Friday 19 December 2014

Arabian horses for courses as Sheikh jets in

Published 26/05/2014 | 02:30

Rachael Moorhead, winner of The K Club Classic Icon prize and the Best Dressed Man, Jonny Tuffey. Conor Healy
Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan

Arabian royalty laid down some bets at the Curragh race-course, in between searching for a stud farm to buy.

Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan flew in for the second day of the Guineas Spring Racing Festival and collected his honorary membership of the Irish Turf Club at the Curragh yesterday.

Sheikh Sultan is the eldest son of the ruler of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and is on the hunt for a stud in Ireland.

"It is His Highness's intention to bring Arabian horses to Irish shores and he is on the look out for his own stud in Ireland," UAE Ambassador to Ireland Khalid Nasser Rashid Lootah said.

While Sheikh Sultan enjoyed watching the races, broadcasters Blaithnaid Ni Chofaigh and Norah Casey were busy picking out the best-dressed ladies and gents for The K Club Classic Icon prize.

Rachael Moorhead (24) from Mullingar took the top prize in an electric blue shift dress.

The sharpest-dressed gent was Jonathan Tuffey from Banbridge, who looked dapper in a Louis Boyds suit.

Sport, Pages 28-32

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