May 17, 2012, London, England ~ Veronika Aske from Norway riding Muhal (Amer x Babelia) was the proud winner of the fifth round of the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship (IFAHR) race held on Saturday, May 19, at Newbury Racecourse.
The field of 12 left in a tight bunch but did not prove much of a challenge for the leader of the amateur jockey pack, as Aske was well placed and led from mid pack. Down the backstretch she was hard pressed by Ireland’s plucky, Jane Foley riding Andaleeb (Newday x Gagarka), but Muhal refused to give way keeping his nose in front under the wire.
Aske, who works in horse racing television in Norway said while receiving her gold trophy, “He was such a nice ride, going to the gate I could see he was something special and he was enjoying the audience attention.”
Aske has also competed as an amateur in Spain and the USA. She said, “You get to meet so many fantastic people and all the girls are amazing. It is a privilege to be invited to compete in this series.”
The first time many of the amateur lady riders had seen their mounts was in the saddling paddock on race day. This was a “hands and heels” race, meaning no use of the whip unless it was to keep out of danger.
Each rider, a member of their amateur racing club in their home country, had been recommended for this Championship series, one of ten around the globe that is supported by the HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival and a special project by HH Sheikh Fatima bint Mubarak, who is a great advocate of women’s rights and premier projects world wide.
Aske will be invited to attend the Championship series finale in Abu Dhabi.
Ms. Lara Sawaya, Director of the Sheikh Mansour Festival as well as Director of IFAHR Ladies Racing said, “A professional lady jockey will be invited to compete in each series of the ten rounds which will end in Abu Dhabi in November, where one of the 108 invited girls will go home with the gift of a Mercedes Benz.”
Veronika Aske from Norway riding Muhal (Amer x Babelia)
Jane Foley from Ireland riding Andaleeb (Newday x Gagarka)
Manuela Slamanig from Austrial riding Silaah (Fadjik x Danise)
Nicole Schlatter from Switzerland riding Altesse Kossack (Marwan x Azedine)
Stephanie Husser from France riding Whisper (The Wiking x Sucha)
Amy Lyn Mullen from the USA riding Syrah Gris (Khoutoubia x Akara De Syrah)
Tjarda Van Den Broek Humphreij from the Netherlands riding Jamaahir ( Makzan x Tikis Tiffany)
Annelie Hollstenius riding Katwalk (Makzan x CS Shamal)
Shathra Al Hajjaj from the UAE riding Our Princess (Prince Dormant x Balladore)
Anna Wallace of Great Britain riding Al Mamoon (Passem Lotois (FR) – Al Hanoof)
Azhar Al Wardi from Oman riding Senor Doublecheck (Bengali D’Albret x Mais)
Silke Bruggemann from German riding Virath (Virgule Al Maury x Star Path)
Full Results:Newbury 19.05.12
The large crowd in attendance also enjoyed the race of Thoroughbred superstar, Frankel, as he delivered on the promise of another win at the JLT Lockinge Stakes (G1). Owned by Sir Henry Cecil, the colt made it ten for ten with as many career starts, finishing five lengths clear of Irish raider Excelebration to record his sixth Group One success. Named after the late American trainer Bobby Frankel, he is owned by Prince Khalid Abdullah of Saudi Arabia.
Welcomed to the UK by the Newbury Race Course and the Arabian Racing Organization (ARO), the sixth race in the series will be held at Berlin-Hoppegarten race course on June 10.