By Duane Fonseca
Janusz Kozlowski and Per-Anders Graberg were left celebrating after Rasmy Al Khalediah showed solid heart and dug deep into his reserves to turn up the deserving winner of the Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup at Bro Park on 19 September.
Carrying Listed status, the 1750m contest on the turf strip in the Swedish capital of Stockholm was held under the patronage of the His Highness Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Racing Festival, which supports Purebred Arabian racing around the world.
Trained by Kozlowski, the 4yo son of Nayef Al Khalediah was favourite to win and jumped well, but had to really battle to justify his top billing with the Maria-Hagman Eriksson owned and trained and Carlos Lopez piloted Afja’an in unforgiving mood until the finish. Rasmy Al Khalediah took victory by a neck taking his career record to seven wins in nine career starts.
Charlotte Goss schooled Lindahl’s Avatar finished third a further five lengths in arrears in the hands of Martin Rodriguez. Rasmy Al Khalediah won with a time of 1:56.60.
Meanwhile, at Montauban, in France, trainer Thomas Fourcy claimed another success as Aliko clinched the 2,250m Wathba Stallions Cup race in the hands of Hugo Mouesan. Aliko dictated the pace from start to finish winning comfortably ahead of the Laurie Vollard ridden Ole Mills with Isnogood de Carrer finishing third with Antoine Werle up.
The Wathba Stallion Cup Series is also supported by the Sheikh Mansoor Festival, which is run under the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Deputy Prime Minister of the UAE and Minister of Presidential Affairs. It aims to promote Purebred Arabian racing and encourages breeding of Purebred Arabians by supporting racing for the breed around the world.
The HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Horse Racing Festival is sustained by the Abu Dhabi Department of Culture & Tourism coordinated by Abu Dhabi Sports Council. It is supported by Etisalat, National Feed, The National Archives, Emirates Airline, Al Massood Automobiles Nissan, Areej Alameerat, Omeir Travels Agency, YAS Sports TV, Viola Communications, Abu Dhabi Falconers Club, the UAE’s General Women’s Union , Emirates Arabian Horse Society and Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club.