Justifying his favourites billing is exactly what Xavier Thomas-Demeaulte’s Edalbar did in the Prix Burkeguy a race that fell under the aegis of the Wathba Stallions Cup Series.

The 4yo AF Albahar colt was heavily tipped to win the five horse 1600m turf affair at Mont De-Marsan and proved peerless in the capable hands of Emilien Revolte, winning with two lengths to spare from Ellie Du Paon, trained by Damien de Watrigant and ridden by Fabrice Veron.

Finishing a further two lengths back was Giboulee Du Jura, trained by Stephane Richard Simon and ridden by Guillermo Sanchez. 

The race was held under the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Deputy Prime Minister of the UAE and Minister of Presidential Affairs, and run under the patronage of the 14th edition of the His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan International Racing Festival for Purebred Arabian Horses, which aims to encourage small owners and breeders to breed and acquire Purebred Arabians.

The festival is supported and sponsored by the Department of Culture and Tourism, Abu Dhabi Sports Council, National Archives and Library, Etisalat, National Feed, Emirates Airlines, The Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, Viola Company, Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club and the Emirates Arabian Horse Association.