February 28, 2013, Qatar ~ Umm Qarn horses continued to dazzle at the Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club on this night of champions, claiming four races, including the triumph of Qatar’s racing season, HH The Emir Sword Group 1. Tabarak (Nizam x Altesse d’Aroco) maintained his status in this race for 4 yrs and up over 12 of the best horses in his class, winning his sixth race in a row. His win by one length over rivals, Rathowan, Mkeefa and TM Fred Texas in this 2400m contest in the time of 02:41:19 gave him the top slice of the QR 2 million purse. The Alban de Mieulle trained colt answered the question of the longer distance with success and was guided in the win by jockey Oliver Peslier.
It was Rathowan for second followed by Mkeefa, then Aziz ASF, all good runners trained by Julian Smart. TM Fred Texas, starting in gate 1, arrived in fifth place.
The second feature of the day, HH The Emir Trophy Group I Local Bred Pure Arabians over 2400m went to Al Shahania’s Assy while Umm Qarn took second and third with Raihan and Faria. The run by Assy (Amer x Margouia) was for the best slice of the QR 500,000 prize. Assy’s win gave him three in a row, and he came home in 02:42:48.
The ladies Fegentri race opened the proceedings and it was Great Britain’s Emma Sayer who took the win in the Championship riding Besher Al Naif (Maerl Du Cassou x Bielaia De Ghazal). The Local Bred Pure Arabian Handicap, horses rated 40 and below was Besher Al Naif complete the 1400m win in 01:32.51.
The Qatar Apprentice Jockey Invitation Race was won by Mohammed Hussain trained Lady Moonlight with South Africa’s Donavan Dillan in the saddle, a Thoroughbred Handicap race.
The races were sponsored by TOTAL E&P. Total E&P Qatar Managing Director Stephane Michel was thrilled with the weekend’s racing and stated: “I would like to extend my sincere appreciation to the management and staff of Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club for their successful organization of the H.H. The Emir’s Sword Race 2013. It was a great week to showcase the different pure bred Arabian horses, as well as relish in the races and the Horse festival”.