Abu Dhabi Some of America’s top Purebred Arabian horses will line up for Saturday’s Shaikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival’s Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup, a Group Three race to be run in Pleasanton, California.
After last year’s roaring success when Pleasanton staged the Wathda Stud Farm Cup on the sidelines of the Alameda County Fair, the Festival’s Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup will make its debut at this famous racecourse.
Eight horses — Jucy Pickins, Quick Sand PW, Golly Bret, By Golly Its Hot, Sand DE Wind, La Jest A Flash, PJ Miss Zuby and Ordination — will be starting off in this Listed race, trying to win a slice of the $20,000 (Dh73,462) prize money on offer.
The race will be contested over a distance of six furlongs (1,200 metres).
Lara Sawaya, Director of the Festival and Head of Ladies Racing at the International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing, said: “We are delighted to be back at Pleasanton, where we had such a memorable experience last year. Thousands of people who were there for the popular Alameda County Fair attended the race and enjoyed Purebred Arabians competing on the racecourse.
“This year it is the prestigious Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup and, being a Listed race, the quality of entries and the competition is expected to be of a very high level.”
Abdullah Al Qubaisi, of the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority, said: “This is the second visit by the Shaikh Mansour Festival this year after the huge success in Houston earlier in the year. We had two great races and the Festival’s Darley Awards added a huge boost to Purebred Arabian racing both in the US and around the world.”