In the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s Wathba Stallions Cup run on Sunday at the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, AF Asheham was then a third runner-up on the card for the owner Khalid Khalifa Al Naboodah, trainer Ernst Oertel jockey Antonio Fresu despite having led throughout the majority of a 1400m handicap. With most of their 15 rivals beaten on the home turn, it was left to Al Shabab to throw down the telling and decisive challenge leading inside the final 200m.
In doing so, he provided a second winner of the season for trainer Ahmed Al Mehairbi and a quick double for Jara who said: “It was a good spare ride as I was not originally riding him so it is a nice surprise and the horse has done it well.”
AF Sanad under Anas Al Siyabi finished third in the Dh 80,000 race which is supported by the HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival.
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, The National Archives as the official partner and Emirates airline as the official carriers, Al Massood Automobiles and Nissan Middleast as official car partners, in cooperation with Emirates Racing Authority, IFAHR, Emirates Arabian Horse Society, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, General Authority for Sports and sponsored by Ayadi LLC, Global United Veterinary Services LLC, 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, 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 2018, Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Eastern Mangroves Suites-Abu Dhabi by Jannah, Anantara Eastern Mangroves Spa and Resort.