Aoun carried the silks of Yas Racing of Abu Dhabi to success in the Group 3 President of the UAE Cup for Purebred Arabians at the Hippodrome Wellington in Ostend, Belgium, on Monday.
The four-year-old son of Mahab under Roberto Montenegro took up the running from the 400-metre mark to clinch victory from Dynamites ridden by Jean-Baptist Hamel and Al Mounteze Monlau with Elione Chavez atop.
The winner covered the 1,600m trip in 1m 55.46s to scoop the £30,000 prize fund in the nine-runner field.
Aoun’s victory in the colours of Yas Racing of HH Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, underlined the growing status of the Abu Dhabi Stables presence in the international circuit for Purebred Arabians.
The race series celebrating 25 years was held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE and under the guidance of HH Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed.
Present at the occasion were Mohammed Issa Abu Hashab, UAE Ambassador to the European Union, Saad bin Mohammed Al Arifi, head of the Saudi delegation to the European Union, and Faisal Al Rahmani, supervisor of the race series.
Saeed Al Muhairi, representative of the ADSC, received the winner’s award on behalf of winning trainer De Watrigant.
The UAE has taken a pioneer role in promoting the Arabian horse, the culture and heritage of the Arabian Peninsula, through the race series for the Purebred Arabians.
The Emirates Equestrian Federation launched the President of the UAE Cup Series for Purebred Arabians in 1994, to promote the breed globally, which is now grown in popularity and appeal.
HE Abu Hashab said the President of the UAE Cup conveyed the message of tolerance, love and peace of the UAE to the world.
“We take pride in staging this race series that marks the silver jubilee year,” he said.
“The UAE pays great attention to the support of heritage sports, and is very interested in preserving and preserving the original Arabian horses and introducing the people of Europe and the world to the march of our history as an important part of our heritage and past history.”