4 May 2018, Sevilla, Spain ~ The action on the fourth day of the 9th edition of the World Arabian Horse Racing Forum will shift to racing in Sevilla and separately, the endurance circuit for the Year Of Zayed Race Day Program in Madrid.
On Saturday, May 5 the Festival will be staging the Year Of Zayed Race Day meeting at the Gran Hippodrome De L’Andalucia race course in Seville.
The Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup which will make history as Seville’s first ever Listed race will be run over a distance of 1500 metres and carries a prize fund of Euros 35,000.
The strong field of eight runners include Ajaayib, owned by HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Al Shamoos from Al Nujafi Racing and Al Nama from Al Shaqab Racing. The other runners are Diabolo Hipolyte, Amar, Domino de Maligne, Everest Hypolite and the Damien Watrigant-trained Dartianne.
The second of the three races slated for the day is the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Apprentice World Championship leg and seven runners will be in the fray in this 1900-metre contest. The race carries a prize fund of Euros 20,000 and the winner will be racing in the grand final on 9 November 2018 in Abu Dhabi.
The horses and Apprentice jockeys are: Al May’youb under Belgian Sanne de Ceulaer, Injal under Oman’s Saif Al Balushi, Sandeed under Germany’s Melanie Ehm, Al Neksh under Hunagrian Huszar Korinna, El Abid under Irish Apprentice Sophie Ralston, Haramil under Turkey’s Mahson Turan and Electra de Faust under UK’s Jack Osborn.
The third race under the Festival’s umbrella is the opening leg of the 10-race newly-added HH Sheikha Lateefa Bint Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Pony International race series.