Belgium played host to the prestigious Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan al-Nahyan Cup on Sunday, reported Gulf News.
The Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan al-Nahyan Cup is part of the HH Shaikh Mansour Bin Zayed al-Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival.
Prize money of up to $25,000 was on offer in the 1,800m contest for four-year-olds, which saw 11 horses vie for top honors.
Among them were French-trained Voyou de Faust owned by UAE businessman Saeed Naser al-Rumaithi. Voyou de Faust won the $25,000 Qatar Wellington Cup on July 21 this year.
“The Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan al-Nahyan Cup is one of the three most important races for this year and with the Grandstand now completed at Ostend Racetrack we are looking forward to a great race on Sunday,” said Nelly Philippot-Hermanne, President of the Arabian Horse Racing Club of Belgium (AHRCB).
The HH Shaikh Mansour Bin Zayed al-Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival is organized by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority and co-ordinated by Abu Dhabi Sports Council in association with Emirates Racing Authority, IFAHR and Emirates Arabian Horse Society.
The Wellington Hippodrome racetrack is famed for staging top class Arabian racing events and hosting concerts by artists including the late Michael Jackson.