French Raider Takes Center Stage for DIAR Racing in Rome

14 May 2017, Rome, Italy ~ Clear skies and top quality sport were the order of the day at Capannelle Racecourse in Rome on Sunday 14 May 2017, for the Shadwell-sponsored event that was supported by two Arabian races under the banner of the Dubai International Arabian Races (DIAR).

French raider MEBLSH took the main Arabian event – the listed PA Premio Dubai International Arabian Races 2017 – bounding clear in the last furlong to run out a hugely impressive winner.

This handsome five-year-old owned by Al Shaqab is trained by Thomas Fourcy, who said: “This horse always showed quality and we are very happy with his win today. He will probably continue to travel to compete in other international Arabian races of this quality, probably in Italy again. We will see how he recovers from this race and we may consider going to Newbury at the end of July, along with other horses.”

Although MEBLSH ended up winning easily, his jockey Faleh Bughenaim felt he could have given the colt a better ride.
The horse really surprised me – I gave him a very bad ride,” said the 26-year-old from Qatar. “I had him in a bad position, but he was brave and took the gaps when they opened. He is a very talented horse, with lots of quality.”

The Italian-bred pair NIL AZIZ and NIL ASHAL were second and third. The first three home qualify for the bonus scheme, available on Dubai Day at Newbury on Sunday 30th July. If a qualified horse wins at Newbury, they will land a bonus on top of the stated prize money.

VULCANO BY BONORVESU is also qualified for the bonus scheme at Newbury after winning the Premio Shadwell Arabian Stallions, a conditions race for three year olds, by a comfortable margin, as well as VENTO DI GALLURA and VERDIGO that finished second and third.

In addition to the Arabian races, companies from Dubai, including Emirates Airline and Jebel Ali Racecourse, sponsored a card of Thoroughbred races.

Shadwell, an avid supporters of racing in Italy for more than 15 years, stand two Thoroughbred stallions at Allevemento Besnate – ARCANO and MUJAHID, Italy’s leading sire.

The final race on the card was named in honour of MUJAHID and was won by Sunset Key, a three-year-old filly by Derrinstown Stud stallion TAMAYUZ, also providing the winner of the Group 1 Poule d’Essai des Pouliches on Saturday, PRECIEUSE.


Premio Tadolina UAE Embassy Stakes (Listed)
O: Tiziana Di Dio
T: Soc Al Lga Srl Di Dio Agl
J: Marcelli Germano

Premio Shadwell Arabian Stallions Stakes (Arabian Race)
O: Pinna Antonio Efisio
T: Pinna Antonio Efisio
J: Fadda Antonio

Premio Emirates Airline
O: Sc Dell’Avvocato Srl
T: Soc Al Lga Srl Di Dio Agl
J: Maniezzi Luca

Premio Jebel Ali Racecourse
O: Sc Rencati Srl
T: A & S Botti Srl
J: Vargiu Dario

Premio Dubai International Arabian Races 2017 (Listed PA) (Arabian Race)
O: Al Shaqab Racing
T: Fourcy Thomas
J: Bughenaim Faleh

Premio Shadwell Stakes
O: Dioscuri Srl
T: A & S Botti Srl
J: Fresu Antonio

Premio HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum Stakes
O: Dimensione Clima Srl Schiaroli E Ducci
T: Ducci Sabrina
J: Maniezzi Luca
Premio Mario Perretti MUJAHID Stakes
O: Sc New Age Srl
T: A & S Botti Srl
J: Branca Fabio

~ end supplied report

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