After a couple of wet days the Sluzewiec racecourse in the Polish capital Warsaw witnessed some bright weather and the HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival’s two featured races dished out some exciting action.
In the Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan –Nagroda Europy-(Group 3) race over 2600, Ameretto, bred by German Dr. Paul Daverio and owned by Manuela Scharfenberg, revived his racing career with a superb win.
After winning five times in Italy, the son of Amer whose siblings have not been accepted to race as a Purebred Arabian in many countries, was left out of action for over 20 months. However the six year old resumed racing this season and came close twice before finally winning Sunday’s feature race under Italian jockey Mauro Manueddu.
AfterDostatok did all the early running, favourite Po ulain Kossack under lady jockeyJadey Pietrasiewicz did threaten on the home stretch. But Manueddu brought Amerretto into the challenge and after that there was only one winner.
“We are glad he is back to winning ways. Now we are hoping he will get an invite to the World Cup in Paris,” said Daverio, who is also the President of the German Arabian Racing body.
But the evening’s biggest cheers were reserved for the 12 lady jockeys who had lined up for the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship IFAHR race. With the world championship ladies race making its Polish debut there was a large turnout and French-based Swiss jockeyKatja Markwalder scored a perfect win on Celtik.
Celtikunder Markwalder won by over five lengths from Ganima with another six lengths separating the second-placed horse and Benefis.
“This is a great win and I am happy that now I will get a chance to go to Abu Dhabifor the final race,” said the 31 year-old jockey after Celtik’s win.
“TheHH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship IFAHR race has opened up great opportunities for amateur lady jockeys,” Markwalder said.
HEAsim Mirza Al Rahmah, the UAE’s Ambassador to Poland along wi th Ms Lara Sawaya, Director of the HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival and head of IFAHR ladies racing, FeliksKlimczak, President of the Polish Jockey Club and other officials gave away the trophies.
“The Festival’s two races once again helped to popularize and sprea d Purebred Arabian racing and these events have become very popular here in Poland,” HE AlRahmah said.
“TheSheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup has always seen some top quality horses in action while today’s debut of the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship IFAHR race has thrown up a nother new winner. The lady jockeys proved that they are equal to the task with their improved display,” said Ms. Sawaya.
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 and Fegentri with Emirates airlines as the official carrier and 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.