Dutch set stage for Arabian meet

The Shaikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival’s seventh leg of the Shaikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup (Group-3) will be held at the Duindigt racecourse in the Netherlands on Sunday.
This is the fourth year-in-a-row that Festival races are being held in the Netherlands and the Shaikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup has drawn some quality horses.

Eleven Purebred Arabian horses are in the fray which will be run over distance of 1,900 metres for a prize money of €25,000.

The eleven declarations include Alibaba Del Sol, Ameretto, Awam, Kentauer, Kossack, Omni DA, Poulain Kossack, Raihan, Blitters Plonja, Grande Duchess T, Lillij Ann and Mirabella de Sol.

The prominent runners for the race are headed by Poulain Kossack, with two wins from three starts this year and the latest being a top place finish at the Shaikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Listed Cup in Berlin last month. Ameretto also stands a chance of winning the race with a win and two seconds and a third from four races.

Dutch trainer Karin van den Bos who stole the limelight by completing a double at the Shaikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (Listed) Cup and the Shaikha Fatima bint Mubarak Ladies Championship (IFAHR) at the Taby racecourse, in Stockholm, on Tuesday, will be pinning her hopes on Alibaba del Sol who scored his first win as the French-bred Dutch runner won the fourth race in the Shaikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival’s Wathba Stud Farm Cup series, held here at the Duindigt racecourse, last month. Raihan and Awamare the other two good horse in the fray.

The day will also witness the Wathba Stud Farm Cup VI and 11 horses have entered in this competition reserved for four-year-old, and above maidens.

Shrek OA with two second places is the favourite in the 1800-metre race followed by Ijad. But nobody can under estimate Alligator Kossack with Jadey Pietrasiewicz being the best jockey among the lot.

Lara Sawaya, director of the Shaikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Racing Festival and head of IFAHR ladies racing commented: “This is the fourth year that we are running our races in the Netherlands and this venue is a very important one in our racing calendar”.

“This only goes to prove that Dutch Arabian Racing is keen to boost Pure-bred Arabians and is supporting us all the way through. We thank them also those who have understood the importance of this unique breed of horses and we are optimistic that this will be another successful event as in the past years,” added Sawaya.

WJ de Ruiter, president of the Dutch Arabian Racing Corporation said: “Shaikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, has really contributed to the revival of Arab racing specifically so in northern Europe and we are getting better and better every year.

The Shaikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival is organised 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 Al Ameerat, Mauzan, Al Awani General Enterprises, Kabale, the UAE’s General Women’s Union, the Shaikha Fatima bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy, Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition 2012, Wathba Stud Farm and Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club.