship race run over 1400 metres brought the crowd to their feet as they cheered home local favorite Ireneusz Wojcik on Salman Al Khalediah. The Polish 21-year-old won the 7-furlong contest finishing four lengths ahead of UK’s Jonathan Fisher on Jafeel Athbah. Dirham under Germany’s Melina Ehm finished almost 10 lengths behind Jafeel Athbah.

HE Dr. Yousif Eisa Hassan AlSabri, UAE Ambassador to Poland, Ms. Lara Sawaya, Executive Director of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, Chairperson of the International Federation of Horse Racing Academies (IFHRA) and Chairperson of Ladies & Apprentice Racing Committees in the International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authorities (IFAHR) and General Manager of Wathba Stallions and Ahmed Al Qubaisi, Director of Marketing and Communication at the Abu Dhabi Sports Council attended the races and gave away the trophies.

The HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival is sustained by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority and coordinated by Abu Dhabi Sports Council, with National Feed and Flour Production and Marketing Co. LLC as associate sponsors, The National Archives as the official partner and Emirates airline as the official carriers, in cooperation with Emirates Racing Authority, IFAHR, Emirates Arabian Horse Society, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, General Authority of Youth and Sports Welfare and sponsored by Ayadi LLC, Global United Veterinary Services LLC, Wathba Stallions, Abu Dhabi Falconers Club, Emirates Falconers Club, Mohamed Bin Zayed Falconry and Desert Physiognomy School, Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), Al Awani General Enterprises, Kabale, Omeir Travels, Laboratories Fadia Karam Cosmetics, YAS Channel, Racing Post, Paris Turf, Al Wathba Centre, the UAE’s General Women’s Union, The Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy, Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition 2017, Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Eastern Mangroves Suites-Abu Dhabi by Jannah, Anantara Eastern Mangroves Spa and Resort.

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