Sheikh Zayed Cup 2017 starts in Switzerland
12 February 2017, St Moritz, Switzerland ~ The premier race series of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival – the Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup – begins on the snow tracks of the frozen lake at St Moritz, Switzerland on Sunday, 12 February.
Eight horses including past Festival winners contest the mile distance (1600 metres) on the snow tracks which will once again prove the versatility of the Purebred Arabian horse.
Dutch trainer Karin Van den Bos will again compete with her two champion racers, Athlete Del Sol under Alexander Pietsch and Alibaba Del Sol under Daniel Porcu.
Trainer Michal Borkowski also has a pair of runners in Estarion under Nicolas Guilbert and Esid in Zamour under Bauyrzhan Murzabayev.
Also Swiss trainer Mrs Franziska Aeschbacher has the remaining four runners forming a creditable competition for the big prize on Sunday. Aeschbacher’s runners include Nil Ashal under Tim Burgin, Nil Aziz under Vaclav Janacek, Nil Kamla under Raphael Lingg and Nil Alamoon under Astrid Wullschleger. Astrid Wullschleger was a winner of the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship final winner two years ago (2015).
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 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 2017, Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Eastern Mangroves Suites-Abu Dhabi by Jannah, Anantara Eastern Mangroves Spa and Resort.
Photo: Renntag des White Turf in St. Moritz am 14. February 2016
swiss-image.ch/Photo Andy Mettler