Reigning Ladies World Champion Wullschleger, Apprentice Jeonghee qualify for Abu Dhabi Championships
29 May 2016, Rome, Italy ~ Ziyadd, owned by HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, gained the win on the second leg of the 2016 Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup European Triple Crown, while reigning HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies World Champion Astrid Wullschleger added the win that might help defend her Championship title of 2015.
On Sunday, 29 May 2016, the Rome Capanelle racecourse played host to the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s Emirates Day meeting, highlighting three top Purebred Arabian horse races. Showing his championship breeding Ziyadd under Pierantonio Convertino galloped away with the Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup (Listed) race. The 4-year-old Bibi de Carrere colt out of Kahayla Classic winner Mizzna was the pre-race favorite, and the Antoine Watrigant-trained runner did not disappoint as he demolished the field of 9 challengers to win the 2400-metre race.
Ziyadd had finished fourth to Muraaqib in the first leg of the Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup European Triple Crown held in Toulouse in April, and with Sunday’s win leads the pack going into the final leg which will be held in Duindigt, The Netherlands, on 26 June 2016.
Al Janoob under Anna Pilroth led the pack only to run out of steam with about two furlongs to go as Ziyadd charged home. Lares De Pine, owned by the UAE’s Taleb bin Dhaheri finished third behind Al Janoob in the Euros 35,000 Listed race.
In the Euros 25,000 HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship race, 2015 World Champion Astrid Wullschleger of Switzerland scored a smart win on Mirko and ensured herself a spot in the final of this year’s Ladies Championship which will be held in November in Abu Dhabi.
Turriga under South Korea’s Lee Keumjoo led the field for most of the 1800-metre distance when Mirko under Wullschleger and Monnalisa under home favorite Jessica Marcialis took over. After a brief battle it was Mirko that romped home much to the disappointment of the Italians rooting for Monnalisa. Australian Cecily Eaton on Tabasco finished third in the 10-horse race.
If Keumjoo failed in her effort to make it a start-to-finish affair in the Ladies Championship race, her countryman Jeong Jeonghee did just that earlier in the day to win the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Apprentice World Championship race.
Riding the unbeaten Urge De Gallura, Jeonghee made every post a winning one in the Euros 30,000 race run over 1600-metres. The 24-year-old Jeonghee, who also has a win in seven starts in Australia, finished handily ahead of Italian Gabriele Cannarella on Triade while Moroccan Omar Lakjal on Urugano Di Chia was third.
“I have heard so much about Abu Dhabi through our Korean lady jockey who qualified for the final last year and I am so excited that I will experience that international feel this year. My trainer just asked me to trust in the horse and I did just third, the horse obliging in great fashion,” the Korean winner said.
The UAE Ambassador to Italy, HE Saqr Nasser Al Raisi along with many other UAE envoys and top racing officials who were here for the WAHRC, attended the races and gave away the trophies to the winners of the three races along with Ms Lara Sawaya, Executive Director of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, Chairperson of Int’l Federation of Horse Racing Academies (IFHRA) and Chairperson of Ladies & Apprentice Racing Committees in the International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authorities (IFAHR).
“This was a great debut for the Festival in Italy and we hope that it will trigger more interest in Purebred Arabians here,” Ms Sawaya said. “We congratulate HH Sheikh Mansoor on the victory of Ziyadd and this horse has the chance to become the new Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup European Triple Crown Winner. For the last four years it was Ameretto that won the European Triple Crown but this year we are likely to have a new champion.”
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, IPIC as Strategic Partner, 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 Al Aweer Stables, Ayadii LLC, Global United Veterinary Services LLC, Bloom, Petromal, Rise General Trading Co. LLC, Hayatna, 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, Dr Nader Saab Switzerland, 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 2016, Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Eastern Mangroves Suites-Abu Dhabi by Jannah, Anantara Eastern Mangroves Spa and Resort.