WAM Delaware Park, US, 16th July 2010 (WAM) — The H.H. Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival’s third race in the series for the Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup for Arabian Horses, (Group 3) will be held at the famous Delaware Park race course on Saturday, July 17.
Nine horses are vying for the prestigious Zayed Cup with a total prize fund of US$ 40,000 on offer. The race is the third in the series organised by the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH) and co-ordinated by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council, the HH Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Flat Racing Festival’s Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup races and supported by Invest AD, Bonyan International Investment Group (Holding) L.L.C, Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition 2010 and the Wathba Stud Farm.
Grilla, Frisk Me Now, Robotic, Sey Spottsproof, Answer To Prayer, Full Of Fiesta, Tiki Barber, Sand Witchh and Cromwell are the nine horses taking part in on this important race for Purebred Arabians at this historic racecourse.
“It is a great moment for Arabian racing as the Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup for Arabian Horses is being held along with the Delaware Handicap Grade II race for thoroughbreds which carries a prize fund of $750,000. The racecourse is expected to be full of racing fans that will get to see the Arabian horses in action,” said Abdullah Al Qubaisi, Communications Director of ADACH.
Lara Sawaya, Director of the Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Flat Racing Festival said, “Saturday’s races are part of the Delaware Festival of Racing’s second week-end of top class racing which also features the Delaware Handicap and our race to promote Arabian horses.” “The racecourse will be busy from morning on Saturday as it starts with a Breakfast at the Park and then a special sky diving event will be followed by a Hat Giveaway event,” she said.
“There will also be a chance to win an all expense paid trip to Abu Dhabi for the 2010 World Arabian Horse Racing Conference and gala dinner and the opening of the ADIHEX 2010 Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition. Coupons will be available to fill out at the venue and fans must be present to win when the draw takes place after the Sheikh Zayed cup race,” she said.
Stephen Bowey, Director of Communications at Invest AD, expressed delight with the Festival making its debut in the US. “Delaware is one of the most famous racing venues and for an Arabian race carrying the message of the UAE and its support for the breed is a great moment.” “It will be a great way to boost the sport of Arabian racing and help preserve this traditional sport of the UAE,” he added.
After the Toulouse and Duindigt races in France and Holland respectively, this is the third in the Festival series.