Karmel de Faust won the UAE President Cup Sorouh, for owners LLC Jockey Club Racing, as the colt streaked first past the post in the race for Purebred Arabian horses, which was also the Moscow Derby at the Central Moscow Hippodrome on Saturday.
|The first race, in this series was held in Newmarket, UK, last month.
In the Group 1 race, reserved for four-year-old colts and fillies , the chestnut galloped home with popular jockey Alexander Ivanskoy, winning by two and a half length from grey colt Bank
Karmel de Faust, trained by A. Derov, accelerated well, midway of the race run over 2,400 meters with a time of 2:57.70 to beat Takador who dominated the filed in the beginning and then second placed Bank. Pais finished third,
Masood Al Awar, chief sales and marketing officer of Sorouh Real Estate PJSC and Lara Sawaya, managing director of Tasweeq gave away the trophies in the presence of Dr Vita S Kozlova, general director of National Horse Breeding Union of Russia.
The day also witnessed the Abu Dhabi Sorouh Nasibov Cup meant for three-year-old and older colts and fillies. The Group 1 race run over 2,400 meters resulted in an eight and a half length victory for Sunshine Lemon.
Sunshine Lemon, ridden by M.A. Kappushev, was not in the front until getting into top gear in the final bend to finish first. Both Kraivin Kirk and Kentucky Jeff crossed the post in identical time of 2:45.2 but the former did enough to finish as the runner up by a nose from the latter who had looked to be the assured runner-up with a few meters left.
The Moscow races had joint support from the Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition, Abu Dhabi Culture and Heritage Authority, Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority and Abu Dhabi Sports Council.
Meanwhile stage is set for the UAE President’s Cup Hydra as well as the Cup of Russia Hydra Arabian on Aug 23 at the Central Moscow Hippodrome.
Awar, who attended the races said he was delighted to see competitive Purebred Arabian and Thoroughbred races in Moscow. “I would like to thank UAE Equestrian and Racing Federation for giving us a chance to sponsor the Moscow races. “As a leading Abu Dhabi based real estate company we are proud to be part of the UAE Racing Federation’s race series and we hope to continue the support in the future also,” he said. “We have been involved in the cultural and sporting activities of the country and we are pleased to extend our support as the sports have reflected positively on the image of the country world wide,” concluded Awar.
Lara Sawaya said the response form all those who were involved both in the UAE and Russia has been overwhelming and we will have one more event in Russia. “We thank all those individuals and institutions and sponsors for their support,” she said.
Vita S Kozlova said the Purebred Arabian horse racing is becoming popular in Russia because of UAE’s initiative. “We are very happy the UAE races were held on Saturday which was also the opening day of the Russian version of the Breeders’ Cup. We hope other Arab Countries will also follow the initiative of the UAE and come up with attractive prize money in order to boost the Arabian horses in international arena,” said petite Koloa, who has been following equestrian sports since the age of eight.
In Russia horse racing season is held between May and October and the Central Moscow Hippodrome is one of the oldest race courses in Europe, having built in 1834.
From Russia the 14th His Highness the President of the UAE Championship Derby moves to Duindigt, Holland on Aug. 27.