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Qatar World Cup Gr 1 2008
AN AUTHORITATIVE WIN FOR LAHIB IN THE QATAR ARABIAN WORLD CUP
17 horses participated in this final test of the Qatar French Arabian Breeders’ Cup circuit, which was integrated in the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe card. The three other contests of the competition were run at Saint Cloud on the previous Friday.
The quality of the line-up was exceptional, with representatives of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar and of course France, including 8 winners of Gr.1 PA.
Following a spectacular final straight and a particularly close finish involving 5 horses, there was a tense wait for the analysis of the official photo to split the three first horses past the post. These were: Jalab Al Khalidiah (KSA) belonging to Prince Khaled bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Nil Blanc (FR), owned by Eng Dhaffi Al Marri of Qatar and Lahib (FR), for Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates.
The suspense was tangible in the presidential grandstand and in the expressions of all racegoers including the Emir of Qatar as everyone gazed for long minutes at the results’ screen. After a seemingly-interminable wait of almost 25 minutes, Lahib was announced as the winner.
« It’s an exceptional year for our stable, with this victory following the two excellent performances of
According to Lahib’s trainer François Rohaut, France’s best three-year-old from 2007 ran a perfect race. «We had prepared the horse for this objective. The blinkers were an advantage for him. The jockey gave him a very good ride, right up to the last stride.”
Lahib also represents the pride of French breeding as the 17 runners in the race were bred in several different countries, including Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. “The quality of the conformation and racing ability of purebred Arabians improves each year. They are such pleasant horses to train, very affectionate. Winning the Qatar Arabian World Cup is a very proud moment for us all, for the owner and all my team” continued François Rohaut.
« This day will remain for ever in our memories. For the discipline of purebred Arabian racing, this inaugural edition of the Qatar Arabian World Cup, one of the four Qatar French Arabian Breeders’ Cup races, is already established as the most important event in the world for the breed”, commented Jean-Pierre de Gasté, President of the AFAC (French Arabian Horse Racing Association).
The race is viewable from AFAC's website :