Global Arabian race

The stage is set for the fourth leg of the Shaikha Fatima bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship (IFAHR) series at the Casablanca-Anfa Racecourse here on Friday.



By Hisham Al Gizouli

Published: Thu 3 May 2012, 6:18 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 1:57 PM

The event is organised under the umbrella of the Shaikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Racing Festival with 12 lady riders representing the UAE, Oman, Qatar and other parts of the world lining up for honours in the world’s richest women’s race to be contested over 10 furlongs.

The UAE Ambassador to Morocco Alsari Saeed Al Dhahri while speaking to the media at the Casablanca Grand Hayatt on Wednesday, Al Dhahri said: “Holding the fourth round of the Shaikha Fatima bint Mubarak Ladies Championship (IFAHR) in Morocco is of great essence for the women sports in the world in general and within the UAE and the Arab world in particular.”

Lara Sawaya, director of the Shaikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival and head of women’s races at IFAHR said: “Bringing this highly prestigious race of the series to Morocco to be held on the International Day of Purebred Arabian Horse is a new breakthrough to promote this noble creature and the Moroccan races as well.”

Sawaya noted that the race carries more surprises for jockeys, media, spectators and all parties involved, but she declined to elaborate. “Under the directives of Shaikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, we are here to add Morocco to the great venues which host these unprecedented series,” she said.

“I would like to thank Her Highness Shaikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Supreme Chairperson of the Family Development Foundation, Chairperson of UAE Women’s Federation, Mother of the UAE, for her generous patronage of the series which carry the name of her highness. The support of Shaikha Fatima for the UAE women has enhanced their status and established a strong base for the women Arabian horse races worldwide,” she said.

“It’s a great pride for the festival to see 12 lady riders from around the world gathering at this beautiful venue. German professional jockey Nina Wagner will take part in the race and her presence will present a new challenge for the amateur riders to benefit from her experience,” she said.

“All nine winners from the nine rounds will compete in the final leg scheduled on November 4 at the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club. Three more jockeys will be invited by the organising committee at its discretion. The world champion who does the better work on that day will walk away with the major share of the €25.000 prizemoney plus a luxurious Mercedes Benz.

“Moreover, the top three clubs from the ten rounds as per the collected points, will also claim their respective shares in the €50.000 prizemoney according to the established rules of the competition,” she said pointing out that Abu Dhabi has now become the capital of women Arabian races.


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