March 12, 2013, Mansfield, Australia, Release ~ The HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival made its presence felt in three continents this week to continue on its mission to promote Purebred Arabian racing.
As in every Sunday race meeting in Abu Dhabi the Wathba Stud Farm Cup, the race was held while in the US the Festival played host to the Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup (Group 2) race and the HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship (IFAHR) race at the Sam Houston Race Park in Houston, Texas on Saturday night (March 9).
Down Under the Festival’s Wathba Stud Farm Cup was run at Mansfield in Victoria on Sunday, March 10 with Warrawee Naaziq once again emerging as the champion Arabian in Australia. Warrawee Naaziq (Trystan Bobbi Dazzlah x Warrawee Naadiq) was also the 2012 winner of the Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup at Moonee Valley racetrack and the Shadwell Arabian Mile at Caulfield. Kim Noble, the owner, trainer and jockey steered Warrawee Naaziq to a great finish in a close battle with Coolinda Park Dance With Me, owned and trained by Anthony Mountney and ridden by Samara Johnston, and stablemate Majelica under Aaron Sweeney, giving the winner a strong challenge in the 1750-metre race.
The three were involved in a close battle down the straight before Warrawee Naazi under Noble won by just half a length from Coolinda Park Dance With Me.
“In organising the HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival, Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority has the preservation of the UAE’s cultural heritage and traditions as its driving principal,” Mr. Mubarak Hamad Al Muhairi, Director General, Abu Dhabi Tourism& Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) said in a message.
“Equestrianism in general, and Purebred Arabian racing in particular, has been a part of the life and spirit of every Emirati and by promoting this sport globally the Festival seeks to enhance the status of Arabian racing,” he added.
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 Racing Authority, IFAHR and Emirates Arabian Horse Society, supported by General Authority for Youth and Sports Welfare and Fegentri with Emirates airlines as the official carrier and sponsored by Invest AD, Arabtec Holding PJSC, SAS Investment, Al Rashid Investment, Areej Al Ameerat, Al Awani General Enterprises, Kabale, the UAE’s General Women’s Union, the HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy, Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition 2013, Dr. Nader Saab Switzerland, Wathba Stud Farm and Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club.