Sudanese national Al Tayeb Murtada Al-Tayeb drove away with a Lexus UX 200 after winning the inaugural edition of the Al Adiyat Pick Six competition organised by Dubai Horse Racing Information Centre and sponsored by Phoenix Investment Fund. A computer operator living in Abu Dhabi, Al Tayeb said participating in the competition that involved picking winning horses during the course of the 2018/19 UAE racing season, though nerve wracking, was an exciting affair and one he would be happy to be part of next season. Al Tayeb comes from a Sudanese family, which like many others from the nation is crazy about horseracing. He admitted it was a tough competition to win as the high stakes involved left very little room for error.
Al Tayeb found himself inside the top 20 early on and fought hard to move up to sixth place. Later, a bumper Super Saturday night, which saw him pick six winners took him up to second. He admitted to receiving the proverbial leg up from his friend Abdulrahman Abdullah Al-Qurashi, a racing veteran with a wide knowledge of the sport, who helped him choose correctly. With a bit of luck, he finished atop the standings. Asked to sum up his feelings on winning the grand prize after an overall score of 11,685 points which was a mere 345 ahead of second placed Mohammed Abdalrazg Yagub, Al Tayeb said it was simply ‘indescribable’. “I would like to thank the Dubai Horse Racing Information Center for organising this exciting competition and Phoenix Thoroughbreds for their generous sponsorship,” Al Tayeb said after being handed the keys to his brand new vehicle.
“This competition was enjoyable and I look forward to the upcoming UAE racing season where I will strive to defend my title.” Rising stars in the world of Thoroughbred racing, Phoenix Thoroughbred were happy with the outcome, with CEO Amer Abdelaziz announcing a second competition for the next UAE season. He said: “We have been keeping up to date with Al Adiyat magazine since its launch, when His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum gave it its unique name, and it was founded by His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. “It has been here since the start of horseracing in the UAE, and today I am honoured to announce the renewal of Phoenix Thoroughbreds’ sponsorship for the competition next season. We wish to continue this journey of brilliance.
“This is what we were looking for when we chose to join this competition through the Phoenix Thoroughbreds or Phoenix Ladies Syndicate brands as we stand by innovative ideas and wish to introduce new ideas in the racing world. “It was the first competition and coincided with our first season in the Emirates. “We thank the Dubai Horse Racing Information Centre for coming out and managing this unique and successful competition which has much in common with Phoenix Thoroughbreds and the success achieved by us here by finishing second in the Dubai World Cup at the first attempt. “This is what inspired us to look forward to making a better bid in the future and expand our interest in racing and everything that supports it, especially at our headquarters in Dubai.
“Congratulations to the winners and the other participants for their interest. Through perseverance, the results have proved that the competition has helped in developing people’s knowledge of horses, and has created a generation that is aware of racing.” The competition was a hit with racegoers and drew participants from 47 countries with the competition webpage receiving more than a million hits online. Ahmed Abdullah, Director of the Dubai Horse Racing Information Centre, added: “Our association with Phoenix Thoroughbreds has been a hugely successful one as has been proven by the enormous response received during the course of the Al Adiyat Pick Six competition. “Phoenix Thoroughbreds and Phoenix Ladies Syndicate have done well during the season here and Al Adiyat have been the region’s leading resource for equestrian news, covering all of the top horseracing meetings around the world.
“The competition organised by Dubai Horse Racing Information Centre and the partnership of two strong entities brought the entire racing community together in a spirit of competition. It was a tough competition and one that was fought until the very end and we hope that this same spirit continues when the next UAE season starts in October.”