A tie in the “Jewel in Zayed’s crown”
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Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Presidential Court, yesterday afternoon, in the conference hall of the Dusit Thani Hotel in Abu Dhabi, in the presence of representatives of the Emirates Horse Racing Authority, along with guests of the festival and representatives of the media, the ceremonial draw for the eighth edition of The crown jewel of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, which will be held next Sunday, at the track of the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club.
The draw for the Crown Jewel of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, at a distance of 2,200 meters, with a prize of 5 million dirhams, was fair and balanced, and met with the approval of representatives of Emirates horses, as well as other owners and trainers in the global race.
The draw, involving 16 horses, resulted in the launch of “Hayyan” from gate “1”, “Tima” from gate “8” and “Sumoud” from gate “11”. Their ownership belongs to Yas Stables, which belongs to His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, while “Mujib” for Al Asayel Stables starts from Gate “14”.
The “Hamim” departs from Gate “12” and the “Ottoman” from Gate “10”, returning to the Al-Ajban Stables, belonging to His Highness Sheikh Tahnoun bin Zayed Al Nahyan, National Security Adviser.
Among the horses from the United Arab Emirates, “Ashton Tortis” by Ziad Galadari, starts from gate “3” and “Azadi Star” for the national studs and starts from gate “7”, and “AF Al-Bairaq” by Khaled Khalifa Al Naboodah from Gate ” 4″ and “Village Mobile” by Saif Asheer Al Mazrouei, from door “6”, which is a recognizable door.
Saudi Arabia is represented by “Dargham Athba” by Athba Racing, and starts from gate “9”, while the Qatari horses are represented by “First Class” Nayef Al Kaabi, from gate “5”, and “Lady Princess”, who defends the title from gate “16 ”, and “Jaafar” by Abdullah Al-Attiyah, from gate “15”.
The Omani horses are represented by “Soko” of the Royal Oman Horse, from gate “2”, while “Monda” for Al Wasmiya Racing starts from gate “13”.
Lara Sawaya, executive director of the Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan Racing Festival, who hosted the draw ceremony, with reporter Derek Thompson, said the festival represented the strongest week for Arabian horses, including the Crown Jewel Cup of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, which carries dear name, announces About the allocation of 4 cars to the public in the main race, December 4, at Abu Dhabi Racecourse.
Asma Al Shamsi, a representative of the Women’s Union, said that the federation, with the support of His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s running festival, will organize a competition for the most beautiful dress of Emirati heritage, during the main day of the race.
The Arabian Horse Forum Organizing Committee held a press conference, where Mohammed Matar Al Falahi, Vice President of His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan Racing Festival, conveyed the greetings of His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and announced the official opening of the Global Forum, welcoming all guests to the capital of Abu Dhabi, wishing success. For owners and trainers participating in the Zayed Crown Jewel Cup.
The conference was attended by Saleh Al-Jaziri, Director General of Tourism at the Department of Culture and Tourism, Sheikh Hamed Al Hamed and Mazen Al-Rifai, Director General of National Feed. Sheikh Rashid bin Jamal bin Khalifa Al Maktoum, Director of Sales of Emirates Airlines, congratulated everyone on the 51st Trade Union Day, thanking His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan for patronizing the festival, of which Emirates Airlines is an integral part.
Talal Al Hashemi, representative of the Abu Dhabi Sports Council, said: “We are honored to be a permanent partner of the festival, since its inception with the support of His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan.” Hamad Al Humairi, representative of the Archives and the National Library, said: “We are delighted to bless this ongoing partnership with the forum and the Zayed Crown Jewel Race, and we wish it every success.” To all. Mohammed Al-Harbi, Director General of the Emirates Arabian Horse Association, wished the success of this forum to those interested in purebred Arabian horses.
On the first day of the forum, three sessions were held on challenges in thoroughbred Arabian horse racing, the future of Arabian horse racing and horse breeding, with the participation of around 300 experts, trainers and media workers.
The work of the World Thoroughbred Arabian Horse Forum was broadcast live on the Yas Sports Channel and followed globally, posting race and conference news on the festival’s social networks.
The festival is supported and sponsored by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Abu Dhabi Sports Council, Archives and National Library, Main Partner, Mubadala, Official Partner, National Feed, Strategic Partner, Emirates Airlines, Official Carrier, and Etisalat, Official Partner Yas Channel, General Women’s Union , Viola Company, Emirates Association for Purebred Arabian Horses, Emirates International Village for Ability and Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club.
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