Nanako Fujita (JAPAN), Joanna Wyrzyk (POLAND), Alice Mills (GREAT BRITAIN), Monique Lubcke (GERMANY), Cindy Klinkenberg (THE NETHERLANDS), Anna Van Den Troost (BELGIUM), Sara Vermeersch (BELGIUM), Silja Storen (NORWAY), Malin Holmberg (SWEDEN), Yasmine Nilsson (SWEDEN), Astrid Wullschleger (SWITZERLAND), Catherine Walton (GREAT BRITAIN), Nora Looby (IRELAND), Ingrid Grard (FRANCE) and Manuela Slamanig (AUSTRIA).
Apart from chasing the World Ladies Championship title, a slice of the total prize money of Dh 200,000 is at stake in this 1600-metre contest.
While 2015 winner and defending champion Astrid Wullschleger of Switzerland will be on the Eric Lemartinel-trained RB Burning Ash it will be his stablemate RB Dixie Burning, a 6-year-old mare under Great Britain’s Catherine Walton with the better chance after winning her last race here just a week ago.
But the fancied one is the Ernst Oertel-trained AF La’Asae, a 4-year-old colt unbeaten in two starts. Though he makes his first run of the season, AF La’Asae under Polish rider Joanna Wyrzyck, could be the one to beat. Stablemate AF Al Hazer under Japan’s Nanako Fujita and another Lemartinel runner Sheikh Down to be ridden by French lady Ingrid Grard could end up in the final frame.
In 2016 HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Apprentice World Championship (IFAHR) series, six races were held in six different countries and the winners of these races have been joined by 7 others and the 13 start in the 1600-metre contest worth Dh 150,000.
The Apprentice jockeys who will be seem in action are: Esther Weissmeier (Germany), Evin Roman Martinez (Puerto Rico), Emilie Goudman (Belgium), Yahya Al Hamdani (Oman), Christakes Panteli (Cyprus), Ahmed Maki (Bahrain), Dailey Milan (Brazil), Corey Mongan (USA), Jeonghee Jeong (South Korea), Milly Naseb (Jordan), Dylan Dunn (Australia), Daniel Scipioni (Italy) and Kersley Ramsamy (Mauritius).
The Eric Lemartinel-trained Deyaar is the top-rated filly in the field and will be ridden by Brazilian Dailey Milan. The French trainer has four other runners in the fray but with the horses paired with the jockeys through an open draw, it could be anybody’s day as they aim to become the World Champion Apprentice jockey of 2016.
Three other races – UAE Martyrs’ Cup; UAE Martyrs’ Trophy and the Wathba Stud Farm Cup which is open only to Private Owners complete the card in Sunday’s meeting apart from the Group 1 €1.2 million Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Jewel Crown- IPIC.
Commenting on the two races, Noura Al Suweidi, Director of the General Women’s Union said, “At the heart of these two races is the tremendous amount of support from Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, Mother of the UAE, Chairperson of the General Women’s Union, Supreme Chairperson of the Family Development Foundation and Chairwoman of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood and Mother of the World.”
“HH Sheikha Fatima is always keen to see the progress of women all over the world in all fields and in the Ladies race as well as the lady Apprentice jockeys, they have showed great ability in reaching the finals. We wish them all the best and may the best jockey win the title,” she said.
Ms. Lara Sawaya, Executive Director of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, Chairperson of the Int’l Federation of Horse Racing Academies (IFHRA) and Chairperson of Ladies & Apprentice Racing Committees in the International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authorities (IFAHR) termed Sunday’s race meeting as another historic milestone in the chapter of the Festival.
“While the horses and jockeys will exhibit their skills on the tracks there will be a lot of action on the sidelines and we want all the 800-plus guests to enjoy and experience Abu Dhabi, both as the Purebred Arabian racing capital of the world and as a great tourist destination,” she said.
The HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival is sustained by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority and coordinated by Abu Dhabi Sports Council, with National Feed and Flour Production and Marketing Co. LLC as associate sponsors, IPIC as Strategic Partner, The National Archives as the official partner and Emirates airline as the official carriers, in cooperation with Emirates Racing Authority, IFAHR, Emirates Arabian Horse Society, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, General Authority of Youth and Sports Welfare and sponsored by Al Aweer Stables, Ayadii LLC, Global United Veterinary Services LLC, Bloom, Petromal, Rise General Trading Co. LLC, Hayatna, Wathba Stallions, Abu Dhabi Falconers Club, Emirates Falconers Club, Mohamed Bin Zayed Falconry and Desert Physiognomy School, Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), Al Awani General Enterprises, Kabale, Omeir Travels, Dr Nader Saab Switzerland, Laboratories Fadia Karam Cosmetics, YAS Channel, Racing Post, Paris Turf, Al Wathba Centre, the UAE’s General Women’s Union, The Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy, Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition 2016, Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Eastern Mangroves Suites-Abu Dhabi by Jannah, Anantara Eastern Mangroves Spa and Resort.