“NIMIR” is seeking the title of the Wathba Stallions Cup in France
On the afternoon of August 18, 2023, the French racecourse “La Teste de Buch” will host a new round of the Wathba Stallions Cup series, under the title of the Prix Arca for purebred Arabian horses at the age of four. This event is sponsored and organized by His Highness Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Racing Festival.
The organization of the festival follows the directives and encouragement of HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President, Deputy Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, Minister of Presidential Court and Chairman for the Emirates Arabian Horse Society, with the aim of developing the horse racing industry worldwide, supporting the preservation of purebred Arab horse breeds, and encouraging breeders to care for them across continents.
Among the contenders for the title in this event is the horse “Nimir” owned by HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan, under the supervision of trainer Damien Watrigant and jockey Fabrice Veron. “Nimir” has previously won a race and finished second in another, making him a strong candidate for victory.
Competing alongside “Nimir” is “Hishemah” owned by Salmeen Abdullah Al Jabri, with jockey Gary Sanchez. “Dolon” owned by Haif Mohammed Al Ghatani, will be ridden by Jean-Bernard Eyquem, and both of these contenders are under the supervision of French trainer Elizabeth Bernard.
Other horses in the race include “Jamaika de Bozouls” owned by Marcel Mezy, under the supervision of E. Dell’ova and ridden by Marlene Mayer, and “Joy de Montegut” owned by MME Thierry Lemer, with supervision by G. Lemer and ridden by Antoine Werle.
The festival includes races such as the Jewel of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan’s Crown, the Zayed Cup, the Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Cup, the Wathba Stallions Cup, and the International Meeting for Purebred Arabian Horse Racing.
The festival’s inaugural race started strongly on January 11 of this year. With the addition of new races in the 2023 season, the festival includes a total of 152 local and international races around the world, covering various categories such as first, second, and third-class races.
The HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Horse Racing Festival is sustained by the Abu Dhabi Department of Culture & Tourism coordinated by Abu Dhabi Sports Council, with National Feed as strategic partner, The National Library & Archives as the official partner , MUBADALA as the official partner ,Emirates Airline as the official carrier, Etisalat as official sponsor & sponsored by Al Massood Automobiles Nissan, Areej Alameerat, Omeir Travels Agency, YAS Sports TV, Viola Communications, the UAE’s General Women’s Union , Emirates International Endurance Village, Emirates Arabian Horse Society & Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club.