HH Sheikha Fatima Ladies Race To Spice up Caulfield’s Australian Day meeting

Australia National Day Celebraton at Caulfield Racecourse in Victoria

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Sweden’s Anna Pilroth on Keisha winning Australia’s 2015 HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Championship race

24 January 2016, Melbourne, Australia ~  Tuesday’s, 26 January  Caulfield races will have the benefit of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship (IFAHR) race on the day.

This Australian leg of the Ladies Championship is the second of the series in 2016, and nine lady jockeys from around the globe will be in the fray on Purebred Arabian horses in the 1600-metre contest.

The horses and riders in Tuesday’s battle for a slice of the Euros 30,000 ($32,400USD- $43,500AUD) are:
Cava under Serena Brotherton from United Kingdom
Aloha Thee Desperado under Nathalie Johnsson from Sweden
Prince Charming FF under Sheila Ahern from Ireland
Coolinda Park Winston under Mina You from South Korea – professional
Zehn under Solange Gourdain from France
Warrawee Naaziq under Cindy Klinkenberg from The Netherlands
Ethereal Park Solette under Lauren Stojakovic from Australia– professional
Cromarty Park Zataal under Edina Toth from Hungary
Justice For All MI under Eva Maria Herresthal from Germany

Two jockeys in the line-up include professionals – Australia’s Lauren Stojakovic, the first woman to win the Blue Diamond, and Mina You from South Korea.Dutch jockey Cindy Klinkenberg rides the favorite Warrawee Naaziq, owned and trained by Kim Noble. The 11-year-old is a winner of four of his 8 starts. Six of the nine horses are making their debut and Cromarty Park Zataal under Edina Toth from Hungary is one of them doing so at 16 years of age.

Ms Lara Sawaya, Executive Director of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, Chairperson of the International Federation of Horse Racing Academies (IFHRA) and Chairperson of Ladies & Apprentice Racing Committees in the International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authorities (IFAHR) said the Festival was proud to be staging the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship (IFAHR) race in Australia.

“Caulfield Racecourse is a prestigious racing centre in Australia and to be staging the Festival’s race as part of the Australia Day, which is the Australian National Day on January 26, will give Purebred Arabian racing and the lady jockeys a great boost.”

“When Michelle Payne became the first lady jockey to win the Melbourne Cup last year, the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival also shared in the historic victory as Payne had taken part in the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship (IFAHR) race earlier.”

“The previous races held here in Australia have been a huge success and coming and competing here is a tremendous opportunity and experience for the lady jockeys. We thank the Melbourne Racing Club for this as we look forward to this race.”

Tuesday marks Australia’s National Day, a large holiday crowd is expected at the races. An added attraction is a free raffle draw on the sidelines of the race during which an all-expense paid trip to Abu Dhabi and other prizes such as IPads and Iphones are on offer.

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, in cooperation with Emirates Racing Authority, IFAHR, Emirates Arabian Horse Society, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, General Authority of Youth and Sports Welfare with The National Archives as the official partner and Emirates airline as the official carriers and sponsored by Ayadi, Bloom, Petromal, Rise General Trading Co. LLC, Hayatna, Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), Al Awani General Enterprises, Kabale, 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 2016, Dr. Nader Saab Switzerland, Al Wathba Center, Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Eastern Mangroves Suites-Abu Dhabi by Jannah, Yas Channel, Omeir Travels, Racing Post, Paris Turf and Laboratories Fadia Karam Cosmetics.

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