Gulfnews : Shaikh Mansour’s horses maintain winning streak

Merzal and Shagra de Jos continued the impressive performances of the horses owned by Shaikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs.

Merzal won the 1,900m Prix Akbar while Shagra de Jos landed the 1,900m Prix Mangalied D Albert (PA) at the La Teste Racecourse, France.

A three-year-old son of the Bibi De Carrere from the still-in-training Arabian champion mare Mizzna, Merzal followed in the footsteps of his full brother Rabbah De Carrere to win the Euros 14,000 prize.

Ridden by Charles Nohra for trainer Jean Pierre Totain, Merzal made all the running to record his first win in three starts from a field of 13. Laamma finished second.

Shagra de Jos was an impressive winner to complete the double for Shaikh Mansour.

The three-year-old filly was always going well and won by three-quarter lengths in a time of 2:15:91.

According to Sultan Al Marzouqi, manager of Wathba Stud Farm, the successes of Merzal and Shagra is further evidence of the successful breeding and racing operations of Shaikh Mansour.

“Once again, this is a great success to the of the embryo transfer which has been carried out under the directives and supervision of Shaikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahayn,” he said.

“Merzal is full a brother of Rabah De Carrere who made his presence felt on debut last weekend and the first embryo transfer production, a move which is a real revolution in the embryonic transfer as a human-directed process of selective breeding of purebred horses of a given breed.

“We are truly honoured to take step ahead of time and lead the way in this revolutionary industry, which drew the attention of all horse breeders from Europe and other countries.

“The move is intended to promote the Arabian horse races through the building of a solid base by HH Shaikh Mansour, and his move has paid off and proved great success,” he added.

There has been a high demand for the Shaikh Mansour-owned stallions Mahab and Munjez, who are standing at his Al Wathba Stud in Normany, France.