After a week with lots of sun and heat, Saturday, August 28, dawned rainy and with low temperature, and even so, it did not prevent the realization of one of the most exciting Arabian races ever held at the Hippodrome in Cidade Jardim; with an exceptional victory by Jorge Ricardo, world record holder, with Blueks Rach.

Despite the rain, which added another variable to the race, our Arabian horses showed all their dexterity on the soggy sand, showing a true spectacle of skill and athletic aptitude even in adverse conditions.

From the start, Marlize Rach (Eksort Rach x Musa Rach by *Polonez) led by Fernando Larroque set the pace of the race and had all the conditions to win, but close to the final 300 meters Jorge Ricardo with Blueks Rach (Eksort Rach x Blue Night) Rach by *Almir SWSB) attacks from the outside and O. Pereira riding Velínia Rach (Atentaddo VE x Vandella Rach by Aleksander Rach) attacks from the inside and approach Marlize Rach.

From the final 100 meters onwards, the fight for first place becomes exciting with the three mares practically together and Jorge Ricardo shows, once again why he is the greatest jockey of all times by leading Blueks Rach to victory with a half-length advantage over Velínia Rach and Marlize Rach. And he conquers his 13,121 victory in the 1,100 m on dirt at the Prêmio UAE President Cup Series for Fillies – South America Mondial Brazil.

Velínia Rach crossed with a 1/4 length advantage over Marlize Rach, in third place. A really exciting ending!

“It was a spectacular race. Trainer Mário André really believed in a victory because Blueks Rach finished fourth in the last race and was very well trained. It really was a very close race. I started well and saved the Blueks Rach for the last few meters to set, as it happened. It was a very beautiful victory and it is a pleasure to be able to attend and compete in the Arabian races”, declared Jorge Ricardo.

“It was certainly the most exciting race of the year with three mares fighting for first place practically together and an incredible reaction from Jorge Ricardo in the final, which makes us very proud to have him riding an animal of our breeding for the second time and to win.

Blueks Rach is the third product of Eksort Rach, who wins in Garden City. The others were Gunther Rach and Osiris Rach. Blue Night Rach, dam of Blueks Rach, is the daughter of *Almir SWSB who was a great runner in Poland, that is, she is a filly with predominantly Polish blood and ran with very good race time for mares”, said breeder Ricardo Jamil Saliba and Rach Stud Agropecuária Ltda’s owner.

Almir Ribeiro, Racing Director of the Brazilian Arabian Horse Breeders Association (ABCCA) said: “It was one of the most exciting races we organized and with the spectacular victory of Jorge Ricardo, world record holder for race victories, who has attended the Arabian races in Brazil, which is a source of great pride for us organizers, breeders and owners. We had the participation of eight fillies of different owners, which demonstrates the interest of new owners to have their horses competing in Arabian races defending their colors. It was a spectacular race with a truly breathtaking final!”

“I want to thank our sponsors, HH Sh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs and HE Faisal Al Rahmani, President of the International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing (IFAHR) and Director of The UAE President Cup, for one more a stage of the UAE President Cup Arabian Purebred Classic Series – South America Mondial Brazil; and for believing in and investing in Arabian horse racing in Brazil.”

Eight fillies participated in the race disputed in 1,100 m on dirt, for 3 years and more without a victory, all from different owners, which demonstrates, once again, the rise of racing among Arabian horse lovers in Brazil. And we highlight that they are all bred from Rach Stud Agropecuária Ltda., the main breeder and supporter of Arabian races in Brazil since its restart in 2013.

In addition to prizes during races, all horses participating in the 2021 Calendar of Races also compete in the 2021 Arabian Cup Race category.

Prêmio UAE President Cup Series for Fillies – South America Mondial Brazil is organised by Brazilian Arabian Horse Breeders Association in partnership with Jockey Club de São Paulo.

Text: Cidinha Franzão. Photo credits: Porfírio Menezes

Prêmio UAE President Cup Series for Fillies – South America Mondial Brazil
1 BLUEKS RACH (Eksort Rach x Blue Night Rach by *Almir SWSB)
J: Jorge Ricardo
T: M. André
O: Orlando Mirabelli Junior
B: Rach Stud Agropecuária Ltda.

2 VELÍNIA RACH (Atentaddo VE x Vandella Rach by Aleksander Rach)
J: O. Pereira Filho
T: O. S. Pereira
O: Stud Lumaju
B: Rach Stud Agropecuária Ltda.

3 MARLIZE RACH (Eksort Rach x Musa Rach by *Polonez)
J: F. Larroque
T: Lucas Quintana
O: Ricardo Jamil Saliba (Eksort Rach x Musa Rach by *Polonez)
B: Rach Stud Agropecuária Ltda.

4 REVELATION RACH (*Eksport x Rapunzel Rach by Voltaire Rach)
J: C. Llopart Ap3
T: C. F. Silva
O: Daniela Franco de Oliveira
B: Rach Stud Agropecuária Ltda.

5 RIBALTA RACH (Eksort Rach x Rhondda Rach by Gothos Rach)
J: Rudinick Viana
T: Lucas Quintana
O: Paulo Jamil Saliba (Eksort Rach x Rhondda Rach by Gothos Rach (BRSB)
B: Rach Stud Agropecuária Ltda.

6 HELANCA RACH (Vesper Rach x Heladia Rach by Paradiso Rach)
J: V. Rocha
T: O. S. Pereira
O: Stud 14 de Setembro
O: Rach Stud Agropecuária Ltda.

7 POLIANA RACH (Eksort Rach x Patrizia Rach by *Eksport)
J: L. Henriques
T: C. F. Silva
O: Rafael Barbosa dos Reis (Eksort Rach x Patrizia Rach by *Eksport)
B: Rach Stud Agropecuária Ltda.

8 OSANNA RACH (Atentaddo VE x Oubliette Rach by Vesper Rach)
J; A. F. Matos
T: C. F. Silva
O: Rogerio Ferreira dos Santos
B: Rach Stud Agropecuária Ltda.