Abu Dhabi, UAE
AF Ssayed under Dubai World Cup winning jockey Fernando Jara led a 1-2-3 finish for owner-breeder Khalid Khalifa Al Naboodah in the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s Wathba Stud Farm Cup for Private Owners Only race in Abu Dhabi on Sunday, January 22, 2017.
The Wathba Stud Farm Cup was the 5th race in Sunday’s meeting and the Dh 70,000 race was run over 1200 metres (Six furlongs).
The 5-year-old chestnut son of AF Al Buraq, trained by Musabbeh Al Muheiri, forged into an early lead and from then on stayed in front to win by nearly two lengths. AF Ssayeb is owned and bred by Khalid Khalifa Al Naboodah who recorded the memorable 1-2-3 with AF Mukhifah and AF Maher finishing second and third for trainer Ernst Oertel who also saddled the fourth, Madjanthis.
Twice a winner last season, including over course and distance, AF Ssayeb bounced back to winning ways after three fruitless runs this season.
Ms. Lara Sawaya, Executive Director of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, Chairperson of the Int’l Federation of Horse Racing Academies (IFHRA) and Chairperson of Ladies & Apprentice Racing Committees, Mussalam Al Amri of Al Jazira Stables and other sponsors’ representatives gave away the trophies to the winning connections.
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, in cooperation with Emirates Racing Authority, IFAHR, Emirates Arabian Horse Society, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, General Authority of Youth and Sports Welfare and sponsored by Al Aweer Stables, Ayadii LLC, Global United Veterinary Services LLC, Bloom, Petromal, Rise General Trading Co. LLC, Hayatna, Wathba Stallions, Abu Dhabi Falconers Club, Emirates Falconers Club, Mohamed Bin Zayed Falconry and Desert Physiognomy School, Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), Al Awani General Enterprises, Kabale, Omeir Travels, Dr Nader Saab Switzerland, Laboratories Fadia Karam Cosmetics, 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 2017, Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Eastern Mangroves Suites-Abu Dhabi by Jannah, Anantara Eastern Mangroves Spa and Resort.