August 2019, Goodwood ~ On 31 July 2019, H.H Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Thani’s Ebraz won a thrilling renewal of the prestigious £400,000 G1 Qatar International Stakes for purebred Arabians. Ridden by Maxime Guyon, the Julian Smart-trained six-year-old finished with a flourish to win the mile event by two and three-quarter lengths. The H.H Sheikh Abdullah bin Khalifa Al Thani-owned and Alban de Mieulle-trained Tayf was the runner-up with Olivier Peslier in the saddle. The Karen Van Den Bos-trained Lightning Bolt was third ridden by Tadhg O’Shea.
Ebraz had finished second in the last two renewals of the G1 event and Smart was delighted that he had finally got his head in front. He said: “We came back to try and win this race with Ebraz again this year. This particular race is huge and we have won it now so it is even more important. The Qatar Goodwood Festival is a very prestigious meeting and to have an Arabian race within the meeting is very important. It gives us a wider audience and allows people to watch our racing.”
Day 2 of Qatar Goodwood Festival arrived on the back of a stiff wind, which also blew home H.H Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Thani’s Ebraz, winner of the G1 Qatar International Stakes for purebred Arabians. Qatar’s Ambassador to the United Kingdom, His Excellency Yousef bin Ali Al Khater, presented the trophy to Al Shahania Stud Director Abdulrahman Al Mansour as well as the winning trainer and jockey.