Maisoor wins prestigious UAE Arabian Derby

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Royal Cavalry’s stallion, Maisoor, turned a new chapter in Oman’s horse racing history when he became the first horse from the sultanate to win the UAE Arabian Derby race at the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club in UAE on Sunday.

Jockey Adrie De Vries led Maisoor virtually unchallenged over the 2,200m race to increase Maisoor’s win record to an impressive nine out of nine. Seven lengths behind, on second spot was Al Tiryaq, Sam Hitchcott astride, while Bougedelah, ridden by Dane O’Neill, finished third another half a length behind in a field that comprised 11 horses.

Another Royal Cavalry horse Al Mobher finished sixth.

In his remarks after the impressive win, Maisoor’s trainer Said al Badi said, “Maisoor has won his races quite easily and will be one to be reckoned with for some big prizes next season.

“He’s still a baby and I would like to think he’ll be a horse for the Dubai Kahayla Classic next season. We changed our regular jockey Anas al Siyabi for this race because we just wanted to try something different.”

Brig Gen Abdulrazzaq al Shahwarzi, the commander of the Royal Cavalry, said, “Maisoor is one of the Royal Cavalry’s best bred horses and has a rich record of winnings in horse racing world. He could win in famous races around the world in the time to come.

“Earlier in February, Maisoor had won the title in the first round of the Abu Dhabi Arabian Triple Crown race and had also won in December at the same racecourse. He has been hogging the limelight and it was a challenge to keep him away from the spotlight and achieve success on Sunday,” said Brig Gen Shahwarzi. “After the win on Sunday, Maisoor will take a break before resuming racing in August,” he said.

Earlier in the first race - Al Taweelah - of the UAE Derby Championship, Royal Cavalry’s Duc De Faust, trained by Ibrahim al Hadhrami, came second in the 1,400m race. Ridden by Patrick Dobbs, Duc De Faust finished behind Saayif al Arab.

The UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al Nahyan-owned Mahbooba, ridden by Tadhg O’Shea and trained by Eric Lemartinel, won the Emirates Championship, the feature race of the final meeting and the penultimate event of UAE season, at the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club on Sunday.

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