The premier race series of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival – the Sheijkh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup- kick starts on the snow tracks of the frozen lake of St Moritz in Switzerland on Sunday, February 12.
Eight horses including some regular runners and past winners in the Festival contest the mile’s distance (1600 metres) on the snow tracks which will once again prove the versatility of the Purebred Arabian horse.
Dutch trainer Miss Karin vcan den Bos has two great champions in Athlete Del Sol under Alexander Pietsch and Alibaba Del Sol under Daniel Porcu , both in with a chance on Sunday.
Trainer Michal Borkowski also has a pair of runners in Estarion under Nicolas Guilbert and Esid in Zamour under Bauyrzhan Murzabayev.
But Swiss trainer Mrs Franziska Aeschbacher has the remaining four runners and it will be a great battle for the big rpize on Sunday. Her runners include Nil Ashal under Tim Burgin, Nil Aziz under Vaclav Janacek, Nil Kamla under Raphael Lingg and Nil Alamoon under Astrid Wullschleger, the last named jockey being a winner of the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship final winner two years ago.
Sunday’s race kick-starts the 2017 campaign in the Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup.
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.