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HH Sheikha Fatima Ladies race on frozen St Moritz lake on Sunday

Dutch trainer Karin van den Bos will be pinning her hopes on Dynamites to complete a double by winning HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship (IFAHR) race on the ‘White Turf’ of St Moritz in Switzerland on Sunday, February 18, 2018.

A fortnight ago on the opening day of the White Turf 2018 here on the ice tracks on the frozen St Moritz lake, van den Bos saddled a 1-2 with Dynamites and Athlete del Sol finishing in that order in the Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup race series.
 
Dynamites, the 4-year-old chestnut colt by Nashwan Al Khalediya, owned by Landgoed Waterland, will once again start favourite in this Sunday’s HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship (IFAHR) race which will be run over a mile’s distance on the ice-snow track.
 
Germany’s Rebecca Danz will be riding Dynamites as the lady jockeys pursue a slot in the year-end final of the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship. Seven professional lady jockeys are in the fray in this HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival-supported race that carries a prize fund of 33,000 Swiss francs.
 
The biggest challenge for Dynamites is likely to come from Lahoob under Hungarian Csenge Sutak and Nil Aziz to be ridden by Belgian Anna van den Troost apart from the consistent performing Athlète del Sol to be ridden by Norway’s Vanessa Ryall.
 
Toutatix under Italian Valeria Toccolini is also expected to add to the challenge while the others in the fray are Lou Raynal, partnered by Swiss lady jockey Astrid Wullschleger- a former HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies World Champion and Nil Ashal to be ridden by Sweden’s Fabienne De Geer.
 
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, “The weather looks perfect for this showdown on the ice track and with all of them being professional lady jockeys a keen contest is on the cards in the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship (IFAHR) race.”
 
“We thank HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister of the UAE and Minister of Presidential Affair and Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women's Union, Supreme President of the Family Development Foundation (FDF) and Head of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood for supporting and giving the lady jockeys the opportunity to experience such different racing conditions.”
 
“It will once again be very exciting in the finale of White Turf 2018 on Sunday, with approximately 60cm thick ice sheet covering the lake of St. Moritz,” said Thomas C. Walther, President of White Turf.
 
“For the seven races today we are expecting 57 horses from six countries clearly underscores the internationality of the horseraces in St. Moritz. Things could hardly be more captivating for the starting line ups in all three disciplines”, he 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-Abu Dhabi by Jannah, Anantara Eastern Mangroves Spa and Resort.
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