The UAE’s Bakhit Al Ketbi emerged as leading trainer and joint leading owner in the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Flat Racing Festival race series after the 10th and final race was held here on Sunday.
Sunday’s final race was won by the Mahmood Hussain-trained AF Raad with jockey Tadhg O’Shea scoring an easy win by over seven lengths from Shama, ridden by Royston Ffrench.
Later, after this prestigious third race, winning connections and members of the media were honoured.
The following were given awards: Best Owner: Abdul Basit Al Yaqub and Bakhit Al Ketbi; Best Trainer: Bakhit Al Ketbi; Best Jockey: Wayne Smith; Best Breeder: Khalid Khalifa Al Nabooda.
Abdullah Al Qubeisi of ADACH, said, “We are delighted that the Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Flat Racing Festival races held here in Abu Dhabi was a huge hit among the local owners and trainers.”
Stephen Bowey, Head of Communications of Bonyan International Investment Group LLC gave away the awards and said, “The fans thoroughly enjoyed the racing over the weeks in the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Flat Racing Festival. We are very proud to be involved in this race series which reflects the culture and heritage of the UAE.”
“This race series was supported by Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH), Bonyan International Investment Group LLC, Invest AD, Abu Dhabi Sports Council, Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club and Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition 2010 (ADIHEX),” said Lara Sawaya, Director of the festival.
Al Wathba Stud Farm race for Private Owners, UAE-bred maiden, Dh 35,000, 8F:
- AF Raad (Mahmood Hussain) Tadhg O’Shea;
- Shama (Saifaldin Deeb) Royston Ffrench;
- Eqtiham (Mohammad Ramadan) Patrick Dobbs.
Winning Time:1:48.93; Distances: 7.25L, 0.75L