Samima gallops to glory

Samima gallops to glory

Jockey Bertras powers Handassa to title victory in Netherlands

By Hisham Al Gizouli (chief Reporter)

Published: Wed 17 Jun 2015, 11:01 AM

Last updated: Wed 8 Jul 2015, 3:11 PM

Handassa (second from right) on way to victory in the shadwell arabian stallion stakes (Listed Pa) race. — Supplied photo

Dubai — Samima, ridden by the leading Dutch lady rider Jadey Peitrasiewicz, won the 2100m Dubai International Arabian Races Stakes (Listed PA), the fourth race on the Shadwell PA Stallions Trophy race card at the Duindigt Racecourse in The Netherlands on Sunday.

The UAE ambassador to the Netherlands, Abdulla Hamdan Al Naqbi, attended the race and gave away the prizes and trophies to the winners. The event is held as part of the Shaikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum International PA Trophy and attracted top Arabian horse aged four years and above.

Trained by K. R. Van der Bos Goran on behalf of the Royal Cavalry Club of Oman, Samima did the better work when it mattered in the concluding stages of the race to beat Vulcain Du Clos as Badi was a length behind in third place.

In the sixth race, Shadwell Arabian Stallion Stakes (Listed PA), top jockey Francois—Xavier Bertras partnered the Francois Rohaut—trained Handassa to glory in the colours of the patron of the race Shaikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and UAE Minister of Finance. Paramourt was second and behind them came Hurra.

The well-bred brilliant daughter of former champion Madjani was always going well and made every stride a winning one before she responded keenly when asked the question to sprint home unchallenged. Meanwhile, Bulus Al Aziz, claimed the No Risk Al Maury Stakes (international Race) which saw 10 runners going to post in the eighth and final race of the evening.

Trained by Mikhalides Rood and ridden by Mauro Manueddu, the winner did everything right to land the trophy for its owners Daverio-Scharfenberg. Fareedha walked away with the second place honours and Choumouk Qardabiyah was third.

Holland represented the most recent stopover of the Purebred Arabian races campaign which was staged by Shaikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum and took a global status with the increasing numbers of international venues which are hosting the trophy around Europe and the Americas.

And with the admission of the United States, the annual fixtures have been increased to 15 meetings, including the Shadwell PA Derby, which will be held at the Ascot Racecourse on September 25, while the Dubai International Arabian Race Day at Newbury will be held on July 26 at the Newbury Racecourse.

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