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Rawdah Scoops Prix Kriss II Wathba Stallions Cup

14 April 2018, Mont-de-Marsan, France ~ Favorite Rawdah scored an impressive win in the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s Prix Kriss II Wathba Stallions Cup held at the Mont-de-Marsan racecourse in France on 11 April  2018. Running in the colors of the Royal Oman Cavalry, Rawdah (Dahess)…

California Senate Commends Year of Zayed

Lara Sawaya receives Commendation

9 April 2018, Los Angeles, California ~ The highlight of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s Darley Awards Gala Dinner held on Sunday, 8 April, 2018, at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Hollywood, Los Angeles, was a commendation received from the California State Senate. Amidst an evening…

Arabian Horse Elite Take Honors at the Yearly Darley Awards

Horse of the Year Award to Scott and Lori Powell

Los Angeles Awards Brings Honors to Arabian Racing7 April 2018, Hollywood, California, USA ~ Owner-trainer Scott Powell and breeder-owners Betty and Joseph Gillis dominated the night of awards as the Arabian Racing Cup and the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival celebrated the Purebred Arabian horse racing industry…

Saudi Tallaab Al Khalediah Victorious in $1M Dubai Kahayla Classic

New Track Record Set

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31 March 2018, Dubai, UAE ~ The stunning grey Tallaab Al Khalediah extended his unbeaten record to five with an impressive performance in the US $1 million Dubai Kahayla Classic sponsored by Mubadala, which allowed him to become the first Saudi Arabian trained horse to add his name to this very important race in the Purebred Arabian racing calendar.

Ridden by Roberto Perez, the 7-yr-old jumped well and immediately went to the front with Af Al Sajanjle, briefly taking the lead. When they came into the final straight of the 2000m event, the son of Jalood Al Khalidiah did not need much encouragement to take the lead and even though Chaddad made a great effort in the final yards, Tallaab Al Khalediah’s victory was never in doubt. He passed the winning post with his jubilant jockey, who is from Panama, with a length and a half to spare from Chaddad, while Barnamaj finished third.

Tallaab Al Khalediah is trained by Mutlaq bin Mashref for HRHP Khalid Bin Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz and made headlines in Saudi Arabia when he nearly lost his bridle on his last start. Perez, who was celebrating his first Group 1 PA victory, explained: “Yes, the bridle came off in his last race, but I managed to get it back on and they changed a few things today to stop it happening again.”

I feel so excited,” he added. “It is the second big win for this horse and I have ridden him both times. When I put him into the front I knew I had to save a little bit as he has been winning over 1800m and had 200m more to go today, but he stayed it well. The race went very well and he did nothing wrong.”

For his first start over the 2000m distance Tallaab Al Khalediah completed the race in 2:13.68, setting a new track record. The order of finish was completed by Chaddad, Barnamaj, Mawahib, Al Zahir, Ziyadd, Nafees, Bandar, AF Al Sajanjle, Darius du Paon, Paddy’s Day, Cheik Roque, Sniper de Monlau, AF Marrah and Cakouet de Bozouls.

Race Quotes:

Jockey Oisin Murphy (Chaddad, 2nd) – “He ran a cracker. He jumped slow, but finished well and it was a very good race. He is the best Arabian I have ridden.

Jockey Jim Crowley (Barnamaj, 3rd) – “He hasn’t been out of the first three all year and has ran so well again. We got a little bump at one stage, but it didn’t make any difference at the end.

Jockey Dane O’Neill (Al Zahir, 5th) – “He takes time to get into his stride, so starting a little slowly didn’t help, but he ran a solid race and picked up prize-money for fifth place. He’s probably a better horse on grass.

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Prince Fahad bin Khalid bin Sultan accepts the trophy for the Dubai Kahayla Classic Sponsored by Mubadala from Mr. Hommaid Al Shimmari, Deputy Group CEO and Chief Human Capital and Corporate Services.

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Herbert Leaving Al Shaqab Racing

Herbert to focus on expanding business26 March 2018, UK ~The Hon Harry Herbert will no longer be Racing Adviser to Sheikh Joaan Al Thani and Al Shaqab Racing from the end of April, 2018. He commented: “I am incredibly proud of everything Al Shaqab Racing has achieved since I became racing adviser to Sheikh Joaan…

Paddy’s Day Could Have the Luck in the Kahayla Classic

Paddys Day wins at Monmouth 2017

The road to Dubai World Cup Day25 March 2018, UAE ~ American-owned, American expat-trained and based in Dubai, Paddy’s Day has quite the diverse story, but the narrative that keeps playing over and over for the Purebred Arabian is his consistency and gameness in a fight. A two-time winner during the Dubai World Cup Carnival,…

Ten Students Approved for IFHRA Scholarship Fund

HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Lara Sawaya

25 March 2017, Abu Dhabi, UAE ~ Three additional students have been selected to benefit from the Racing Scholarship Fund (RSF) created by the International Federation of Horse Racing Academies (IFHRA) Mentorship Program, which comes under the umbrella of His Highness Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Purebred Arabian Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival.…

Paddys Day – On the Track to History

Paddys Day wins at Monmouth 2017

17 March 2018, USA -“The Kahayla Classic has long been a goal,“ said Scott Powell of the winning Quarter Moon Ranch team. Even though we are speaking on the phone for this interview, I can mentally see him tipping back the brim of his ever-present cowboy hat as we speak. Powell grew up on a…

Abu Dhabi Saturday Meet Caps Season

Al Zahir and Crowley

16 March 2018, UAE ~ The Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club stages their final fixture of the campaign with a rare Saturday card in the capital on 17 March 2018. On offer is arguably the best card there all season with the AED 1million Group 1 Emirates Championship the official highlight. The card also features the…

California Announces Two New Arabian Race Series for 2018

Added Money Races – Bonus $ for High-Point Winner13 March 2018, California ~ In a plucky move that should encourage Arabian racing in California, the Arabian Racing Association of California (ARAC) has announced two new Arabian race series. The Emirates Breeders California Gold Rush Handicap Series will be for 3-year -olds and up. The Series…

Doubles for De Sousa and Jara in Abu Dhabi


11 March 2018, Abu Dhabi, UAE ~ The next to last race date of the Abu Dhabi Equestrian season was highlighted by a 2200m handicap won in determined style by Jaser, ridden patiently by Silvestre de Sousa for Ibrahim Al Hadhrami. The trainer saddled three of a total of ten runners, all owned by Ben…

Norma Corbin and Shane

“This horse is not right for you. You are both green,” declared my instructor, which after forty-five years I still remember clearly, as it was also the beginning of one of the most rewarding relationships of my life and the fulfillment of my childhood dream. “I grew up in Argentina, a country that takes pride…