UAE- Huyam strikes for Al Alawi in Wathba Stud Farm Cup
(MENAFN - Emirates News Agency (WAM))
ABU DHABI 23rd November 2015 (WAM) -- Huyam a four-year-old grey filly from Nizam won the H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival's Wathba Stud Farm Cup for Private Owners Only in Abu Dhabi at the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club racecourse on Sunday night.
Royston Ffrench on Huyam beat back a challenging run from AF Rafia to give UAE trainer Helal Al Alawi a smart win in the AED 80000 turf contest over 1600 metres.
However his rival would not go down without a fight and briefly appeared set to regain the initiative before Ffrench revitalised his mount to assert dominance close to home.
"She always runs a good race this horse" said Ffrench. "She has taken me there going strongly before the second [placed horse] fought back but I was always pretty confident."
Fourth to Mh Kanz in this same series on her seasonal debut last week Huyam registered her second career win on Sunday her first coming in the Emirates Fillies Classic earlier this year in February.
The Al Alawi-trained Huyam and Ffrench looked set to post a comfortable victory when sweeping past AF Rahia.
Earlier in the evening Wazn won under Ffrench for Helal Al Alawi and the jockey-trainer pair completed a double for the night with the Wathba Stud farm Cup win.
The H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival is sustained by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority and coordinated by Abu Dhabi Sports Council with National Feed and Flour Production and Marketing Co. LLC as associate sponsors in cooperation with Emirates Racing Authority IFAHR Emirates Arabian Horse Society Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the General Authority of Youth and Sports Welfare with The National Archives as the official partner and Emirates airline as the official carriers and sponsored by Invest AD Bloom Petromal Rise General Trading Co. LLC Hayatna Tourism Development & Investment Company TDIC Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre ADNEC Al Awani General Enterprises Kabale the UAE's General Women's Union The Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood the H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition 2015 Dr. Nader Saab Switzerland Al Wathba Centre Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club Eastern Mangroves Suites-Abu Dhabi by Jannah Yas Channel Omeir Travels the Racing Post Paris Turf and Laboratories Fadia Karam Cosmetics.