Abu Dhabi (Etihad)
The horse “Drian” Lias, for the management of horse racing belonging to His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, will face the giants of purebred Arabian horses in the International Stakes for a mile, tomorrow afternoon, “Wednesday”, at Goodwood Racecourse.
With a rating of 127 pounds, the highest-ranked in the world, and led by Frankie Dettori, “Drian”, led by Didier Gulimain, winner of the Dubai Classic as a classic first class, who finished second in this race last year, is the favorites to win.
The six-year-old, who is descended from Mohab and the mare, Haboub, had won several races in the first category on sand and grass tracks, including the President’s Cup for purebred Arabian horses.
The UAE is also represented in the race by the mare “Lulua”, by Shadwell under the supervision of Philip Collington, and led by Jim Crowley, who finished third in the British “derby” race, on St Leger Day at Doncaster, before winning last season.
Five-year-old “Lulua”, a descendant of “Saudi”, and the mare “Zurmania”, took second place twice this season, behind “Farha”, then in a list race in Belgium, with a rating of 95 pounds.
Shadwell also represents the horse “Toufan” under the supervision of James Owen and led by Pat Cosgrave, and Ibn “Mohab” previously beat the Tabita “sand mixed” track, and came third behind “Farha” and “Lulua”, with a rating of 87 pounds.
Farha Shadwell, led by Tom Marquand and under the supervision of James Owen, is also seeking to establish itself among the world’s top-rated horse race, winning two races over the same distance and rated at 93 pounds.
On the other hand, the filly “Maguie de Forges” was crowned champion of the Al Wathba Stallions Cup race, which was held yesterday at the French track last de Bosch, under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan International Racing Festival for Purebred Arabian Horses.
It is noteworthy that the second place holder, “Munda”, was bred from the mare “Mahaiya” and the stallion “Norisk the Mori”, by Lara Sawaya, the executive director of the festival, after the name of her late aunt, while the third came “Hilweh”.