May 4, 2012 ~ Casablanca-Morocco: Chaoui, ridden by German rider, Nadine Gratz, virtually led from wire to the wire in the fourth round of the HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship (IFAHR) which took place at the Hippodrome De Casablanca-Anfa on Friday. Ould Marhoum finished second under Irish entrant, Linzi Dowdle, and behind came hot favorite Soufia in the hands of the young Qatari jockey, Khadija Al Bastaki.
“She’s a great mare,” said the delighted amateur jockey of her win. “Trainer Bencheikh Nabil told me to hold my mount not far away from the leading group in the early stages of the 2000m trip and Chadoui will do all the work in the home stretch. The mare picked up nicely and answered all my questions and held on impressively when attacked by the fast finishing Ould Marhoum close to home.”
The International Day of Purebred Arabian Horse kicked off early in the afternoon with the Prix Du Jockey Club of Turkey Handicap which was easily won by Tidiani Al Boraq in the hands of El Jaouhary Mhamed.
Yakhlef ridden by Zergane Thami, maintained her unbeaten run to land the Grand Prix De SAR Le Prince Moulay Rachid Handicap in great style.
Top French jockey Roberto Perez partnered Saudi mare Aawaj Al Khalidiah to win the Grand Prix De SAR Le Prince Moulay El Hassan Group-3 before he claimed a quick double to land the feature race of the afternoon, Grand Prix De SA Majestic Le Roi Mohammed VI Group-3 with Shaghmoom Al Khalidiyah. Both winners are trained by Mutlaq bin Mashref on behalf of Al Khalidiah Stables.
Lara Sawaya, director of the HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Racing Festival and head of women races at IFAHR, unveiled new surprises for the lady riders in the final round of the competition in Abu Dhabi taking place in November.
“All the 108 lady jockeys who take part in the nine rounds of the championship will be invited to attend the final round in Abu Dhabi in November. A second new Mercedes Benz will be drawn and a lucky jockey will drive home a luxurious automobile,” she confirmed.
According to Sawaya, HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs is giving all his support to the women’s sport and its positive impact on the whole society.
Adnan Sultan, director of Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club thanked HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan for his great support to the Arabian horse and women sport.
The HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival is organized by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority and co-ordinated by Abu Dhabi Sports Council in association with Emirates Arabian Horse Society and IFAHR, supported by General Authority for Youth and Sports and Fegentri with Emirates airlines as the official carrier and sponsored by Invest AD, Al Rashid Investment, Areej Al Ameerat, Mauzan, Al Awani General Enterprises, Kabale, the UAE’s General Women’s Union, the Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy, Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition 2012, Wathba Stud Farm and Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club.
The Casablanca-Anfa Racecourse was built in 1912 and is the oldest racecourse in Morocco. More about Morocco’s Casablanca-Anfa May 4 race :http://wp.me/p26iCL-T7