The Arabian Racehorse - Autumn 2022

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THEARABIANRACEHORSE PODCAST

TheArabianRacehorse2022Christmas SpecialpodcastfeaturingtheUKArabian racingseasonreviewwillbeavailable onlineonDecember24thandwillalso lookathighlightsfromArabianracing aroundtheworldin2022.

Thevideopodcastisbroughttoyouin associationwithEquineMediRecordand isavailableontheEMR'sveryown YouTubechannel.Eacheditionisalso postedonTheArabianRacehorseand EquineMediRecordFacebook,Twitter andInstagramfeeds,withpastepisodes alwaysavailable.

Clickthelinkbelowfortheallthe podcastsontheEquienMediRecord channel:

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THEARABIANRACING ORGANISATION2022ANNUAL REVIEWPUBLISHED

The2022ArabianRacingOrganisation AnnualReviewfeaturingalltheresults andphotosfromtherecentseason,as wellastheChairman'saddressandthe winnersoftheleadingowner,trainer, jockey,horseandbreedercategorieswill beavailabletoviewonlineontheARO websitefromDecember1.

Alimitednumberofhardcopiesare availableandmaybeorderedfromthe AROoffice,pleasecontactWillie McFarlandbyemailforfurtherdetailswillie@aroracing.co.uk www.aroracing.co.uk

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HATTAL 2016-2022

ThepassingofYASHorseracing'smultiple PAGroupwinnerHattalwasannounced, whilstbeingpreparedforAbuDhabi’s mostvaluablecontest,theSheikhZayed binSultanAlNahyanJewelCrown.

Atfouryears,inhisfirstseasontorace,he wonboththeFrenchandUKArabian Derby’s,concludingwithatwo-lengthwin intheFrenchArabianBreedersChallenge Classic–HHSheikhZayedbinSultanAl NahyanCupinToulouse.Unbeatenatfive years,hewonthePrixdeCarthage (Gr2PA)onhisreappearance,before winningthefirstofhistwoPresidentof theUAECup–Couped’Europedes ChevauxArabesatParisLonchamp.He followedthesamepathatsix,takinghis totalofGroup1PAwinstofive,alongwith histwoGroup2PAsuccesses.

Hattal’ssireMahabbhasalready producedtwoKahaylaClassicwinners. MostrecentlyDeryan(2021),alongwith Manark(2015),whilstRabbahDeCarrere (2014)-Hattal’shalf-brotherbyBibiDe Carrere,isnowmakinghismarkassire withhisGroup1PAwinningdaughter, Elaf.TheirdamMizznaneedsno introduction.ByAkbar,outofthethreetimeKahaylaClassicwinnerAlanudd [UnchaineddMelody],Mizznaalsowon Dubai’spremierraceforArabiansin2008, alongwithfiveotherGroup1PAracesin theUKandUAE.

Inadditiontohistop-classracerecord, HattalwasanexemplaryexampleofHH SheikhMansoor’sbreedingprogramme andwillbeahugelosstothestudbook.

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Hattal(FR)winneroftheUAEPresidentCup-UKArabianDerbyin2020

THE2022WORLDARABIAN HORSERACINGFORUM PROGRAMMEANNOUNCED

The12th WorldArabianHorseRacing ForumwillbringtogetherArabianhorse expertsandenthusiastsfromaroundthe globefromNovember29toDecember2. HeldattheDusitThaniinAbuDhabi,it willprovideanexchangeofexperience, viewsandideasregardingArabianracing, breedingandpromotionfromallcorners oftheglobe.Startingwithapress conferenceinthemorning,inthe afternoonthedrawfortheSheikh MansoorFestival’sfeaturerace,the SheikhZayedBinSultanAlNahyanJewel Crownwilltakeplace.

Followingtwodaysofexpertpanels,the actionbeginswiththeHHSheikh MansoorBinZayedRacingFestival-Al AinRaceDayonDecember2.Theseven raceallArabiancardfeaturesthree maidens,threeconditionsracesanda (0-90)handicap,from1000mto2000m.

OnSaturdaythereistheHHSheikha FatimaBintMubarakLadiesEndurance CupforPrivateOwnersinthemorning withtheopportunitytovisittheSheikh ZayedFestivalintheevening.

Theweeklongfestivitiesconcludeon SundayDecember4,withtheHHSheikh MansoorBinZayedAlNahyanRacing FestivalJewelCrownDayatAbuDhabi EquestrianClub.Theopeninghandicap overamileisforprivateownersandwill befollowedbytheSheikhMansoorAl Nayhan(75-90)handicapover2200m.

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LadyPrincess(FR)andJimCrowleyinParis,theybidforasecondwinintheJewel CrowninAbuDhabionDecember4

Thefirstoftwoconditionsracesheldover amileistheHHSheikhaFatimabint MubarakCupforFilliesandMares,with thethree-year-oldonlycuptofollow. Theprestigethenstepsupagear,with thetwoSheikhZayedbinSultanAl NahyanNationalDayCups,thefirsta Group3PAforArabians,thesecond,a ListedraceforThoroughbreds.

ThegrandfinaleisofcoursetheSheikh ZayedBinSultanAlNahyanJewelCrown, aGroup1PAcontest,heldover2200m andworthAED5million,withAED3 milliontothewinner.Alsopartofthe eveningwillbetheopportunitytowinfive cars,aswellasaBestDressedEmirati Womancompetition.

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OBAIYAARABIANCLASSIC ANDALMNEEFAHCUP UPGRADEDBYIFAHR

OnWednesday19OctobertheJockey ClubofSaudiArabia’s(JCSA)announced theupgradeofthreeofitsraces.

TheJCSA’sprogrammeofPurebred Arabianracingwasenhancedwhenthe InternationalFederationofArabianHorse RacingconfirmedtwoSaudiCup weekendraces,theUSD$2mObaiya ArabianClassicandthe$1mAlMneefah Cup,willberunasaGroup1PAanda Group2PArespectively.

Inaddition,theCustodianofTheTwo HolyMosques,oneofSaudiArabia’s majordomesticracesforthoroughbreds hasbeengrantedinternationalListed classificationbytheInternational FederationofHorseRacing.Withan averageratingoverthelastthreeyearsof 102.17,theCustodianoftheTwoHoly MosquesrepresentstheJCSA’sfirst internationallyclassifiedraceheldoutside ofTheSaudiCup.

Thepositiveannouncementscomeasthe JCSAheadsintothe2022-23 Riyadhracingseason,whichgets underwayatKingAbdulazizRacecourse onThursdayOctober27,2022,and includesthe$35.35mSaudiCup weekend,aswellasanumberofother majorcups.

HRHPrinceBandarBinKhalidAlfaisal, ChairmanoftheJCSAsaid:“TheJockey ClubofSaudiArabiacontinuestodevelop itscapabilitiesandcapacitytoservicea growingracingindustrywithinThe Kingdom.Contributingpositivelyata regionalandwiderinternationallevel remainsakeypriorityforusandour continuedforwardmomentuminall developmentareasbearsthisout.

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2022ObaiyaArabianClassicwinnerHadiDeCarrere(FR)

"Wearegratefultobesupportedand guidedbyourcountry’sleadershipand arepleasedtobeapositivecontributing factortotherealisationofSaudiArabia’s Vision2030strategy.

“Ourcommitmenttoensuringthefuture ofPurebredArabianracingisborneout bytheprogresswearemakingandwe lookforwardtohostingthebestArabian horsesfromaroundtheworldduring SaudiCupweekend.

“TheJCSAcontinuestoimplement infrastructureimprovementsatKing AbdulazizRacecoursewhichfurther enhancethemovementandhostingof bothpeopleandhorsesandwelook forwardtowelcomingracegoerstoanew andexcitingRiyadhracingseasonaswe buildtowardsourfourthannualSaudi

Cup.”

The2000mSAR1.5m,($400,000) CustodianoftheTwoHolyMosquesCup, runthisseasononJanuary28,2023,was previouslyrunasadomesticGroup1and isaSaudiCupqualifier.

ForthefirsttimethisseasonTheSaudi Cupmeeting,scheduledtotakeplaceon the24-25February2023,willfeaturetwo internationalGroup1s,comprisingpartof twoeight-racecardsworthatotalof $35.35macrosstheweekend.

The$2mObaiyaArabianClassic,wonlast seasonbytheFrench-trainedHadiDe Carrere,(FR)joinsTheSaudiCupasatoplevelinternationalcontestonSaudi’s biggestraceday.

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HRHPrinceBandarBinKhalidAlfaisal,ChairmanoftheJCSA

Inaddition,the$1mAlMneefahCup, formerlyaListedrace,waspromotedto Group2statusinonlyitssecondyearand isrunasaPurebredArabianhighlighton theInternationalJockeysChallengecard. TakenalongsidetheListedKingFaisal Cup,heldduringtheTa’ifsummerracing season,theJCSAnowhoststhree internationallyclassifiedPurebred Arabiancontests.

TheserulingsbytheIFHAandIFAHR meanthatthe2023SaudiCupcardwill featuretheGroup1SaudiCupand ObaiyaArabianClassic,theGroup2Al MneefahCup,fiveGroup3prizes–Neom TurfCup,1351TurfSprint,RedSeaTurf Sprint,SaudiDerbyandRiyadhDirtSprint –the$500kSaudiInternationalHandicap, aswellassevenothervaluablehandicaps andopenraces.

ThenewRiyadhracingseasonwillextend untilSaturdayMarch18,2023,withrace meetingsheldonThursdays,Fridaysand Saturdaysduringtheseasonandallraces willavailableonSSCChannelintheGCC regionandstreamedliveontheJCSA YouTubechannel.

TofollowtheracingtuneintotheJSCA's YouTubechannel,visittheirwebsiteand twitterfeed. www.frusiya.com https://www.youtube.com/c/EquestrianCRLive @JSCA_Racing

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FirstClasss(US)andRonanThomasafterwinningtheinauguralAlMneefahCup(LRPA)
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ARABIANRACING ACHIEVEMENTSTOBE RECOGNISEDATHWPADERBY AWARDS

TheArabianRacingOrganisation(ARO) wasdelightedtoannouncetrainerPhilip Collingtonastherecipientofthe2022 ArabianRacingAchievementAward.The awardwillbepresentedaspartofthe HorseraceWriters’andPhotographers’ Association(HWPA)56th AnnualDerby AwardsonMonday5December,atthe RoyalLancaster,London.Nowinits’ninth year,theaward,onceagaingenerously sponsoredbyEquineMediRecord, recognisesanindividualororganisation fortheircontributiontoUKArabian racing.

CollingtonstartedridingunderAROrules in2001andhavingbecomeretained amateurjockeyforHHSheikhHamdanAl Maktoum,wonfiveAROleadingjockey titles,beforetakingouthistraining licenceontheretirementofhismentor,

GillDuffield.WinningthreePAGroup racesinhisfirstseason,hismostnotable victorytodatehasbeenthe2019HH SheikhZayedbinSultanAlNahyanJewel Crown(Gr1PA)inAbuDhabiwithAthbah Racing’sMashhurAlKhalediah,whichat thetimewastheworld’smostvaluable Arabianrace.

ThisseasonhetrainedEkleelAthbahto wintheRoyalCavalryofOman InternationalStakes(Gr2PA)atNewbury, whichhefirstwonwithRadamesin2016 whenitwasrunastheZa’abeel International(Gr1PA).BayanAthbahalso recordedback-to-backwinsintheHH SheikhaFatimabintMubarakCup (Gr3PA)atHaydockPark,givinghimhis thirteenthPAGroupwinnerandsecuring hissecondAROleadingtraineraward.

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PhilCollingtonandfutureDubaiKahaylaClassicwinnerManark(FR) afterwinningatHerefordin2014

Collingtonwasdelightedsaying:“Itisan honourtoreceivethisawrd,sponsoredby AROandEquineMedirecordwhichhas previouslybeenwonbyHHSheikh Hamdanontwooccasions,aswellasGill Duffield,bothofwhomplayedsuchabig partinmyearlycareer.Iamgratefultoall thestaff,owners,jockeysandhorseswho havebeenpartofmyachievementsand toAthbahRacingwhohavesupportedme sowellthisseason.”

PierceDargan,EquineMediRecordCEO said:“Weareproudtosponsorthe ArabianAchievementAwardthatraises Arabianracing’sprofileatthisprestigious annualevent.Wehighlyvalueour partnershipwithArabianracingintheUK andlookforwardtothenextAROseason in2023.CongratulationstoPhilip Collingtonforwinningtheawardafter beingnamedAROLeadingTrainerin 2022andforalltheamazing contributionshehasmadetothesportof ArabianRacingovermanyyears.”

InrecognitionofCollington’s achievements,CharlesGregson,ARO Chairmancommented:“AROisdelighted

toacknowledgeoneoftheirown,with over20years’experienceinthesport. Philipdevelopedhisearlycareerasan amateurridingArabiansandfortenyears wasformerAROpatronHHSheikh Hamdan’sretainedjockey.Thathehas beenabletofurtherprogressasatrainer sinceretiringfromthesaddlein2016and developarelationshipwithanewleading patroninAthbahStudisatestamentto hisworkethicandabilitiesasa horseman.”

GennyHaynes,AROChiefExecutive Officercommented:“Wethankthe HorseraceWritersandPhotographers Associationfortheircontinuedsupportof UKArabianracing,allowingusto acknowledgetheachievementsofour participantsinthisway.

“Inwhathasbeenanotherchallenging yearforARO,wealsothankEquine MediRecordfortheircontinued sponsorship,aswellastheHongKong JockeyClub,CoralandVertemAsset Managementforsupportingthe56th HWPAAnnualDerbyAwards.”

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RileyDarganwithPhilCollingtonandBillSmith

UAEPRESIDENTCUP-UK ARABIANDERBYCANCELLED ASNATIONMOURNSHMTHE QUEEN'SPASSING

TheArabianRacingOrganisationissueda statementonSeptember9th regardingthis year’srunningoftheUAEPresidentCup–UKArabianDerby(Group1PA)whichwas scheduledtotakeplaceaspartofthe CazooStLegerFestivalatDoncasteron Saturday10th September.

AROChairmanCharlesGregson commented:“Itwaswithimmense sadnessthatwelearnedofthepassingof HerMajestyTheQueen,oneofracing’s greatestandmostinfluentialsupporters.

Aspartoftheongoingmarkofrespect paidbyBritishRacingtoHerMajesty,all racingtomorrowhasbeencancelledby theBritishHorseracingAuthority.Thiswill includethisyear’sUAEPresidentCup–UKArabianDerbyatDoncasterwhichwill notberescheduledin2022.

Concludinghesaid:“Weextendour sincerecondolencestotheRoyalFamily, whoareinourthoughtsandprayersat thistime.”

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FaisalAlRahmani,EventManagerforthe UAEPresidentCupcommented:“We wereshockedandsaddenedbythe passingofQueenElizabethII,agreat horsewomanandloverofracing,andwe sendourdeepestrespectstotheRoyal FamilyandtheBritishpeopleduringthis periodofmourning.

“Forover25yearstheUAEPresidentCup serieshassupportedracingallroundthe worldandwelookforwardtoresuming ourassociationwithBritishArabianracing nextyear.”

MlolshaanMahrousandTuwaisaan Tha’atha’a,fromHMTheKingofBahrain in2013andthetwostallions,whoboard withJennyLeesatPearlIslandArabians wereparadedpriortoDubaiInternational ArabianRacesatNewburyin2016. HMQueenElizabethII1926-2022

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HerMajesty’slove ofhorsesandracingin particularwaswellknownaroundthe world.ShewasgiftedtwoArabians, JennyLeeswithHMTheQueen'sBahraniArabiansstallions,MlolshaanMahrousand TuwaisaanTha’atha’awhichparadedpriortoDubaiInternationalArabianRacesin2016
WE LISTE N. WE SU P POR T. WWW.RA CING WELFARE .CO.UK 24 hr helpline 0800 6300 443 Advice & guidance WW W.RAC ING W EL FAR E.CO.UK Mental health Careers advice Physical health Housing Addiction Retirement Money advice Racingís Support Line

RACINGWELFAREBEST TURNEDOUTSERIES

ThepopularBestTurnedOutSeries sponsoredbyRacingWelfarewhich rewardsthehard-workingAROgrooms withpointsawardedineveryrace concludedatWolverhamptonon27 September.

Winnerswiththemostpointsallreceived £125: Individualfromayardwithtenormore horses-SueWileman

Individualfromayardwithnineorfewer horses-IzzyBrown

Leadingoverallyard:PeterHammersley

Inaddition,thefiveindividualBestTurned Outcashawardsof£20presentedbythe regionalWelfareOfficerwerewonatthe followingmeetings:HollyBostockfor LabwahatWolverhampton(23rd May); IzzyBrownforParamerAngelatNewbury (30th June);BeverleyDeutromforStorm TroupouratBrighton(5th August);Mia HurrionforBayanAthbahatHaydockPark

(3rd September);TraceyRaymontforAl MahboobaatWolverhampton27th (September).

GennyHaynes,AROCEOcommented: “AROisextremelygratefulforthe continued supportofRacingWelfare, recognisingallthehard-workingstaff behindthescenesandoncourse."

RacingWelfare’sSupportLine isopen 24/7on 08006300443 toanyone needingassistanceorvialivechatonline at: www.racingwelfare.co.uk RacingWelfareteamsarealso contactableduringweekdayofficehours viathenumbersbelow: Malton:01653696869 Middleham:01969624123 Lambourn:01488670034 Newmarket:01638560763

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BrianWatsonpresentstheoverallyardprizetoPeterHammsley,withSueWilemanwho wastheleadingindividualfrominthelargeyardcategory

KRYSTYNAKARASZEWSKA–A FAREWELLFROMTHEPOLISH JOCKEYCLUB

KrystynaKaraszewska,alongtimeStud BookRegistrarofPolishArabiansand Thoroughbreds,passedawayonthe28th ofSeptember,2022.

Krystynawasafigureinextricablylinked withtheRacingTrackatS!u"ewiec.She startedworkingattheracesin1968,and from1970shebecametheKeeperofthe StudBook.Sheenjoyedgreatrespectand recognitioninthecountryandaroundthe world.Atinternationalstudbook conferences,bothThoroughbredand Arabian,shewascalled“MadameStud Book”.Thankstohermanyyearsofhard work,in1996thePolishStudBookof ThoroughbredHorses(PSB)was recognizedbytheInternationalStudBook Committee(ISBC).WhereasthePolish ArabianStudBook(PASB),oneofthe foundingbooksoftheWorldArabian

HorseOrganization(WAHO),wassetasa modelforothercountriesapplyingforthe recognitionoftheirstudbooksinWAHO.

Althoughsheismainlyassociatedwiththe StudBook,itshouldbementionedthat Krystynawasalsotheheadofthe Selection,BreedingandRacing Organizationdepartment,advisortothe PolishJockeyClubPresident,aSteward andahighlyvaluedracingcommentator. Tothisday,manyplayersrecallthatwhen theylistenedtohercoverageoftherace, theyliterallysawit.

Krystynaspentherentireprofessionallife withtheHorseTrackatS!u"ewiec.She belongedtoagenerationofpeoplewho shapedtheimageofPolishracingforover 50yearsofitsactivity.

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IzabellaPawelec-Zawadzkaphoto:KatarzynaDoli#ska-Witkowska
AwardingofthefirstWAHOTrophyEtruria(Palas–Etna/Faher)2005 fromleft:JerzyBudny,KrystynaKaraszewska,MarekTrela,AnnaStefaniuk,PiotrDwojak,

2022ArabianDay

TorSluzewiec,Poland

The2022ArabianDayatWarsaw’sTor Sluzewiecracetrackhostedsevenracesin AugustincludingPoland’shighestrated raceforArabians,theGroup3PASheikh ZayedBinSultanAlNahyan-Europa Prize.Heldover2600mtheracesaw Polish-bredHanRastabanwininabrilliant style.RiddenbySzczepanMazur,this year’sDerbywinnershowedafantastic turnoffootinthehomestretch,easily defeatingthestrongfavorite,AmwajAl Khalediah,whoultimatelylosthissecond placetoGreatDakris(the2020Derby winner).

Polishbreederswillbedelightedthat domesticbredhorsesearnedthetoptwo placesinsuchaprestigiouscontest. AmwajAlKhalediah,whowonlastyear,

!u"ewiecRacecourse

ledthewayinherstyle-steadilyand sharply.TadhgO'Shearodethemare sensitively,completingthesubsequent quartersin34.8-34-34-34.3sec.Inthe straightshewasstillabletoaccelerate, butitwasnotenoughtokeepHan Rastabanatbay.Mazurrodehimjust behindtheleaderandquicklywentonthe attack.Thestallionrespondedbrilliantly tothePolishjockey'ssignal,whosaid"he switchedonahighergear"quicklyfinding himselfinthelead.Amwajtriedtofight back,butwasoutlcassedandthenjust beforetheline,shewasbeatenfor second.ApollodelSolimprovedbyone positioncomparedtotheprevious season,takingfourthplace,whileDragon finishedfifth.

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HanRastaban(PL)andSzczepanMazur©S

2022ArabianHorseoftheYear,Han RastabanwasbredbyNessaArabians, ownedbyJuttaHietscholdtandwas raisedatLeszekKowal'scenterinthe Mazuryregion.Leszekisnowthelesseeof themagnificentstalliontogetherwith PatrycjaLaskowska,daughteroftrainer AndrzejLaskowski.Theimportanceof HanRastaban'svictoryisalsoreinforced byhisexcellentracetimeof2'57.5",only 1.2secondsoffthetrackrecord. Additionally,GreatDakrisonceagain provedhisgreatvalue,unexpectedly beatingthefavoriteandshowingheis moreeffectivewithastaminatest.

TheAlKhalediahPolandCup(LRPA)is heldovertheshortertripof1600m.The winneroflastyear'sevent,RasmyAl Khalediah,whohasnotyetfullyrecovered fromracinginSwedenandaninfection, waswithdrawn.FreheldeBozouls,adual winnerthisyear,wasmadefavouriteand gotawaywell,howeverhewasquickly overtakenbyMayarAlKhalediahforthe lead.AntonTurgaevrodehimveryfast, coveringthenextkilometerin1'03.6", withthefieldstrugglingtokeepupwith him.FreheldeBozoulswasalreadyoffthe bridlebeforethehomestraightand DastanSabatbekovwasworkinghardin thesaddle.However,atthefinish,the four-year-olds-SharmElSheikwhowas attackingontheinside,andGensikwho wasspeedinginthemiddle–whomoved behindMayar.Intheend,theyfailedto putupaworthychallengeagainsttheir olderrivalwhowonquiteeasily.

Ayearago,MayarAlKhalediahalsoled thewayconfidently,finishingsecondand contributingtoRasmyAlKhalediah settingthetrackrecord(1'45.9").This yearhehimselfachievedatimethatwas

notmuchslower,1'46.5",onaneasytrack (3.3).Thisyear'swinneristrainedby Micha! Borkowskiandownedbythe PolskaAKFcompany,whichisalsoa patronoftherace.

Themostimportantraceoftheseasonfor three-year-oldArabians,istheBialka Stakes(cat.A)over2000m,whichsawa victoryforOceanAlMaury,trainedinthe CzechRepublicbyStepankaMyskovafor WOW!Stable.OceanAlMaurytravelled infifth,withStorm'OA'followingclose behind.Hesoonovertooktheleaders, findingthefinalstretchconsiderably easier,despiteachallengefromStorm ‘OA’whothenlosthisrhythmresultingin afairlyconfidentwinforOceanAlMaury riddenbyJanVerner,withSalsabilthird.

OceanAlMauryremainsundefeatedin twostartsatS!u"ewiec,thoughitwasleft toStorm'OA'tochasehimhome.This wasanothertriumphatS!u"ewiecforthe WOW!StableofRafa! P!atekanditis worthnotingtheverygoodtimeofthe race:2000min2'17,2".

Medancouldbethenextstarof2022 ChampiontrainerCorneliaFraisl'sstable. TheFrench-bredMedan,ownedby HassanAliHAAlMuhnnadi,wonthe mares’SabellinaStakes(cat.B) completingthe2000mdistancein 2'20.3"showingagoodturnoffootunder 2022Championjockey,Dastan Sabatbekov.

Traditionally,theMemorialraceof BogdanZiemia#ski-awell-deservedand fondlyrememberedtrainer-isheldat S!u"ewieconArabianDay.

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Thisyear,KrzysztofZiemia#ski,thesonof thepatronandatopS!u"ewiectrainer whohaswontheracepreviouslywas triumphantwithAlmared,alongwithhis breederandownerZbigniewGórskiand jockeyStefanoMura.AlJassimbeatthe ShadwellbredTaranombyaneckfor secondplace.Itwasanotherverystrongly runracewithAlmaredcoveringthe1,800 metersin2'02.9",only1.3secondsslower thanWierzbin'strackrecordof2015. ZbigniewGórskiisamultiplewinnerof theBreederoftheYearaward.

TheEmaelStakes-WathbaStallionsCup wasforPolish-bredGroupIthree-yearolds,whocompetedfor $5,000intended forthewinnerandfundedbytherace's patron(WathbaStallionsCup)inaddition totheregularprizepool.Inahardfought contestElNadira,beautifullyriddenby SanzharAbaev,gallopedthebestfora confidentwinfromZalabarwhokept Cehilla'schallengeatbay,recording anothercompetitivetimeof1'50,1"for themile.BredbyW.Szyde!ko,ElNadirais trainedbyMaciejJod!owski,thetalented mareisownedbyAleksandraJab!o#ska andKacperKostrzewa.

TwoofSunday'sthreeremainingraces sawvictoriesforhorsesfromFraisl,the 2022trainerchampion.KamilGrzybowski handledthemareNesmahverycleverlyin theIzabellaPawelec-ZawadzkaMemorial. Afteraslowstarthewenttightintothe straightontheinsideanddroveaway fromhisrivalsbyseverallengths.There wasnomorechancetocatchupwiththe mareatthefastfinish.SatamAlKhalediah managedtofinishsecondfromtheendof thestakesinagreatstyle.Theopening raceoftheracedaysawafantasticbattle betweenDastanSabatbekovand

SzczepanMazur,consideredthebest horsemenofS!u"ewiec.Riddenbythe Kyrgyzjockey,whoalreadyhasareally significantleadinthisyear's championship,KabaraAlJasraturnedout tobeslightlybetterinthefiercebattle.

Thelastraceofthedaysawagreatfinish byOficerfromthestableofJanusz Koz!owski,whowasriddenbyAnton Turgaev.HewasfollowedbyMantaaand Munes.Asaresult,fiveofthesix comparativeracesheldthatdayendedin victoriesforfour-year-oldhorses.Itwas MayarAlKhalediahwhosavedthehonor oftheolderArabians,thoughhewas followedbythefour-year-oldsSharmEl SheikandGensik,whodefeatedthe highercountedFreheldeBozouls.

AmwajAlKhalediahwastogainher revengeatS!u"ewiecinPoland’sother black-typeArabianrace,theListed PorownawczaStakesheldover2400mon October23.RiddenbyKonradMazur,the highly-ratedmareledthewayinavery confidentmanner.Medan,winnerofthe SabellinaStakesonArabianDaymissed thebreakandthoughAmwajAl Khalediahwasfindingittoughoutfront, herrivalsstruggledmore.Intheend, Amwajmaintainedaclearleadofseveral lengthseventhoughshecoveredthefinal 500metersin39.6sec.Bieshan, meanwhile,managedtobeatMedanbya smallmargininafiercebattleforsecond place.

AsHubertKulesza,GeneralDirectorof PolskaAKF,announcedaftertherace,this wasthelastperformanceofthe magnificentmaretrainedbyMaciej KacprzykattheS!u"ewiecRacecourse.

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SHEAILBINKHALIFAAL KUWARI'SBROODMARES’ SALECATALOGUEISONLINE

OneofthemostsuccessfulQatariowners ishandingoversomeofhisbroodmares toIWantThewinnerfordispersalon Thursday8thDecember,withthe cataloguenowavailabletoviewonline.Al Kuwari'scolourshavebeenmadefamous inrecentseasonsbyLadyPrincess,Hadi DeCarrereandMoshrifandareductionof hisbroodmarebandpresentsanexciting opportunityforbreeders.

Thesaleiscomprisedof12broodmares fromsomeofthebestPurebredArabian bloodlinesknownworldwide:thefruitofa selectionprocess.

Amongthem,damsofwinners,sistersof blacktypesandbroodmaresinfoaltoNo RiskAlMaury,Dahess,Nieshanand MashhurAlKhalediah,thewinnerofthe 2019JewelCrown,whowenttostudin 2022.

Catalogueshighlightsinclude:

Lot1:AJSALMAANAGIEHoutofthe beautifullineofNevadourandhalf-sister

toAyishadeFaustwhoproducedEaster DeFaust,winneroftheFilliesQatar ArabianTrophyGr1PAandoftheHHThe Emir'sSilverSword.Thisdaughterof AmerisplacedfourtimesinQatar.Sheis infoaltoNieshan.

Lot3:DIYALAoutofCherifa’sstrain,the sameastheblacktypesDjelmaneand Djabra'il.HerfirstfoalisafillybyAl Mourtajez.Thisyoungbroodmare,freeof Amerbloodrepresentsaninteresting prospectformatings.Sheisconfirmedin foaltoDahess.

Lot4:FAHOUARAisthefullsisterof Dorfa,(10winsincluding2Gr.1PSAR), sheisofferedinfoaltotheyoungstallion MashhurAlKhalediah,winnerofthe SheikhZayedbinSultanAlNahyanJewel Crown(Gr1PA),heisastallionwitha goodscope,speed,andresistance. Fahouaraherselfwinnerandplacedin FranceandQataristhedamofQatar Derbywinner:AinJalout.

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Firstseasonsire,MashhurAlKhalediah(FR)isthecoveringsireoflot4,Fahouara

Lot6:LAMUSAWAMAisthewinnerof theUmmSalalOaksTrialat3yo.Sheisa half-sistertoMuthhil,winnerinFrance andQatar.Shecomesfromafamilyof multiplestakeswinnerssuchas:NezD'or (DubaiKahaylaClassicGr.1PA),Nirwan (HH.ThePresidentCupGr.1PA)and Noreen(TheHattaSt.Gr.1PA).Sheis confirmedinfoaltoNoRiskAlMaury.

Lot9:SPIRALLEdualwinnerat3yoin France,daughterofthebluehenmare: Speed;therefore,thefullsisterofSkoop andSpleen,bothPAgroupwinners.This broodmare,exemptofAmerblood,is presentedinfoaltoDahess.

OfinteresttofollowersofUKArabian racingarelots10and11,StarbellaD’Ibos andherMajdAlArabdaughter,Starnana D’Ibos.StarbellaD’Ibosisahalf-sisterto AROleadinghorseof2017,DofinaD’Ibos (byMahabb)whowonthreeracesfrom 9.5furlongsto14furlongsandisthedam

ofthethree-year-oldMayfair(byAlTair) whowasplacedonherlastbehindthe promisingLujain.

ThebroodmaresarestandingattheHaras deSaintFaustinLaroin(France)where visitswillbepossibleonappointment.

TheauctionwilltakeplaceonThursday 8thDecemberfrom2pmto4pm(French time);therewillbea5minutesdelay betweeneachlotand1minuteofextra timeifabidisplacedatthelastminute. UsersfromMiddleEasterncountrieswill appreciateaplatformtranslatedinto Arabic.Toviewthecatalogueclickthe linkbelow:

https://iwantthewinner.com/fr/ventes-aux-encheres/10/catalogue

TheIWantTheWinnerteamisatyour disposalforanyassistanceyoumayneed andmaybecontactedbythedetails below.

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THEARABIANRACEHRSE TheArabianRacingOrganisationLimited(ARO)isthesoleArabian racingauthorityintheUK,operatingundertherulesandregulations oftheBritishHorseracingAuthority. Tel:01635524445Email:info@aroracing.co.uk www.aroracing.co.uk ARABIAN R ACING O RGANISATION RacingwithAROallowsownersandbreederstoparticipateatall levels,provingtheirbloodlinesthroughcompetition,fromthe springthroughtoautumn.

2022UKSeasonReview PartII

Theremainderofthe2022AROseason continuedtodemonstratetherising dominanceofPhilCollingtonandAthbah StudasthepremierforceinUKArabian racing.WithwinsinthetworemainingUK PAGroupraces,withEkleelAthbahand BayanAthbah(fullreports,seepagesX andX),hehadhopedthatEkleelAthbah mightjoincourseanddistancewinner, RebalAthbahatDoncasterfortheUAE PresidentCup-UKArabianDerby. Howevertheracewasunfortunately cancelledduetothesadpassingofHer

MajestyTheQueen.Withtheyeardrawing toaclose,thethree-yearreignofJames Owenasleadingtrainerwascomingto end,thoughhisteamrallied,winningthe lastthreeracesinthecalendar.

Bothtrainershaveanexcitingline-upof younghorsesfor2023anditwillbe fascinatingtoseehowtheirteams progressastheyadapttoanewracing landscapewithoutthesupportofthepairs biggestsupporter,HHSheikhHamdan andShadwellArabians.

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2022AROLeadingTrainer,PhilCollington,withAROLeadingJockey,TadhgO'Shea inthecoloursofAROLeadingOwner,AthbahRacing

18th August

However,itisnotallaboutthebigger yards.SteveBlackwell’sAloofmadeittwo outoftwointheWathbaStallionsCup (0-55)HandicapStakes,runoveramileat ChepstowonAugust18.Thefive-year-old waspartneredonthisoccasionbyJosh Bryan,themarehavingwonanother WathbaStallionssponsoredraceat Brightononherreappearanceunder formerAROtopnovice,CharliePrice.One oftheslowestoutthestallsBryansteadily broughtAloofintocontention,weaving throughthefieldtowinbyaheadfrom HeritageValentinoandHollieDoyle. Blackwell’sotherrunner,theveteran AljawaaherandMrLewisSaunders,werea furthertwoandhalflengthsbackinthird.

Blackwellwhobredthemareusingan AROBreedersprize,commented:“Sheis whatsheis,you’dhavegivenherno chanceearlyon,butshe’simproving.She cangallop,andshegallopslikethatat home,butonthetrackshe’sbeenless impressive.Thepenny’sdroppingwithher slowly,she’sverylikeherdamwasearly on,notstraightforwardatall.”

BryanwhowasridinghisfirstArabian winnerwasallsmilessaying:“She’sthe onlyArabianI’veeverridden.Itwasan

educationformelastyearonherat Lingfield.Theseturftrackswithastiffer finishprobablysuitherbetterthantheAll Weathertracksdo.Stevetoldmetonurse herintoitandhopefullyshe’llpickup.I wasn’tsure,aswewereonthevergeof gettingdetachedatonepoint,butshe passedoneandthenshestartedtoenjoy it,sheweavedthrough,spottedher stablemateandpassedhimandthen Hollietowin.”

Concludinghesaid:“Iusedtoridepony racingwithSteve’ssonGeorge,soI’ve knownthefamilyforyearsandit’slovely torideawinnerforthem.”

The£4,000raceatthepopularWelsh venue,wasrunaspartoftheWathba Stallionsraceserieswhichsupportsthe grassrootsofthesport.Withmorethan halfthefieldrepresentedbyhome-bred horses,itisexactlythetypeofcontestthe seriesaimstosupport.

LaraSawaya, ExecutiveDirectoroftheHH SheikhMansoorBinZayedAlNahyan RacingFestival,said:“TheSheikhMansoor FestivalispleasedtoreturntoChepstow, andwecongratulateAloofandherteam onwinningasecondWathbaStallionsCup thisseason.”

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Aloof(GB) RebalAthbah(FR)

24th August2022

ThegoodformofAthbahRacing’sRebal Athbahcontinuedwithawininthe RossdalesVeterinarySurgeons(0-85) HandicapatLingfieldPark.Thefour-yearoldcoltwaspartneredforthefirsttimeby tentimesUAEChampionjockeyTadhg O’Sheainthemileandaquartercontest andafterwaitinginbehindtheearly leaderZayinAngkorCenturion,went smoothlyintotheleadforatwoanda quarterlengthvictory.ZayinArabian’s otherrunner,ZayinZyperionfilledthe thirdplaceberth.

OfRebalAthbah’swinO’Shea,aregularin theAthbahsilkscommented:“He’sa bonnycoltwhocontinuestoprogress.It wasalwaysgoingtobealittlebittactical. IgotaleaduntiljustoverhalfwayandI startedtoputthepressureonjustover fourfurlongsfromhome.Heresponded wellandhe’sreadynowforastepupin grade,thebettertherace,you’llprobably

seehimtobettereffect.”

Nowfouroutoffourfortrainer Collington,theAthbahhomebredstill lookedtohaveplentyleftatthefinishand remainsanexcitingprospect.He commented:“IthinklikeTadhgsaid,he’d bebetteroffinamorestronglyrunrace, buthecouldn’tdoanymoreandI’mreally pleasedwithhim.TheUAEPresidentCup –UKArabianDerbyatDoncasterisstillan option,wecanridehimprominently,he’s noproblemwhenhe’sinfront.Wefelt thattheblinkerslighthimupabitonce thejockeyson,butultimately,they’re beneficialintheraceashedoestendto idleattimes.”

RacesponsorsRossdaleswere representedbyMatHarberandJoshua Davison,withDavisoncommenting:“It’s beenfantastictobeheretoday,we’ve reallyenjoyeditandofcoursewecouldn’t haveaskedforabetterresultasPhilis oneofourclients.”

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RebalAthbah(FR)andTadhgO'Shea

13th September2022

Followingonfromtheirvictorywith HeritageVadelatSouthwellinJuly,there wasfurtherhomebredsuccessforMrs SkepperandherdaughterJaneMarson, thistimewithHeritageValentinowho steppeduponhisrecentsecondtowin the£4,000WathbaStallionsCup(0-55) handicapatWolverhampton.Afullbrother toHeritageVadel,itwasnowthefiveyear-oldsonofVadeer’sturntobringthe familyintothewinner’senclosureinthe mileandaquartercontest.Trainedby JamesOwenandriddenbyKieranO’Neill, thegreysoonwenttothefrontinaslowly runraceandwasneverheaded,withthe consistentAljawaaher,twoandthree quartersofalengthawayinsecondand Kayackafurtherlengthandthreequarters adriftinthird.

Skeppercommented:“We’redelighted withhim.Thejockeysaidhefeltlikehe

couldgoroundagainsowe’llbelooking forsomelongerracesforhimnow.”

RidingonlyhissecondUKwinneronan Arabian,O’Neill said:“Therewasn’talot ofpace.Jameshadsaidtotryandget coverearlyon,butthereweren’treally manygoingforward,soIlethimgotothe frontandwhenhegotthere,hehada goodlookaround.Assoonaswegotthe threepole,Iaskedhimtogoonagainand hewentawaynicely.Thefurtherhewent, thebetterhegot,andhedidn’tstop.”

RepresentingOwenonthisoccasionwas AlexChadwickwhosaid:“It’sgreatforthe owners,IthinkValentinoislearninghisjob alotmorenow.IthinkKierangavehima verygoodridetoday,he’sbeenabitkeen earlyon,butlettinghimbowlalongand haveaniceleadinfronthaspaid dividends,sohopefullyhecanimprove again.Hemightbeoutagainnextweek atSouthwell.”

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HeritageValentino(GB)andKieranO'Neill
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Inkeepingwiththecountrywide recognitionbyBritishhorseracingofthe passingofHerMajestyTheQueen,fifteen minutesbeforethestart,therewasatwo minutesilenceheldinthepaddock,in additiontoallthejockeyswearingblack armbandsasamarkofrespect.

LaraSawaya, ExecutiveDirectoroftheHH SheikhMansoorBinZayedAlNahyan RacingFestival,said:“TheSheikhMansoor FestivalcongratulatestheSkepperfamily winningwithahomebred,asitisan important aspectoftheWathbaStallions Cupseriestosupportthebreedingof Arabianracehorses.”

GennyHaynes,AROCEOcommented: “AROthankstheSheikhMansoorFestival foralltheirsponsorshipthisseason, especiallyforracesatthislevelwhichare thelifebloodofourgrassrootssport.We warmlycongratulateMrsSkepperandher daughterJaneMarsonforanother homebredwinner,particularlyduring NationalRacehorseWeek,andallthe teamatGreenRidgeStables.

“WealsothankWolverhampton racecourseandtheBritishHorseracing Authorityforsupportingourracing, particularlyduringthistimeofmourning forHMTheQueen.”

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HeritageValentino(GB)withowner-breederMrsSkepper

22nd September

Owenthenwentontosecureaone-twoin theEmiratesBreeders(0-75)Handicap StakesatSouthwelloveramileandsix furlongs,withtwoformerShadwell runners,AlMahboobaandJaahezpulling clearofthefield.AlMahbooba,partnered forthesecondtimebyMissAliceStevens, waskeptoffthepaceintheearlystages, howeversheandJaahezshowedtheir class,stayingonwellinthehomestraight. AlMahboobagainedatwolength advantageontheline,withZayinZyperion keepingonforthird.

Amateurjockey,Stevens,whowasriding herfirstwinneronanArabiansaid:“She wasreallygamewhenIrodeherat Wolverhamptonandwasjustunluckyto bebeatenbyagoodhorse,whenwewere givingitastone,soshedeservedtowin today.Theywentprettyhardearlyon,and Iwasabletositinandtravelthroughout. ShewentthroughthemwellandonceI gottothefrontshewasgoingaway nicely.”

AlMahboobawasalsorecordingafirst winforOwen’sRacingClubthisseason, withmemberPaulHoltompresentto

enjoythevictory.Hecommented:“I’ve beentoeverymeeting.It’sgreattohavea winwithAlMahboobatodayandIlive locallyaswell.”

Explaininghisinvolvement,hesaid:“I joinedthroughJustinByrne,theclub manager,asI’dbeeninotherclubswith himbefore.I’dbeeninvolvedin HambletonRacingandhadacoupleof ThoroughbredhorseswithKevinRyan,but thiswasanopportunitythatIfancied beingpartof.I’dknewnothingaboutit [Arabianracing]beforehandandthishas gotmebackintoracingagain.”

Owenwhoalsotrainedthefourth, HeritageValentinosaid:“I’mpleasedfor theRacingClub,they’rehugesupporters ofmineandit’sgoodtogetoneonthe boardforthem.Bothhorsesarebetter performersontheAllWeather,anditwas astepdowningradeforbothofthemon amoresuitabletrip.Jaahezhasbeen runningwelloverthewrongdistance,but hasjustbeenabitnaughtyinthestalls, notloading.Jamie[Gambin]didagood jobonhimtoday.RheaBettswhowas goingtoridehimunfortunatelyhurther neck,butJamiehadriddenhimlastyear, he’simprovedalot.”

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AlMahbooba(FR)andMissAliceStevens[right]

27th September2022

TherewasnorespiteforAlMahboobaas fivedaysafterbreakinghermaiden,she recordedback-to-backwinsinthe EmiratesBreedersNoviceStakesat Wolverhampton,bringingtheARO2022 seasontoaclose.Partneredbystable amateurConnorBaker,Owenalsotrained thesecond,Balqees,whosejockeyAlice StevenshadbeenAlMahbooba’swinning partnerthepreviousweek,withZayin Arabians’ZikadaZayinandEoinWalshin third.

Bakerwhowasrecordinghisfirstwinon anArabiansaid:“Thatwasreallygoodfun, Iknewshe’drunwellherebeforeand she’sgotplentyofstamina.Jamessaidto jumpoutandmaketherunningandshe justkeptgoing.”

Owencommented:“Thatwasloveyfor Connor.He’safamilyfriend,Iactuallymet himonthehuntingfield,wehadapointto-pointerforthefamilylastyearwhich Connorwonon,soit’sanicetogivehima chanceandthiswastheperfectracefor

him.We’vegotthreeyoungamateursin theyardandit’snicetogetthemall going,hedidwell,didexactlywhatIsaid, afewmoreridesandhe’llbeaway.”

Owen’sRacingClubhasgonefrom strengthtostrengthsincehestarteditin 2018andnowincludesownersoverseas withDubaibasedGaryAllsopphavingan interestinAlMahbooba,aswellas Balqees.EmailingfromDubai,Allsopp said:“Iamabsolutelythrilledtohavebeen involvedwiththreewinnersthisseason, andwithBalqeesandWanaasainmyown colourstoo,whichhasfarexceededmy expectations.

“I’dliketothanktheAROforputtingon suchwonderfullywellorganiseddaysfor usownerswhichhavebeengreattobe involvedwith,andabigthankyouto JamesOwenforbeingsuchanhonestand hard-workingtrainer,puttingthehorses’ welfarefirstatalltimes.Watchingfrom DubaiisalwaysdifficultasIlovebeingin themixwatchingthesebeautifulanimals run.”

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2022UKSeasonReview

AROLeadingOwner-AthbahRacing

2022AROLeadingTrainer,PhilCollington,receivestheAROLeadingOwner trophyonbehalfofAthbahRacing

Reflectingtheirincreasedcommitmentto UKArabianracing,HRHPrinceAbdulaziz binAhmedAlSaud’sAthbahRacingisthe newleadingowner,withtheirtrainerPhil Collingtonacceptingthenewtrophy, sponsoredbytheRoyalCavalryofOman, ontheirbehalf.

Theirprincipalwinner,theLeadingHorse, EkleelAthbah,endedherUKseasonona highwhenwinningtheRoyalCavalryof OmanInternationalStakes(Group2PA)at NewburyinAugust.BayanAthbahsecured back-to-back winsintheHHSheikha FatimabintMubarakCup(Gr3PA)at HaydockPark,RebalAthbahremains unbeaten,whilstKafouAthbahcontinues hiscareerinSaudiArabiathiswinter.

Athbah’sracingmanagerAbdulMoniem AhmedAlicommented:“WethankHRH PrinceAbdulazizbinAhmedforhis leadership,dailymanagement,financial andemotionalsupport.Wededicatethis honourtohimasatokenofour appreciationfromtheentireteamat AthbahRacing.

“WethankourgreattrainerPhilipandhis teamfortheirdedicationandhardwork thisseason,andalsoGennyHaynes, WilliamMcFarlandandDebbieBurtat AROfortheirtimeandeffortsdespiteall thechallengesthisyear.AthbahRacingis delightedthatits’storybeganinthe UnitedKingdomwiththeirracingand breedingoperations,wefeellikewearein ourhome.”

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2022UKSeasonReview

AROLeadingTrainer-PhilipCollington

PhilipCollington,whowonhisfirstleading trainertitlein2018,hadalongassociation withShadwellArabiansasajockeyand trainer.AlongwithhalfofSheikh Hamdan’sstring,healsoinheriteda handfulofAthbahhorsesonthe retirementofhismentoranddoyenneof thesport,GillDuffieldin2015.However thisyear’ssuccesswasnotentirelydown toAthbah’ssupportasoneofhiswinners wasLujain,bredbyShadwellArabiansand nowownedbyJohnElliott,whohad providedCollingtonwithhisfirstwinneras atrainer,HauKola,aswellassupporting himinhisridingdays.

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UKwithRebalAthbahwinningthefirst raceoftheseasonatWindsor,anddespite aspiritedchallengebyfive-timewinner JamesOwen,thetrainerstrophywas goingbacktoCollington.

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2022UKSeasonReview

AROLeadingJockey-TadghO'Shea

IntegraltothesuccessofAthbahRacing wastentimesUAEChampionJockey TadhgO’Shea,whopartneredEkleel AthbahandBayanAthbahtotheir2022 UKPAGroupvictories,aswellaswinning onRebalAthbahatLingfieldPark.Hewill bepresentedwiththeAROleadingjockey trophylaterthisyearattheHHSheikh MansoorFestivalJewelCrownmeeting,a racewhichAthbahandCollingtonalso wonin2019withMashhurAlKhalediah.

SpeakingfromhiswinterbaseinDubai,

O’Sheasaid:“It’sanhonourtobecrowned leadingriderintheUK.Arabiansarehow itallstartedforme,winningonDanidor fortheMaktoumRoyalFamilyin2001at JebelAli.ThankfullyI’veriddensomeof thebestArabiansthroughoutmycareer andit’sbeengreattorideforPhiland AthbahRacingagainintheUKthisyear.I congratulatethemontheirsuccessand thatofEkleelAthbah,she’salovelyfilly whoisimprovingwitheveryrun,hopefully she’llgototheAlMneefahCup.”

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2022UKSeasonReview

AROLeadingHorse-EkleelAthbah

Thoughmakingherdebutatfour,Ekleel Athbahshowedherabilityfromtheoutset. Finishingarespectablesecondonherfirst outinginBelgiumover2100mandher secondatWolverhamptonoveramile,in racesthatweren’truntosuit,shehadthe assistanceofstablemateKafouAthbah whenwinningatWindsorunderTom Marquand,alsooveramile.Dropping downintripfortheRoyalCavalry’ssprint prepatNewburyover6furlongs,shewas greenatthefinishunderSamHitchcott, yetstillmanagedtosetanewofficial recordovercourseanddistanceof1.18.11 whenbeatingBayanAthbah.

Confirmingherspeedinthemainevent, theRoyalCavalryofOmanInternational Stakes(Gr2PA)sheheldoffthechallenge ofthesponsorsFateenahtorecordher firstblacktypewin(seepagex).Shethen wenttoBadenBadenfortheUAE PresidentCupwhichturnedintoamessy race,thoughshemadeupgroundtofinish second.Severaloptionswerethenunder consideration,howevershewasgivena shortbreakandwillbepreparedwitha viewtomakingtheinvitationstotheAl MneefahCupinSaudi,takinginaprep raceineitherBelgiumorFrancein January.

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AROLeadingSire-LaithAlKhalediah

2022AROLeadingSireLaithAlKhalediah'sleadingUKrunner-RebalAthbah

BredbySaudiArabia’sAlKhalediahStud, LaithAlKhalediahwasrepresentedin 2022intheUKbytheunbeatenRebal Athbah,aswellastheleadinghorse, EkleelAthbah.Overseashismostnotable produceisMubasherAlKhalediah,winner ofthe2021ObaiyaArabianClassic(1m2f) andtwoPrinceSultanCups(Gr1PA)inhis nativeSaudiArabia.

TrainerPhilCollingtonsaid:“Havingseen someoftheotherhorsesbyLaithAl Khalediahthathavebeenbredandare

stillownedbyAlKhalediahStudinSaudi, theyareverytenaciousandtheystay, reallyseeingoutthelinewell.

"RebalAthbahcertainlyislikethatand Ekleel’Athbah'sverytoughtoo,we’re hopingshewillwinbackupintripnext year.”

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LaithAlKhalediah(SA)6100720,830 Madjani(FR)45122313,597

NoRiskAlMaury(FR)33632010,974

Vadeer(GB)211196,360 SeraphinDuPaon(FR)200174,607 Mahabb(AE)1231790,540 General(GB)11005228,018

AFAlbahar(AE)110028,906

AlSaoudi(FR)100032,167

Parador(FR)100022,332

BengaliD'Albret(FR)042064,835

Dahess(GB)0302939,923

JaaferASF(GB)012155,827 Munjiz(FR)010241,717

AlReehJanoob(GB)002351,693 Assy(QA)0010143,040

AlTair(GB)00103635 Kayeed(GB)00102529

Tidarbret(GB)00101484

AlJakbar(FR)00016498

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JalnarAlKhalidiah(SA)00011242

NivourDeCardonne(FR)00012121 Amer(SA)000015,400 Tabarak(GB)00003182 Concord(FR)00003182

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2022UKSeasonReview

AROLeadingBreeder-PaulSimmons

ThisyearAROwasdelightedtobeableto reinstatetheirUKBreedersScheme,giving financialrewardstoBritishbredhorses finishinginthefirstthreeofanynonGrouprace.ThetopthreeBritishbreeders werethenrewardedwiththeirchoiceof stallionnomination,generouslysponsored byShadwellArabianStallions,withPaul SimmonsofZayinArabiansselectingAF Mathmoon,MrsSkepperandJane MarsdenselectingtheNoRiskAlMaury andSteveBlackwellselectingMadjani.

Acceptinghisaward,whichalsoincluded atrophyandphotographssponsoredby TheArabianRacehorsemagazine, Simmonssaid:“It’slovelytoberecognised

havingbeeninvolvedfor20years.The horseshavedonewellthisseasonwith ZayinZyperionwinningandZayinAngkor CenturionbeingplacedatGrouplevelfor asecondtime.IwasdelightedwithZikada Zayin’sthirdonherfinalstartandlook forwardtoherprogressingfurthernext year.

“It’sfantastictogetafreecoveringfrom Shadwell.IwillprobablyuseAF MathmoononZephyrellaZayin,asI’ve alreadygotoneofmymaresinfoaltohim thisyearandI’mlookingforwardtousing himagain.”

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TheOfficialRatingslistincludes17 overseasregisteredhorses,butnotUK horsesregisteredunraced,oryetto recieveanofficalrating.

ThetopratedUKhorseisEkleelAthbah on111.

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2022EkleelAthbahAthbahRacing MrPCollingtonTadhgO'SheaGoodtoFirm1.18.63 2021BayanAthbahAthbahRacing MrPCollingtonTadhgO'SheaGood1.17.65* 2020NORACE

2019ConchitaDAPeterDeckers

PeterDeckers AVanDenTroostGood/GtoF1.22.35

2018AlChammyRoyalCavalryofOmanSaidAlBadi OlivierPeslierGoodtoSoft1.22.94

2017LwsailAlShaqabRacing ThomasFourcyJulienAugeSoft/Heavy1.24.92

2016RadamesHHShHAlMaktoum MrPCollingtonDaneO'NeillGoodtoFirm1.21.39

2015AlMouhannadRoyalCavalryofOmanChristianBailletTHendersonSoft 1.21.21

2014AlMouhannadRoyalCavalryofOmanChristianBailletJ-BHamelGood1.25.45

2013AlMouhannadRoyalCavalryofOmanChristianBailletR-CMontenegroGtoF(Gpl)1.20.04

2012HilalAlZamanDrMAlNujaifi DdeWatrigantJ-BHamelGoodtoSoft1.20.70

2011AzizASFHHShMbinKAlThaniJulianSmart AlanMunroGoodtoSoft1.24.63

2010 NashwanAlKhalediah AlKhalediahStables J-FBernard J-BHamelGood1.18.88

2009DariyaHHShMbinZAlNahyanRobertLitt PhilipSogorbGtoS(Spl) 1.23.49

2008QuaolinaHHShHAlMaktoum DdeWatrigantRHillsGoodtoFirm1.20.25 2007DahessHHShAbinKAlThaniAlbandeMieulleDBoulandGtoF(Gpl)1.19.96 2006DahessHHShAbinKAlThaniAlbandeMieulleDBoulandGood1.20.84 2005DahessHHShAbinKAlThaniAlbandeMieulleDBoulandGood1.19.95 2004NizamHHShAbinKAlThaniAlbandeMieulleDBoulandGoodtoFirm1.21.27 2003 DjeldorDeBozouls HHShHAlMaktoum DdeWatrigantRHillsGtoF(Fpl)1.20.11 2002AlAnoodHHShAbinKAlThaniAlbandeMieulleDBoulandGoodtoFirm1.19.83 Priorto2021racewasaGroup1PAandrunastheZa'abeelInternationalStakes *Handtime

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RoyalCavalryofOman InternationalStakes Group2PA-6f(1200m)-£20,000 Newbury,UK

RoyalCavalryofOmanInternationalStakes (Group2PA)Newbury,UK 6f3yo +

EKLEELATHBAH(FR)(4fLaithAlKhalediahxManadeAthbah(Khoutoubia)

Owner:AthbahRacing

Breeder:AthbahStud

Trainer:MrPhilipCollington

Jockey:TadghO'Shea

TheRoyalCavalryofOmanhavebeena welcomesponsorofUKArabianracingfor manyyears.Asowners,theyhavehad greatsuccessinmanyoftheUK’smost well-knownPAGroupraces,mostnotably thethreewinsintheZa’abeelsprinton DubaiDaybyAlMouhannadandafourth byherbrother,AlChammy.Followingthe sadpassingofSultanQaboosin2020, restructuringandanewfocuswas inevitable.ForUKArabianracing,the upgradeoftheRoyalCavalry’s sponsorship,fromtheGroup3PA ClarendonStakestotheZa’abeelwhich becametheRoyalCavalryofOman

InternationalStakesin2021,wasmost welcome,andhascertainlyraisedtheir profilewithinthesport.

ThenewfaceatthehelmisDrSarhan SalimAlZeidi,DirectorGeneralofthe RoyalCavalryofOman.Hehadpreviously visitedtheUKonnumeroustimes representingtheRoyalCavalryandwas presentatNewburybeforeracing, plantingaSilverBirchtreeaspartofthe Queen’sGreenCanopyinitiativeto commemorateHerMajesty’sPlatinum Jubilee.

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The£20,000racewastheopening contestofBetVictorHungerfordDay whichalsofeaturedthreethoroughbred blacktyperaces,thehighlightofwhich wastheGroup2HungerfordStakesandis oneofNewbury’smostimportantdaysin theirFlatracingcalendar.TheGroup2PA sprintsawtheculminationoftheRoyal Cavalry’ssponsorshippackageforthe 2022AROseasonandwasheldinfrontof acrowdofover10,000.

Biddingtofollowinsomeillustrious hoofprintsweretwoprogressivefouryear-oldfillies,theRoyalCavalry’s homebredFateenah,alongwithEkleel Athbah,stablematetolastyear’swinner BayanAthbah.Bothwerecloselymatched onratings,andbothwereseekingtheir firstblack-typewin.

TravellingoverfromFrance,Fateenahhad twicebeenawinneroversevenfurlongs andhadbeenGroup3PAplacedovera mile.Shewasonlybeatenhalfalengthby

anotherRoyalCavalryownedrunner, Safwah,onhermostrecentstartbackat herfavouredtripinDax’sPrixAkbaratthe endofJune.FateenahistrainedbyPau basedhandlerFredericSanchez,whohas anexcellentrecordhere,beingtwofrom threefromhisUKraids.

PhilCollingtonfirstwonthisracein2016 withRadamesforHHSheikhHamdanAl Maktoum,scoringagainlastyearwith AthbahRacing’sBayanAthbah,partnered byTadhgO’Shea.EkleelAthbahwas alreadyacourseanddistancewinner whentakingtheprepraceamonthago, beatingBayanAthbahbyalengthanda quarter,butwastheirsolerepresentative fromthreeentries.AsCollington explained:“Itwasafact-findingmission withEkleelAthbahlasttimeandshe’s proventherenow.RebalAthbahhasother optionsandEkleelwon’tcarryapenalty likeourotherentry,BayanAthbah,so we’rehopingforagoodrunfromher.”

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EkleelAthbah(FR)

PeterHammersleysenttworunners,last year’sfourthAbiyahAthbahandZayin AngkorCenturionwhohasbeenona steadycomebackmissionafteroverayear off.DilmunRacing’sthree-timewinner AbiyahAthbahhasprovedbestonquick groundasherGroup3PAthirdplacing overamilelastyearhasshownandshe wasthirdbehindEkleelAthbahinthe preprace.

Five-timetopAROtrainerJamesOwen hadwontheRoyalCavalryofOman’s previoussponsoredGrouprace,the ClarendonStakesatNewburywith Awzaanin2019.Thisyearhisteam’s hopesrestedonGaryAllsopp’sBalqees whogaveAllsoppaMaytoremember, providinghimhisfirstwinnerinhisown colourswhenshebeatEkleelAthbahbya neckoveramile,threeweeksafter Cachet,whoAllsoppisalsoinvolvedwith, wonthe1,000GuineasatNewmarket. Completingtheline-upwasDelyth Thomas’scoursewinnerParamerAngel, whobeatBalqeesinaphotoonhis seasonalreappearanceoveramileanda quarter.

ParamerAngelbrokewellandwassoon outinfrontwithZayinAngkorCenturion inbehind.O’Sheahadquicklycoveredup

EkleelAthbahasshejumpedfromthe gatesandshetravelledsweetlyinthe wakeofFateenahandAbiyahAthbahin companywithBalqeesintheinitialstages. Astheyreachedthepenultimatefurlong thesixrunnerswerealmostevenlyspread acrossthetrackasParamerAngel’srun cametoanendwiththeremainder makingtheirbidsforthelead.Fateenah camearoundhim,towardsthecentreof thetrack,shadowedbymainrivalEkleel Athbah,whilstAbiyahAthbahwas challengingherstablemateZayinAngkor Centurion,withBalqeesmakingherway downthestandsrail.

Bythefurlongpole,O’SheaandEkleel AthbahhadhitthefrontwithFateenah andMickaelForesttryinghardtomatch them.Meanwhile,onherownonthe standsside,AbiyahAthbahwasrunning anotherbraverace,justholdingsecond, thoughthetwofour-year-oldspulled ahead,thethreewerewellclearofZayin AngkorCenturionontheline.The winningdistanceswereaneck,andtwo andthreequarterlengths,withEkleel Athbahwinninginatimeof1.18.63 beatingNashwanAlKhalediah’s1.18.88 setin2010(BayanAthbah’s2021record hadbeenhandtimed).

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AftertheraceO’Sheacommented:“She’s alovelyfilly,obviouslyit’smyfirsttime ridingher,Iwatchedherwinlasttimeand shestilllookedrelativelygreen,Isaidto PhilbeforehandthattheFrenchfilly ownedbythesponsorslookedtheoneto beat.Allcredittothemforsponsoring andtheyalwayshavesomeverygood Arabiansthattohaveberespected.I followedthatonethroughandIhada verysmoothrace,shepickedupwell. She’safillythatgetsfurthersoIwas alwaysconfidentwhensheputhernosein frontinsidethefurlongpolethatshe’d stayabitfurther.”

Askedtocomparehistwowinnersofthe raceO’Sheasaid:“They’reverysimilar. Bayanpossiblyhadalittlebitmorepace, butthisfillyislearningquicklyandshe’s probablyabitmoreforwardatthisstage ofhercareerthanBayanwas.”

Collingtonconfirmedthis,saying: “Ekleel’swinherelastmonthshowedshe wascapableatthisdistance,Bayanwenta similarroutelastyearandlikeher,thisfilly hasshownshe’sgotthespeedtowin,so it’sallworkedoutwell.Nowshecanstep backupintrip,hopefullyfortheUAE PresidentCup–UKArabianDerbyat Doncaster,ormaybetheraceinBaden Baden.Tadhgiscertainlyoftheopinion thatit’sastrongpossibilityaftertoday.”

KevinJosse,generalmanagerforallof theRoyalCavalry’sequestrianactivitiesin Francesaid:“Thisismysecondvisitto NewburyandwhatIparticularlylikeinthe UKistheatmosphere,thequalityofthe racingandthecrowdsarefantastic,Ithink Icansayonbehalfofthewholeteamthat wehavereallyenjoyedit.Unfortunately, becausewehaven’twonthisyear,itisa goodexcusetocomebacknextyear!”

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SpeakingaboutthefuturefortheRoyal Cavalryequestrianactivities,hesaid“The planisnowtoreduceourhorses,butto increasethequalityacrosstheboardfor ourshowhorses,ourendurancehorses andofcourseourracehorses.Caroline Brunuadisourracingmanager,basedin thesouthnearPauwherethemajorityof themaretrained.Wewillbefocussingon theGulfcountries,withthebesthorses goingoutforthewinterseasonandwe willkeepgoingwiththesametrainers there.Fateenahwillcomehomeforarest nowandthenoncewehavediscussedher options,shemaywellgoouttotheGulf thiswinter.”

CharlesGregson,AROChairman congratulatedthewinnerssaying:“That wasabrilliantracetoday,runinafast timeasyouwouldexpectonthisground. WewarmlycongratulatetheAthbah Racingteamforwinningagainwith

anotherhomebredfillyandwealso congratulateoursponsors,theRoyal CavalryofOman,whocameverycloseto winningwiththeirs.”

GennyHaynes,AROCEOcommented: “WewerethrilledwhentheRoyalCavalry ofOmanconfirmedtheirsponsorshipof thisracelastyearastheyhavebeen welcomecompetitorsandgenerous sponsorshereintheUKforsomanyyears. ItwasapleasuretowelcomebackDr SarhanSalimAlZeidi,andtomeetRoyal Cavalryracingmanager,Caroline Brunuadandgeneralmanager,Kevin Jossetoatrackatwhichtheyhavehadso manyimportantsuccessesandtojoinin withHMTheQueen’sjubilee celebrations.”

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THEARABIANRACEHRSE THEARABIAN O RSE February "#!$ AROAnnualAwards2015 www.issuu.com/thearabianracehorse www.thearabianracehorse.com THEARABIAN RACEH O RSE WINTERISSUE2023 BREEDINGSPECIAL NEWSTALLIONS-2022PASALESREVIEW ToadvertiseintheWintereditionemail:info@thearabianracehorse.com
THEARABIANRACEH O RSE HHSheikhaFatimabint MubarakCup Group3PA-1m(1600m)-£14,000 HaydockPark,UK 2022BayanAthbahAthbahRacing MrPCollingtonTadhgO'SheaGoodtoFirm1.50.54 2021BayanAthbahAthbahRacing MrPCollingtonTomMarquandGoodtoFirm1.49.95 2020NORACE 2019NORACE 2018 ShomoosAthbah AthbahRacing MrPCollingtonTadhgO'SheaGood1.51.68 2017NORACE 2016AghsaanHHShHAlMaktoum MrPCollingtonTadhgO'SheaGood(GS)1.52.2 2018runatRoyalWindsorastheRoyalCavalryofOmanAROCup 2016runatNewburyastheAROCup

HHSheikhaFatimabintMubarakCup

(Group3PA)HaydockPark,UK 1m4yo +

BAYANATHBAH(FR)(6mAFAlbaharxKeenGame(BengaliD'Albret)

Owner:AthbahRacing Breeder:AthbahStud

Trainer:MrPhilipCollington Jockey:TadghO'Shea

TheHHSheikhaFatimabintMubarakCup wasthehighlightoftheHHSheikh MansoorbinZayedAlNahyanRacing FestivalUKArabianracingsponsorship packagefor2022.TheFestivalhasplayed asignificantroleinthepromotionof Arabianracingandbreedingaroundthe worldsinceitbeganin2009,aimingto continuetheeffortsmadebythelate SheikhZayedbinSultanAlNahyanto preserveheritagesportsandequestrian sportinparticular.Sponsoringmorethan

150racesin2022,theFestivalsupportsa widevarietyofcontestsfromthe grassrootstothehighestlevel,which culminatesintheSheikhZayedbinSultan AlNahyanJewelCrown(Gr1PA)torunin AbuDhabionDecember4.The£14,000 racewasheldaspartofHaydock’s biggestflatmeetingoftheyear,their SprintCupCelebrationwhichrantothree daysandconcludedwiththeBetfairSprint CupDayonSaturday3rdSeptember.

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BestTurnedOutwinnerBayanAthbah(GB)andMiaHurrion ZayinAngkorCenturion(GB)

Lastyear’swinner,BayanAthbah,was havinghersecondstartoftheseason, havingbeenrunner-uptoherstablemate, EkleelAthbahintheNizwaFort ConditionsStakesatNewburyinJuly.She wasbeingpreparedforacrackatthe QatarInternationalStakesatGoodwood, butwaswithdrawnafterdeclarations, havingbeenfoundlameinherboxthe daybefore.

GoingintotheracehertrainerPhil Collingtonsaid:“ThejointthatBayan injuredbeforeGoodwoodhassettled rightdown,all’sgoodwithhernowand she’singreatform.We’llsticktotheplan thatshe’llruninheadgearforthefirst timeandTadgh[O’Shea],whoknowsher well,willride.”

Shefacedseveralofherrivalsfromlast year,mostnotablyDilmunRacing’s AbiyahAthbahwhowasaveryclosethird onthatoccasion.AbiyahAthbahhad beencampaignedwiththisraceasa target,mostrecentlyfinishingthirdinthe RoyalCavalryofOmanInternational Stakes(Gr2PA)thatBayanAthbahhad won lastyear.FourthbehindAbiyah Athbahininthatcontestwasher stablemateZayinAngkorCenturion,who trainerPeterHammerlseyhadsteadily broughtbackfromaninjuryinducedlay-

off.AhomebredforPaulSimmons’Zayin Arabians,hisnine-year-oldstallionwas runnerupinthiseventin2018[whenheld atRoyalWindsor],aheadoffourGroup winners.

FifthbehindBayanAthbahin2021was theJamesOwentrainedAlKaaser.Now runninginthecoloursofhisRacingClub, theeight-year-oldgeldingseemsbest whenfreshandhewasreturningfroma shortbreak,aimingtogivetheRacing Clubtheirfirstblack-typesuccess.Owen alsofieldedBalqees,leasedfrom ShadwellEstatesbyDubaibased businessmanGaryAllsopp.Allsoppis enjoyingagreatintroductiontoArabian racing,withwinsbyBalqeesandanother ex-ShadwellmareWanassathisseason, andalsobeingamemberofOwen’s RacingClub,hehadAlKaasertocheeron aswell.

CompletingthefieldwasMulan,ridden bytheonlyamateurintheraceMiss KaitlenRobinson.OwnedbyKaitlen’s parentsMelanieandGavinKelly,Mulan wasadualwinner,includingoverthistrip ontheAllWeatherandhasbeenlightly racedsinceduetothechallengesof Covid.

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Balqees(FR)andHollieDoylegotopostwithAlKaaser(FR)andPaulMulrennan

Thoughslowlyaway,BayanAthbahwas againvictorious,thistimeundertentimes UAEchampionjockeyO’Shea.They travelledsmoothlythroughouttheearly stagestochallengetheleaderAbiyah Athbahfromtwofurlongsout.However, BenCurtis’smountputuparealfightall thewaytotheline,goingdownbyonlya length,withherstablemateZayinAngkor Centurion,afurtherfivelengthsbehindin third.

Collingtonhasanenviablerecordinthe race,ashenotonlytrainedBayanAthbah towinlastyear,butalsotrainedthe winnersofthetwopreviousrunningsof therace,formerlyknownastheAROCup, ShomoosAthbah(RoyalWindsor,2018) andAghsaan(Newbury,2016).Bayan Athbahhadbeenhispickoffourpossible entriesandhasprovidedCollingtonwith

histhirteenthPAGroupwinnertodate.

AdelightedCollingtonsaid:“It’sfantastic forBayanandAthbahRacing,andalsofor MiawhowontheBestTurnedOutAward withhertoo,it’sbeengreatallround.The marehasdonesowelltodaybecausethe groundwouldreallyhavebeenagainst her.AbiyahAthbahfoughthardandgave usareallygoodracetowatch.”

OfBayanAthbah’ssuccessO’Shea commented:“Shewasn’tinlovewiththe ground,itwasprettyfirmoutthere,Iwent togoandwinquiteeasilyfromthe secondtolastfurlong,butfairduestothe fillyonherinside,sheputupagoodfight. Myfilly’sclassgoherthrough,butwitha bitmoreeaseinthegroundyou’dseeher tobettereffect,butthankfullywegotthe jobdone.”

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2022UKSeasonReview

CollingtonandAthbahontopintheUK

NewmarketbasedPhilCollingtonandhis principalpatron,AthbahRacinghitthe groundrunningforthe2022AROseason, winningtheopeningraceatRoyal WindsorwithRebalAthbah.Theywere alsotheonlydomesticteamtosecure black-typewins,withEkleelAthbah scoringintheRoyalCavalryofOman InternationalStakes(Gr2PA)andBayan Athbahrecordingasecondvictoryinthe HHSheikhaFatimabintMubarakCup (Gr3PA).Bothhorseswereriddentowin bytentimesUAEChampionTadgh O’Shea,whoalsoaddedtheAROJockeys titletohisever-growingcollection.

Lookingbackovertheseasonhe’sclearly delightedtobeleadingtraineragain, havingbrokenJamesOwen’sthree-year griponthetrophysaying:“It’sfantastic. I’mdelightedforAthbahandthePrince too,winningtheownerstitle.Irodefor AthbahwhenGillDuffieldtrainedfor them;ofcourseintheUK,BillSmithalso hadhorsesforthemandmorerecently PeterHammerlsey.Theywereofadecent levelofability,butIthinkthey’vereally uppedtheirbreedingandthequalityof horsesthatthey’veboughtinrecentyears aswell.

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PhilCollingtonwithEkleelAthbahwithabackdropofNewmarket'sRowleyMileracecourse andRacecourseSidetraininggallopsbehindtheirnewyard,CedarLodge

“ThefirstseasonIwastraining,wedidn’t havemuchforthem,butinto2017we hadMith’hafAthbah,thenShoomosand Medhaaf,sothecalibreofhorsewas reallyhigh.Sincethen,we’vehadmany horsesthathavekeptraisingthebar.”

Hismostrecentblack-typesuccesshas beenwiththethree-timeUKGroup winner,BayanAthbah.It’sclearthatshe hasrepresentedquiteachallengeforher trainer,ashesays:“Bayanhasprobably sufferedfromsetbacksmorethanmost. Shewasaveryweakandbackward youngsterwhenwehadherfirst.Because ofthatshedidn’trunatthree,thenstarted atfourinSaudi,andshehadagreat18 monthsafterthat,butthelittleniggles thatshehad,cametothesurfaceagain thisyearanditmadeithardtoget throughthisseason.

“I’mproudofwhatwe’veachievedwith herandinherselfshe’ssotough,Ithink we’vewonwithhersixoutofeightruns andbeensecondtwice.It’stestamentto her,otherhorseswouldn’thavecoped withthesetbacksshe’shad.Iloveher damline,thatofKeenGame,we’vehad otherssuchasMedhaaf,Mlatemand ThayeraswellasJaazmahandJara’ah whowerewithMadameBernard.It’sa fantasticline.Bayan’sbeenretiredtostud inNormandy,andIcan’twaittofindout whoshe’llbecoveredbynextyear.”

GivenBayanAthbah’strainingissues,it wasnosurprisetoseeherretired,evenat theyoungageofsix,asmovinginto replaceherastop-ratedUKhorsewas anotherAthbahhomebredfilly,thefouryear-oldEkleelAthbah.

BayanAthbah(GB)

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“Wefeltfromthebeginningoftheyear thatshecouldbeasgood,ifnotbetter thanBayan.Itwasonlyherinexperience really,thatheldherup.Shewasunlucky nottohaveopenedheraccountbefore shewonatWindsor,foronereasonor another.She’sthetypeoffillythat’svery professionalathome.Shedideverything right,shewasfitandreadytogoonher firststart,whichwethoughtshe’dwin,but theracewasveryslowlyrun.However she’sgonefromstrengthtostrengthsince andshe’saGroupwinnernowaswell.I’m reallylookingforwardtowhatwecando withhernextyear.”

Herpotentialwasreallyputonshowwhen winningNewbury’sNizwaFortConditions, theprepracefortheRoyalCavalryof OmanInternational,overthesamecourse anddistance.Despitebeingverygreen whenhittingthefront,shebeatthecourse recordforsixfurlongs,aswellasher

stablemate,the2021winner,Bayan Athbah.Thoughobviouslyinpossessionof plentyofspeed,Collingtonfeelsshewill bewelluptohernexttarget,theAl MneefahattheSaudiCupinFebruary.

“Ekleel’sveryfirstracewasover2100m. Shehasspeedaswe’veseen,butwe’ve alwaysfeltthatshecanclimbhigherwhen shegoesabitfurther.Hertraininghas alwaysbeenbasedaroundgettingherto settleandIthinkwatchingherNewbury wins,itshowsthatridingherthatwayeven overtheshortertripsshecanstillperform. However,herlastrunoveramileinBaden Baden[UAEPresidentCup],Tadhg actuallycamebackinandsaid,‘she’s givingthewinnerapenalty,butalso maybeanother200morabitfurther, she’dhavegotherheadbackinfront’.So yes,she’sgotspeed,butwefeelthetrip won’thinderheratall.”

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EkleelAthbah(FR)andMiaHurrionintraininginApril

Thelowestratedhorsestogainaninvite forthe2022AlMneefahwereoff110. Howeverwiththeracebeingupgradedto aGroup2PAfromListedlevelfor2023, andtheprizemoneybeingsogenerous, Ekleel’scurrentratingof111,wouldnot necessarilyseehergetinvitednextyear. ConsideringthatconcernCollingtonsays: “She’llhaveaprepruninJanuaryineither PauinFranceorMonsinBelgium.Mons willbeeasier,butifwefeelthatweneed toboostherratinghighertogetin,we mightjusthavetogotoFrance.”

ForCollington,there’slittletimetoreston hislaurels,ordreamofwinningtheAl MneefahashisyardinExning,onthe edgeoftownhadbeensold.Sohe’s relocatingtheracingteambackto Newmarket,totheHamiltonRoad,justa fewyardsupfromwherehehadbeen basedasjockeyandlaterassistant,to manytimesAROtoptrainerGillDuffield.

Justfourdaysaftermovinghishorses, andwith“afewbitsandpiecesleftto

bringover”Collingtonislookingforward toanewchallenge,thoughheadmits: “It’sabitlikegoingbackintimetothe EveLodgedays.”

“We’ve22boxeshere”hecontinues. “Andit’sveryconvenientforthetraining groundsaswebackontoRacecourse Side.It’sverywellplacedwithenough facilities,there’sahorsewalkerandalittle bitofturnout.We’vethesameridesthat wewouldhavedonefromtheprevious yardinExning,butthey’reabitcloser, andalsonewonesaswell.”

Whilstinthepastthelimitedturnoutmay havebeenachallenge,therearenofears thistime,ashehasaddedasatelliteyard, just15minutesawayatBadlingham, whichhasextensiveturnout.“It’sabig help”heexplains.“There’ssomuchroom thereandsomuchgrazing,whichisideal fortheyoungstockandthebroodmares, butofcourseitalsohastrainingfacilities aswellifweneedit.It’sagreatsecond assettohave.”

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68 RebalAthbah(FR)lookingveryrelaxedinhisnewsurroundingsatCedarLodge

Hehaddecidedtomakesureallhistwoyear-oldswerebrokeninandriddenaway beforethemoveandisexcitedbythe teamheisputtingtogetherfornextyear. Athbahhavebeenoneoftheleading buyersatseveralofthesalesinthelast twoyears,investingheavilyinnew bloodstockwithwhichtokeepmoving forward.UsingCollington’sextensive knowledgeoftheShadwellbloodlines, theyhaveboughtmanyoftheirchoice lotsatthedispersals,whichhas Collington’sheartfeltapproval.

“Itbroughabitofateartomyeye,ina goodway”hequalifies.“Thehorsesthat I’veknownforsolongwiththeShadwell breeding,toknowthatIwasgoingtobe abletocarryonbeingassociatedwith

them.Iknowmostofthedamsandalso thesires,it’sreallyfantasticthatIcancarry iton.”

Twofilliesareofgreatsignificance,being theproduceofhisfirstUKandoverseas PAGroupwinners.“Thetwo-year-oldsout ofAghsaanandJamaayilareverycloseto myheart,Ihavereallyhighhopesfor them.Jamaayil’sdaughterJameelatyisa reallybeautifulfillybyMunjiz,shecould beanything.Garmooshaisoutof Aghsaan,byNoRiskAlMauryandthey weregreathorses.IthinkAghsaan,being outofDubaiInternationalStakeswinner SophieduLoupcombinedwithNoRisk’s lethalturnoffoot,shouldworkreally well.”

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Jameelaty(GB)

ThetoppricedhorseattheFebruary dispersalwasAqwaam,acoltbyMister Ginoux,whocost $90,000.Considering hisprospects,Collintonsays:“Aqwaam’s dam,OussilaThabet,I’mnotsofamiliar with.MisterGinouxhasmadeanexcellent startwithGroup1winnersinhisfirstcrop toracelastyear.Aqwaamisatidylittle horse,Ithinkhelooksandfeelsatthe momentlikehewillrunatthree,he’snot bigofstature,buthecertainlycorrectin everyotherway.We’dbehopingthatwe cangethimoutnextyear.He’sgotan impeccablepedigree.”

MisterGinoux’sstarstallionstatuswasa littleshort-livedasthisseasonsawAl Mourtajez’sfirstcrophitthetracks, makingasimilargoodimpressionwith thelikesofAlGhadeergaininghimGroup 1PAhonoursasasire.Atthisstage Collingtonislikelytobethefirsttorunan AlMourtajezproductintheUK,withthe fillyThakeeraAlShahaniaalreadybroken in.HerdamGelnaarisasistertoNoRisk AlMaury,sosheisbredalongsimilar AmerxNectarineAlMaurylinesthathave beensosuccessfulwithMisterGinouxand LadyPrincess.

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Aqwaam(GB)continueshisriddeneducationinthelungepit

“Thakeerawasboughtfromasalein Qatar,shehasanimpeccablepedigree. Shemissedthisyear,herthree-year-old season,withasmallinjury,butIthinkthe timewillbenefither.We’llverymuchplan ongettingheroutearly.Ithinkwhen they’venotrunathree,it’simportantto getthemoutearlyatfour.We’rereally lookingforwardtoherrunning.Shecame infromNormandywiththetwo-year-olds thatwe’rebreaking.Shejusttrottingat themoment,butshemightstartoffin Belgiumearlyintheyearifallgoeswell, likewedidwithEkleelthisyear.”

JoiningupwithThakeeraAlShahania,is ThaydahAthbah,abigrangyfillybyAF Albahar,outofDjanetMonlauwho CollingtonhadhopedtorunintheUKthis season.

“Thaydahwasheadingto

Wolverhampton,forthenovice,butshe showedsignsofimmaturityinherjoints, sowebackedoffher.LikeThakeera, they’llbothbefour-year-oldmaidensthat couldrunearlynextyear.”

DiscussingsomeoftheotherAthbah purchases,Collingtonsays:“We’veFoo DuPine,byHaddagAlKhalediahoutof AlRamtha.Hecouldbearunnernext year,he’sverysolid,verystrong,alovely lookinghorsethatmovesverywell.

“NeslElMouloukisbyAlMourtajezoutof Oufaik,soshe’sahalf-sistertoLewaa Athbah.ThedamproducesverygoodlookingstockandMouloukislighter framedthanLewaawhichisgood.Al Mourtajezhashadsomuchthree-year-old successyou’dhavetotrainherwithnext seasoninmind,she’salovelyscopey filly.”

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ThakeeraAlShahania(QA)

Returningtotheprospectsofhisolder horses,hefeelsthatEkleelAthbahcould gotoGoodwoodnextyear,alongwith thepromisingRebalAthbah.

“It’sgreatthatRebal’sgonefromonerun atthree,intohisfour-year-oldseasonand remainedunbeateninthreestartsthis year.He’sprobablyabitbetteronturf, butit’sabithardtosayasheonlyhadthe onerunontheAllWeatheratLingfield.If wecanbuildonthatandstepintoa betterclassofrace,thenwe’dthinkabout theAlMenefahforhimtoo,longerterm.”

WhilstCollingtonhashadtheexperience oftraininginSaudioverthewinter,at presenthisteamistooyoungtowarrant thetrip,thoughhecertainlydoesn’trule outgoingoutagain,ifhehadtheright horses.Hehashowever,beenouttoTa’if thissummer,wheretheSaudiJockey Clubaredevelopingtheirsummerracing

programme.Themountainsaremuch cooler,beingnearertothecoast,andhe feelsthatoncethenewracingsurfacehas beddedin,itwillridemuchthesameas theoneinRiyadh.

“IthinkSaudiisverymuchanemerging forceinracing,”heobserves.“It’staken offandchangedinallrecognitionsinceI wentouttherefirst.Theappetiteforitout thereisfantastic.Itjustseemstoget biggerandbiggerbothforArabiansand thoroughbreds.AsweknowtheSaudi Cupishugenow,itoffersunbelievable prizemoney,butthesupportingracesare greataswell.Ibelievethey’retalking aboutstagingacarnivalonsimilarlinesto DubaiandIthinkthat’sarealpossibility. They’vegotTa’ifforthesummermonths andthenRiyadhforthewinteratpresent, butiftheybuildseveralmoretracksthen itcouldbeevenbigger.”

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CollingtonwithAqwaam(GB)withHadaaya(GB)

Hadaaya(GB)

CollingtonandhiswifeSheila,havetheir ownsmallbreedingoperationthathas takenseveralsignificantboostsrecently. TomJakbar,athree-year-oldcoltbyAl JakbaroutofManadehadbeensoldto TereseCompierinSweden.Hehadcome outofhisfirstracewellandCollingtonfelt hehadagoodchanceofwinningnext time,whichhedulydidandwillmost likelybeputawayforthewinternow.

HisdamManadeisalsothedamof ManadeAthbah,producerofEkleel Athbah,sotheyareexcitedforherfinal foalproducedthisyear,astronglooking unnamedcoltbyAFAlBuraq,ofwhich Collingtonsays:“AFAlBuraqreally throwssomestunninglookingstock,he’s averylovelycoltwe’vejustweaned. Manadealwaysgetsbighorses,Tom Jakbarisnearly16hh,DossarAthbahwho wetrainedwas16handsandthiscolt lookslikehe’llbebigaswell.”

WiththeretirementofManade,theironly activebroodmareatpresentisLaqataat,

whotheyboughtfromShadwell.Hehas plentyofexperienceofbothherandher progenyashewononherfourtimes whenshewastrainedbyDuffieldfor SheikhHamdanandhastrainedallofher offspringtoraceintheUK.Saleemahby MadjaniwasAROleadingArabianof 2018,whilstAnfaasbyNoRiskAlMaury wasathree-timewinner.

CollingtonalsobrokeinBarakka,herAF AlBaharproduceof2019,butthecolt wastoobackwardtoraceintheUKand hewentouttotheUAEfortheShadwell dispersalatMeydan.Helooksahorseof somepotential,placed,thenwinningon hisfirsttwostartslastseason,he reappearedintheMadjaniStakes(Gr2PA) atMeydanthismonth,finishinga respectabletwoandthree-quarterlengths secondtotheKahaylaClassicrunner-up KerlessDelRoc.Athbahboughther2020 NoRiskAlMaurycoltHadaaya,alsowith Collington,whohasalsobeenbrokenand riddenaway.

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Unfortunately,LaqataatslippedtoAFAl Buraqlastseason,butiscurrentlyinfoal toMashhurAlKhalediahwhoCollington hadtrainedtowintheJewelCrownin 2019.

“LaqataatisinFranceatthemoment, she’sdueinMarchorearlyApril.We’ve gottodecideonwhoshe’llbecoveredby afterwards,butwe’rereallylooking forwardtoseeingthefoal,beingby Mashhuritshouldbeafantasticlooking horse.”

NotallCollington’ssuccesshascomeby wayofAthbahin2022.Hisotherwinner, thethree-year-oldLujain,wasforJohn ElliottandTeresaKinsey.Sheisalsoof Shadwellbreeding,beingoutof Tawaazun,whomhewononthreetimes.

“There’ssomuchmoretocomefrom Lujain.”Collingtonenthuses.“Irodeher

damTawaazun,whowashighlytalented, butitwasdifficultforGilltokeepherin onepiece.Ithinkthisfillycouldbeas goodorbetterthanher,let’shopeshe’ll keepimproving.”

Certainly,herformlookssolid,placing thirdbehindEkleelAthbahonherdebut, andnexttimebehindanotherAthbah colt,KafouAthbah,araceinwhich CollngtonfeltshehatedtheAllWeather surface.Lujainwaswellfanciedtowin backonTurf,whichshedidwell,beating thesubsequentdualwinnerandamuch strongerandoldermareinAlMahbooba.

Sowithanewyard,andayoungand excitingteamtogointobattlewith,2023 couldbethebestyearyetforCollington.

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CollingtonwithManade(FR)andherAFAlBuraqcolt

QatarArcWeekendReview ArqanaPASaleBreaksRecords

Arcweekendtraditionallystartswiththe ArqanaPurebredArabiansaleatSaintCloud.Inrecentyears,andevenduring Covid,lotscataloguedwerejustintothree figuresThisyear’sofferingwasreducedto 84,nodoubtinreflectionofthe proliferationofonlinesalesthathave

becomepopular,howeverthefinal turnoverfigureof $3,497,500wasthe highestinthesales’history.Afullreview ofallthesaleswillbefeaturedinThe ArabianRacehorseWinter2023,Breeding Specialtobepublishedearlynextyear.

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75 $300,000saletopper-FleurDuSoleil(FR)
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Thisyear’ssaletopperwasafour-year-old fillyintraining,FleurDuSoleil.At $300,000,shewasthehighestpricedlot sinceasimilaroffering,AlNachmiya,went thewayofAlShaqabat $350,000in 2011.Bothhadbeensoldwithupcoming racingengagementsintheweekendstop levelGroupraces.FleurDuSoleildidnot followAlNachiya’swinningpath,finishing fifthintheQatarArabianTrophydes JumentsonParisLongchamp’sSaturday card.However,shehassincemade amendsattheinternationalmeetingin CasablancabywinningthePAListedUAE PresidentCupinMorocco.

Theblack-typeisabonusforher purchaser,HHSheikhMansoorbinZayed AlNayhan.PégaseBloodstock’sThierry Delègue,actingonbehalfoftheSheikh’s

YASHorseRacingManagement,reported hisinstructionsweretosourcefilliesfrom femalelineswhichHisHighnessdidnot have.FleurDuSoleilisfromaleading blacktypeproducingfamily,assheisa half-sistertoGroup1PAwinnerMethgal, andherdamisasistertoEbrazand MaredAlSahrafromthefabulousde WatrigantfemalelineofMandore.

Delègue’sthreeotherpurchases,alltwoyear-oldfillieswhoshouldbereadyto racenextyearhavesimilarblue-blooded attributes.AlJazi,byDahess,gotan immediatecatalogueupdatethat weekendwhenherAFAlbaharhalf-sister SahabwontheJumentsontheSaturday atLongchamp,andlooksexceptional valueat $120,000.

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TheirryDelegueofPegaseBloodstockbuyingonbehalfofHHSheikhMansoor's YASHorseRacingManagement

AstronglookingfillybyNieshan,Kayla DeCarrererealised $280,000,nodoubt owingtothefactthatsheisafullsisterto ObaiyaArabianClassicwinner,HadiDe Carrere.Hehadsubsequentlybeenthird intheKahaylaandinthePrixDragonon hisreturnfromasummerbreak,butcould notmatchhisstablemateLadyPrincessin theWorldCup.Anotherbrother,Izmirde Carrere,haswontwicetodateandbeen placedthirdintheFrenchArabianDerby (Gr1PA),soitisaveryactivepedigree.

Theirfourthpurchase,MJAthena,wasthe cheapest,at $100,000.Anotherdaughter ofAFAlbahar,sheisahalf-sistertothe five-timewinner,Samlla(byAssy),who scoredinlastyear’sAlRayyanCup(Prix Kesberoy)aswellastheQatar InternationalCupandtheFrenchArabian Derby,allGroup1PA’s.Sheisalsofrom thefemalelinethatproducedArabian WorldCupwinner,DjainkaDesForges.

SheikhMansoor’srequirementtorefresh

someofhisbloodlineswasnothugely significantforanorganisationthataimsto producewellovera100foalsperseason andallfourfillieswillbegoodoutcrosses forhisWathbastallions.Inanormalyear, thosefourpurchaseswouldbeenoughto makePégaseBloodstocktheleading buyer,howeverthataccoladefelltoa newcomer,withafamiliarfaceatthe helm,WathnanRacing.

Signingfor12lotstotalling $1.3million EurosontheirbehalfwasAlbande Mieulle,alsoinactiontwodayslaterat Arqana’sthoroughbredequivalentbuying twomore.Thisorganisationissonew, thatnofurtherdetailsareavailable,other thanthattheyarebasedinQatar,though deMieullewasclearlywellacquainted withsomeofthelotsastheywerethe productofUmmQarn,whohasrecently beensoldtoanothermemberoftheAlThanifamily.

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Lot15KaylaDeCarrere(FR)realised $280,000toPegaseBloodstock
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AshorseracingtakesafirmholdinSaudi Arabia,onthebackofthesuccessofthe SaudiCupandtheimprovementsatTa’if intheirsummerschedule,itwas inevitablethatwouldbeadrivingforce fornewownerstestingthewaterin Arabianracing.

SeveralownersmoreathomeintheSaudi showscenearegettingatasteforracing includingAjmalStud,basedonthe borderwithKuwait.Theysignedfortwo ofthemoreexpensivelots,headedbythe $180,000givenforJadeDeFaust,who hadbeenthirdinthePrixRazziaIII (Gr3PA)behindMezown.Thefollowing day,carryingthecoloursofUAEbased

trainerandagent,HelalAlalawi,JadeDe FaustwasfifthinthePoulichesandhas sincebeenexported.Sheisadaughterof AFAlbahar,whosedamisfromthe Nevadourfemaleline,thatincludes Group1PAwinnerssuchasNezD’Or, NoreenandMkeefa.

Paying $150,000forVizhir,theyhavea two-year-oldcoltwithstallionpotential, beingaManarkhalf-brothertotwoGroup winners.HisdamCherazade,isaGroup winningdaughterofCherifa,andasister tomanygoodproducerssuchasDjemila (damofMajdAlArabandTayf),aswellas Ziva(damofHandassa).

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Lot5Vihzir(FR)realised $150,000soldtoAjmalStud

Anotherdiversifyingfromtheshowringis KhaledAlsayed.Hehadalsojoinedforces withAlalawiatthefirstoftheShadwell sales,heldintheUAEayearago,withAl Alawibuyingtwofillies,Taqdeerand Modishahonhisbehalf,whohavesince wonandbeenplacedinTa’ifthissummer. AlsayedwaspresentatArqana,signing forthreetwo-year-oldsandayearling. SigningforKudosSandat $120,000he said:“ShewillgodirectlytoSaudiArabia. IboughtduringtheShadwelldispersals andourfirstresultsonthetrackare promising.”

Thebreedingsegmentprobablytookthe greatesthitfromtheonlinecompetition, withonlytenlotsoffered.Highestpriced therewasforSarazzaz,anunraced Mu’azzazdaughterofSaramina,fromthe immediatefamilyofAbbes,forwhichde Mieullesignedat $48,000onbehalfof Wathnan.

Intotalofthe84lotsoffered,52weresold withaclearancerateof61.9%,which thoughnotfarofftheaverage,isthe lowestsince2012.Howevertheaverage hasalmosttrebled,goingupto $67,260, notdissimilartothestrengthseeninthe thoroughbredmarketthisautumn.

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Lot4KudosSand(FR)a $120,000purchasebyKhaledAlsayed.Sheisadaughterof BurningSandfromthefemalelineofMandoreandwillgostrightintotraining KhaledAlsayed
82 Lot26DinoJJ(FR) $120,000toITC Lot61RaqZaman(FR) $150,00toWathnanRacing

QatarArabianWorldCup (Group1PA)ParisLongchamp,France

2000m4yo +

LADYPRINCESS(FR)(6mGeneralxNacreeAlMaury(Kesberoy)

Owner:KhalifabinSheailAlKuwari

Breeder:EARLDuChampGinoux&MmeElodieBellaud

Trainer:ThomasFourcy

Jockey:JimCrowley

LadyPrincessfinallyhasher‘Arc’.Facing afieldof16,whichwasremarkablystrong indepthasitincludedtwoprevious winners,inEbraz(2019),HoggarDe L’Ardus(2021),aKahaylaClassicwinner, FirstClass(2022),aswellasmultiple Group1PAwinnerssuchasHattal,Abbes, Teema,Sokoandthewinnerofthe world’smostvaluableraceforArabians, theObaiyaArabianClassic,Hadide Carrere.Allproven2000mwinnersofthe highestclass.

Itwasafirstwinforherowner,Khalifabin SheailAlKuwari,whohasnowwonall fourofthe'ArcWeekend'ArabianGroup 1races(threecourtesyofLadyPrincess, andSaint-Cloud'sPoulainscourtesyof Moshrif.Italsomarksafifthsuccessinthe racefortrainerThomasFourcy,whonow equalsJulianSmart'sownrecord breakingachievement.Itisafirstwinfor Crowleywhoisbecomimgmoreand moreaquaintedwithtoplevelsuccesson Arabians.

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Ebraz(GB) Djafar(FR)andChristopheSoumillon

Givenherpastform,itseemedalmostan insultforLadyPrincesstocarrythegreen sashthatisFrance’sversionoftheUK’s ‘secondcolours’butasamare,shewould alwaysresideatthelowerendofthecard inamixedfield.KhalifabinSheailAl Kuwari’sHadiDeCarrere,sashfree,raced moreprominently,withCrowleysettling LadyPrincesstotherearofthesubstantial field.ThoughEbrazwasendinghiscareer intheverycapablehandsofFrancois Rohaut,itwasnotablethatthetriedand testedtacticsemployedbyhisprevious handlerJulianSmartweretothefore, withKhateerAlKhalediahleadingthe way,inthecoloursofEbraz’sownerbreederSheikhMohammedbinKhalifaAl Thani,asEbrazloiteredatthebackwith LadyPrincess.

HoweverKhateerAlKhalediahdidnot havethespeedofsomeofAlShahania’s previouspacesetters(someGroup winnersintheirownright)andtheRoyal CavalryofOman’sSoko,whohadbeen pullinghardinbehind,wasgivenhishead byCristianDemuro,hittingthefrontwith 600mtogo.Hisleadwasbriefasthe field,quitecompacted,enteredthehome straight,withHattalontherailwho impressedwithadeterminedruntogo clearjustover300mout.His performance,onatrackwherehehasalso recordedGroup1PAsuccess,surely underlineswhatagreatlosstoArabian racingandthestudbookhewillbe,ashe keptonsolidlyallthewaytothelineto finishfourth.

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LadyPrincess(FR)andJimCrowley

200mfromhomeinthe2022QatarArabianWorldCup

Inwhatwastobeabravefinal performancefromHattal,itwasnot enoughasFirstClasss,ongroundwhich certainlywouldn’thaveplayedtohis strengths,wasmakingafinechallenge, butbetter,weretheoldrivals,Ebrazand LadyPrincess,playingtheirhandslateas usual,andtogreateffect,upthecentreof thecourse.Atthe100mmetrepole,Lady PrincesshadEbraz’smeasure,asage,and nodoubtthetwokiloweightallowance tooktheirtoll,butitwastypicalofEbraz togodownfighting,thekingcarriedout onhisshield,themostgallantof adversariestotheacknowledgedqueen.

Thehorsetonote,ifhecanbuildonthat performance,wastheeventualthird,the five-year-oldDjafar,alsoaRohautinmate,

racinginthecoloursofAbdullahbin FahadAl-Thani.Hehadfinishedfourth behindLadyPrincessatGoodwood, havingbeenthirdintheQatar InternationalCupinDohaandisclearly capableofpickingupablack-typewin.

Likethefifth,FirstClasss,withwhomhe shareshissire,Dahess,heisanotherwho willbeseentobettereffectonquicker ground,whichhisthreeDohawinslast winterattestto.Djafarwillmostlikely haveabusywinterseasonaheadforhis ambitiousyoungownerandfinishing aheadofsomequalityrivalswillenhance hisratingandthelikihoodofinviationsto someofthechoiceGroup1PAeventsin theGulf.

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THEARABIANRACEH O RSE 87 OldrivalsLadyPrincess(FR)andEbraz(GB)leadthefieldhome KhalifabinSheailAlKuwariwithLadyPrincess(FR)andJimCrowley

SpeakingaftertheraceCrowley commented:"Withtheexceptionof Baaeed,Ican’trecallhavingwonaGroup 1racesoeasily!I'mluckytoberidingher. LadyPrincessisaspecialtalent.Travelling intothestraightitfeltreally,reallygood. Thefeelingwasaverygoodone.She’sa superstar."

Oftendescribedbythemediaandher newregularpartner,Crowley,asa‘pocket rocket’thediminutivedaughterof Generalhadprovencourseanddistance form,havingwontheJumentsbackin 2020,andwasashortheadsecondto HoggarDeL’Arduslastyear.

Sheseemsimmunetounderfoot conditions,quickorslow,hertrademark laterunforgloryalmostalwaysgetsherto

thefrontintimeandshehasnowbagged hertenthGroup1PAwin.

Havingscoredforasecondtimeat GoodwoodinAugust,thoughtsmust inevitablyturntoacrackatQatar’sTriple Crown,assheisalreadyawinnerofthe HHTheAmirSword.Howevernotbefore areturntriptoAbuDhabitodefendthe JewelCrownonDecember4(seepreview page103).

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QatarArabianTrophydesJuments

TheJumentsisaracewithasmuchhistory astheWorldCup,withsomeofthesport’s mostableandwell-knownfilliestaking theprize,mostnotablyLadyPrincessin recenttimes,howeverthelikesofKissDe Ghazal,SylvineAlMauryandAlShamoos arealsopresentontheillustriousrollcall ofwinners.

Sahab,awinneronherthree-year-old debutinFrance,thenwenttobeplacedin

threeblack-typeevents,includingaspart ofthethree-wayphotofortheQatar ArabianTrophydesPoulicheslastyear. Herprogresscontinuedoverthewinterin Qatar,placingsecondintheDerbyto MoshrifandtheHHTheAmirSilver SwordattheAmirSwordmeetingand winningboththeHHSheikhJoaanbin HamadAlThaniTrophyandlaterthe QatarSilverSword,markingheroutasa fillyofsomepotential.

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(Group1PA)ParisLongchamp,France 2000m4yoFillies SAHAB(FR)(6mAFAlbaharxManella(Dormane) Owner:MohammedFahadAHAl-Attiyah Breeder:MBF Trainer:ThomasFourcy Jockey:MickaelBarzalona
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Themannerofherwinat ParisLongchamp,albeitbyadiminishing lengthattheline,wasnotable.Travelling hardonthebridleforMickaelBarzalona throughout,shewasperfectlypositioned justbehindtheleadingtrio,headedby Sultana.Shehadtoworkhardtoescape thepackenteringthehomestraight,but inamatterofstrideswasreadilyinthe lead400mout.AthbahRacing’sShadwell purchaseSultana,keptonsolidlykeeping AlWakrahatbayontheline,buthadto concedesecondplacetoMonda,who madealatechallengedownthecentreof thecourse.

Thursday’ssaletopper,FleurDuSoleil, racingfornewownersYASHorseracing couldonlymanagefifth,howeverwithher classypedigree,anythingachievedonthe racecoursewillbeabonusfor connections.

Ridingbacktothewinnersenclosure Barzalonacommented:"Sahabtook mattersintoherownhandswhenCristian Demurodrewupsides.However,she remainsafairlystraightforwardride.She

exudedclassandwoneasily.Thomas Fourcy’sconfidenceinthefillywas infectious,ashischargeisaverytough customer.Hetoldmethatthefillycould racefromthefrontontheprovisothatshe setsasteadygallop,stressingherability toturnbackanywouldbeattackers."

ItwasquiteaweekendfortheAl-Attiyah family,withDjafar’sthirdplacinginthe QatarArabianWorldCupthefollowing dayalongwiththeimpressivewinning performanceofSahab.Addedtothatwin wasthefactthatshewasahomebred, andthattherunner-up,Monda,was ownedbyanotherbranchofthefamily whoraceunderthebannerofAl WasmiyahRacing,whohadbeen successfulwithAlGhadeeratSaint-Cloud.

Itisgoodnewsforthesporttoseethese youngQatari’senjoyingArabianracing andbeingsuccessfulwithit.Theyhave alsoinvestedheavily,notonlybuying horsesintrainingprivately,butwerein actionattheShadwelldispersal,picking upseveralchoicelotstoaddtotheir growingbroodmarebandinFrance.

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Onecanonlyhopethatoncethedusthas settledfollowingfootball’sWorldCup,the countrywillturnit’sattentionstobringing theirracecoursesuptothesamelevelas theotherbigplayersintheGulfasthe sportissurelysettooutgrowthefacilities atAlRayyan.

SahabisyetanotherdaughterofAF Albahartobeinggainingblack-type honoursinEuropethisseason.Herdam Manella,wasoneofthreeDormanefillies

bredbyDuSoleilStudaftertheybought thedamBalladeFolle,makingherasister toDormahDuBrugere,damofUKDerby winnerMahessDuSoleil,andto Balladore,damofAmyrDuSoleil,and Dormadora,damofDahorDeBrugure,so clearlythefamiliescrosswiththeAmer bloodlineisproven.Waitinginthewings isathree-year-oldfillybyAlMourtajez,Al Zainwhowillbestartingoffhercareerthis winterinDohawithMohammedGhazli.

Sahab(FR)

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(Group1PA)Saint-Cloud,France 2000m3yoColts

ALGHADEER(FR)(3cAlMourtajezxGharraa(Matador12)

Owner:AlWasmiyahRacing

Breeder:DrMohammedAlNujaifi

Trainer:FrancoisRohaut

Jockey:ChristopheSoumillon

Followingonfromhisimpressivefiveand ahalflengthwinintheAlRayyanCup (PrixKesberoy)atDeauvilleinAugust,it wasnosurprisetoseeAlGhadeerfollow upandgainasecondGroup1PAsuccess atSaint-Cloud.Theformofbothraces looksparticularlyreliablewithJoeStar, whohadbeensecondatDeauville,was thirdthistime,butbyexactlythesame margin.TheonlyhorsetogiveAlGhadeer aracewasGroup2PAwinner,Madrassa, whohadbeenthetoplotoftheShadwell

horsesintrainingsalelastOctober. AlGhadeerstartedtheweekendwellfor Qatarwhohadacleansweepinallfour PAGroupraces,andforAlWasmiyah RacingwhohadboughtAlGhadeerfrom hisbreederDrAlNujaifiafterthecolthad beenbeatenlessthanalengthonhis debut(behindJoeStar)intheRoyal CavalryofOman–PrixTidjani(Gr3PA)at LaTesteinJuly.

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Drawnwidestofall,install14,itcertainly didn’tinconveniencethecolt,whosettled easilyintowardstherearofthefield. Monaasib,whohadwononhisdebutand thenbeenadistantthirdintheAlRayyan Cuptookthefieldalongatareasonable pace,giventhetestingunderfoot conditions.

AswiththePouliches,theracebefore,the fieldtackedovertothestandssideinthe homestraightinsearchofbetterground onwhichtofinishtherace,withMonaasib stilljustaboutinfront,thoughhehad beenjoinedbySkaDeL’Aigleand

JenkilleHipolyte.

Soumillon,whohadcausedsuchoutrage inthePrixThomasByronthatopenedthe cardwhenunseatingRossaRyan,rodea perfectrace,makinguplengthsonthe bendtofindhimselfinfrontonAl Ghadeer,withbarelyanyeffortonthe horse’spartatall.Alreadyclear,they driftedovertotherailandthecolt answeredeveryurgewithoutrecourseto thewhipandwoneaseddownbytwo lengthsfromMadrassa,whohimselfwas threeandahalflengthsclearofJoeStar.

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TrainerFrancoisRohautwhotookoverthe colt’spreparationfromDamiende Watrigantfollowinghissale,commented toJDGArabians:”He’ssimplythe bestofthegeneration.Itbrooksno discussion.Ashe’sanotchabovetherest. Thisstillappliesdespitethefactthathe hadtoexerthimselfabitmore,onthis ground,comparedtoDeauville.Hehas onlyracedthreetimesandneedsto toughenup.Hehasonlyseenthe racecourseonthreeoccasions.He’sa healthyandgood-naturedcolt.Hehasall theattributeswhichweassociatewitha crackperformer.Hewastacklingabig fieldforthefirsttime.Christophe Soumillongavehimaverygoodride, havingalsoensuredthatthecoltlearned fromtheexperiencewhichisinvariablya plus.HemayheadtoDohaduringthe winter,buttheownerswilldecide."

HisbreederDrMohammed AlNujaifiwas presenttowitnesshiscolt’sexceptional displayandtocongratulatethenew ownerswhowereclearlydelightedwith

theresult.LikeJoeStar,AlGhadeeris fromthefirstcropofAlMourtajezandis hissire’sfirsttoplevelwinner.Hisdam, Gharrawasalsotough,running23times inIraq,Sweden,theUK,Franceand Turkey,winning10times,includingthe InternationalIFAHRTrophy,whichatthe timeswasaGroup2PA,aswellasthe CriteriumdePoulichesatLaTestewhich alsoagroup2PA.

Forfurtherdetailsofhispedigreeseefull featureonpage26oftheSummer2022 editionofTheArabianRacehorse.

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2000m3yoFillies

NOURALMAURY(FR)(3fAzadixNectarinaAlMaury(JalnarAlKhalediah)

Owner:AlShaqabRacing

Breeder:ReneeKoch

Trainer:ThomasFourcy

Jockey:FalehBughenaim

Thisyear’sQatarArabianTrophydes PoulicheswasasuccessfuloneforbothAl ShaqabRacingandRenée-LaureKoch’s HarasDuMaury,withtheformersecuring aone-twoasanowner,andthelaterafirst andthirdplacingasabreeder.Therace willalwayshaveparticularsignificancefor AlShaqabasitwasthesceneoftheirfirst Group1PAsuccess(ofanybreed),when in2011AlNachmiya,thesaletopperfrom Arqanathepreviousday,justifiedher purchasewithaneartwolengthwin, riddenbynoneotherthanThomas Fourcy.

NourAlMauryhadbeenabought privatelyfromKochafterhertwo-length debutwinatLangon-LibourneinJune, withseveralAlShaqabhomebreds behind.Aclosethirdonherfirststartfor hernewconnectionsintheFrench ArabianBreedersChallenge–Poulichesat LaTeste(Gr2PA),shereopposedthe winnerNoTearAlMauryandthesecond Jara’ahAthbahatSaint-Cloud.Joining themfromthatracewasMezown,anAl Shaqabhombredandseveralotherswho hadfinisheddownthefieldatLaTeste.

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Fromthebreak,NourAlMaurywas contenttositandwaitintherear,as Jara’ahAthbahsetthepaceonthetesting ground.AsisoftenthewayatSaint-Cloud whenitisverysoft,themajorityofthe fieldheadedtothestandssideforthe homestraight,withJara’ahAthbah electingtostayontheinnerrailalong withAlDohaandJulieDeFaust.

Thestandssidegroupsoonhadtheedge, withtheFalehBughenaimriddenNourAl MauryandMezowntravellingwellfor pressurealongwithNoTearAlMaury, howevertheAlShaqabpairassertedwell intheclosingstridestofinishclearwith theirearspricked.NoTearAlMaurykept AlDohainfourthbyashorthead,butit wouldbehardtotellifthatwouldhave resultedinthesameoutcomehadAl Dohafollowedthemaingroupovertothe standsside.

SpeakingtoJDGArabianstrainerThomas Fourcysaid:“Thejockeywasn’toverly

hardonthefillyonherpreviousouting,so astoensurethatshewascherryripefor thisrace.Weendeavouredtogetherina calmframeofmind,andthepaceofthe racehelpedher.Thevariouscomingsand goingsduringtheracedidn’tputthefilly’s noseoutofjoint.Agoodfilly,shemade headway,intherightpartofthecourse, upthestraight.Itmustalsobesaidthat JeromeCabre[whorodeheratLaTeste] hasdoneagoodjobwithher."

NourAlMauryisbyAzadiandisthefirst foaloutoftheunracedNectarinaAl Maury.SheisadaughterofJalnarAl Khalediahandwasalsounraced,but interestinglyisahalf-sistertothethird,No TearAlMaury(nowownedbyKhalifabin SheailAlKuwari),whoisbyJaaferASF. TheirdamNemosieAlMauryisasisterto NoRiskALMauryandNacreeAlMaury, thedamofMisterGinouxandLady Princess.

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Gulf22-23Season JewelCrownPreview

ThegrandfinaleoftheSheikhMansoor FestivaleachyearisofcoursetheSheikh ZayedBinSultanAlNahyanJewelCrown, aGroup1PAcontest,heldover2200m andworthAED5million,withAED3 milliontothewinner.

Thisyear,the16runnersinclude2021 winnerLadyPrincess,who,sinceher victorylastDecemberhasaddedafurther fourGroup1PAwinstoherscorecardtheHHTheAmirSwordinDoha,the SheikhMansoorFestivalCriteriumdes PoulichesatLaTeste,asecondQatar InternationalStakesatGoodwoodanda firstwinintheQatarArabianWorldCup. Currentlyrated127,successon December4,willbringherlifetimecareer totaloftop-levelsuccessto10,atruly

outstandingrecordforamare,whoisstill onlysixyearsold.

However,inwhatlookstobean outstandingfield,shewillnothavethings allherownway.Justbelowheronratings istheAmericanbred,FirstClassson125. Hehasbeenmoreofaslowburnand despitesuccessinhisnativeAmerica,he tookhistimetoacclimatisetoQatar, whereheisleasedbyNayefbinSaadbin SharidaAlKaabi.Sincehiswinlast DecemberoftheQatarInternational Derby(Gr2PA)over2000monAlRayyan’s TurfinDoha,heprovedhecanhandlethe surfaceandastepintripwithanhistoric successintheinauguralAlMneefahCup, aspartoftheSaudiCupmeetingover 2100m.

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THEARABIANRACEH O RSE 104 FirstClasss(US)andRonanThomaswinthe2022DubaiKahaylaClassic Djafar(FR)andChristopheSoumillongotopostforthe2022QatarArabianWorldCupin whichtheywerethird

Droppingbackto2000mheandregular pilotRonanThomasproducingathrilling dueltothelinewithKerlessDelRocin Dubai’sKahaylaClassicinMarch.His Europeancampaignwithnewtrainer JeandeMieulle,hasn’tquitegoneto plan,finishingfifthbehindLadyPrincess atbothGoodwoodandParisLongchamp, butconnectionswillbehopingthatthe quickerTurfinAbuDhabiwillplaytohis strengths.

LikeFirstClasss,Djafarisasonofthe outstandingsire,Dahessandisownedby AbdullahFahadAlAttiyah.Rated122for histhirdplacebehindLadyPrincessin Paris,hewontheQatarArabianGuineas lastNovember,butlikeFirstClasss, seemedlessathomeontheeasier Europeanturf.Hehassomequality placingsthoughandhasprovenstamina over2350m,havingwonhismaidenat

thattripinQatarfollowinghis2021Silver Sword(1850m)third,inwhichFirstClasss wasfourth.

Thedomesticchallengeisheadedbytwo horseson121,HayyantrainedbyMajed AlJahooriandSokohandledbyHelal Alalawi.ByMunjiz,Hayyanwouldbea popularwinner,representingthe sponsors’YASRacing.Hayyan,whospent hisfirstfourseasonsexclusivelyinthe careofFreddieSanchez,willbemaking hisdebutforAlJahooriandhasnotbeen seensincefinishingthirdtoLadyPrincess inthisracelastyear.HisfourGroup1PA winscoverboththeFrenchandUK ArabianDerby’s,theDohaCupin DeauvilleandtheFrenchArabian Breeder’sClassic–SheikhZayedCupat Toulouse,andwhilstclearlyahorsewith greatability,alackofarecentrunwillbe aconcern.

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Soko(FR)andCristianDemuro gotopostforthe2022QatarArabianWorldCupin whichtheywereninth

Sokofinishedfourthinthislastyear, thoughwassubsequentlysecondover courseanddistanceintheHHThe PresidentsCup,beforefinishingrunneruptoFirstClasssintheAlMneefah.Heis adualwinneroftheDohaCup,firstforhis trainerin2021,andsecondinthecolours ofhisnewowners,theRoyalCavalryof Omanthisyear,takingsomenotable scalpswithAbbesandEbrazplaced behindhim.

Nexton119isanotherYAShomebred, thistimeamare,Teema.ByBibiDe Carrere,sheisafive-year-oldhalf-sisterto HayyanandisadualGroup1PAwinner over2000matParisLongchamp.LikeLady Princess,she’sawinneroftheQatar ArabianTrophydesJuments,butthisyear shealsowonthePrixDragonagainst sometopcolts,includingFirstClassswho wassecond,aswellasObaiyaArabian Classicwinner,HadideCarrere,andlast year’sWorldCupwinnerHoggarDe L’Ardus.Shewasadisappointingeighth inthisyear’sWorldCuphoweverandwill

needtoputthatbehindher. AstandingdishatAbuDhabiisanother YASrepresentative,theeight-year-old, Somoud(OR118).Allhiswins,barone, havecomeatthetrackincludingtwo EmiratesChampionshipsandtwoHHThe PresidentCup’s,allGroup1PAracesover 2200m.Thoughoneoftheoldestinthe race,hehashadthebenefitofarecent runwhenthirdinaconditionseventatAl AininNovember.

Nextinlineon117aretheseven-year-old AshtonTourettesandoneoftwofouryear-oldsintherace,IzadiStar.Ashton TourettessteppeduptoGroupcompany thisyearwhenwinningtheAlRuwais(Gr 3PA)over1200minJanuary,andwas thenaneckbehindSomoudintheHHThe PresidentCup.Wellbeateninthe Kahayla,wonbyFirstClasss,heputupa goodshowonreappearanceintheJewel Crownprep,finishinglessthanalength offthewinner,Hameem,withAFAl Bairaq,JawalAlReef,Mujeeband DerghamAthbahallbehind.

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IzadiStarcaughttheeyelastseasonwith twoGroup3PAwinsatAbuDhabi,over thistripandfurtherforHelalAlalawi. BeatenaheadbySamllaintheFrench ArabianDerby,whilstunderthecareof ElizabethBernardinFrance,hewasalong wayoffLadyPrincessintheWorldCup, ongroundthatlikelydidn’tsuit.Closerto theprinciplesintheFrenchArabian BreedersClassic-SheihkZayedCupin October,hestillhasoverfivelengthsto findwiththethirdMonda,who reopposes.Facingquickerground,ona trackthatsuits,willlikelybringouta betterperformancefromthefour-yearold.

Runningoff116areHameemandJawal AlReef.Hameemhaslookedlike progressivecoltoverthelasttwoseasons,

winningtheonemileSheikhZayedbin SultanAlNahyanNationalDayCup (Gr3PA)atthismeetinglastyear,aswell asthe1400mLiwaOasis.AlAjbanStables five-year-oldsonofValiantBoySBFARhas nostaminaconcernseither,ashemadea winningreturnovercourseanddistance inthepreprace,andreopposesmanyof thosewhohebeatthatday.

FourthintheprepwasJawalAlReef,who hasmostlybeencampaignedinhandicap company.Howeverhepostedacareer bestwhenhewassecondbyashorthead overcourseanddistancetoHarrabinthe Group1PAEmiratesChampionshipin March.Atnineyearsofage,heisthe oldestrunnerintherace,anddespite somegoodrecentform,willneedto improvetofeatureinthisqualityfield.

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Runningof115istheex-UKtrained DerghamAthbah.SincejoiningMohamed DaggashintheUAE,thefive-year-oldson ofAFAlbaharhaswontworacesoverthis courseanddistance,includingtheUAE ArabianDerbyinMarch2021.Lastseason heprogressedtoGroupcompany, placingsecondinRound2oftheAl MaktoumChallengeonDirt,thenthirdto FirstClasssintheAlMneefahbackonturf. Finishedbestofthehorsesdrawnwidein theKahayla,stayingonforsixth,andkept onwellonhisreappearanceintheprep, whenbeatenjustoverthreelengths.

AFAlBuraiqandMujeebcomeintothe raceoff111,andwerebothbehind Hameemintheprep,finishingthirdand fifthrespectively.AFAlBuraiqisatwotimecoursewinneroveramile,butto datehasonlybeenplacedatGroup3PA

levelatthistrack.Theeight-year-oldson offive-timeleadingUAEsireAFAlBuraq willhavetheassistanceofthetentimes UAEchampionjockeyTadghO’Shea,who isyettowinthisrace.

Completingthefieldoff110isOttoman andtheotherfour-year-oldMonda.Like Hameem,OttomanisagreysonofValiant Boyandisathree-timecoursewinner, includingatGrouplevel,havingwon Round2oftheArabianTripleCrown (DerghamAthbahsecond)andRound3 (beatingMujeeb).Hefinishedeighthin thisracelastyear,andwasonlyseenonce more,whenbeatenadistancebySomoud intheHHThePresidentCupandhas obviouslyhadafewissuestoovercome. Heisanotherwhomaylacktherequired fitnessforthisafteraninterruptedseason.

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ThoughnowownedbytheyoungQatari’s ofAlWasmiyahRacing,Mondawillhave plentyoflocalsupportasthefour-yearolddaughterofNoRiskAlMaurywas bredbyLaraSawaya.Aclearwinnerofa conditionsraceatMont-de-Marsan beating14otherrivals,shewasthena veryclosethirdinthe2021QatarArabian TrophydesPouliches(Gr1PA).Placedin Dohalastwinter,shemadetheframein allthreeofherFrenchstartsthisyear, mostrecentlyintheQatarArabianTrophy desJumentsbehindSahab,andthenthe

FrenchArabianBreedersChallenge Classic–SheikhZayedCupbeatingIzadi Star,bothwereGroup1PAraces.

Theracepromisestobeanotherstrong renewalandthedrawforthegate positionswilltakeplaceonWednesday 29NovemberattheDusitThani,Abu Dhabi.

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The FinalFurlong

TheTripleCrownwinner,Ebraz,hasrun hislastrace,whenfinishinganadmirable secondtoLadyPrincessinthe2022Qatar ArabianWorldCup-aracewhichhewon in2019.Hewasalsothirdthreetimes, andaftersufferinginterference,was fourthlastyear.

Trainedforthemajorityofhiscareer,and forallhis19winsbyJulianSmartforhis owner-breederHHSheikhMohammed binKhalifaAlThaniandlaterlyhis

daughterSheikhaReem,heraceda remarkable48timesearningover£2 milloninprizemoney.Hewasthefirst horsetowintwoQatarInternational StakesatGoodwoodandthefirsttowin threeHHTheAmirSwordsinQatar.

Hehasretiredtohisowner'sAlShahania Studfor2023,forafeeof $4,000orfree toGroup1PAwinnersordamsof Group1PAwinners.

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