HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival’s three races to dominate Dutch meeting

Poulain Kossack and Ameretto in duel to the finish in May Hoppegarten race

Poulain Kossack and Ameretto in duel to the finish in May Hoppegarten race

June 22, 2013, Duindigt, Holland ~ PRESS RELEASE   Exciting racing on the cards in Duindigt on Sunday, June 23

The HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival is  set to dominate Sunday’s (June 23) racing at the historic Duindigt race course in The Netherlands with three top quality races.

The Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Arabian Cup  (Group 3) race, the HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship IFAHR for lady jockeys and the Wathba Stud Farm Cup races will be worked off on the turf course in Duindigt and an exciting race day with some great rivalries in European Arabian racing is on the cards.

Poulain Kossack, a winner in Duindigt in the Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup here in 2011 will be looking to make up for his 6th place finish here last year. The 7-year-old bay has already won the Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Listed Cup in Berlin in May and last month followed it up with another Listed Cup win here last month.

Poulain Kossack, Ameretto and Sartejano had finished 1-2-3 both in Berlin in May and in the Listed Cup race here last month and will once again renew their rivalry. Ameretto and Sartejano have also won the Festival’s big races and the three are set to make this 1900- metre contest for a prize fund of Euros 25,000 an exciting battle with six other runners.

An equally interesting contest is on the cards in the HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship IFAHR, a series for lady jockeys.

The horses and lady jockeys in the 1800-metre race are Athlete Del Sol (Erika Edvardsson), Chimco D.A (Leonie Vethaak), Lillil Ann (Miss R. Dang), Magnifique, Mirabelle del Sol (Ms S de la Calle), Parma T (N. Waidacher), Phraseur Kossack (Ms M. Kucharikova), Sadiq (Ms S. Ahern), Sankado (Ms E. Toth) and Senna O.A (Ms Veronica Aske).

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The HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s third race of the day is the highly popular Wathba Stud Farm Cup series which aims to promote Arabian horse racing at the grass root level.

Nine horses have entered for this race including Alibaba Del Sol, Alzain, Derham, Detroit, Eausterlitz, Pandoro, Plastin, Tidoubia and Zam Zam.

Commenting on the UAE’s  role in Sunday’s racing in Duindigt, HE Mubarak Al Muhairi, Director General, Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority said, “Earlier this month we witnessed the huge success of the Fourth World Arabian Horse Racing Conference and the two races in Toulouse apart from the success achieved over the last few years. All this has been possible due to the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs.”

Noura Khalifa Al Suwaidi, Director of the Emirates General Women’s Association and Chairperson of UAE Women’s Sport said the success of the series for lady jockeys was a matter of great pride for the UAE. “The support and backing of 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 has ensured this series makes a huge impact on women in sport,” she said.

“We are glad to announce that the Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC) have joined us to support the initiatives of HH Sheikh Mansoor and Her Highness Sheikha Fatima,” said Ms Lara Sawaya, Director of 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.

“This support reflects the success of the Festival over the past four years and now in the fifth year. The Netherlands is an important venue for Purebred Arabian racing and we are looking forward to a fascinating contest in the three races being run under the umbrella of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival,” Ms Sawaya added.

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 Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC), 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 Racing Post.

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