KHALEDIAH STABLES showed its might at last week’s Shadwell sponsored race card at Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Arabian Horse Race Track in the Saudi Arabian capital city of Riyadh. The stables owned by HRH Prince Khaled bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud won three of the six races on the night including the featured 1800m handicap for horses rated over 80, where Tallaab Al Khalediah, trained by Mutlaq bin Mushref and ridden by Panamanian rider Camilo Ospina crushed the rest of his rivals to claim the winner’s share of the SR120,000 purse.
Mushref enjoyed two more winners with Mubasher Al Khalediah winning a 1600m handicap event for 3yos under Saudi rider Mohammed Al Daham and Nader Al Khalediah leading home a 1-2 for his connections in the 1600m maiden under jockey Roberto Perez. The opening race on the card, a 1400m handicap for mares aged four and above was won by Athbah Stud-owned Shomoos Athbah, trained by Phil Collington and ridden by Alex Moreno, while Nafeth Al Khalediah, owned and trained by Bander Hazam Al Hethlain and ridden by Fahad Al Jabr, won the 1600m handicap for horses aged four and above. Muosa Abdul Rehman Al Muosa was another owner and trainer to enjoy success on the night and made a visit to the podium following Jalmood Al Khalediah’s success in the 1800m handicap under Abdullah Al Odaib.
Mirza Al Sayegh, the director of the office of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who sponsored the races through his Shadwell breeding operation, said: “This is a great start to this venture and we are sure the success achieved here will bode well for the future. “I would like to express my thanks and appreciation to HH Prince Khalid bin Sultan for his warm hospitality and the excellent facilities that were provided to us to host the event and make it a success.” Faisal Rahmani, the president of the International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authorities, added: “This is a very positive step for Arabian racing in the region and as promoters of the breed we are only too willing to support the initiative. “
We are here to make sure Purebred Arabian racing thrives around the world and are always on the lookout for sponsors and we would like Shadwell and Derrinstown to know that our doors are open. “They can come and approach us with whatever their plans are to promote Arabian racing in any way and we will be there to support them without any limits.” Mutaib bin Ziad Al Shammari, the director general of the Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Arabian Horse Race Track, added: “We have been honoured to host this carnival of Purebred Arabian racing sponsored by Shadwell under the patronage of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who is one of the pillars of modern Arabian racing. “We welcome the cooperation of the various stables and we value the efforts put in by Shadwell who have left no stone unturned in their quest for improving the quality of Arabian horses and Arabian racing around the world.”
PA Handicap (80+) 1800m: Tallaab Al Khalediah (M Mushref/C Ospina);
PA Desert Bred 1800m: Jalmood Al Khalediah (M Al Mousa/A Al Odaib);
PA Handicap 1600m: Nafeth Al Khalediah (B Al Hethlain/F Al Jabr);
PA Maiden 1600m 4yo and above: Nader Al Khalediah (M Mushref/R Perez);
PA Handicap 1600m (3yos): Mubasher Al Khalediah (M Mushref/M Al Daham);
PA Handicap 1400m (4yo and above mares): Shomoos Athbah (P Collington/A Moreno)