Starting gates drawn for Bahrain's showpiece horserace
TDT | Manama
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In the presence of Rashid Equestrian and Horseracing Club (REHC) High Committee chairman His Highness Shaikh Isa bin Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Post-Position Draw (PPD) for the third edition of the £500,000 Group Three Bahrain International Trophy took place yesterday at The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain.
The PPD determines which position each participating horse will take at the starting gates in REHC tomorrow when the world’s focus will be locked on the high-profile event, which is the showpiece international horserace in the Kingdom.
The PPD ceremony was also attended by REHC High Committee vice-chairman His Highness Shaikh Faisal bin Rashid bin Isa Al Khalifa, REHC High Committee member HH Shaikh Sultan Eddine bin Mohammed bin Salman Al Khalifa, Crown Prince’s Court head Shaikh Salman bin Ahmed bin Salman Al Khalifa, and REHC executive director Shaikh Salman bin Rashed Al Khalifa, along with other high-ranking officials.
Representatives from sponsors Batelco, Bapco and the Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB), as well as some of the competitors, were also on hand.
It was hosted by a global racing personality and TV presenter Nick Luck. The draw for the gates resulted in the following order:
Cadillac trained by Mrs John Harrington, What A Welcome trained by Abduljaleel Al Mallah, Barney Roy trained by Charlie Appleby, Fev Rover trained by Richard Fahey, Victory Chime trained by Ralph Beckett, Zakouski trained by Charlie Appleby, Emperor of the Sun trained by Fawzi Nass, Penja trained by Andreas Suborics, Naamoos trained by Fawzi Nass, Magny Cours trained by Andre Fabre, Pogo trained by Charles Hills, Lord Glitters trained by David O’Meara, Dubai Future trained by Saeed bin Suroor, and Qaader trained by Fawzi Nass.
Nass was the winning trainer from last year’s event when the locally trained Simsir was the winning horse while saddled by Scotsman Lee Newman.
Nass is returning with three contenders this time around, with Newman also back riding one of those horses in Emperor of the Sun, owned by Victorious. Tomorrow’s race will be the day’s feature event, with another six local races on the cards. It is scheduled for a 4 pm start.
The Bahrain International Trophy will be contested over 2,000 metres or 10 furlongs on turf. The six other races will have on offer cups from the event’s sponsors Batelco, Bapco and Bahrain EDB.