Khaleej Times: Terach El Samawi supreme

German raider Terach El Samawi, ridden by T Van den Troost, blitzed past a field of 13 runners to land the 1800m AV Wathba Stud Cup for Purebred Arabians at the Duindigt Racecourse here on Sunday night.

The five-year-old son of Tidjani left the machines very quickly and perfectly poised in the centre of the track before he was asked the question as the pack turned for home. At this stage, the brilliant performer showed his class to hit the front and hold on gamely when challenged close post.

The winner covered the distance in 2:03:90 seconds. Senankh BA under Angeline Batist took the second place honours and behind them came the hot favourite Athlete De Sol, ridden by MW J Burning.

The race is sponsored by Al Wathba Farm Stud as part of the Shaikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival under the directives of Shaikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister of the UAE and Minister of Presidential Affairs.

The festival races are organised by the Abu Dhabi Culture and Heritage in coordination with the Abu Dhabi Sports Council and in collaboration with the Emirates Arabian Horse Society under the sponsorship of Invest AD, Areej Al Ameerat, the UAE’s General Women’s Union, Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition 2011, Wathba Stud Farm and Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club.

“It was a great performance,” said a delighted owner Regine Weissmeier El Samawai who named the horse after his family.

“We do appreciate the great initiative of Shaikh Mansoor to promote this noble creature and support small owners worldwide.

I believe his efforts are paying off and the Arabian horse is establishing good presence at the European level.

“I will send Terach El Samawi to take part in all the series which have become a major lifeline for all Arabian horses,” he promised.

Abdulla Al Qubaisi, director of communications of ADACH, Lara Sawaya, Director, Shaikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Festival, Adnan Sultan Al Nuaimi, Director General, Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club and WJ De Ruiter, Chairman, Dutch Arabian Horse Society presented the cup and trophies to the winning owners, trainers and jockeys.

The presentation ceremony was also attended by Sami Al Boenain, Chairman, International Federation for Arabian Horse (IFAHR), his deputy Mohammed Al Adhab, Abdulla Khori, Director, Al Wathba Stables along with Musallam Al Amri, Ali Khalfan and Abdulla Al Niyadi from Al Wathba Stables.

According to Ruiter, without the support of Shaikh Mansoor, the small Arabian horse breeders and owners would have not be given the chance to race their horses.

Before the successful campaign that has been launched by Shaikh Mansoor, the numbers of races have decreased from 53 to ten in the last five years,” he said.

The same opinion was echoed by Abdulla Al Qubaisi who thanked the management of the racecourse for the perfect organisation of the event which attracted a very big crowd of racegoers.

“Al Wathba Stud has interfered at the right time to save the situation and the numbers of Arabian horses and races in Holland will be back to normal very soon.

Al Wathba Cup is the solution provider and the new lifeline for the industry worldwide,” he said.

Lara Sawaya, director of the festival praised the great success which has been achieved by Al Wathba Cup in Holland in the light of the strong presence of the IFAHR top officials.

“Many small breeders and owners have sent their horses to the race in this very beginning of the campaign in Holland.

The support of this segment in Europe and US comes under the directives of Shaikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan and the move to stage the Shaikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival pays tribute to late Shaikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan who laid down the foundations of this initiative,” she said.