First it was Deryan in the able hands of Alexandre Gavilan that tasted success in the Prix Norniz, a 1600 metre race for maidens. Deryan, a three-year-old colt from Munjiz, made it a sweet victory for HH Sheikh Mansoor and trainer Didier Guillemin who saddled a 1-2-3 in this Euros 16,000 race.
Deryan finished about 1.75 lengths ahead of two other Guillemin-trained colts- Garrafah under Olivier Peslier and Champasak under Mickael Forest. The winning time was 1:52.90.
The second success for the HH Sheikh Mansoor-owned Yas Horse Racing Management came in the Prix Fedora-Wathba Stallions Cup, a race run under the umbrella of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival. Another Munjiz colt-Baseel- trained by Thomas Demeaulte and ridden by Valentin Seguy scored in the 12-horse race.
Baseel finished ahead of Gtnah under Julien Auge while Poupee Du Loup under Olivier Peslier finished third in the Euros 16,000 race. The race was run over a distance of 1600 metres and the winning time was 1.51.
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) congratulated HH Sheikh Mansoor on the success of Deryan and Baseel. “It is a grand double for HH Sheikh Mansoor and both the winning horses are from Munjiz, a stallion that stands at the Wathba Stallions, also owned by HH Sheikh Mansoor,” 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, 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.