Craon, 2 September ~ THE HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival’s Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan – Prix Cheri Bibi will take place on Saturday (September 3) at the Craon Hippodrome, France
Reserved for three-year olds, the prize money on offer is Euro 20,000.
Six horses have entered the Group 2 PA race and the distance to cover on grass is 2,200 meters. The race, the second in the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival series in France, this year, after the Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Prix Carthage-Hannnibal in Toulouse, is also the eighth in this year’s HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Racing Festival’s Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup race series.
Leading the six-horse field is Aakif, owned by HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs. Trained by T.R. Litt, the three-year-old will be ridden by Arnaud Bourgeais. Ghalib, to be ridden by Christophe Soumillon, is another Sheikh Mansoor-owned horse and is trained by Jean Francois Bernard. Though the two are the favourites, strong challenges are expected to come Magua, the horse, finished third in the Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup (Listed) race held in Frankfurt, last month.
Un’art, Chimco and Checker are other horses in the fray.
Abdullah Al Qubaisi, Director of Communications, Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH) said: “The Arabian horse has a significant presence in the UAE’s culture and heritage and in this contest we are committed to strengthen it thanks to HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affaires’ effort in promoting Purebred Arabians by hosting races in various parts of the world.”
Ms Lara Sawaya, Director of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival said: “The Festival was organized for the first time in 2009 with few races and it has grown in stature. This year it has witnessed the debut of Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Fegentri Cup in the Netherlands.”
“The passion for horses on the Arabian peninsula was and still is being transferred from generation to generation. The history of horse riding is centuries-old and our objective is to raise global awareness of this aspect among those who are involved in this sport,” said Ms Sawaya adding that the Saturday’s race guarantees an exciting one.
Stephen Bowey, executive director (marketing) of Invest AD said “We have been supporting HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Racing Festival’s races for quite some time and we are pleased to be working to achieve his initiative in promoting Arabian horses globally.”
Ali Al Mulla, chairman of Areej Al Ameerat said: “Arabian horses have been appearing on the French racetracks since the mid nineties and it has gained further momentum with the Festival’s races.
Mirna Youness of La Sirene stated: “Arabian horses have become a subject of interest of breeders from all over the world and all thanks go to HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan for his excellent support.
The HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival is organised by the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH) and co-ordinated by Abu Dhabi Sports Council in association with Emirates Arabian Horse Society with support from Invest AD, Areej Al Ameerat, La Sirene, the UAE’s General Women’s Union, Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition 2011, Wathba Stud Farm and Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club.