STOCKHOLM: Dutch trainer Karinvan den Bos completed a double when Fredrik Johansson saddled Athlete Del Sol to win theHH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festivals’ Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan (Listed) Cup having earlierteamed up with amature jockey Delaphine Garcia-Dubois who was onSerouda Du Breuil, to secure the seventh leg of theSheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Championship (IFAHR) race at the Taby race course, in the Swedish capital Stockholm on Tuesday.
The day also witnessed UAE’s Shathra Al Hajjaj stealing the show with a creditable second on Sakbain the Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Championship (IFAHR) race.Al Hajjaj got a good start and seemed to be heading for her maidenwin until she was over taken by France’s Delphine Garcia-Dubois towards the end of the 1.200 metre race.
Her second place comes after a close third in the same race series in Berlin, last month.
“I got a good start and looked like a winner but Sakba slowed down in the concluding stages of the race and was beaten to second placeby half-a-length,” said Al Hajjaj adding that she needs to improve further to achive good results.
Sheikha NajlaAl Qassimi, UAE, Ambassador to Sweden gave awaythe trophies in the presence ofAbdullah Al Qubaisi, communications director at the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority,Ms Lara Sawaya, dir ector of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Racing Festival and head of IFAHR ladies racing,Adnan Sultan Al Nuaimi, director general of Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club,Aisha Al Marzooqi, Head off Strategic Planning at UAE Women’s Sports Committee, Khalid Abdullah Al Hussein, director of Sports Affairs, General Authority for Youth and Sports Welfare, Stephen Bowey, Executive Director (corporate development) Invest AD and other dignitaries.
“We are very happy to hostHH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival’s races for a second year in a row here and this has put the Emirates in a commanding position in Sweden’sracing circle. With HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affair’s support, Purebred Arabian horse racing have revived in this part of the world, “said Al Qassimi. She also praised Sheikh Mansoor for his initia tive in setting up the stage to host theSheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak EARS (European Association of Racing Schools) Conference on Education and Training in 2013, in Abu Dhabi.
Abdullah Al Qubaisi said:We thank HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, chairperson of the UAE General Women’s Unionfor really giving a chancefor women everywhere to have a race for themand especially for the UAE girl where she can compete and show that how tough she is and the proof is what Shathra has done today by finishing in second place. She lost only after a big fight she gave. It is very very important. We are also very happy with the new initiative (Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak EARS Conference on Education and Training)that has been launched on Mondaywhich is really very important for us and the Middle East and theworld.
Ms Lara Sawaya s aid:” We are proud of Shattra who came in with a fantastic performance. She is really a talented girl. She will be attending a leading European Association of Racing School in order to gain racing style and riding skills.”
“The HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Racing Festival is going to great lengths to promote the Arabian horse racing across the world. It is very exciting to see the fans cheering the young ladies today, “she added.
Stephen Bowey said: “It is exciting to see the continued expansion ofHH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival and the large number of races now being held in all the corners of the world. It is a tribute to the vision of Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed that he continues to promote high quality Arabian flat racing events.”
Karinvan den Bos said “It is a great feeling. Of course to do a long travel and winning two races. It was a tough competition as Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan (Listed) Cup drew really good horses including favourite Rasikh.
Rasikh initially did all the running only to be beaten to third place by Athlete Del Sol and Al Dahis.
In the ladies ride. Pprofessional jockey Racheal Kneller on Anagorn Z Regulafinished fifth and Omani jockey Fatma Al Manji on Windflower settled for eight place.
The H.H Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival is organized to promote purebred Arabians in different parts of the world with the sponsors being by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority and co-ordinated by Abu Dhabi Sports Council in association with Emirates Racing Authority ,IFAHR and Emirates Arabian Horse Society, supported by General Authority for Youth and Sports and Fegentri with Emirates airlines as the official carrier and sponsored by Invest AD, Al Rashid Investment, Areej A l Ameerat, Mauzan, Al Awani General Enterprises, Kabale, the UAE’s General Women’s Union, the Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy, Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition 2012, Wathba Stud Farm and Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club.