14 June 2015, Belgium ~ Nobas D.A ridden by Bart de Koninck won the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival‘s Wathba Stud Farm Spring Cup, run on 10 June at the Hippodrome de Wallonie in Ghlin, Belgium.
The 1500-metre race which attracted nine runners was the second of the three Wathba Stud Farm Cup races to be held in Ghlin, under the Festival of His Highness Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan to boost Arabian racing at the grassroots level.
Nobas won by three-fourths of a length in 1:47.26 with a neck separating the second from third.
The top three finishing horses were all bred by Johan Verstepen’s Dijckhoeve Arabians.
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, 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 and Racing Post.