Marrakech Racecourse hosted one of the main stages of Princess Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s Horse Racing Festival on Sunday, with five races, including three world-class, in the programme. . SOREC and its partners Emirati delivered a high-quality performance, dominated by jockeys Abderrahim Faddoul and Khalid Ibba.
Just a week after hosting the first edition of the African Grand Prix on African soil, the Royal Society for the Promotion of Horses (Sorec) shone a spotlight on the Arabian thoroughbred last Sunday, still at the Hippodrome of Marrakesh. Indeed, Sorec scheduled a major horse racing event last weekend, in partnership with Princess Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s Horse Racing Festival.
Organized in partnership with the Abu Dhabi Cultural and Heritage Authority and the Abu Dhabi Sports Council, the event is marked by five races of flatness and endurance, three of which are world-class. World: Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Grand Prix, Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Award and Al Wathba Stallion Trophy Award. In the end, two racehorses shone on Sunday in Marrakech, dominating all the races on the show.
First, Khalid Ibba won the first three races, including the Prix Al Wathba Stallion on his horse “Dahlil Fal” (owned by Fal Stud). Ibba then passed the torch to Abderrahim Faddoul, who left his rivals biting the dust in two big races on Sunday. Faddoul thus finished first in the Grand Prix Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan with his horse “Dahmaa Atlas” (owned by Atlas Stud), before returning to the cover at the Grand Prix Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak on the horse “Zaari Fal” ( owned by Ahmed Bentounsi).
Sunday saw the presence of a number of distinguished guests at the Marrakech racecourse, including the Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to Morocco, His Excellency Al Asri Saeed Ahmed Aldhaheri, and the Executive Director of Ceremonies. Assembly of Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Lara Sawaya . The event is part of Sorec’s efforts to promote thoroughbred Arabians, knowing that more than 1,000 races are scheduled this year and more than 2,000 thoroughbred Arabians are declared during training. .
Question for Omar Skalli, CEO of Sorec
“We are thinking together to make the Moroccan stage more important, with more races.”
After hosting the African Grand Prix last week, Sorec has turned his attention to mixed-race Arabs this weekend in Marrakech. What is your rating for this day?
For us, this day is a success. First of all thanks to the quality of the participants, of the thoroughbred Arabian horses participating in the races, but also of the breeders and owners. We are also delighted with the trust of Festival partners Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, as part of a relationship that has lasted since 2012. At that time, we had only one race. general, but today the number has increased to three races. This is a festival whose stages are held all over the world, but as you can see, the Moroccan stage is a special one. First of all thanks to the relationship between Morocco and the United Arab Emirates, as well as the quality of our races. In any case, here is the testimony of the participants of the Sheikh Mansoor Festival, who praised the quality of the races, the quality of the horses, and today we are thinking together in the mold. this partnership, to make the Moroccan leg even more important there may be more races…
To be precise, the representatives of the Sheikh Mansoor Festival, owners and riders all expressed their satisfaction today with the level of the horses. How did Sorec intend to develop the purebred Arabian horse, the horse so loved by the Moroccans?
First of all, you should know that in terms of race numbers, we are the second country after Turkey. Today, this is an important criterion, as the more races there are, the greater the chance of choosing a good horse. Now the owners, with the help of Sorec, will of course be able to improve the quality of the horses further to have the ability to go abroad and bring results, victories at international races. . This is what will allow us to highlight the Moroccan crossbreeding, but also the ranking of the races, i.e. the system of rating the races. Today, the quality of races can only be determined by the quality of the participants and their previous entries. Therefore, we still have to take a step together with representatives of the industry, be it owners, breeders, jockeys, trainers… to take this step together that we still have. missing at the race level. of pure Arab blood.
His Excellency Al Asri Saeed Ahmed Aldhaheri, Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to Morocco
“We’ve seen a big evolution in horse racing in Morocco”
“We are delighted to be participating in this event at the Marrakech racecourse. We have seen a tremendous growth in horse racing in Morocco, thanks to the benevolence of King Mohammed VI, God’s protection, and the support of the Moroccan government. We hope that this development will be sustainable and we will soon follow the races planned in Casablanca. We visited several breeding and fertilization centers for pure Arabs, as well as laboratories. This demonstrates that the government is specifically supporting the sector.”
Lara Sawaya, Executive Director of His Highness’s Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Festival
“Three races in Marrakech are among the best in the world”
“Many thanks to Morocco for hosting us. We have been coming here since 2010 with the Princess Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Festival. Since 2017, the Festival has scheduled three races in Morocco. These three races are among the finest in the world and bear very important names: that of Sheikh Zayed, may his soul rest in peace, and of Sheikha Fatma Bint Mubarak, “Mother of the Nation” “. Today we have seen that the quality of the horses and races has improved. You now have good, fully grown farms. Congratulations to Morocco, which managed eleven horses in the races, which is a very good number.