AL MAKTOUM CHALLENGE ROUND 2 - Goshawke shows his Kahayla Classic credentials


AL MAKTOUM CHALLENGE ROUND 2 - Goshawke shows his Kahayla Classic credentials

MEYDAN (UAE), Thursday 31st 2019

Gr1 PA - 5-year-olds and up - 2,200m - $ 75,000

A very tough sort, Goshawke (Thoroughbred) proved strongest at the finish of the Al Maktoum Challenge Round 2 (Gr1 PA). Just when he seemed beaten, he found a second wind which enabled him to contain the persistent threat of the French-bred Mawahib (Abu Alemarat) by a head at the wire. Third in Round 1 of the challenge over a mile on January 10th, he relished the step up in trip. It enabled the US-bred to break the ice at Gr1 PA level, having previously been a dual Gr3 PA winner over 2,400m on the turf at Abu Dhabi. He carries the colours of the Al Ajban Stables and is trained by Abdallah Al Hammadi. Goshawke appeals as a potential Dubai Kahayla Classic (Gr1 PA) candidate, a race which will be run at this same course at the end of March.

Repaying the confidence. The winner was ridden by the Panamanian jockey Fernando Jara, the youngest rider to win the Dubai World Cup following his triumph on Invasor (Blushing Groom) in 2007. His career has been something of a roller-coaster ride, but he has been based in the UAE for several years now and was clearly delighted to have won at the highest level. He said: "Goshawke is a physically imposing type. The race panned out well and my horse was always travelling well within himself. He has a tendency to stop and look around to see what is going on, but he ran-on again when the mare drew upsides. It’s a great feeling to be able to win for these connections, as they have had faith in me for a number of years now. It was a good opportunity for me and I hope that the best is yet to come. The decision as to the future destination is down to his team, but it would be great to be able to head to the Dubai Kahayla Classic (Gr1 PA) with a live chance. It is without doubt one of my biggest wins."

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Representing the fusion of France with the US. Goshawke was born in the US but the grandams on both sides of the pedigree are French. They both hail from the same Nevada II

(Djanor) line and breeding academy, and namely that of Jean-Marc Saphores. The sire Thoroughbred (T C Tomtyr), out of Vanessa du Loup (Manganate), was the top US Purebred Arabian (PA) three-year-old in 2005, before going on to be a dual US PA Horse of Year in the 2008 and 2009 seasons. The dam of Goshawke, Sand Witchh (Burning Sand), proved herself to be a formidable racemare, having raced primarily on dirt: a trait she shares in common with Thoroughbred. The winner of ten of her eleven career starts, her wins comprised the Juvenile Distaff Stakes (Gr2 PA), the Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Arabian Cup Open Stakes (Gr3 PA) and the Oaks Arabian Distaff Stakes (Gr2 PA) – on the dirt at Delaware Park. Only the classy Grilla (Kong) managed to take her measure in the President of United Arab Emirates Cup Stakes (Gr1 PA) on the Keeneland fibresand. Bred by Jean-Marc Saphores, the maternal grandam of Goshawke is Tornade du Loup (Tornado de Syrah), and in a career spent exclusively in the US, she recorded two Group1 PA wins among her four career wins, namely the Arabian Cup Championship Juvenile Fillies Stakes and the Jewels of the East Sapphire Sprint Stakes.







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Vanessa du Loup













San Lou Romirz



Burning Sand





Du Smaragda


Sand Witchh






Tornado de Syrah



Tornade du Loup







MEYDAN (UAE), 31th January 2019


Gr3 PA - 4-year-olds and up - 2,200m - € 65,672

1st           GOSHAWKE (57) (H5)

            Thoroughbred & Sand Witchh, by Burning Sand

Owner: Al Ajban Stables
Breeder & Trainer: A. Al Hammadi

            Jockey: F. Jara

2nd         MAWAHIB (55) (F6)

            Abu Alemarat & Fraynce, by Dormane

            Owner & Breeder: H.H. Sheikh K. Bin Zayed Al Nahyan

            Trainer:  E. Lemartinel

            Jockey:  P. Cosgrave

3rd          AF AL SAJANJLE (57) (H6)

            Af Al Buraq & Câline du Loup, by Mangana

            Owner & Breeder: K. K. Al Nabooda

            Trainer: E. Oertel

            Jockey: T. O’Shea

Other runner(s) in finishing order: Cheik Roque, Sauternes Al Maury, Bf, Mughader, Najm Alemarat, Rb Madymoiselle, Al Zahir, Abhaar & Faucon du Loup
Ran (11) - Non-runner: Ziyadd  - (Dirt) - 2’32’’40.
Distances: HEAD - 3 ¼ - 4