Tarbes, France: A dozen top Purebred Arabian horses under Apprentice jockeys from around the world will face-off on Sunday in what will be their last chance to win and qualify for the HH Shaikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s HH Shaikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Apprentice World Championship (IFAHR) race at the Tarbes racecourse in France.
The Euros 20,000 contest (Dh80,594) over a distance of 1500 metres is being held under the directives of Shaikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, with support from Her Highness Shaikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, Chairperson of the General Women’s Union, Supreme Chairperson of the Family Development Foundation and Chairwoman of the Supreme Council for Motherhood.
Thabit under Kersley Ramsamy from Mauritius and Mirna under Robin Weber from Germany are the two runners owned by HH Shaikh Mansoor. Thabit is the top weight and Ramsay, who has 28 wins from 357 starts will fancy his chances.
Meanwhile, Al Shaqab Racing from Qatar is strongly represented with four runners. AJS Rudainah under Ireland’s Andrew Breslin, Majida under Christakis Panteli from Cyprus, Gjobat Bahar under Oman’s Yahya Bin Juma Al Hamdani and Al Jassasiya under Jordanian Milly Naseb will be hoping to give the Qatar stables success.
Other runners and their jockeys are: Nafeth Al Khalediah under Moroccan Tibari el Maymouny, Bien A Lagrimodie under French jockey Jordan Plateaux, Vedette De Lagrimondi under Great Britain’s Jordan Uys, Rihan under Danish rider Francis Waweru, Argonaute under Anaelle Mekouche and Beur Star under Quentin Houdoin.
“We are expecting a keen tussle among the Apprentice jockeys as they try and win a berth in the November 13 final of the HH Shaikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Apprentice World Championship (IFAHR) to be held in Abu Dhabi,” said Lara Sawaya, Executive Director of the HH Shaikh 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).
“So far we have already seen five Apprentice jockeys from Bahrain, Italy, South Korea, Belgium and Puerto Rico book their births in the finale,” she added.