Normandia Rach takes third consecutive win
Normandia Rach (*Uzbek Du Lion x Novella Rach by Voltaire Rach) claimed her third consecutive victory by finishing first in the Grand Prix Wathba Stallions Cup for Fillies II and the first leg of the Arabian Horse Triple Crown 2023 for fillies.
From the start to the final 400 meters, what we saw was a fierce battle for first place between RG Era (RG Karat x RG Kasta by *Sarmata) led by Robson Nunes and RG Kalifa (Cáceres CSM x Caldas CSM by Pavel Rach) under the mount of Michael Silva, both trained by Estanislau Petrochinski, when Normandia Rach under the impeccable command of Ruberlei Viana attacks from the outside and disputes the race with the two fillies.
In the final 150 meters, a tight fight between Normandia Rach, on the outside, and RG Kalifa, on the inside, leaving the other competitors behind, with victory for the first with a ¾ length advantage over the second.
In this way, Normandia Rach conquers her third consecutive victory and second victory of the GP Wathba Stallions Cup for Fillies, since she won the first race on May 13.
“We are very happy for Normandia Rach's victory in a much disputed race with RG Kalifa attacking all the way in an exceptional way. Kalifa is Pavel Rach’s granddaughter; our breeding animal. A very balanced race worthy of a grand prix with Normandia improving with each race and with a bright future”, declared Ricardo Jamil Saliba from Rach Stud Agropecuária Ltda.
Naizza Rach (Feitizzo Rach x La Nouba Endurance by *Saad Ibn Syed) who was driven by Idevaldo Silva was third followed by RG Era and Vivina Rach.
Trainer Lucas Quintana said: “Normandia Rach has confirmed the expectations we have of her and she improves with each race. Due to having a greater distance than the previous one, the race was much disputed, mainly because both RG Era and RG Kalifa are mares that grow as the distances increase.”
For the jockey Ruberlei Viana “it was an exceptional race with very strong competition. I felt that Normandia Rach was able to fight for the victory in the final meters, because she had a lot of desire to run.”
Almir José Ribeiro, racing director of the Arabian Horse Breeders Brazilian Association stated: “First I would like to thank the organization of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Horse Racing Festival for the trust in another year of promotion, investment and dedication in promoting the Arabian horse racing in Brazil.”
“Our deep and sincere thanks to HH Sh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President and Deputy Prime Minister of the UAE, Minister of the Presidential Court and Chairman of the Emirates Racing Authority for his visionary insight into the future of Arabian horse racing in the world and especially the dedication and affection that Lara Sawaya, Festival Director, has for Brazil and for the breeders of the Brazilian Arabian horse.”
In addition to the awards during the races, all horses participating in the 2023 Racing Calendar also compete in the Arabian Cup 2023 Arabian Cup Race category promoted by the Arabian Horse Breeders Brazilian Association.
The Grand Prix Wathba Stallions Cup for Fillies II was organized by the Arabian Horse Breeders Brazilian Association in partnership with the Jockey Club of São Paulo.
The HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Horse Racing Festival is sustained by the Abu Dhabi Department of Culture & Tourism coordinated by Abu Dhabi Sports Council, with National Feed as strategic partner, The National Library & Archives as the official partner , MUBADALA as the official partner ,Emirates Airline as the official carrier, Etisalat as official sponsor & sponsored by Al Massood Automobiles Nissan, Areej Alameerat, Omeir Travels Agency, YAS Sports TV, Viola Communications, the UAE’s General Women’s Union , Emirates International Endurance Village, Emirates Arabian Horse Society & Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club.
GRANDE PRÊMIO WATHBA STALLIONS CUP FOR FILLIES II
1 NORMANDIA RACH (*Uzbek Du Lion x Novella Rach by Voltaire Rach)
2 RG KALIFA (Cáceres CSM x Caldas CSM by Pavel Rach)
3 NAIZZA RACH (Feitizzo Rach e La Nouba Endurance by *Saad Ibn Syed)
4 RG ERA (RG Karat x RG Kasta by *Sarmata)
5 VIVINA RACH (Bismarck Rach x Vaneska Rach by Mister Eros HX)
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