ABU DHABI: Poulain Kossack, ridden by lady jockey Jadey Pietrasiewic, won the Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Listed Cup at the Hoppegarten Racecourse in Berlin, Germany on Sunday evening.
The same venue also witnessed English amateur lady jockey, Emily Jane, riding Phraseur Kossack to victory in the sixth leg of the Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship (‘IFAHR’ International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing).
Both the races were part of Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival.
It was a double delight for top Arabian horses’ owner and trainer Huub Otermans as the Dutchman was involved in both the wins.
UAE’s Shathra Al Hajjaj, aboard hot favourite Terach El Damawi, had every chance to end her Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship series drought, but the young lady dropped the whip in the last two furlongs to finish a close third.
“He’s a lovely horse and was picking up nicely. At one stage, he looked like a winner, but what has happened thereafter was something unbelievable to me. I don’t know how I dropped the whip and when this has happened,” she said.
However, Jane broke well and held on to the lead when she was challenged by Blitters Plonja, under Diana Lopez, close home.
“I would like above all to thank Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, chairperson of the Emirates Women’s Union for bringing us together in this world championship series.
“The Arabian horse deserves all respect and the initiative of Sheikha Fatima and Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs to support the ladies sport is a huge step in the right direction. I’m delighted to book a berth in the final round slated for Abu Dhabi and hopefully I would be there during the month of November,” she said.
The UAE ambassador to Germany, Mohammed Ahmed Al Mahmoud, valued the initiative of Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, pointing out that the series have made their job easier in enhancing the relationship between UAE and Federal Republic of Germany.
Asim Mirza Al Rahama, UAE ambassador to Poland, Obaid Salim Al Zaabi, UAE ambassador to the UN in Geneva, Abdul Rahman Ghanim Al Mutuwai, UAE ambassador to UK Sheikha Najla Al Qassimi, UAE ambassador to Sweden also spoke, highlighting the importance of the both the races.
Lara Sawaya, director of the Festival and Head of IFAHR Ladies Racing, expressed her pleasure with the success which has been achieved and congratulated the UAE lady jockey Hajjaj for her tremendous improvement and wished her best of luck in the remaining rounds of the series.
The final round of the series to be held at the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club has been postponed to Nov. 11 from Nov.4.