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Darley Awards winners honoured
12 March 2013
Valiant Boy SBFAR, a 4-year-old bred by Shaikh Tahnoon bin Zayed Al Nahyan was a double winner while Dutch connections dominated in Sundayís Shaikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festivalís 26th Annual Darley Awards and the Shaikha Fatima bint Mubarak Darley Awards respectively.
Recipients of the Shaikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival’s 26th Annual Darley Awards and the Shaikha Fatima bint Mubarak Darley Awards seen at the ceremony.
Valiant Boy SBFAR, with four wins and two second-place finishes in his seven starts won the Best 4-year-old Colt/Gelding in the US award and also won the Horse of The Year Award to dominate the Darley Awards.
In the Shaikha Fatima bint Mubarak Darley Awards, three from The Netherlands walked away with the beautiful trophies with Germany’s Susanna Santesson earning the Lifetime Award for her services to ladies flat racing and the German Jockey Club. Karin Van Der Bos from The Netherlands won the Best Owner while her countrymate Jadey Pietrawiscz (Best Jockey) and Diana Dorenburg (Best Trainer) made it a Dutch dominance in the Shaikha Fatima Awards.
At a glittering ceremony hosted by well-known racing commentator Derek Thompson at the JW Marriot Hotel in Houston, Texas the Purebred Arabian fraternity came together to celebrate outstanding performances by horses and connections.
Abdul Rahman Al Jaber, Second Secretary at the UAE Embassy in the US, Dr Wadouda Badran, Consultant to the Supreme Council of Arab Women’s Organisation, Lara Sawaya, Director of the Shaikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival and head of IFAHR ladies racing, Sami Al Boenain, IFAHR Chairman, Jasim Abdul Mohsin Al Dossary, Assistant Under Secretary of Sports at the General Authority of Youth and Sports Welfare, Ali Moosa Al Khamiri of Dubai Equestrian Club, Dr. Kinsman Wright of Arabian Racing Cup, Richard Lancaster of Shadwell Stud Director, Stephen Bowey of Invest AD, Mansour Al Mansouri of the UAE Falconry Club, Margareet de Ruiter from the Dutch Arabian Racing, of the Genny Haynes-Director of ARO-UK, Michelle Morgan, Deborah Mihaloff, Denise Gault (Chief Steward) and Diana Waldron – all from the ARC were among those who gave away the attractive trophies to the winners of the two award series.
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