Stage set for Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival’s Sheikh Zayed Cup in Poland.

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ABU DHABI – All the preparations have been completed to stage the Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival’s Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup Race on Sunday, August 22 at the Sluzewiec racetrack in Warsaw, Poland.

This announcement was made at a press conference held at the Sluzewice racetrack premises by Abdullah Al Qubaisi, Director of Communications at Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH).

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 organized by ADACH, 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.

The press briefing was also attended by Moutaz Al Fahim, Charge d’Affaires , UAE Embassy in Poland, Ms Lara Sawaya , Director for Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s Global Arabian Flat Racing series, Stephen Bowey, Communication Director of Invest AD, Feliks Klimczak, president of the Polish Horse Racing Club and Wlodzimierz Bakowski Director of Horse Racing at Sluzewiec.

The Sunday’s race is the fifth, in the series after staging races in Toulouse, in France, Duindigt, in Netherlands, Delaware in the US and Frankfurt in Germany.

This is an important race in the series as it is making its debut in Poland which has a strong tradition of Purebred Arabian horses.

A big field of 15 strong horses have entered the Group 3 race and the prize money on offer is Euros 20,000 making it the richest ever race to be staged in Poland for Purebred Arabian horses.

Al Qubaisi went on to say: “Sunday will be a red-letter day as we stage the first-ever Purebred Arabian race here in Poland. This is a ground-breaking event for us as we try to raise the status of Purebred Arabian horses around the world and also carry a part of the UAE’s heritage and culture.”

“I am aware that Arabian horses are very popular here in Poland and hence I am confident that the HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival’s Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup race on Sunday will be the first of many races to be staged here,” said Qubaisi.

Director Lara Sawaya said : “Sunday’s race in Warsaw also completes the three-race series which carries an additional bonus purse (Euros 20,000) for the horse that has excelled in the HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival races held in Toulouse, France, Amsterdam in The Netherlands and here in Warsaw, Poland.”

“The Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival has been attracting huge crowds and with the Pick & Vote, a free to participate in tipping competition, has been gaining in popularity ever since the start,” concluded Sawaya, adding that horse-lovers can visit the website www.sheikhmansoorfestival.com and take part in the competition.

“The Arabian horse is at the centre of the Arabic culture, heritage and history. So we are privileged to be involved in the race in Poland where there is a strong support for Arabian racing,” said Bowey.

Klimezak said out of the 700 races held in Poland, 250 races are reserved for Purebred Arabian horses in a season.

Bakowski said among the nine-race-card, the Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup Race is the feature race of the day.