Sandown stages Sheikha Fatima series race

Jockeys and organisers assemble during the last Sheikha Fatime bint Mubarak world championship series at Sandown

Sandown stages Sheikha Fatima series race By Mark Scully 7:09PM 18 AUG 2016

SANDOWN stages the British leg of the HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship Series on Friday, which pits professional and amateur female riders from various nations against each other.

The £22,000 Purebred Arabian handicap over a mile is the first race at Sandown at 1.45pm, and Britain's representative is Anna Wallace. She partners Synergy, who lost her maiden status at Hereford two weeks ago.

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The three professional jockeys in the ten-strong field are Laura Cheshire from Australia, who rides Noble Athlete, Nanako Fujita from Japan, who partners Ultimate Force, and Yuna Na from South Korea, who is aboard Elyassaat.

The contest is the 13th in the series, which concludes with a final at Abu Dhabi in November.

Sandown will also put on an Arabian race on Saturday, and Amanda Smith, the ARO's racing manager, said: "August is a very exciting month for the HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival in the UK and we are delighted to host this important series for lady riders at Sandown, which has been so well supported by our owners and trainers.

"On Saturday we have the HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup. Both races are part of two days of thoroughbred racing supported by the HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival."

Series heads to Lingfield

It has also been announced that Lingfield will host the UK leg of the HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Apprentice World Championship on September 10.

The race, previously staged at Newbury and Sandown, carries a prize of €20,000 for the winning apprentice, as well as a berth in the final in Abu Dhabi on November 13.

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