AL MAKTOUM CHALLENGE ROUND 3 - Af Maher provides Af Al Buraq with his first Gr1 winner


AL MAKTOUM CHALLENGE ROUND 3 - Af Maher provides Af Al Buraq with his first Gr1 winner

MEYDAN (UAE), February 28th, 2019.

Gr1 PA - 5-year-olds and up - 2,000m - $ 95,000

Following the withdrawal of his stablemate, Af Al Sajanjle (Af Al Buraq), in the same ownership, Af Maher (Af Al Buraq) was the sole representative of trainer Ernst Oertel and owner & breeder Khalid Khalifa Al Nabooda in the Al Maktoum Challenge Round 3 (Gr1 PA). Soon at the head of affairs, he was never to be headed and was to prove an easy winner of the Dubai Kahayla Classic (Gr1 PA) prep.

Capitalising on his good draw, Af Maher dictated terms from the front and was tracked on his outside by the defending champion Ziyadd (Bibi de Carrère) and Goshawke (Thoroughbred).

The order in which they raced was to remain the same until the wire, as none of the runners with the exception of the fourth, Bf Mughader (Falak), the author of a creditable display, proved capable of challenging from off the pace.

A team in top form. Af Maher was tackling Group PA company for the first time, and he

left a big impression as a result of his easy win. Both his trainer and owner are enjoying a rich vein of form which was underscored by the success of Af Al Sajanjle in the Mazrat Al Ruwayah (Gr2 PA) at the same track on February 21st. The owner & breeder, Khalid Khalifa Al Nabooda, is currently the leading owner in the UAE, whereas trainer Ernst Oertel and leading rider Tadhg O’Shea both head their respective categories in terms of number of winners. The latter said after recording his 501st career success on the UAE circuit: “He’s an uncomplicated ride and was well drawn. Adrie de Vries is also in my thoughts as he was lined up for the ride until the withdrawal of Af Al Sajanjle. Af Maher has a lot of natural speed and, above all, on dirt. He showed a neat change of gear in the straight. He is very good." This latest win enabled Tadhg O’Shea to creep ever closer to the record of Richard Hills 

(503 wins) and he added: "It’s great and long may it continue."

To see the race:

By a French-based sire bearing the Haras de Saint-Faust label. The victory of Af Maher

again put the stallion Af Al Buraq (Amer) in the spotlight. His progeny continue to distinguish themselves in the colours of Khalid Khalifa Al Nabooda. The stallion has been based at Haras de Saint-Faust since last season. His production line numbers: Af Al Hazer (third in the Maktoum Challenge R3, Gr1 PA); Af Maqayes (Al Ruwais, Gr3 PA); Af Tawaq (second in the Al Maktoum Challenge Round 3, Gr1 PA); and Af Al Sajanjle (Mazrat Al Ruwayah, Gr2 PA)… Richard Lancaster, the Shadwell, director said: "Af Al Buraq has recently joined our stallion roster and is currently enjoying his second season at the Haras de Saint-Faust (France). He has produced horses that are consistent, courageous and tough types, and ones which have done incredibly well in the UAE. He has proved capable of siring winners over 1,600m such as Af Al Sajanjle in the Mazrat Al Ruwayah (Gr2 PA), and generating winners over 2,000m in the mould of Af Maher. We can see the potential and versatility of Af Al Buraq’s offspring. We are looking forward to seeing his first crop of European foals, and are hoping that they will show the same level ability on the European circuit as their elders have done in the UAE.”

The renaissance of a quality Polish bloodline. Out of a mare whose sire is French – a remark which also applies to her dam’s sire – AF Raad (Madour) also bears the bred by Khalid Khalifa Al Nabooda imprint. She won two races on the UAE circuit over 1,400m and 1,600m. AF Beladi, her full brother, gained his only success on dirt. Al Adha (Palas), the great grandam, was a Polish mare who made her mark in the 1993 edition of the local Oaks.

Her sire, Palas (Palas), has generated three winners of the Polish equivalent of the Prix de Diane for Purebred Arabian fillies. Her sister produced, Aryjka (Arbil): herself a Polish PA Oaks winner.














Af Al Buraq









Al Hanouf























AF Raad






Bengali d’Albret








Al Adha

MEYDAN (UAE), 28th February 2019


Gr1 PA - 5-year-olds and up - 2,200m - € 82,969

1st                AF MAHER (57) (C6)

                Af Al Buraq & Af Raad, by Madour

Owner & Breeder: K.K AL Nabooda
Trainer: E. Oertel

                Jockey: T. O’Shea

2nd               ZIYADD (57) (C7)

            Bibi de Carrère & Mizzna, by Akbar

                Owner: Yas Horse Racing Management LLC  

Breeder: H.H. Sheikh M. Bin Zayed Al Nahyan

            Trainer: J. de Roüalle

                Jockey: R. Mullen

3rd                GOSHAWKE (57) (C5)

            Thoroughbred & Sand Witchh, by Burning Sand

            Owner: Al Ajban Stables

            Breeder & Trainer: M. Abdallah Al Hammadi

            Jockey: F. Jara

Other runner(s) in finishing order: Bf Mughader, Chaddad, Mh Rahal, Shaheer, Najm Alemarat, Cheik Roque & Jaser
Ran (10) - Non-unner: Af Al Sajanjle  - (Turf) - 2’17’’40.
Distances: 31/2 - 3/4 - 21/2