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Port Lions captures Al Adiyat Racing Cup

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11 January, 2020

Fayez came second in the main race at REHC yesterday

Port Lions emerged victorious yesterday in the seventh and main race at Rashid Equestrian and Horseracing Club (REHC) in Riffa, lifting the Al Adiyat Racing Cup to headline a hugely exciting meeting.

The event took place in the presence of First Lieutenant General HH Shaikh Mo-hammed bin Isa Al Khalifa, Commander of the National Guard; HH Shaikh Isa bin Sal-man bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Deputy Chairman of the High Committee at REHC; HH Shaikh Mohammed bin Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa; and HH Shaikh Faisal bin Rashid Al Khalifa, Vice-President of the Supreme Council for the Environment.

Port Lions won the nine-fur-long, BD8,000 race for owners Victorious and trainer Hesham Al Haddad. Jockey Brett Doyle steered Port Lions to the win.

Finishing as the runner-up amongst the field of five imported horses was Fayez, owned by Al Mohamediya Racing, trained by Hesham Al Haddad and rid-den by Paddy Mathers. In third was Macaque, also owned by Victorious and trained by Hesham Al Haddad, but ridden by Anas Al Siyabi.

Meanwhile, Daleel owned by HH Shaikh Hamad bin Abdulla bin Isa Al Khalifa won the sixth race, also for the Al Adiyat Racing Cup, held over nine furlongs with a BD4,000 prize.

Daleel, trained by James Naylor and ridden by Brett Doyle, triumphed by one-and-a-half lengths ahead of Dushanbe, owned by HH Shaikh Isa bin Abdulla bin Isa Al Khalifa, trained by James Naylor and ridden by Andrew Elliott. Al Tariq was in third for Abdulla Fawzi Nass, Hesham Al Haddad and Paddy Mathers.

In the fifth race, for the HH Shaikh Mohammed bin Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa Cup, Four Wheel Drive was the winning steed. Owned by Gunners Racing, trained by Alan Smith and ridden by James Doyle, Four Wheel Drive finished one-and-a-quarter lengths in front of Tulip Fever, who claimed second place for HH Shaikh Mo-hammed bin Abdulla bin Isa Al Khalifa, James Naylor and Brett Doyle. Likethelook was third for Ramadhan Stable, Jaber Ramadhan and Abdulla Faisal. The race featured nine horses competing over a straight of five furlongs and a prize of B2,500.

In race four for the HH Shaikh Hamad bin Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa Cup over seven furlongs and a BD2,500 prize, first place was claimed by Mushtaq, competing for Al Asayel Racing, Khalid Al Khatri and Ebrahim Nader.

Viennese Verse was second for Victorious, Alan Smith and James Doyle; while in third was Dawn Mirage for Al Mohamediya Racing, Alan Smith and Rich-ard Mullen. A field of 15 horses were entered in the race, which was the most for the day.

The third event was for the HH Shaikh Isa bin Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa Cup, and it was over seven furlongs with a BD3,000 prize.
Kuheilan Aafas 1675 of Al Wasmiya, A Kuwaiti and An-drew Elliott was the winner. The runner-up was Kuheilaan Aafas 1708 for Victorious, Yousif Taher and Anas Al Siyabi; while taking third place was Kuheilaan Aafas 1695 for Al Wasmiya, A Kuwaiti and Brett Doyle.

Race two for the day was for the HH Shaikh Abdulla bin Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa Cup, and Sabreena took first place for Victorious. Trained by Fawzi Nass and ridden by Hussain Makki, Sabreena completed the eight-furlong, BD2,000 event ahead of Safwa, owned by HH Shaikh Isa bin Abdulla bin Isa Al Khalifa, trained by James Naylor and ridden by Andrew Elliott. Coming third was Bat-woman for Victorious, Alan Smith and Richard Mullen.

The day’s first race, held over a straight of five furlongs with a prize of BD2,000, was for the HH Shaikh Ahmad bin Mohammed bin Salman Al Khalifa Cup. It was won by Sadara for HH Shaikh Mohammed bin Abdulla bin Isa Al Khalifa, James Naylor and Joh Egan. In second place was Yaoud, also for HH Shaikh Mohammed bin Abdulla bin Isa Al Khalifa and James Naylor, but ridden by Andrew Elliott; while third place was claimed by Riya-da for HH Shaikh Isa bin Abdulla bin Isa Al Khalifa, James Naylor and Brett Doyle.