Belgian jockey Koen Clijmans struck on Hurra to give trainer Roof Dorenburg a classy win in the HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s Wathba Stud farm Cup series in Duindigt, The Netherlands on Sunday.
Hurra, sixth to Speed Kossack in the second Wathba Stud Farm Cup race held here on May 14 over 2150 meters, looked spot on for Sunday’s race run over 1800 meters.
Clijman on Hurra denied the Festival’s highly successful trainer Miss Karin van den Bos whose Sia under Anna van den Troost finished second while Derham under Cindy Klinkenberg ran into third place.
Sunday’s race was the third of the five races of the Wathba Stud Farm Cup scheduled to be held in The Netherlands by the HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival. These races are aimed at promoting Purebred Arabian racing at the grass roots level and have been a huge success over the recent years.
Margaret de Ruiter, a top Dutch owner of Purebred Arabian horses, gave away the trophies to the winners. “We are thankful to His Highness Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs for this Wathba Stud farm Cup series which helps the small owners to continue with Purebred Arabian horse racing,” Mrs de Ruiter said.
“For us in the HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, the Wathba Stud Farm Cup series is very important and this is the third race here in The Netherlands. Apart from here we also stage the Wathba Stud farm Cup races this year in Abu Dhabi, Belgium, France, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the US,” said Ms Lara Sawaya, Executive Director of HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival and Chairman of Ladies Racing at the International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authorities (IFAHR).
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.