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SHEIKH MANSOOR FESTIVAL NEWS
Deckers 1-2 in Belgian Wathba Stallions Cup

In the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s Wathba Stallions Cup race held at the Hippodrome de Wallonie-Ghlin in Belgium recently.

Once again it was Anna van den Troost, the lady jockey who has tasted consistent success in races organised by the Festival, who helped James DA edge past Suman DA ridden by Stephen Breux.
 
Only a neck separated James DA and Suman DA, both horses owned and trained by Peter Deckers and bred by Johan Verstrepen of Dijkhoeve Arabians in Belgium.
 
Madjy and Makbar De Piboul finished third and fourth respectively in the Euros 5,000 race run over 1500 metres and organised by the Festival to boost Arabian racing at the grassroots level.
 
Belgian Arabian racing chief Nelly Philippot said, “We thank HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister of the UAE and Minister of Defence for this particular Wathba Stallions Cup series as it encourages Purebred Arabian racing at the lowest and most important level.”
 
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, 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 with and sponsored by Ayadi LLC, Global United Veterinary Services LLC, 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, 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 2017, Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Eastern Mangroves Suites-Abu Dhabi by Jannah, Anantara Eastern Mangroves Spa and Resort.
 

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