Quite slowly away in the opening 2000m handicap, Men Alemarat was soon tracking the leaders under Al Siyabi and the pair were clearly travelling best of all when they hit the front 500m out. Al Siyabi found he had a willing partner who galloped on relentlessly, defeating his ten rivals fairly comfortably.
MH Tawag under Tadhg O’Shea and Live Rich under Jesus Rosales finished second and third respectively in the Dh 50,000 race organized under the umbrella of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival.
It was a third career win for the horse but first since October 2016 when he won at Sharjah, having registered a first victory in an Al Ain maiden over this 2000m course and distance in January that same year. He was then trained by Eric Lemartinel but is now in the care of Khalifa Al Neyadi who also owns him.
Al Siyabi said: “That was the first time I have ridden him in a race and he has quite impressed me; he carried me there going strongly and then ran on well.”
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, Abu Dhabi Youth Council, General Authority for Sports and sponsored by Ayadi LLC, Global United Veterinary Services LLC, Nirvana Travels and Tourism LLC, Wathba Stallions, Abu Dhabi Falconers Club, Emirates Falconers Club, Mohamed Bin Zayed Falconry and Desert Physiognomy School, Al Awani General Enterprises, Kabale, Omeir Travels, 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.