LIWA OASIS - AF ALWAJEL: A FIRST GROUP SUCCESS WHICH PRESAGES OTHERS

30.03.2020

LIWA OASIS - AF ALWAJEL: A FIRST GROUP SUCCESS WHICH PRESAGES OTHERS

ABU DHABI (UAE), MARCH 1st, 2020

Gr2 PA - 5-year-olds and up - 2,200m - AED 300,000

The win had been on the cards if recent signs were anything to go by. However, on March 1st,

under Irish rider Tadhg O’Shea, Af Alwajel (Af Al Buraq) hit the target. He achieved this after reeling-in the front running distaffer, RB Money to Burn (Majd Al Arab), in mid-stretch en route to taking the Liwa Oasis (Gr2 PA). Af Alwajel is trained by South African handler Ernst Oertel for owner-breeder Khalid Khalifa Al Nabooda.

Racing prominently is de rigueur. The hold-up PA horses came up short in the Liwa Oasis (Gr2 PA) which was run over 1,400m (7f) on the turf at Abu Dhabi. As the first four home had invariably occupied the first four places from the off! Having set the pace, RB Money to Burn appeared to have the race sewn up in mid-straight – that is until Af Alwajel came up on the inside to take her measure in the final strides. Hakeemat Muscat (Akim de Ducor) achieved a podium finish in third, as the reappearing Af Mathmoon (Af Albahar) was left to secure a highly encouraging fourth place after a three year absence. The multiple Gr1 PA winner, successful in the 2016 edition of the Dubai Kahayla Classic (Gr1 PA), looks sure to improve for the run.

Capable of having his sights raised. Winning rider Tadhg O’Shea said of Af Alwajel: "Ernst (Oertel) has always held the horse in high regard. He was coming off a second over

1,200m (6f), which is his minimum trip. The horse was a picture of good health in the paddock, which rendered my task a lot easier. He gives the impression that longer trips are within his compass. It is a privilege to be able to ride for Monsieur Nabooda. It’s going to be a tough choice as regards selecting which horse to ride in Kahayla. However, no matter what, he’s a horse on the upgrade, having raced just eight times during his career. He’s always been in the first three bar once. He is the real deal as regards being on an upward curve. He’s also very tough. The manner of victory reflected his Sharjah victory at the end of December when he headed the horse on the lead in the final strides. He has the ability to deliver a snappy turn of foot in the final 200m. I was reasonably confident of being able to peg back Fabrice Veron, the rider of Rb Money to Burn."

Hailing from the line of Berthe. Af Alwajel is a son of the Af Al Buraq (Amer), the

Shadwell stallion, and Haras de Saint-Faust resident. The dam, Samira de Carrère (Djouras Tu), bred by Terry Dell’Ova, proved successful at Abu Dhabi in the Abu Dhabi Championship (L PA), when accounting for another carrying the "FR" label, the very smart Sahib du Clos (Kerbella). The grandam, Kandra de Carrère (Coq du Cassou), was unraced but she is a half-sister to the Qatari winner Issada de Carrère (Manganate). The female line traces back to Bassala (Masbout). The latter generated Berthe (Irmak) and she, in turn, numbered Bergeronnette (Djouran), the great grandam of the high class act Dahor de Brugère (Dahess), among her six winning foals.

AF ALWAJEL (H5)

Af Al Buraq

Amer

Wafi

Bushra

Al Hanouf

Sabaan

Saihah

Samira de Carrère

Djouras Tu

Manguier

Djoura

Kandra de Carrère

Coq du Cassou

Assada El Baraka

LIWA OASIS

Gr2 PA - 5-year-olds and up - 1,400m - AED 300,000

1st   AF ALWAJEL (57) (H5)

(Af Al Buraq & Samira de Carrère, by Djouras Tu)

Owner: K.K. Al Nabooda

Breeder: K.K. Al Nabooda

Trainer: E. Oertel

Jockey: T. O'Shea

2nd          RB MONEY TO BURN (55) (F5)

(Majd Al Arab & RB Burn Baby Burn, by TH Richie)

Owner: H.H Sheikha A. Bint Sultan Al Nahyan

Breeder: D. Waldron

Trainer: E. Lemartinel

Jockey: F. Véron

3rd          HAKEEMAT MUSCAT (55) (F5) 

(Akim de Ducor & Djourella, by Kerbella)

Owner: Muscat Stud For Pure Arabian Horses

Breeder: Muscat Stud

Trainer: I. Al Hadhrami

Jockey: S. Mazur

All ran (13).

(Turf). 1'29"75. Distances: 1 3/4 - 1 1/4 - 1 3/4.