The HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s Wathba Stud Farm Cup on Thursday was the last of the three Group 3 races to be held in Scandinavia.
In Sweden’s Jagersro, it was Mad Makz that ended the big race on a winning note over 1200-metres on a dirt track and under floodlights.
Ridden by Martin Rodrigues, the 6-year-old son of Makzan beat last year’s winner of this Group 3 event Al Asad (ridden by Pers-Anders Graberg) by two lengths. The strong line-up also included two favourites of the HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival series in Gazel T and Sartejano but Mad Makz was too good to win in a time of 1:21.4.
Being her favourite in the stables of owner/breeder Genberg & Co, young Mimmi Jarl bought Mad Makz last year and she and her friend Yasmine Nilsson have since had a lot of fun with the 6-y-o and were over the moon to receive the Wathba Stud Farm Cup for the race.
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.