18 September 2017, Warwick, Queensland ~ Djehlbi, one of Australia’s top Purebred Arabian horses, once again showed his mettle when he made a winning comeback in the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s Wathba Stallions Cup at the Warwick race track in Queensland on the Saturday, 16 September 2017.
Eight horses started in the race and Djehlbi, (Dehlbi (FR) x Djelica (FR)), owned and trained by Michelle Amos, scored a smart win under jockey Isabella Teh.
Djehlbi, a horse still showing stamina and speed, posted an official time of 1.23.42 on his return to the race track after a year off. He is reputed to be the fastest Purebred Arabian in Australia.
The battle for second and third was keenly fought with Aloha Illusional under Jill Colwell and Ausden Prince Mahal under Debra Pickford. Aloha Illusional finally won by a head to take second over third, Ausden Prince Mahal.
The Warwick Turf Club hosted the Wathba Stallions Cup on the Allora Cup Day with Secretary Kristen Doyle and President Phillip Grant taking part in the presentations.
This was another race day success for Arabian race horses with Australasian Arabian Racing Club Inc (AARC) dedicated to racing in Queensland, Australia. AARC president, Mr. Jeff Ablett, noted this occurred at a time when AARC was also honored to be invited to attend the ADIHEX Exhibition in Abu Dhabi in the UAE.
AARC Secretary Christine Ablett has been introduced to the incredible Arabian Culture, Food, Falconry, Camels and Ponies and Christine was given the opportunity to meet and interact with other Arabian horse owners and breeders from all over the world, thanks to the HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival.
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.
photos: Sue Crockett