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Star-studded field set for Wathba Cup finale

Netherlands race will also bring the curtain down on the 2012 Dutch Arabian Championship

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Abu Dhabi: The 10th and final Wathba Stud Farm Cup race of the year has attracted a star-studded field promising a thrilling end to this popular series.

Sunday’s race at the Duindigt race course in the Netherlands is not only the final race of the HH Shaikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival’s Wathba Stud Farm Cup series but is also the Dutch Arabian Championship 2012.

Athlete Del Sol, winner of the Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup in Berlin this year, will take on three other winners of the Wathba Stud Farm Cup here in Duindigt earlier in the season.

Blitter’s Plonja, winner of the first two races in the series bids to end with a third win, while Detroit, winner of Wathba Stud farm Cup V and Shrek OA, winner of the IX race are part of the 10-strong field.

Gillian Duffield’s Sadiq also joins the competition from Newmarket to make it a very open finale to the Wathba Stud Farm Cup race series here in The Netherlands.

Other runners are Belgium’s Omni DA, Kentaur Kossack, Mirabella de Sol, Lillij Ann and Shakira DA.

“This is one of the strongest field for a Wathba Stud farm Cup race and we are delighted with the response from Purebred Arabian race horse owners and trainers in the region,” said Lara Sawaya, Director the HH Shaikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival and head of IFAHR ladies racing.

The HH Shaikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival is organised by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority and co-ordinated by Abu Dhabi Sports Council in association with Emirates Racing Authority, IFAHR and Emirates Arabian Horse Society.

It is supported by the General Authority for Youth and Sports and Fegentri with Emirates airlines as the official carrier.

Sponsors include Invest AD, Al Rashid Investment, Areej Al Ameerat, Mauzan, Al Awani General Enterprises, Kabale, the UAE’s General Women’s Union, the HH Shaikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy, Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition 2013, Wathba Stud Farm and the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club.