Thabit, a 4-year-old son of Munjiz scored a superb win in the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s Wathba Stud Farm Cup race held in La Teste, France on Wednesday.
Owned by HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister of the UAE and Minister of Presidential Affairs, Thabit is another breeding success and in Wednesday’s win over 1900 metres showed a lot of potential.
Julien Grosjeans on Thabit was involved in a battle with Carsa Du Ginioux ridden by Ioritz Mendizabal but prevailed at the end. Omani raider Kasib under Roberto-Carlos Montenegro ran in to third place while Majida finished fourth under Michael Forest.
Wednesday’s race in the Wathba Stud Farm Cup series was the first of the two to be held in La Teste and second of the four to be staged in France.
Frederic Sanchez, trainer of Thabit, said, “This is his first win in four starts. In his last run he was unlucky when finishing second to Sha’hir in Dax last month. He has been improving with every race. He has the potential to progress into a top runner and we are looking forward to it.”
The winning jockey Grosjeans also praised the horse saying, “The horse that came second was finishing strongly but Thabit did not give him much chance and won well.”
Mussalam Al Amri, who heads Al Jazira Stables owned by HH Sheikh Mansoor said, “This is another breeding success for HH Sheikh Mansoor. Thabit’s sire Munjiz has produced many champions and Thabit has the looks of becoming one more.”
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.