By Duane Fonseca
In new changes rung in at Emirates Racing Authority (ERA), Mohammed Saeed Al Shehhi has been appointed General Manager of the governing body for the sport in the United Arab Emirates.
The announcement was made Sunday and has been approved by His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister of the UAE and Minister of Presidential Affairs, and ERA Chairman.
Al Shehhi has years of industry experience, more recently in the capacity of managing the racing team of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. He was even recently appointed as one of the members of the new ERA board.
Sheikh Mansour commented: “We are delighted that Mohammed Saeed Al Shehhi is to be ERA General Manager. He has already contributed to the ERA’s development through his role as Board Member, and we are confident that he is the right person to help build racing here in the UAE.
“Mohammed will work under the guidance of Sheikh Rashid bin Dalmouk Al Maktoum, in his role as ERA Vice Chairman, while Matar Suhail Ali Al Yabhouni Al Dhaheri remains a valued Board Member.”
Apart from administrative positions held by him, Al Shehhi is also a successful owner. His silks have witnessed success on a regular basis with one of his biggest triumphs coming in the Group 1 Gran Criterium in Italy in 2012, which was won by the Richard Hannon schooled and Stephane Pasquier ridden Law Enforcement.
Al Shehhi will commence his new position ahead of the start of the 2021-22 UAE racing season, which begins at Jebel Ali Racecourse on 29 October.
Al Shehhi called his appointment a ‘privilege’ and said he would do his bit to uphold the high standards set by the ERA.
“I thank Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed and Sheikh Rashid bin Dalmook for their confidence in me with this new role within the ERA,” Al Shehhi said.
“I have been a lifelong follower of horseracing and it is a privilege for me to play a part in governing the sport.
“I thank the existing ERA team for their dedication, and I look forward to working with them to continue to improve racing here in the UAE, where it has such a proud tradition.”