Arabians Shine at the Gold Coast
Article: Mr Michael Rollston – Photo Credits: Ms Nadine Frampton
The sun was shining and the turf was flying when the southern raider, Reid River R-Mani, and the magnificent stallion, Djehlbi, emerged winners in the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s Wathba Stud Farm Cup races as the globe-trotting series made its debut at the Gold Coast Turf Club in Australia on Saturday.
The Festival staged two races in its Wathba Stud Farm Cup series and Reid River R-Mani won the first of the two races under Benjamin Jewitt while Djehlbi under Isabella Teh won the second.
The first race was run over 1200 meters and spectators were treated to a beautiful ride by jockey Benjamin Jewitt who sat patiently on Reid River R-Mani before driving the Anthony Mountney trained gelding to a well earned 3.5 length win for owner Cassie Saunders. The up and coming Aloha Natalis, a horse owned, trained and ridden by Jill Colwell, ran second and the well tried Keisha, ridden by Isabella Teh and owned and trained by Jay Randle, running into third place. The winning time was 1:25.67.
Reputations were on the line in the second race when Isabelle Teh and Djehlbi took to the track. The pair had won the Festival’s Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup at Sportingbet Park in January 2015 and on Saturday the two were back to winning ways in the second Wathba Stud Farm Cup race.
Run over 1400 metres, Teh unleashed Djehlbi at the half way mark and demolished the eight-horse field with a trademark win by 12.5 lengths from Justice For All MI ridden Benjamin Jewitt. Aloha Desert Jewel, ridden by Jill Colwell, finished third. Djehlbi’s win was a real family affair with jockey Isabella Teh being the daughter of owner/trainer Michelle Amos and his strapper was Gary Amos, Michelle’s husband. Djehlbi finished in a time of 1:36.97.
The Mayor of Gold Coast Mr. Tom Tate, Equine Racing Solutions Director and AARC President Mr. Michael Rollston and Gold Coast Turf Club President Mr. Brett Cook gave away the trophies to the winning connections of the two races and reinforced their commitment to the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nayhan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival.
“We are very pleased with the success of our first ever races under the Festival’s banner at the Gold Coast Turf Club,” said Ms. Lara Sawaya, Executive Director of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, Chairperson of the Int’l Federation of Horse Racing Academies (IFHRA) and Chairperson of Ladies & Apprentice Racing Committees in the International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authorities (IFAHR).
The HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival is sustained by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority and coordinated by Abu Dhabi Sports Council, with National Feed and Flour Production and Marketing Co. LLC as associate sponsors, IPIC as Strategic Partner, The National Archives as the official partner and Emirates airline as the official carriers, in cooperation with Emirates Racing Authority, IFAHR, Emirates Arabian Horse Society, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, General Authority of Youth and Sports Welfare and sponsored by Al Aweer Stables, Ayadii LLC, Global United Veterinary Services LLC, Bloom, Petromal, Rise General Trading Co. LLC, Hayatna, Wathba Stallions, Abu Dhabi Falconers Club, Emirates Falconers Club, Mohamed Bin Zayed Falconry and Desert Physiognomy School, Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), Al Awani General Enterprises, Kabale, Omeir Travels, Dr Nader Saab Switzerland, Laboratories Fadia Karam Cosmetics, YAS Channel, Racing Post, Paris Turf, Al Wathba Centre, the UAE's General Women's Union, The Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy, Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition 2016, Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Eastern Mangroves Suites-Abu Dhabi by Jannah, Anantara Eastern Mangroves Spa and Resort.