PHOTOS BY VANESSA MOREAU-
A field of 10 Arabian fillies competed in the $41,500 HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship IFAHR Cup. The race featured an international group of female jockeys as has been the tradition of the annual event.
It was Swedish rider, Tina Henrikkson, who guided Uptown Sandy Girl to a resounding six-
“She was a dream to ride,” said Henrikkson “They told me that she likes to be forwardly placed, and she did it easily.” With this victory, Henrikkson qualifies to ride in the Ladies Championship Final to be held in Abu Dhabi in November.
This was the fourth win (two stakes) from nine starts for Uptown Sandy Girl ($5.20), as the betting favorite, who covered seven furlongs in 1.32.70. Her cumulative earnings are now $57,920. RB Kinkie Boots, owned by Rosebrook Farm and trained by Jerenesto Torrez, closed for second with Pams Masquerade, owned by Ed Wilson and trained by Simon Hobson, running third. Burning Vaz, Sabres Edge, Last Call MHF, WMA Success Symbol, Mahra T, Sand Token and RB Gaim Changer completed the field.
Ms. Lara Sawaya, Executive Director of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, General Manager of Wathba Stallions, Chairperson of the International Federation of Horse Racing Academies (IFHRA), Chairperson of Ladies & Apprentice Racing Committees in the International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authorities (IFAHR) said, “Houston is a very important racing venue for the Festival and has been a long time partner in hosting our races. The two races have attracted some of the best Arabians currently racing in the U.S. and we expect thrilling contests.”
“Last year the HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Flat Racing Festival and the Wathba Stallion Cup Series had announced that all our races will be Lasix free. Since then that rule has been implemented. The Arabian Jockey Club is in complete support, and we hope our efforts lead toward Lasix free racing for all Arabian races,” Ms. Sawaya added.
The HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival is sustained by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority and coordinated by Abu Dhabi Sports Council, with National Feed and Flour Production and Marketing Co. LLC as associate sponsors, The National Archives as the official partner and Emirates airline as the official carriers, Al Massood Automobiles and Nissan Middleast as official car partners, in cooperation with Emirates Racing Authority, IFAHR, Emirates Arabian Horse Society, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abu Dhabi Youth Council, General Authority for Sports and sponsored by Ayadi LLC, Global United Veterinary Services LLC, Nirvana Travels and Tourism LLC, Wathba Stallions, Abu Dhabi Falconers Club, Emirates Falconers Club, Mohamed Bin Zayed Falconry and Desert Physiognomy School, Al Awani General Enterprises, Kabale, Omeir Travels, YAS Channel, Racing Post, Paris Turf, Al Wathba Centre, the UAE's General Women's Union, The Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy, Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition 2018, Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Eastern Mangroves Suites-