All eyes on Salaamah

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FRANKFURT: Nine horses are in fray for the Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival’s fourth race in the series for the Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Cup at the Frankfurt Racecourse on Sunday, Aug.8.

Salaamah, ridden by Charles Nora, makes a strong bid in this race and the three-year-old filly is owned by Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs.

Bred by Sheikh Mansoor, the Damien de Watrigant-trained Salaamah won the Emirates Equestrian Federation International Stakes in Newbury last month and has so far won three of his four starts.

Salaamah will be joined by Saher, also owned by Sheikh Mansoor,  in the Listed race to be run over 1600 metres.

Leading a strong challenge to Salaamah is Adding from Poland who is unbeaten in two starts while Belgium will be represented by Kadesch DA.

Four more contenders from Poland are Al Rischa, Boogie Woogie, Jallah and Song of Joy while Ofira El Samawi will also be a strong contender in the Euros 15,000 Listed race. Seven other races will also be held on Sunday at Frankfurt.

The Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival’s Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup race series is being organised by Abu Dhabi Authority of Culture and Heritage (ADACH) in co-ordination with Abu Dhabi Sports Council and Wathba Stud Farm with support from Invest Abu Dhabi, Bonyan International Investment Group (Holding) LLC and Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition 2010.

Abdullah Al Qubaisi, Director of Communications, ADACH said, “Most of the officials from the Frankfurt racecourse and the German Arabian racing have said that this year’s Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup will be an exciting race.”

“The weather seems to be holding and we are happy to see German fans support Arabian racing,” added Qubaisi.