RIYADH: The Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al-Nahayan race festival, which took place at Prince Sultan bin Abdulaaziz Arabian Horse Race Track in Riyadh, came to a close on Thursday.
The event was attended by Ahmed Al Tunaiji, UAE Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Murshed Al-Rumaithi, Head of Consular Affairs and Citizen Services Department along with other several figures.
The six rounds of the festival witnessed strong competition among the runners and riders.
Nabil Khaldiya ended up in first place during first off for owner Mutaib Hamad Al-Rashid, while Jazem Athbah snatched first place in the second race with Mohammed Al-Marwi’s horse, and Maliha Siyala from the Siyala stables won during the third round.
Nofal Al-Khalidiya managed to win first place during the fourth round, with his horse from the Al-Khalidiya stables, while Sharjah Al-Khalidiya won first place in the fifth with a horse from the Riyadh Stud. Finally, the first place during the sixth round went to Ayham Athba, whose horse is owned by the Hekaya Stud.
The total prize fund for the first edition of the festival amounted to SR300,000 ($80,000). More than 100 purebred Arabian steeds of Saudi origin and local horses participated in the event.