13 November line up includes 2015 winner Kalino, US Triple Jewel champion Paddys Day for Euros 1.2m race
24 October, Abu Dhabi, UAE ~ The second running of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s Euros 1.2 million Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup Crown Jewel-IPIC (Group 1) – the richest race in the world for Purebred Arabian horses running on 13 November 2016 – has once again attracted the top Purebred Arabians now racing.
Kalino, the winner of the inaugural edition in 2015, will be back to defend his title, as will be that race’s second and third placed Sahabba and Thakif, according to the final list of runners announced by Ms. Lara Sawaya, Executive Director of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, Chairperson of the Int’l Federation of Horse Racing Academies (IFHRA) and Chairperson of Ladies & Apprentice Racing Committees in the International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authorities (IFAHR).
Apart from the 1-2-3 finishers of the 2015 race, strong contender Al Mourtajez(FR), the 2016 Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup US Triple Crown winner Paddys Day (US), and AF Mathmoon (UAE)- the 2016 Dubai Kahayla Classic winner, are also in the fray.
The 1,600-metre contest to be run as part of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival’s ‘One World, 6 Continents’ extravaganza, also features top Purebred Arabian Sylvine Al Maury, Sand Victor (US), Thess Is Awesome (US), Loraa(FR), Bigg N Rich (US), Abhaar, RB Burn (US), Faucon Du Loup, Mabrooka(FR), and AF Tawaq (UAE).
Reserve horses are Djet Taouy (Oman), RB So Rich (US), recent arrival from the US, Uptown Danny’s Boy and Al Bastoon.
HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship
The list of lady riders for the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship (IFAHR) final includes defending champion Astrid Wullschleger of Switzerland. Austria’s Manuela Slamanig, Belgium’s Anna van den Troost and Sara Vermeersch, Ingrid Grard of France, Germany’s Monique Luebcke, Ireland’s Nora Looby, Cindy Klinkenberg from The Netherlands, Norway’s Silja Storen, Poland’s Joanna Wyrzyk, Great Britain’s Alice Mills and Catherine Walton and Sweden’s Yasmine Nilsson – all winners of various legs of the 2016 HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship races. Apart from the above 13 winners of 2016, Japan’s Nanako Fujita, Morocco’s Bouchra Marmoul and Sweden’s Malin Holmberg complete the 16-strong line-up for the final.
HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Apprentice World Championship
In the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Apprentice World Championship series qualifiers held in 2016, the following six Apprentice jockeys won and qualified: South Korean Jeong Jeonghee in Rome, Italy; Italian Apprentice jockey Daniel Scipioni won in Copenhagen, Denmark; Bahrain’s Ali Al Shuwaikh won in Warsaw, Poland, Belgium’s Emilie Goudman won in Kazan in Tatarstan, Puerto Rican Evin Roman won in Lingfield Park, United Kingdom and Kersley Ramsamy from Mauritius won the final leg in Tarbes, France.
The other ten Apprentice jockeys who will feature in the 13 November final are: Australia’s Dylan Dunn, Brazil’s Dailey Milan, Christakis Panteli of Cyprus, Lauro Grosso of France, Germany’s Esther Weissmeier, Great Britain’s Rowan Scott, Jordan’s Milly Naseb, Oman’s Yahya Al Hamdani, South Africa’s Lyle Hewitson and American Corey Mongan.
“We are in top gear as we prepare to welcome the horse racing fraternity for the ‘One World, 6 Continents’ extravaganza in Abu Dhabi from 7-14 November 2016. The world’s cream of Purebred Arabian horses are in the 16-strong line-up for feature event on November 13 – the Euros 1.2 million Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup Crown Jewel-IPIC (Group 1) – the richest race in the world for Purebred Arabian horses,” said Ms Sawaya. “The suspense has ended and now all the connections of the 16 horses will begin their final preparations and we will be extending all support to the runners that arrive from outside the UAE.”
“The response to the Ladies and Apprentice race finals from Owners and Trainers has been very encouraging and even these two races will be of the highest international class,” she finished.
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, IPIC as Strategic Partner, The National Archives as the official partner and Emirates airline as the official carriers, in cooperation with Emirates Racing Authority, IFAHR, Emirates Arabian Horse Society, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, General Authority of Youth and Sports Welfare and sponsored by Al Aweer Stables, Ayadii LLC, Global United Veterinary Services LLC, Bloom, Petromal, Rise General Trading Co. LLC, Hayatna, Wathba Stallions, Abu Dhabi Falconers Club, Emirates Falconers Club, Mohamed Bin Zayed Falconry and Desert Physiognomy School, Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), Al Awani General Enterprises, Kabale, Omeir Travels, Dr Nader Saab Switzerland, Laboratories Fadia Karam Cosmetics, YAS Channel, 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 2016, Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Eastern Mangroves Suites-Abu Dhabi by Jannah, Anantara Eastern Mangroves Spa and Resort.