By Duane Fonseca
Al Shaqab Racing’s Thomas Fourcy trained HM Al Sakeb lived up to his favourite billing when storming to a stylish three length success in the Prix Nedjari at Toulouse on 4 October.
Ridden by Jerome Cabre , the 4yo Azadi colt had finished sixth in a field of 15 in the PA Group 1 Qatar Derby Pur-sang on 20 June. But in his field of eight he carried the top billing and seemed peerless with Cabre guiding him to win the 2100m contest without much fuss.
Eight went to post in the €14,000 affair and Cabre got HM Al Sakeb to assert himself at the outset. He broke from gate No.3 with Cabre taking him straight to the front from where he dictated the pace until the finish. Francois Rohaut’s Valentin Seguy ridden Loolwa gave chase until the end, but HM Al Sakeb and Cabre were simply unstoppable and were a very comfortable three clear at the finish in a time of 2:22.40.
A further three and a half lengths back in third was Damien de Watrigant’s Mickael Forest ridden Ameland.
The Prix Nedjari was held under the patronage of the His Highness Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Racing Festival, with the Series’ Executive Director Lara Sawaya in attendance. Sawaya presented the winners with their awards.
The Wathba Stallions Cup Series is implemented according to the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Deputy Prime Minister of the UAE and Minister of Presidential Affairs, in line with the festival’s strategy that aims to promote the sport of Purebred Arabian racing around the world by supporting owners and breeders of Arabian horses in countries of the world.
The festival is supported and sponsored by the Department of Culture and Tourism, Abu Dhabi Sports Council, National Archives, Etisalat, National Feed, Emirates Airlines and is also sponsored by Al Masaood-Nissan, Areej Al Amirat, Omair Bin Yousef Travels, Yas Channel, the General Women’s Union, the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, Viola Company, Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club and the Emirates Arabian Horse Association.