It was a fitting finale to the HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Apprentice World Championship (IFAHR) Series final, a newly-launched series by the HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival.
Apprentice jockeys Vahdettin Kaplan from Turkey on Munzade and Frenchman Gianni Siaffa on Najm Alemarat battled all the way to the wire and crossed the finish line together in the 2,200 metre contest which was settled by the judge with Munzade the winner by a short head.
Forgehill Cezanne under Emma Sayer finished third to complete a brilliant 1-2-3 for UAE champion trainer Ernst Oertel for owner His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the UAE President.
It was a great result to settle the series final held in the name of Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women’s Union, Supreme President of the Family Development Foundation (FDF) and Head of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, Mother of the UAE.
Oertel said: “We knew coming into the race we had three good chances and was not sure which was our best hope. To get the first three is great.”
The race was attended by HH Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development and Chairman of the General Youth & Sports Welfare Authority and other top officials from the UAE and the Arabian racing fraternity Ms Lara Sawaya, Executive Director of the HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, Chairman of International Federation of Horse Racing Academies (IFHRA), Chairman of Ladies Racing Committee in the International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authorities (IFAHR) and Chairman of Apprentice Jockeys & Racing in IFAHR said, “This is indeed a fascinating finish to this new series. This year we had four races before the final here today and next year we will see this series grown much larger with nine races on the cards.”
The HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival is organised by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority and coordinated by Abu Dhabi Sports Council in association with Emirates Racing Authority, IFAHR and Emirates Arabian Horse Society, supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs , the General Authority of Youth and Sports Welfare with Arabtec Holding PJSC as the Official Partner and Emirates airline as the official carriers and sponsored by Invest AD, Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC), Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), Al Rashid Investment, Al Awani General Enterprises, Kabale, Al Wathba Centre, the UAE’s General Women’s Union, the HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy, Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition 2014, Dr. Nader Saab Switzerland, Al Wathba Center, Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Eastern Mangroves Suites-Abu Dhabi by Jannah, Abu Dhabi Sports Channel and Racing Post.
HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Apprentice Jockeys (IFAHR) Prestige Purebred Arabians. 2200m (a 11f), Purse: Dh150.000:
Munzade (Ernst Oertel) Vahdettin Kaplan
Najm Alemarat (Ernst Oertel) Gianni Siaffa
Forgehill Cezanne (Ernst Oertel) Emma Sayer.
Winner owned by HH the President Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.