Marabouh Almisk won the Euros 5000 Wathba Stallions Cup with 11 horses in the fray. Marabouh Almisk was winning after seven losses in a row but led a 1-2-3 finish for owner Ahmed Fegholi. The horse finished the race in 2:41.61 and won by nearly two lengths from Adahis de Croats while in third place was Drug.
In the second race, also a Wathba Stallions Cup but over a shorter distance of 1600 metres, and for locally-bred Purebred Arabians, Ghilas finished first. Anwar ran into second place while in third was Iraq, the horses vying for a slice of the Euros 5,000 on offer.
The two races, under the Festival’s umbrella were the first in Algeria and held as per directives of HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs.
HE Ahmed Ali Al Zaabi, UAE Ambassador to Algeria, Ms. Lara Sawaya, Executive Director of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, Chairperson of the International Federation of Horse Racing Academies (IFHRA), Chairperson of Ladies & Apprentice Racing Committees in the International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authorities (IFAHR) and Ahmed Ryan, General Manager of Horse Racing Committee in Algeria, distributed the prizes.
The UAE envoy HE Al Zaabi thanked HH Sheikh Mansoor for bringing the Festival to Algeria. “We enjoy strong relations with Algeria and these races will be a huge boost to Purebred Arabian racing here,” he said.
Ms. Lara Sawaya said, “After the grand success of the Festival’s World Arabian Horse Racing Conference in Marrakesh and the Festival’s races there, Algeria is the next success for us. HH Sheikh Mansoor is keen that Arabian horses all over the globe and their racing events are promoted.”
The Festival had decided to rename the Wathba Stud Farm Cup as the Wathba Stallions Cup at the World Arabian Horse Racing Conference which was held last week in Marrakesh, Morocco. Wathba Stallions being the breeding arm of Purebred Arabian horses of HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs.
Ms. Lara Sawaya, Executive Director of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, Chairperson of the International Federation of Horse Racing Academies (IFHRA), Chairperson of Ladies & Apprentice Racing Committees in the International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authorities (IFAHR) said “We will be starting with two Wathba Stallions in Algeria on Saturday and then will have another race on October 14. These races will carry prize funds of Euros 5,000 each and is aimed to promote Purebred Arabian racing at the grassroots level.”
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, in cooperation with Emirates Racing Authority, IFAHR, Emirates Arabian Horse Society, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, General Authority of Youth and Sports Welfare with 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, 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 2017, Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Eastern Mangroves Suites-Abu Dhabi by Jannah, Anantara Eastern Mangroves Spa and Resort.