October 6, 2012, Paris ~ Mkeefa, trained by Julian Smart under jockey Neil Callan led the Qatari charge at the Purebred Arabian World Cup at the Longchamp race course on Sunday to best a field of 20.
The four year- old filly took command of the final furlong, pulling away from the pack and leading in by 4 lengths, consigning stable mate, Rathowan, to second. Umm Qarn’s Tabarak grabbed the third.
Trainer Julian Smart, who won the 2011 Cup with Areej with Neil Callan up, transferred the winning jocky to Mkeefa for the 2012 edition, and the choice was confirmed in the time of 02: 24:03. (Areej’s 2011 winning time was 2:12.91.)
Julian Smart had no less than 7 horses entered for Al Shahania Stud: Aziz Asf, Aaraa Min Albarq, Jaafer Asf, Areej, Mkeefa, Mu’azzaz, and Rathowan.
2000m – 4 years and up – Total -Prize Money – 700,000 €
1. Mkeefa (Amer x Nisaee byDormane)
2. Rathowan 4 lengths
3. Tabarak 1.25 lengths
4. Al Mamun Monlau
8. TM Fred Texas
10. Aziz ASF
The 700,000€ prize money Arabian race brings together the worlds of Thoroughbred and Arabian owners to celebrate today’s race horse. All thoroughbreds can trace their pedigrees to their Arabian ancestors, the founders of the breed, and to 74 foundation mares of mainly Arabian and Barb blood.he thoroughbred was first developed in the 17th and 18th century England, when native mares were crossbred with Arabian stallions imported from the Middle East.
Top European Trainers:
A De Mieulle
D De Watrigant
Mme D Dorenberg
France is the country with the longest tradition in Purebred Arabian racing. As early as 1860, the first official races for Purebred Arabians took place in France. The 1950’s brought some difficult times for the breed, but from 1974 Purebred Arabian racing once again regained recognition.
Full Results Longchamp October 7: http://www2.france-galop.com/FGWeb/domaines/courses/courses_calendrier.aspx?L=en