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Al Maktoum Challenge R II - Barnamaj, the first Group I winner for No Risk Al Maury


Al Maktoum Challenge R II - Barnamaj, the first Group I winner for No Risk Al Maury


Gr. I PA - 5 year olds and over - 2,200m - $ 70,000

Beaten just a neck by Paddy’s Day (Burning Sand) in Round I of the Al Maktoum Challenge on the 11th January, Barnamaj (No Risk Al Maury) had his revenge. He won the Al Maktoum Challenge Round II (Gr. I PA) in a record time. Paddy’s Day held on to second place at a good distance from the pacemaker Shaheer (Abu Alemarat).

This latter had led the race at a good pace, followed closely by Paddy’s Day and Barnamaj who took over the lead in the final straight, once Shaheer weakened. The American horse looked to be staying on strongly to the 2,200 meters, however the former François Rohaut-trained Barnamaj came up in progression to snatch the win in the final 50 meters.

Stable jockey for Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Jim Crowley spoke to the Emirati press: "He’s done it in good fashion. I was confident before the race and I would have been disappointed if he hadn’t won today. It was a really good performance as Paddy’s Day is tough. Last time out, Barnamaj was out too wide but he is learning with each race and should improve again. I am very lucky to be riding such quality Arabian horses"

Faucon du Loup’s record eclipsed

Last year’s winner of this race, who set the record in 2’30’’00, Faucon du Loup (Darweesh) was unable to defend his title and finished well beaten. He also saw his record beaten by Barnamaj, who won in 2’29’’87.

A first Group I PA winner

The Shadwell sire who officiates at Haras de Saint-Faust, No Risk Al Maury (Kesberoy) registered his first Group I PA winner. He had his first Group PA winner in 2016 with Aïcha de Monlau. Another useful horse by this sire in the United Arab Emirates was Darius du Paon, a winner this winter at Abu Dhabi in the Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup (Gr. III PA), before taking fourth place in the Al Maktoum Challenge Round I (Gr. I PA).

Barnamaj is very well bred. His dam is Tashreefat (Bengali d’Albret), who was second in the Liwa Oasis (Gr. I PA) at Abu Dhabi. She is the dam of the champion Muraaqib (Munjiz), winner of six Group Is PA for these colours, including the richest Arabian race in the world, the Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Jewel Crown (Gr. I PA), last November at Abu Dhabi. His second dam, Seglaoui (Tidjani), is a uterine sister to Saklawi (Dormane) who won twice and took several places for the same colours. This is the maternal line of Fleur d’Avril (Meke), one of the foundation mares of the French Purebred Arabian studbook.

To watch the race, click here: https://youtu.be/xGoxf5rIc-M



MEYDAN (UAE), 1st February 2018

Al Maktoum Challenge R II

Gr. I PA - 5 year olds and over - 2,200m - $ 70,000

1st        BARNAMAJ (57) H5

No Risk Al Maury & Tashreefat

Owner: Sheikh H. Al Maktoum

Breeder: Shadwell France Snc

Trainer: A. Al Rayhi

Jockey: J. Crowley


2nd       PADDYS DAY (57) H7

Burning Sand & Ak Loretta

Owner: Quarter Moon Ranch

Breeder: J.-R. Teutsch

Trainer: D. Watson

Jockey: P. Dobbs

3rd       SHAHEER (57) H7

Abu Alemarat & Jameela

Owner & Breeder: Sheikh K. Al Nahyan

Trainer: É. Lemartinel

Jockey: T. O'Shea


Other runner(s) in finishing order: Al Zahir, Bon Baiser de Faust, Faucon du Loup & Ajs Buraq. Nun-runner: Af Al Sajanjle.

(Turf) 2'29"87. Distance: H - 5 1/2 - 5 3/4.