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UAE apprentice Al Subose aims to makes his mark in Newbury.

Dubai: UAE apprentice jockey Ahmad Al Subose will face nine rivals when The Racecourse Newbury in Berkshire, England, hosts the second race in the newly launched H.H. Shaikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Apprentice World Championship (IFAHR) series.

Twenty-four-year-old Al Subose will partner the lightly-raced mare Amyzing Zayin who is looking for her first career success.

Al Subose took part in the inaugural race in Sacramento along with Frenchman Gianni Siaffa and American jockey Laura Carson who will also been seen in action in Sunday's race.

Carson finished fourth behind Italian rider Gianluca Sanna won the inaugural race aboard Sammy V.

Omani rider Yahya Al Hamdani makes his debut in the EeAu10,500 (Dh64,861) 2,000-metre contest which is promoted in conjunction with the HH Shaikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival.

The most successful apprentice in the series is South Africa's Donovan Dillon who has 82 wins to his credit. He will partner the 13-year-old mare Yakshi.

Frenchman Gianni Siaffa, Noora Al Suwaidi, Secretary General, UAE General Women's Union and Chairman of the UAE Women's Sports Committee said: "We thank His Highness Shaikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister of the UAE and Minister of Presidential Affairs and HHer Highness Shaikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women's Union, Supreme President of the Family Development Foundation and President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, for this new series which aims to develop the apprentice jockeys into future professionals."

Lara Sawaya, Executive Director of Mansoor Festival and Chairman of Ladies Racing at IFAHR, added: "The H.H. Shaikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Apprentice World Championship (IFAHR) got off to a great start in Sacramento on July 19 with a record-breaking performance by Sammy V.

"We are now looking forward to the second leg in Newbury and we are happy to see a strong field of horses lining up for theapprentice jockeys."

"After Newbury we will have two more races in the series in Baden-Baden, Germany on September 7 and in Tarbes, France on October 12 with the finale in Abu Dhabi on November 9.

The HH Shaikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival is organised by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority and coordinated by Abu Dhabi Sports Council in association with Emirates Racing Authority, IFAHR and Emirates Arabian Horse Society.

The other apprentice riders in action on Sunday are jockeys in the fray are Great Britain's Jack Gilligan (Noble Athlete, Germany's Alexandra Vilmar (Vindetta), Irish jockey Robert Fitzpatrick (Gelliwen), Hungarian Zsuzsa Tima (Senor Dublcheck) and Swedish jockey Fanny Olsso (Shuwaiman Al Kebir).

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Publication:Gulf News (United Arab Emirates)
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Date:Aug 3, 2014
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