The Al Maktoum Challenge R1 Sponsored By Etisalat, a Group 1 race for Purebred Arabians, opened the evening’s racing at Meydan on January 12th 2012.
The race was won by Sahib Du Clos (FR) under a ride from Royston Ffrench, who just got the better of Sheik Hamdan al Maktoum’s Kandar Du Falgas (FR) under Richard Hills, by a head.
Albar Lotois (FR) under Olivier Peslier was third, just a quarter of a length further back, in an enthralling finish: Kandar Du Falgas had looked for all the world the winner until Sahid Du Clos just got up in the final stride to take home the USD $33,000 winner’s prize money.
Meydan Results: Race 1 18:30 Al Maktoum Challenge R1 Sponsored By Etisalat
|1st||Sahib Du Clos (FR)||S Deeb||Royston Ffrench|
|2rd||Hd||Kandar Du Falgas (FR)||D Watson||Richard Hills|
|3rd||0.25||Albar Lotois (FR)||E Lemartinel||Olivier Peslier|
|4th||1||Dariya (FR)||S Deeb||Ted Durcan|
|5th||0.25||Fryvolous (FR)||E Oertel||Mirco Demuro|
|6th||0.25||Paris Gagner (FR)||D Watson||Tadhg O’Shea|
|7th||0.25||Af Alghabra (AE)||G Duffield||Richard Mullen|
|8th||8||Saher (FR)||M Al Jahouri||Ahmad Ajtebi|
|9th||0.5||Theoretically (US)||J Peromingo||Wayne Smith|
|10th||Sh||Omayyade Thabet (FR)||A Al Shamsi||Carlos Sanchez|
|11th||4||Samira De Carrere (FR)||M Al Shamsi||Jesus Rosales|
|12th||Dist||Antar Vege (FR)||G Duffield||William Buick|
Video courtesy Emirates Racing Authority.