Netherlands- The fourth round of the U.A.E President Cup
|Netherlands- The fourth round of the U.A.E President Cup Hydra will kick off in Holland with 11 Purebred Arabian horses going to post this afternoon.
Top performers from France, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Belgium and Germany will line up for the €15,000 prizemoney with top weight Badad owned by sheikh mansour bin zayed al nahyan Minister of presidential Affairs looking good to put his head first.
"The participation of some of the best-known horses from the European-based stables is the best evidence that the Purebred Arabian horse will no longer be acquired for his beauty and stamina alone," said Sultan Al Marzouqi, secretary general of the UAE Equestrian and Racing Federation.
"We would like to thank our partners Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition, Abu Dhabi Culture and Heritage Authority, Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority and the Abu Dhabi Sports Council without whom the organisation of the event would have not been possible," he added.
The day will also be highlighted by the Abu Dhabi Hydra Championship for three-year-olds to be run over 1800 meter, with €15,000 in prizemoney.
The race has attracted a competitive field of 12 runners with plenty of horses in with a chance to land the trophy.
The French-bred Alibaba del Sol has every chance to go one better over his last run, but his job is not going to be that easy in the presence of Raneet who spent a splendid season in Europe.
"This is the fourth leg of the His Highness the President of the UAE championship Derby which is being held in major European cities and the US," he explained.
"The UAE Equestrian and Racing Federation are organising all these events to promote the Purebred Arabian horse and the emirate of Abu Dhabi," he concluded.
The race is expected to attract a very big crowd, the organisers said. "This is part of our duty towards the UAE in general and the emirate of Abu Dhabi in particular," said Sulieman Al Fahim, CEO of the Hydra Properties.
"WE want to display to the people the healthy business environment in which we are operating thanks to the efforts of our wise leadership," he said. "We are truly pleased with this partnership and too much keen to see it growing and developing over years," he said.
Meanwhile, Lara Sawaya, managing director of Tasweeq, praised the positive response from the private sector in the UAE and the valuable support it has been providing for the activities of the racing community.