Victoria Allers partnered Nahee to land the sixth round of the HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak World Ladies Championship and Jean-Baptise Hamel brought Sir Bani Yas home in the fourth round of the Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup at the Hippodrome de Toulouse
April 18, 2014, Toulouse, France ~ Norwegian lady jockey Victoria Allers partnered Nahee to land the sixth round of the HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak World Ladies Championship as the top French jockey Jean-Baptise Hamel brought Sir Bani Yas home in the fourth round of the Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup at the Hippodrome de Toulouse on Friday April 18 night racing.
The two events were held under the directives of the HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs as part of the HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, and were part of a 7 race card.
“Nahee is a great mare and she surprised me,” said a jubilant young lady after claiming the sixth spot in the grand finale of the world’s richest ladies horse race to be held in Abu Dhabi later in November. “She just took off when the starter said go, and she responded well when I asked her in the straight. My effort was to make her settle behind the leading pair and in the concluding two furlongs when I shook the reins she picked up impressively,” the Norwegian amateur jockey said later.
The winner covered the mile distance in 1.44.35 seconds and prevailed by more than two lengths before being eased near post. Trained by Jean-Pierre Totain in France, the mare by Bibi de Carrere is owned by HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
Also ran: Vulcain des Vialettes (Alexandra Bihari); Amaan (Eva Marie Herresthal); Vedette de Lagrimodi (Gaelle Gernay); Haydar al Khalediah (Nadine Ford); Aurhein (Azar Al Wardi); Formai Al Maury (Ingrid Grard); Jadeer (Jessica Marcialis)
Later in the evening, top French jockey Jean-Baptise Hamel rode Sir Bani Yas to land the fourth round of the Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup in great style. The four-year-old son of Amer settled at the tail of the compact field as stable companion Abu Alabyad set a steady pace under J-B Eyquem before the Frenchman pushed the button to emerge the easiest of winners on the line. Sir Bani Yas won by a length and a quarter ahead of the Qatari contender Al Saklawiya. Sir Bani Yas (Amer x Baher by Elios de Carrere) covered the mile and a quarter distance in 02.14.37 seconds.
Trainer Jean-Francois Bernard for His Highness the President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan commented on Sir Bani Yas: “He’s a progressive kind of horse and there’s more to come from him. Sir Bani Yas is a tough battler and strong stayer and we expect to show the best of him in the big challenges ahead.”
But Bernard declined to set a target for his colt saying that everything depends on how he would come out of the trip pointing out that there are many options open for him. “We are at the beginning of the season, but the World Cup would be one of the obvious targets,” he said.
Lara Sawaya, director of the HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival and chairman of the Ladies Racing Committee in the International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authority (IFAHR) said: “I don’t think things could be better, and Toulouse is another great success for the HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival which is growing bigger and bigger thanks to the directives of HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan and the generous patronage of HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Mother of the UAE.”
The HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival is organized by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority and coordinated by Abu Dhabi Sports Council in association with Emirates Racing Authority, IFAHR and Emirates Arabian Horse Society, supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs , the General Authority of Youth and Sports Welfare with Arabtec Holding PJSC as the Official Partner and Emirates airline as the official carriers and sponsored by Invest AD, Tourism Development& amp; Investment Company (TDIC), Al Rashid Investment, Al Awani General Enterprises, Kabale, Al Wathba Centre, the UAE General Women Union, the HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy, Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition 2014, Dr. Nader Saab Switzerland, Al Wathba Center, Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Eastern Mangroves Suites-Abu Dhabi by Jannah, Abu Dhabi Sports Channel and Racing Post.