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HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival races feature in Swedish National Day meeting

Races will be the feature events in the Swedish National Day race meeting which is expected to draw nearly 50,000 fans to the City Park of Gardet near central Stockholm on Wednesday, June 6, 2018.

The Swedish public will be marking their National Day and part of the treat for the holiday crowd will be provided by Purebred Arabian horses, the main attraction being the Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Listed Cup race.

The Euros 35,000 race to be run over a distance of 1500 metres has attracted seven quality runners and an exciting tussle is on the cards.

Storm Trouper under Dayverson de Barros, Macallan under Martin Rodrigues, Jaldi Karo under Andreas Tapia Dalbark, Toutatix under Josefin Landgren ​, Mad Makz under Fanny Olsson, Al Mounteze Monlau under Elione Chaves and Dynamites under Carlos Lopez are the runners and riders.

Macallan won last year’s race while in 2016 it was Toutatix and both will face a stiff challenge from Storm Trouper and recent Wathba Stallions Cup winner Jaldi Karo. Dynamites is trained by Karen van den Bos who is no stranger to success here on the Gardet and the winner of the White Turf contest for the Sheikh Zayed Cup in St Moritz in February will also gain a lot of backing. The race wears an open look with Mad Makz and Al Mounteze Monlau also capable of springing a surprise.

The Festival’s second race for Purebred Arabians is the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship and has attracted nine lady jockeys from around the globe.

Belgium’s Sara Vermeersch rides What A Wonder, UK’s Alice Mills will be on Silaah, Denmark’s Sara Slot on Pamills Lipse, Norway’s Tina Smith on Top Spin, Switzerland’s Cheryl Schoch on Maghazi, Poland’s Karolina Kaminska rides Al Murjaan, Hungary’s Zsuzsa Timar will be partnering Al Janoob, Sweden’s Anna Pilroth will ride Athlete del Sol and Italian Valeria Toccolini will be on Lou Reynal are in the fray.


The winning jockey will join the winners of the other legs of the Ladies Championship in the final of the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship in Abu Dhabi in November.

The third race under the Festival’s umbrella is the HH Sheikha Lateefa Bint Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Pony International race series. This will be the second race of this newly-introduced series after the inaugural race in Madrid. The winner of this race will also go to the final in Abu Dhabi.

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) and Chairperson of Ladies & Apprentice Racing Committees in the International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authorities (IFAHR) said, “June 6 is a special day not only for the citizens of Sweden but also for the HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival and Purebred Arabian racing. The Sheikh Zayed Cup holds special significance as the UAE has marked 2018 as the Year of Zayed to celebrate his 100 birthday. The Gardet attracts one of the biggest crowds and with the lady jockeys and the young pony jockeys also in the races, a great day is ahead for racing fans.”

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 carrier, in cooperation with Emirates Racing Authority, IFHRA, 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, Nissan Middleast Al Massood Automobiles, Nirvana Travels and Tourism LLC, Equicare Veterinary Services, Alawal Stud, Cavalos Equine Care & Supplies, SET Sustainable Environmental Technologies, Al Awani General Enterprises, Omeir Travels, Kabale, YAS Channel, Abu Dhabi Falconers Club, Emirates Falconers Club, Mohammed Bin Zayed Falconry and Desert Physiognomy School, 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, Anantara Eastern Mangroves Spa and Resort.
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