ABU DHABI: Brazilian jockey Silvestre De Sousa continued his winning partnership with Al Falah Stables’ handler Saifaldin Deeb on Sunday during the H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Festival’s Wathba Stud Farm Cup race series in Abu Dhabi.
The jockey-trainer pair were at it for the second successive race in the series and this time it was Al Waqqaad that won the fifth race of the H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Festival’s Wathba Stud Farm Cup For Private Owners Only, a Purebred Arabian Conditions contest at the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club.
The six-year-old son of Nizam got up very strongly in the concluding stages to prevail by a short head in front of Ain Jaloot from Eric Lemartinel’s yard and ridden by Gerald Avranche in a tight finish at the busy end.
The winner covered the distance in 1:46:00 to cross the line in front of Ain Jaloot as Wazn was 11 lengths away in third place under Royston French.
Deeb had last week saddled Najem S’Heel to win the fourth race of the series in the hands of De Sousa over a shorter distance at the same venue.
“Mr. Deeb is obviously a very good trainer and his horses always merit respect in these races,” said De Sousa.
Adnan Sultan Al Nuaimi, Director-General of the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club and Lara Sawaya, Executive Director of the H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, Chairman of International Federation of Horse Racing Academies (IFHRA), Chairman of Ladies Racing Committee in the International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authorities (IFAHR) and Chairman of Apprentice Jockeys and Racing in IFAHR, presented the prizes and trophies to the winners.
Trainer Saifaldin Deeb received a AED10,000 prize on behalf of the owner and breeder of the winning horse, Abdul Aziz Al Owais. Speaking during the event, Deeb said, “We would like to give thanks to H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, for his far-sighted vision to promote the breeding and owning of Arabian horses in the UAE and other parts of the world.”