DUINDIGT, NETHERLANDS, 27th July, 2015 (WAM) -- Promising three-year-old filly Hania DA won the H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival's Wathba Stud farm Cup IV held at the Draf-en Renbaan Duindigt on Sunday.
Sunday?s race was the fourth of the five Wathba Stud Farm Cup races scheduled to be held in The Netherlands. With Victor and Lightning Bolt being non-starters, eight horses including winner of the previous Wathba Stud Farm Cup III ? Rodin- started and the field included Fareedha, Pippa T Derham, Nabuko, Dicky and Nero DA. Hania DA, the bay filly sired by Majd Al Arab was running only in her second career race having finished second to Nero DA in Ghlin, Belgium last month. Owned and trained by Peter Deckers, Hania DA made no mistake second time out with jockey Jente Marien giving the Belgian bred filly a superb run. Fareedha under Koen Clijmans finished second while lady jockeys Anna van den Troost and Jadey Peitrasiewicz finishing third and fourth on Dicky and Pippa T. Lara Sawaya, Executive Director of the H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, Chairperson of the International Federation of Horse Racing Academies (IFHRA), and Chairperson of Ladies and Apprentice Racing Committees in the International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authorities (IFAHR) said, "The Wathba Stud Farm Cup race series is aimed to give such young horses and those at the grass roots level to race and succeed. We had Bachair Qardabiyah winning the first two races in this series here in Holland and then Rodin won the third. We still have one more race Wathba Stud farm Cup race here this year." The Sheikh Mansour festival is sustained by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority and coordinated by Abu Dhabi Sports Council in cooperation with Emirates Racing Authority, IFAHR, Emirates Arabian Horse Society, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, General Authority of Youth and Sports Welfare with The National Archives as the official partner and Emirates airline as the official carriers and sponsored by Invest AD, National Feed and Flour Production and Marketing Co. LLC, Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC), Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), The Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, Al Awani General Enterprises, Kabale, Al Wathba Centre, the UAE's General Women's Union, the H.H. Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy, Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition 2015, Dr. Nader Saab Switzerland, Al Wathba Centre, Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Eastern Mangroves Suites-Abu Dhabi by Jannah, Yas Channel, Omeir Travels, Racing Post and Laboratoires Fadia Karam Cosmetics.
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