May 26, 2013, Warsaw, Poland ~ Trainer Maciej Malinowski saddled a 1-2 finish in the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s Wathba Stud farm Cup race held in Warsaw, Poland on Sunday (May 26).
Via Verdi Kossack (Marwan x Vesna), owned and trained by Malinowski, was ridden by Blazej Giedyk and finished ahead of stable mate Ganima (Sansal x Gruida), under Stephen Mazur to complete a great result for the trainer. Running third was Norisha Bint Narew (Towaresh x Natascha) under V. Popov for trainer M. Ramanowski.
His Excellency Asim Mirza Al Rahma, the UAE Ambassador to the Republic of Poland along with Ms Lara Sawaya, Director of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival and Head of International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authorities ( IFAHR) Ladies Racing gave away the trophies to the winning connections.
HE Al Rahma hailed the support of His Highness Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs and Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women’s Union, Supreme President of the Family Development Foundation (FDF) and Head of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood in promoting the Festival to boost Arabian horse racing.
“All the events staged by the Festival have created an impact on Arabian horse racing and Polish owners of Arabian horses have benefitted with the presence of these races here,” he said.
“The racing we witnessed today was of a high quality and the Wathba Stud farm Cup has become very popular with small owners with a few horses. The HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival will be back in August here in Poland to stage the Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup and the HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Ladies Championship (IFAHR) races,” Ms Sawaya said.
“In organising the HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival, Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority has the preservation of the UAE’s cultural heritage and traditions as its driving principal,” Mr. Mubarak Hamad Al Muhairi, Director General, Abu Dhabi Tourism& Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) said in a message.
The HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival is organized by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority and co-ordinated by Abu Dhabi Sports Council in association with Emirates Racing Authority, IFAHR and Emirates Arabian Horse Society, supported by General Authority for Youth and Sports Welfare and Fegentri with Emirates airlines as the official carrier and sponsored by Invest AD Arabtec Holding PJSC, Al Rashid Investment, Areej Al Ameerat, Al Awani General Enterprises, Kabale, Al Wathba Centre, the UAE’s General Women’s Union, the HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy, Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition 2013, Dr. Nader Saab Switzerland, Wathba Stud Farm, Al Wathba Center, Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Eastern Mangroves Hotel and SPA and Eastern Mangroves Suites-Abu Dhabi by Jannah and Galleries Lafayette.
~end Press Release