Labwah wins Wathba Stud Farm Cup
21 July 2015, Norway ~ The HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival made its debut in Norway with a Wathba Stud Farm Cup race in Ovrevoll earlier this month. Labwah, trained by Mrs. Pia Hoiom and ridden by Pers-Anders Graberg won the 1800-metre race in which seven Arabian horses took part.
Labwah (Asad Saif x Naama al Thaltha) finished a quarter-of-a-length ahead of Daraahem under Charlotte Goss with W Catchcash under Anna Pilroth in third place over four lengths behind. Labwah is owned by Iraqi Dr Mohammed Al Nujaifi and it was the sixth win in 22 starts.
The six-year-old Labwah, bred in Iraq, has been part of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival races since 2013 in Toulouse, France. Participating in the Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup in Ostend, Belgium, in 2014, Wathba Stud Farm Cup in Denmark (2014), and in 2015 before her win in Norway had taken part in the Wathba Stud farm Cup (Group 3) in Jagerspro, Sweden (4th to Gazel T), and had finished third to Mirabella del Sol in the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship race in Gardat, Stockholm, in Sweden on 6 June.
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), Chairperson of Ladies & Apprentice Racing Committees in the International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authorities (IFAHR) said it was a historic debut for the Festival in the Scandinavian country of Norway.
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 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 Invest AD, National Feed and Flour Production and Marketing Co. LLC, Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC), Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), 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 2015, Dr. Nader Saab Switzerland, Al Wathba Center, Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Eastern Mangroves Suites-Abu Dhabi by Jannah, Yas Channel, Omeir Travels, Racing Post and Laboratoires Fadia Karam Cosmetics.