Oman’s Djet Taouy starts as the favourite
13 February 2015, Pau ~ France kicks off its Purebred Arabian racing season for 2015 with the HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s Wathba Stud Farm Cup on Saturday, 14 February in Pau, one of five races on the card, and the race has attracted a classy field.
Ten have entered for the 1950-metre Prix Haras de Gélos – Wathba Stud Farm Cup contest on dirt and the prize money on offer is Euros 17,000.
Some of the best breeding in France is starting with horses representing lines from Dormane, Darike, Amer, Tiwaiq, Bengali D’Albret,and Akbar. Starting as favorite, one of the four runners from trainer Jean-Francois Bernard’s yard, is Djet Taouy owned by the Royal Cavalry of Oman. The 6-year-old son of Dahess out of Win Taouy by the outstanding Drug won the 2014 HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival’s Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup in Newbury and then went on to win the Group 1 President of the UAE cup in August at Newmarket. With David Michaux on board, Djet Taouy looks the one to beat.
Also in the fray are Bernard runners Burkan Al Khalediah, Haydar Al Khalediah and Al Mahdod, the last-named coming back after a long absence. Al Mahdod and Photon Du Loup represent Qatar’s Al Shaqab Stables while the other runners are Kerchera, Ainhoa Djass, Beanie Du Croate, Chedor Du Bouzouls and Al Barshaa. Four year-old Al Barshaa, trained by Damien D Watrigant is owned by HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Minister of Finance and will be ridden by Matthias Lauron.
“France is an important country as it is one of the leaders in Purebred Arabian racing and breeding and we are delighted that their Arabian racing season starts with the Festival’s Wathba Stud Farm Cup,” said Ms Lara Sawaya, Executive Director of the HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, Chairman of the International Federation of Horse Racing Academies (IFHRA) and Chairman of Ladies & Apprentice Racing Committees in the International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authorities (IFAHR).
Supplied Photo: Djet Taouy winning the 2014 Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup in Newbury