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Rayounpour wins main event to lift Alba Cup

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02 January, 2021

Al Adiyat Racing’s five-year-old victor upsets race favourites to clinch stunning victory at REHC

Rayounpour stormed to an impressive victory yesterday to lift the Aluminium Bahrain (Alba Cup in the day’s main race at Rashid Equestrian and Horseracing Club (REHC) in Riffa.

The trophy was one of four Alba Cups to be won on the seven-race card, and the Al Adiyat Racing five-year- old claimed a stunning result against heavily favoured opposition.

Trained by Alan Smith and saddled by Gerald Mosse, 93-rated Rayounpour won the 12-furlong event in a time of two minutes 31.982 seconds to claim the winner’s share of the BD5,000 prize. Rayounpour won by a head against Desert Lion, the 102-rated runner-up ridden by Paddy Mathers and competing for Isa Mahmood Al Seddiqi and Hesham Al Haddad, who was one of the more successful trainers yesterday. 

New Show came in third place for Victorious, Hesham Al Haddad and David Egan.

Rounding out the race classification from fourth through 10th, respectively, were Across the Stars, Macaque, Port Douglas, International Man, Zymyran, Speak Out and Proposed.

Meanwhile, Aleko triumphed in the penultimate race of the day, held over seven furlongs and also for an Alba Cup with a BD5,000 prize.
The Naser Ali Naser Al moamen owned, Ali Nasser trained nine-year-old was jockeyed by Marcialis Jaures to first place in 1:23.669, winning by a short head over Kinks, competing for Isa Mahmood Al Seddiqi, Hesham Al Haddad and George Wood. Graphite Storm was third for Al Hassanain Syndicate, Ali Jan and Andrew Elliott.

Breath of Air and Gold Spinner were classified joint-fourth while Boragh Steps was fifth, while seventh through 13th were Aurag, Alabrar, Sir Viktor, Aluqair, Nibras Bounty, Amaan and Sutter County.

The other two Alba Cups, each offering a BD2,500 prize, were won by Teenar and Paco Man. Teenar was the victor in the fifth race for Al Mohamediya Racing, Hussain Aldailami and Paddy Mathers, finishing ahead of Tulip Fever and Powertrain. Paco Man took the win in the third race for Abdulla Fawzi Nass, Hesham Al Haddad and Ali Moosa, with Wilayah and Shaddad right behind him.

Meanwhile, in the day’s first race, Kuheilan Umm Zorayr 1797 clinched the Al Raffa Cup, which was the other silverware up for the taking, and also took the lion’s share of the BD1,500 prize.

Competing for KHK Racing and Hesham Al Haddad, Rosei Jessop saddled the five-year-old to the win. In second and third were Kuheilan Umm Zorayr 1766 and Al Hamdany 1746.

Elsewhere yesterday, Henry the Horse won race four for M and E Racing, Alan Smith and Abdulrahim Jasim, while Khaalida won race two for Abdulla Fawzi Nass, Hesham Al Haddad and David Egan.

Courtesy: The Daily Tribune