The horses in the race are Translation, Irbis, Saladin, White Princess, Arab Queen, Blacktex, Dorby, May Bay, Boston, Picard, Diamond, Tobasco and Pemos.
“This year the UAE is celebrating the Year of Zayed to mark the 100th birth anniversary of our great leader Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan and hence this race named after him gains added importance. Sheikh Zayed was a passionate promoter of Purebred Arabian horses and the Festival, under the directives of HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, is continuing to move in the same path,” said Ms. Lara Sawaya, Executive Director of HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, Chairperson of the International Federation of Horse Racing Academies (IFHRA) and Chairperson of Ladies & Apprentice Racing Committees in the International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authorities (IFAHR).
Kazan’s second race under the Festival’s banner is the Wathba Stallions Cup which aims to bolster Arabian racing at the grassroots level. This race, worth Euros 5000 is open to 2-year-old Purebred Arabian horses and has attracted 11 runners.
Nurimane, Pri, Perry, March, Vasilevs, Van Drina, Tanks, Mobitka, Princess Of The Arabian, Prince Wangog and Convention are in the fray for the Wathba Stallions Cup which will be run over 1400 metres.
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 carrier, in cooperation with Emirates Racing Authority, IFHRA, IFAHR, Emirates Arabian Horse Society, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abu Dhabi Youth Council, General Authority for Sports and sponsored by Ayadi LLC, Global United Veterinary Services LLC, Nissan Middleast Al Massood Automobiles, Nirvana Travels and Tourism LLC, Equicare Veterinary Services, Alawal Stud, Cavalos Equine Care & Supplies, SET Sustainable Environmental Technologies, Al Awani General Enterprises, Omeir Travels, Kabale, YAS Channel, Abu Dhabi Falconers Club, Emirates Falconers Club, Mohammed Bin Zayed Falconry and Desert Physiognomy School, 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, Anantara Eastern Mangroves Spa and Resort.