Trainer Lyakhov, jockey Kappushev register double
31 August 2018, Kazan, Tatarstan ~ Trainer A.A Lyakhov and ace jockey A. Kappushev scooped a brilliant double winning both the races under the banner of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival on Thursday, 30 August 2018, at the Kazan Hippodrome in Tatarstan’s capital city of Kazan.
Kappushev scored a fine win on Arab Queen in the Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup which carried a prize fund of €30,000 and had attracted the 13 Purebred Arabian horses.
Irbis under A.A Alberdiev finished second while in third place was Saladin ridden by D.D Sukhanov in the 1600-metre contest. The winning time was 1:52.51.
The ace jockey then rode another winner for trainer Lyakhov when Vasilevs won the €5000Wathba Stallions Cup open to 2-year-old Purebred Arabian horses. Vaselevs under Kappushev finished ahead of Convention ridden by Nikolay Ukhvanov and Tanks took third under Omurkhanov.
In the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s HH Sheikha Lateefa Bint Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan International Pony championship race, 19 young kids took part in the Kazan leg of the series.
Nine-year-old Nina Mozheva won the race and will now feature in the final of the pony race series which will be held in Abu Dhabi in November.
His Excellency Rustam Minnikhanov, President of the Republic of Tatarstan, HE Vasil Shaikhraziew, Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Tatarstan, Ms. Lara Sawaya, Executive Director of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, General Manager of Wathba Stallions, Chairperson of the International Federation of Horse Racing Academies (IFHRA), Chairperson of Ladies & Apprentice Racing Committees in the International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authorities (IFAHR) graced the races that was held to mark the Tatarstan National Day on August 30.
Ms Sawaya presented a badge carrying the image of the Late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan to HE Rustam and the Tatarstan President proudly sported it on his coat.
“It was a matter of great pride that the top leadership of Tatarstan attended the races. This year the UAE is celebrating the 100th birth anniversary of the Late Sheikh Zayed, a passionate promoter of Arabian horses. Once again the Purebred Arabian races under the Festival’s banner was a huge success and even the pony jockeys showed a lot of promise,” said Ms Sawaya.
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 carrier, in cooperation with Emirates Racing Authority, IFHRA, IFAHR, Emirates Arabian Horse Society, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abu Dhabi Youth Council, General Authority for Sports and sponsored by Ayadi LLC, Global United Veterinary Services LLC, Nissan Middleast Al Massood Automobiles, Nirvana Travels and Tourism LLC, Equicare Veterinary Services, Alawal Stud, Cavalos Equine Care & Supplies, SET Sustainable Environmental Technologies, Al Awani General Enterprises, Omeir Travels, Kabale, YAS Channel, Abu Dhabi Falconers Club, Emirates Falconers Club, Mohammed Bin Zayed Falconry and Desert Physiognomy School, 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 2018, Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Anantara Eastern Mangroves Spa and Resort.