By Duane Fonseca


Siergiej Vasyutov made horse racing history in Poland last week by becoming the first man to win a race as jockey, trainer and owner after Wirgilion raked in a stunning success in the Wathba Stallion Cup (Trophy) race at Sluzewiec Racecourse in the national capital of Warsaw.

The 1800m contest for 3yo Polish bred Purebred Arabians on turf deemed good drew together a field of 13 with Vasyutov and his grey SS Mothill colt defying a posse of top divisional names to run out the winners by three and a half lengths in a time of 2'03.1.

Finishing second was Dragado ridden by P Nakoniechnyi, while a further half length back in third was Jabet Al Khalediah, the ride of Anton Turgaev.

Lara Sawaya, Executive Director of the Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Racing Festival, praised Vasyutov’s unprecedented achievement, which was a first in the history of the Festival too.The 1800m contest for Purebred Arabians was held as part of the Al Wathba Stallions Cup Series that is held under the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs.

The Series encourages owners and breeders to breed and acquire Purebred Arabian horses, whose base is broadening across Europe with great interest being shown from owners and breeders from all corners of the continent.

The Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Racing Festival is active around the world with races sponsored in Britain, United States, Europe and South America. The Series is also supported by Wathba Stallions, the breeding arm in the UAE and France, of HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan.