August 5, 2012 Newbury Race Course UK ~Newbury Wathba Stud Farm Cup Premier Handicap Stakes for Purebred Arabians hit the seventh round in the UK on Sunday August 5.
Details: 10F on Turf 3 yrs old and up 2000m €6,000 prize money and bonus for the winning breeder of the first horse past the post registered to a UK breeder with fewer than five active broodmares.
A top field of 13 horses was in contention and the honors went to Verdora in the winning time of 02:25:42.
Verdora (Dormane x Vert Galante under the able hands of Irish jockey, Jim Crowley, trained by DM Batteate and owned by Mr. JD Kippen. The added prize for breeder went to Mr. & Mrs. J Kippen.
Zaaqya (Al Sakbe x Sophie Du Loup), ridden by Tadhg O’Shea was the going in favorite but was not quite able to withstand the charge. Zaaqya is trained by Gillian Duffield and owned by HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin R Al Maktoum.Sophia (Kerbella x Solonge) with Thomas Garner up and trained and owned by B. Deutrom made it in for third place.
The HH Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival is organised to promote purebred Arabians in the world. Sponsors are the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority. It is co-ordinated by Abu Dhabi Sports Council in association with Emirates Racing Authority, IFAHR and Emirates Arabian Horse Society, supported by the General Authority for Youth and Sports and Fegentri with Emirates Airline as the official carrier and is sponsored by Invest AD, Al Rashid Investment, Areej Al Ameerat, Mauzan, AlAwani 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.
Photos by Morhaf Al Assaf