SHEIKHA FATIMA BINT MUBARAK WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP (IFAHR)
The Hungarian Alexandra Bihari, who has missed the Festival for the last two years due to a problem with her Federation, won one of the legs of the Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Apprentice World Championship (IFAHR). The Hungarian Federation has been reintegrated into the Festival and the International Federation of Horse Racing Academies (IFHRA) recently, and so she could return to the saddle onboard Loskhar (Muqatil Al Khalidiah) and win the race, that has prize money of € 29,700.
“This is like a new beginning for me, said Alexandra Bihari. My horse was looking around a bit before he settled thanks to a good pace in the race. This win is a great moment in my career.” This was her 26th win in 301 starts. She has now got her ticket to the final of the competition, which will take place in November in Abu Dhabi.
Riding Sedilesu (Gonare), the Italian Giulia Coccia had a last minute invitation to take her chance in another qualifying race in the Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship (IFAHR). Thanks to a strong finish, the Italian rider was first past the post in the race worth 24,200 euros. She was a length in front of her compatriot, Debora Fioretti, who was partnering Tabasco (Bonorvesu) whilst Jeannie Cook, from Ireland, took third place with Triade (Caligola). The French rider Mélanie Plat was fifth, riding Fedayn (Caligola). “I was called up at the last minute and I am delighted that I have qualified for the final of the championship, which is one of the great days of the racing season. I hope to carry my country’s colours to success”, said Giulia Coccia.
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