THE COMBINATION of Lucas Quintana and Vitor Souza partnered to land the Prêmio UAE President Cup Series for Colts II with Gunther Rach who dominated proceedings to win the 1200m turf sprint at the Cidade Jardim Racecourse in Brazil.

Under a strong ride from Souza, Gunther Rach tracked the lead and pounced to take up the running in the straight without much fuss. Obstinado Rach, driven by Jose Severo, tried to challenge but was just not good enough to threaten and finished second, two lengths behind. RG Kemir was a distant 11 and a quarter lengths back in third in Jeane Alves’ hands.

The race was the third round of the eight leg UAE President Cup South America Mondial Series for Purebred Arabian Horses that runs until November. HE Mr Ibrahim Salem Alalawi, consul general of the UAE in the state of São Paulo, said: “The races are sponsored by UAE President Cup Arabian Purebred Classic Series and are organised and supervised by the Brazilian Arabian Horse Breeders Association.

“I would like to thank HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Presidential Affairs, for his unlimited support for sport in general and equestrian sport in particular, which has had a major impact on the current status and in the future of Arabian horses around the world.”

Almir José Ribeiro, racing director at Brazilian Arabian Horse Breeders Association (ABCCA) added: “I want to thank our sponsor UAE President Cup Arabian Purebred Classic Series, who believes in the growth of Arabian horse racing in the world, mainly in Brazil and South America.”