Gulf News: Joyous Dream lands Wathba Stud Farm Cup in France

French-trained Joyous Dream was a convincing winner of the 10th round of the Prix Danbik — The Wathba Stud Farm Cup at Aurillac Racecourse in France.

The four-year-old son of top Arabian stallion Al Sakbe was ridden by Fabrice Billiere. He is trained by Jean-Francois Bernard for owner Jean-Marie Baldy in France.

The €15,000 [Dh68,019] event was contested by six runners over a mile-and-a-quarter.

Joyous Dream crossed the line three-quarters of a length ahead of Kerim, ridden by Eddy Delbarba for trainer Christian Baillet, while the Thomas Forcy-ridden Al Manzoum was third.

The race is held as part of the HH Shaikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Race Festival and is aimed at promoting the Arabian horse and to support the smaller breeders and owners around Europe. It is held in conjunction with the Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup and the HH Shaikha Fatima Bint Mubarak World Ladies Championship.

Meanwhile, a quality field of ten runners from Germany, Switzerland and France will line up for the 11th round of the Wathba Stud Farm Cup to be held at the Saarbruecken Racecourse in Germany on Wednesday.

The race, which carries a purse of €3,000, is open to four-year-olds and above and will be run over 3,000 metres.

Top weight Atoum Re, the mount of FX Wegillancier, is bidding to make it a winning start for trainer Regine Weissmeier and owner Anika Daunheimer.

Dutch owner/trainer Karin R. van den Bos saddles Djardokan, a well-bred son pf Sandokan, who also looks to have strong claims.
Abdulla Al Qubaisi, director of Communications at the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority, said that the vision of Shaikh Mansoor to promote Purebred Arabian racing in Europe and around the world has been boosted by the success of the Wathba Stud Farm Cup.

Lara Sawaya, director of the Global Arabian Festival and head of IFAHR ladies racing, said that the owners and breeders from different parts of the world are showing greater interest in sending their horses to take part in the Wathba Stud Farm Cup races thanks to Shaikh Mansour and Shaikha Fatima’s support.