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Dutch horse tipped to win Wathba Stud Farm Cup.

Dubai: The Dutch-bred Senna O.A. is tipped to win the ninth round of The Wathba Stud Farm Cup over a mile at the Ghlin Racecourse in Belgium on Sunday.

The lightly-raced four-year-old colt by Marwan ex Saffiah has won two of his five starts besides finishing second twice during the last two seasons.

He is trained by Jan P. H. Pubben in Holland and will be ridden by Stefan Helijin.

Theoretically, the mount of Christian Hanotel looks to be the main danger, together with Athlete Del Sol, a smart winner of the Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup (Listed) at Stockholm in July.

Sunday's race, which has attracted 13 runners, is open to Purebred Arabian horses aged four years and older who are registered in a WAHO-accepted stud-book. The contest carries a purse of EoAeu6,000 [Dh27,085] and will be run under Belgian Jockey Club rules.

It is part of the HH Shaikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival, which is organised by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority (ADTCA) and co-ordinated by Abu Dhabi Sports Council in association with Emirates Arabian Horse Society and IFAHR.

Abdullah Al Qubaisi, ADTCA director of Communications, reiterated that the Wathba Stud Farm Cup races are receiving the highest attention by small breeders and owners in USA and Europe as judged by the high numbers of entries.

Lara Sawaya, director of the HH Shaikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Racing Festival and head of women's races at IFAHR said: "We are delighted to see 13 horses declared for the event. The Wathba Stud Farm Cup races are making a steady progress from all organisational and technical aspects."

Adnan Sultan, director general of the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club added: "The ninth round of The Wathba Stud Farm Cup underlines the great success of the Arabian races in Europe and the quality line up of 13 runners indicates the rising trend of such events."

The series is also supported by General Authority for Youth and Sports and Fegentri while Emirates airlines is the official carrier. Other sponsors are Invest AD, Al Rashid Investment, Areej Al Ameerat, Mauzan, Al Awani General Enterprises, Kabale, the UAE's General Women's Union, the Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy, Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition 2012, Wathba Stud Farm and Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club.

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Date:Aug 11, 2012
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