The Sheikh Mansoor Festival Festivities Continue
Tuesday the 8th of November, the official race draw of The Worlds Richest Purebred Arabian Race, HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Jewel Crown Group 1 worth €1,200,000, HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak (IFHRA) Apprentice Jockey Championship and lastly, HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship took place at the National Archives in Abu Dhabi, which produced major highs and lows for some with stall draws, nevertheless, you could feel the atmosphere being consumed with euphoria ahead of Sundays racing.
6-year-old French bred Arabian, Al Mourtajez (x Dahess) trained by Thomas Fourcy for Al Shaqab Racing is favourite to win the Jewel Crown G1 on Sunday evening. The 9 times Group one winning grey has proven himself as one of the best Arabians in training, if not the best, with an official rating of 134 and has even been compared to the likes of thoroughbreds such as California Chrome and Frankel, he is said to be 'unbeatable'. After his Chantilly 'triomphe' winning the Qatar Arabian World Cup G1, Al Mourtajez seeks out Abu Dhabi racecourse under regular jockey, Julien Auge, to give him his next title and a hefty amount of €1,200,000 in prize money.
However, last seasons Kahayla Classic winner AF Mathmoon (AE) trained by former UAE champion trainer Musabbah Al Muhairi and multiple group one victor Thakif (FR), trained by Majed Al Jahouri are in the midst and should not be over looked as they could give Al Mourtajez a run for the crown.
During the opening press conference on Wednesday the 9th, Sheikh Mansoor Global Arabian Racing Festival co-ambassador with Xavier Ziani and former UAE champion jockey, Richard Mullen gave his thoughts and thanks to Lara Sawaya the Executive Director and the festival for making him a part of their team. "I have learnt that Arabian racing is a tight knit community and everyone involved is part of the family", expressed Mullen. Richard also believes that Arabian racing should be brought forward into new light and not thought of as a lesser sport than thoroughbred racing- which the crowd thoroughly agreed with.
Lara Sawaya, Executive Director for the Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival, Chairperson of International Federation of Horse Racing Academies and Chairperson of Ladies & Apprentice Racing Committees in the International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authorities- officially announced that HH Sheikh Mansoor has donated €20,000 to support Freddy Tylicki after sustaining a career ending injury. Sawaya also mentioned the Festival will continue to provide Tylicki with support in his recovery stages.