Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Cup: Bayan Athbah has yet to put a foot wrong in Europe


Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Cup: Bayan Athbah has yet to put a foot wrong in Europe

Haydock Park (GB), September 4th, 2021

Gr3 PA - 4-year-olds & up - 1,600 m (8f) - £14.000

After beginning her career in Saudi Arabia, the 5-year-old mare Bayan Athbah (Af Albahar) has yet to put a foot wrong since joining the yard of Philip Collington. A winner at Ostend in July, she has since recorded successive triumphs in the Royal Cavalry of Oman International Stakes (Gr2 PA) at Goodwood, before completing the hat-trick in the Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Cup (Gr3 PA). That’s three wins in as many European starts! She also provided the winning rider, Tom Marquand, with his first PA Group success. For the record, the trainer was collecting his third success in this event (formerly known as the ARO Cup International Stakes), which, on each occasion he has harvested with either a filly or a mare! Bayan Athbah carries the colours of her owner-breeder, the Athbah Stud.

On the nod. Smartly into her stride on the rails, Bayan Athbah raced in the slipstream of the leader Abiyah Athbah (Jaafer Asf), with Farhaa (Al Saoudi) in close attendance on her outside. As the race hotted up, a forward move by Toofan (Mahaab) enabled him to join the leaders. Meanwhile, Bayan Athbah started to experience a few traffic problems, and was unable to hit top gear after finding her path blocked behind the leaders. Mazyoonah (No Risk Al Maury), on the other hand, had no such problems and she threaded her way along the rails

before joining the leaders. A duel then ensued with the leader Abiyah Athbah. However, going to the final 200m, Bayan Athbah progressively made up the leeway to snatch the spoils in the dying strides by a short neck! Mazyoonah held second place with Abiyah Athbah completing the podium.

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Still relatively inexperienced. Phil Collington said:  "It was a bit of a relief as I saw that Bayan Athbah was in a bit of a pocket and she couldn’t get a clear run, but, once she saw daylight, she got there. She stays this trip well and she’ll get further. It’s only been three weeks since she won at Newbury so this might have been a bit soon, but she’s still relatively inexperienced."

The winning jockey Tom Marquand added: "It was a different experience for her today and obviously the Group race at Newbury was run on a nice, straight track, so she was able to win smoothly, but here, while a low draw can seem great, it can provide some traffic issues. There were a few strides where she just got intimidated by the other horses around her, so it felt like a bit of a learning curve for her, and I’m sure she’ll be better again next time. The ground was very quick and there wouldn’t be many horses that would love it like this, so I think a bit more ease in the ground wouldn’t go amiss for her. It’s been nearly four years since I last rode a winner for Athbah Stud, but it’s great to have another winner for them, and, fingers crossed, there may be a few more."

A sister of Mehdaaf Athbah. Bred by the Athbah Stud, Bayan Athbah is a daughter of Af Albahar (Amer), a stallion based at the Haras de Thouars. Her dam Keen Game (Bengali d'Albret) has previously generated amongst others the Qatar Arabian World Cup and the Coupe d’Europe des Chevaux Arabes (Gr1s PA) second Mehdaaf Athbah (Amer); in addition to Jaazmah Athbah (Jalnar Al Khalidiah). The latter won the Prix Nevadour (Gr3 PA) and the Premio UAE President Cup (Gr3 PA), and boasts a second in the Qatar Arabian Trophy des Juments (Gr1 PA).

Kenithra, (Djouras Tu), the grandam, has produced Kolver (Vert Olive), the winner of the Umm Qarn Farms Cup (Gr2 PA) at Newmarket, and who also filled third in the Hatta International Stakes (Gr1 PA).

Khaddouj (Haroun), the great grandam, foaled Khairouan (Chéri Bibi), the winner of seven races in Britain; Karraway (Vert Olive), whose 11 triumphs included the Zabeel Stakes and the Qatar Sprint Championship; the Al Nahyan International Stakes and the National Bank Gold Cup victor Khoutoubia (Djouras Tu)|; plus Khaddour (Djouras Tu) who achieved three podium finishes in the Emirates Arabian International Stakes, and four in the Dubai International Stakes at Newbury. Khaddouj also features in the pedigree of Mith'haf Athbah (Amer), whose successes comprised the Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup (Gr1 PA) and the French Arabian Breeders' Challenge Sprint (Gr2 PA).














Af Albahar









Al Hanouf













Chéri Bibi



Bengali d’Albret





Mangalie d’Albret


Keen Game






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