What A Welcome triumphs at REHC

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14 March, 2020

The six-year-old imported horse lifts His Majesty the King’s Cup

What A Welcome put in what a performance yesterday en route to winning the main race and lifting one of three Cups of   His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, King of the Kingdom of Bahrain, at Rashid Equestrian and Horseracing Club (REHC)

In attendance yesterday at REHC were National Guard Commander General HH Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa; His Majesty the King’s Representative for Charity Work and Youth Affairs and Supreme Council for Youth and Sports Chairman HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa; Supreme Council for Youth and Sports First Deputy Chairman and Bahrain Olympic

Committee President HH. Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa; and REHC High Committee Deputy Chairman HH Shaikh Isa bin Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa; among other high-ranking VIPs.

What A Welcome powered to the victory in the 12-furlong event to claim the biggest portion of the cool BD20,000 total prize.

The six-year-old led three entrants, all owned by Victorious and trained by Hesham Al Haddad, to the finish. Ridden by Brett Doyle, the imported horse took first place in a time of two minutes 30.057 seconds.

What A Welcome was five lengths ahead at the finish of runner-up Jazeel, who was ridden by Adrie De Vries; while Vale Do Sol came third with Pad- dy Mathers the jockey. Pressure Point was fourth to complete the prize winners for Al Mohamediya Racing, Alan Smith and Gerald Mousse.

Eight imported horses in all took part in the race, which offered one of three Cups yester- day of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, King of the Kingdom of Bahrain. The oth- ers were in the fourth and first races.

Race Four was also over 12 furlongs with a BD20,000 total prize, but it was for locally bred horses.

Taking the big win was Al Tariq for Abdulla Fawzi Nass, Hesham Al Haddad and Adrie De Vries. Al Tariq won with a dominant time of 2:35.254—nine lengths ahead of Daleel, who took second place for HH Shaikh Hamad bin Abdulla bin Isa Al Khalifa, James Naylor and Brett Doyle.

Maymuna made it two horses in the top three for Abdulla Fawzi Nass and Hesham Al Haddad, with Husain Makki the jockey; while taking fourth place was Snake Eagle for Mansoori Syndicate, Yousif Alboainain and Abdulla Faisal.

The day’s first race was a WAHO event over eight furlongs with a BD7,000 total prize.

Kuheilan Afas 1708 led Al Jellaby 1544 to the finish for a fine one-two for both Victorious and trainer Yousif Taher. Kuheilan Afas 1708 won ridden by Abdulla Faisal in 1:49.992, while Al Jellaby 1544 was ninth lengths back racing with Lee Newman.

Kuheilan Aafas 1675 finished fourth for Al Wasmiya, Abdulla Kuwaiti and Andrew Elliott while Al Saqlawieh 1733 came fourth for Al Riffa, Yousif Al- boainain and Hasan Al Saffar.

Meanwhile, the third race of the day was for the Al Methaq Cup, and it was won by Coolagh Forest. The Mohamed Khalid Abdulrahim-owned four-year- old finished the eight-furlong event in 1:34.667 to claim the lion’s share of the BD8,000 prize. Trained by Paul D’Arcy and rid- den by Andrew Elliott, Coolagh Forest won seven lengths ahead of Thorkhill Star, competing for Al Adiyat Racing, Alan Smith and Frankie Dettori.

Austin Powers was third for Ramadhan Stable, Jaber Ramadhan and Abdulla Faisal; while Starboy rounded out the top four for Al Afoo Racing Stable, Mo- hammed Saeed and Lee Newman.

Elsewhere yesterday, Four Wheel Drive triumphed to lift the Tattersalls Sprint Cup. The second race of the day was over five furlongs and it carried a BD5,000 total prize.

Four Wheel Drive won in 59.291 seconds for Gunners Racing, Alan Smith and Abdulrahim Jasim; while coming in second with a half-length’s gap was Summer Blossom for Al Afoo Racing Stable, Mohammed Saeed and Salah Isa. Likethelook finished third for Ramadhan Stable, Jaber Ramadhan and Ahmed Maki and Al Barg was fourth for Hasan Mefareh Alajmi, Yousif Taher and Ali Samir.