With three races in the name of His Majesty King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa and the Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship race being the featured races.
While Bahrain’s best horses will vie for the prestigious His Majesty King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa Cup races, the large crowd will also witness lady jockeys from around the world compete in the ladies race held as part of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival.
Last year’s winning horse Mlolshaan, a winner under Danish lady jockey Sabina Gammelgaard, is back again and this time will be ridden by Norway’s Silja Storen.
The other riders who will be making a determined bid to win and qualify for the November finals are Belgium’s Anna van den Troost on Al Hamdanieh 1644, French jockey Delphine Garcia Dubois on Tuwaisan, Italian Ilaria Saggiomo on Kuheilan Aafas 1675, Cindy Klinkenberg of The Netherlands on Kuheilan Aafas 1640, Spain’s Beatriz Alonso on Kuheila’T Al Adiyat, Ireland’s Aine Dagg on Al Jellaby, Eva Herresthal of Germany rides Al Hamdanieh 1637 and Great Britain’s Ellie McKenzie will be on Al Ma’anagieh.
The Director General of the General Women's Union, Ms. Noura Al Suwaidi hailed the support to lady jockeys from 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.
“The race will be run over seven furlongs with a cash purse of 15,000 Bahraini Dinars and this is the third race in this series after Oman and Houston,” said Ms. Lara Sawaya, Executive Director of HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, 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).
“Bahrain is a prestigious venue for the HH Sheikha Fatima Ladies race and it will be a great opportunity for the lady jockeys to contest on the race track here and also on a day when some of the biggest races of the Kingdom are being run,” she 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, IPIC as Strategic Partner, 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 with and sponsored by Ayadii LLC, Global United Veterinary Services LLC, 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 2016, Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Eastern Mangroves Suites-Abu Dhabi by Jannah, Anantara Eastern Mangroves Spa and Resort.