HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival’s top races in The Netherlands on Sunday
25 June 2016, Amsterdam, The Netherlands ~ The Netherlands Duindigt race course in The Hague will stage three races for Purebred Arabian horses including the deciding leg of the Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup European Triple Crown on Sunday, 26 June, 2016. The three races under the Festival of HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan are the Wathba Stud Farm Cup II, the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship race, and the final leg of the three-leg European Triple Crown in the Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup race series.
Euro Triple Crown
Ameretto took the Euro Triple Crown win four times in the last four years, but 2016 will see a new Champion in this premier Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup race series. The hot favorite for 2016 is Ziyadd, a 4-year-old bred-to-run colt by Bibi de Carrere out of Kahayla Classic winner Mizzna, trained by Antoine Watrigant for owner HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
Ziyadd finished fourth in the first leg of the high-point series in Toulouse, France, then won the second leg in Rome, Italy, now leading the pack with 13 points. In second place in points is Lightning Bolt with 7 points after his second place in Toulouse, while Sir Bani Yas has 6 points after a third place finish in the Toulouse race.
All three in contention will be out to take the top points with a win to carry home the €50,000 bonus and the title of European Triple Crown winner and Ziyadd just needs to finish in the top four to clinch it.
Other runners in this €35,000 Group 3 race to be run over 1900 metres are Majeed, Vulcan du Clos, Ramiz Al Aziz, Bachar Qardabiyah, Hurra and Prada T.
Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship
Sunday’s HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship race will be run over 1800 metres with a prize fund of €30,000 in this, the 10th races in the 2016 series. Lady jockeys from 10 countries will be vying to win here and clinch a berth for the 6 November finale in Abu Dhabi.
The runners and jockeys are: Hana D.A under Melody O’Brien from Australia; Raya C under Janine Smith from Canada; Messi under Stephanie Rank from Germany; L’Eau du Tigre under Silja Storen from Norway; Viho D.A under Azhar Al Wardi from Oman; Suman D.A under Patrycia Klos from Poland; Fajr Qardabiyah under Carol Bartley from Great Britain; Shivan D.A under Elisa Fogan from Italy; Wanna du Breuil under Zineb El Brioul from Morocco and Petrusia to be ridden by Tjarda van den Humphreij from The Netherlands, the host country.
In addition to these two premier races, the Festival will stage Holland’s second race in the Wathba Stud Farm Cup race series. The runners and jockeys in this 1800-metre contest are: Rodin (Anthony Deau), Nero D.A (Zoe Vande Velde), Pogrom Kossack (A. Alshowaikh), Red D.A (C. Bos), Asmera d’Aroco (Richard Mullen), Saqlawia (Julien Auger), James D.A (Anna van den Troost) and Tisa D.A (Troon van den Troost).
“We are all set for a cracking contest in the deciding leg of the Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup European Triple Crown. Some of the top Purebred Arabian horses are running and we will see a new European Champion after four years,” said Ms Lara Sawaya, Executive Director of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, Chairperson of International Federation of Horse Racing Academies (IFHRA) and Chairperson of Ladies & Apprentice Racing Committees in the International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authorities (IFAHR).
“The Festival staged its first international race here in Duindigt race course and ever since The Netherlands has been a strong partner of the Festival and we are expecting some exciting contests in all three of the Festival’s races,” she added.
“I am happy with and proud to be part of such beautiful races, thanks to HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan and the Festival’s long standing support of Purebred Arabian Horse racing in Holland,” said Margreet de Ruiter, a top Dutch owner of Arabian horses who is representing the host country’s Arabian racing body.
The HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival is sustained by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority and coordinated by Abu Dhabi Sports Council, with National Feed and Flour Production and Marketing Co. LLC as associate sponsors, IPIC as Strategic Partner, The National Archives as the official partner and Emirates airline as the official carriers, in cooperation with Emirates Racing Authority, IFAHR, Emirates Arabian Horse Society, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, General Authority of Youth and Sports Welfare and sponsored by Al Aweer Stables, Ayadii LLC, Global United Veterinary Services LLC, Bloom, Petromal, Rise General Trading Co. LLC, Hayatna, Wathba Stallions, Abu Dhabi Falconers Club, Emirates Falconers Club, Mohamed Bin Zayed Falconry and Desert Physiognomy School, Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), Al Awani General Enterprises, Kabale, Omeir Travels, Dr Nader Saab Switzerland, Laboratories Fadia Karam Cosmetics, YAS Channel, Racing Post, Paris Turf, Al Wathba Centre, the UAE’s General Women’s Union, The Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy, Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition 2016, Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Eastern Mangroves Suites-Abu Dhabi by Jannah, Anantara Eastern Mangroves Spa and Resort.
Photo: Ziyadd seen winning the Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup (Listed) race at the Capanelle race course in Rome last month under Pierantonio Convertino.