Poetry News Agency: Race makes debut in Switzerland

Switzerland, 8 October 2010 — The 2010-11 season’s inaugural race for the Wathba Stud Farm Cup as part of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival and organized by the Abu Dhabi Authority of Culture and Heritage (ADACH) kicks off today at the Avenches race course in Switzerland.

Six horses including two owned by HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister of the UAE and Minister of Presidential Affairs are taking part in the 1800-metre race which is open for 3-years-old and above.

Sheikh Mansoor’s Rami, a colt to be ridden by Jean-Baptiste Hamel and Tarfa a filly to be ridden by Julien Martin will run in the green and yellow colours. Both horses are trained by Jean-Francois Bernard and have won their last races coming into this Swiss race.

Germany’s Terska, French duo of Banjo Du Loup and Bella de Brugere and Swiss runner Nil lshan Ibnal Sable complete the small field.

Abdullah Al Qubaisi, Director of Communications, Abu Dhabi Authority of Culture and Heritage, said, “We can hardly believe that we are now at the beginning of another exciting series of series. This is the first time that we are organizing a race in Switzerland and we hope it will be a success like the previous races.”

“ADACH hopes that this first race in Switzerland will help revive and spread Purebred Arabian racing in this part of Europe. Once again we have to thank HH Sheikh Mansoor for his support and going by the success of the past races we are sure this will be a huge success,” Al Qubaisi said.

Lara Sawaya, Director of HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, said, “We are excited with the debut of the Wathba Stud Farm Cup race here at this beautiful Avenches race course. While the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s Zayed Cup races has created huge interest in Purebred Arabian racing by the big owners and trainers, the Wathba Stud Farm Cup races are focused on the next level of owners and breeders, particularly those from small stables.”

“This is the first of the Wathba Cup series which will next shift to Abu Dhabi where we will stage a total of 15 races. Simultaneously we will also be supporting races in Europe,” she said.

Mussalam Alamri, Racing Manager to HH Sheikh Mansoor said, “This is a welcome addition to the countries where HH Sheikh Mansoor has made an attempt to raise the status of Purebred Arabian horses. We have two smart runners in the race and I hope they do well.”

The Wathba Stud Farm Cup races are co-ordinated by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council and sponsored by Invest AD, Bonyan International Investment Group (Holding) L.L.C, Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition and Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club.