Akoya won His Highness The President of the UAE Cup for Purebred Arabians to become second time lucky in the Group 3 race at the San Siro racecourse in Italy on Sunday.
The runner up in the race 12 months ago, Akoya under Italian Antonio Fresu overcame the Saudi Arabian raider Mashur Al Khalediah under the six-time UAE champion jockey Tadhg O’Shea in a titanic battle on the home stretch to clinch the €50,000 race run over the 2,000-metre distance.
Aoun ridden by Roberto Montenegro in the silks of Abu Dhabi’s Yas Horse Racing Management was third in the eight-runner field.
Akoya trained by Dutch trainer Karin van den Bos in the colours of Landgoed Waterland was recording his seventh win in 13 starts.
His Royal Highness Prince Abdulaziz bin Ahmed bin Abdulaziz Al Saud was delighted at Mashur Al Khalediah’s efforts and said he will come good from his first run for the season.
“We are still at the beginning of the season and Mashur Al Khalediah will benefit from this run,” he said.
“It was a strong field and a close result. Mashur Al Khalediah will continue with his campaign for the season and return stronger for his next race.
“We were so proud to participate in the President of the UAE Cup and this is one of the most prestigious and oldest race series in the world for the Purebred Arabians.”
The world race series for the Purebred Arabians held under the patronage of The UAE President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, was the fourth leg of the race series.
The races are coordinated and conducted under the directives of HH Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs.
The winning connections received their prizes from HE Faisal Al Rahmani, Racing Advisor of Abu Dhabi Sports Council (ADSC), HE Abdullah Al Shamsi, UAE’s Consul General in Milan, Saeed Al Muhairi, Director of Technical Affairs Department at the ADSC and His Royal Highness Prince Abdulaziz bin Ahmed bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.
In attendance were HE Nasser Boukhdour, Kuwait’s Consul General in Milan, HE Ehab Abu Seri, Consul of Egypt, HE Khalid Al Wah Consul of the Kingdom of Jordan, HE Abdulkarim Touahri, Consul of Algeria.