THE SHEIKH MANSOOR FESTIVAL HOLDS TWO MOMENTOUS RACES AT ALGIERS
The Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan International Arabian Horse Racing Festival flew for the first time to the Abdelmadjid Aouchiche racecourse (also known as Le Caroubier), in Algiers, as Algeria officially joined the Festival this year.
Two legs of the Wathba Stallions Cup, a series of races designed to encourage smaller purebred Arabian breeders across the world, took place over 2,000 meters and 1,600 meters.
The first race, which had prize money of € 5,000, saw Merbouh El Mesk (Azadi) finish victorious, who was previously trained by Thomas Fourcy, and bred by Hassan Mousli and Nadia Mousalli. He finished in front of Adahess du Croate (Dahess), another horse that was bred in France, by Jacques and Éliane Davy-Boudet.
In the second race, for horses born and bred in Algeria, Ghilass (Kalgon) was the winner, in front of Anouar (Sheerlokoum) and Iraq (Zamango).
The Executive Director of the Festival, Lara Sawaya said: “After the big success of the Festival’s World Arabian Horse Racing Conference in Marrakesh, and the Festival’s racing there, Algeria is the next success for us. His Highness Sheikh Mansoor is always keen that Arabian horses all over the globe and their racing events are promoted. This is why we have decided to rename the Wathba Stud Farm Cup, Wathba Stallions Cup as the Wathba stallions are the main asset of Sheikh Mansoor’s breeding operation, and these races, each with prize money of € 5,000, are aimed to promote purebred Arabian racing at grassroots level. We will return to Algeria on the 14th October for another of these races. »
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