Entries for the HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup (Gr1PA) to be run at Royal Windsor racecourse on Sunday 11th August, were published yesterday by the Arabian Racing Organisation (ARO). At the first entry stage the list includes an exciting combination of proven performers and young contenders such as the 2017 winner Mith’haf Athbah and one of France’s top juveniles of 2018, Bel’izam. Of the 20 horses listed, 12 are either Group winners or Group placed and it looks sure to be a competitive affair.
This race is the highlight of HH Sheikh Mansoor Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival events in the UK, which began with the Wathba Stallions Cup, run at Chelmsford City in June. There are two further races at Royal Windsor, as the UK stage of HH Sheikha Lateefa bint Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan International Pony Championship race, will also be run on August 11th. The following day the UK stage of the HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship (IFAHR), will take place as part of the racecourse’s popular regular Monday evening fixture.
Genny Haynes, ARO Commercial and Finance Director said: “We are delighted to welcome back the HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup to the UK and are proud that this is also the first Group 1 event that Royal Windsor racecourse has hosted.
“ARO is extremely grateful for the continued support of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival and Lara Sawaya. I am looking forward to seeing top quality Arabian racing at this track, as our meetings have always been very well received by the local racegoers. We also thank Clarissa Daly of the UK Pony Racing Authority for enabling us to host the first pony race in association with ARO.”
Continuing their support for the stable staff, Racing Welfare will be sponsoring the Best Turned Out Award at this race with a cash prize £20 and a Racing Welfare gilet to the winning groom. Supplementary entries must be received by 1200hrs on August 2nd, with declarations due by 1100hrs on August 8th.