Dubai International Arabian Races 2019
Shadwell Day at La Teste, France
#DIAR2019 arrives in France
The Dubai International Arabian Races (DIAR) prep series arrived in France, to La Teste racecourse in the Gironde region on Tuesday 2nd July. The nine race mixed card included three Purebred Arabian races as well as four Flat races and two jump races for thoroughbreds.

The feature race for the Arabians was the Shadwell - Criterium des Pouliches (Gr2PA), supported by the Shadwell Coupe du Sud-Ouest des Pur-Sang Arabes (Gr3PA), both over 1900m, as well as the Shadwell - Prix Bengali D'Albret for three-year-olds over 1400m.

Shadwell Stud Director Richard Lancaster was delighted with the competitive nature of the racing saying:"We are very pleased to be back at La Teste, all the staff at the racecourse have made a tremendous effort to ensure this day is a success and every year it exceeds our expectations."

Continuing he said:"The quality of the races this year was outstanding and we were delighted to see such a large number of runners declared with every race producing a close finish."

Shadwell Arabian Marketing and Nominations Co-ordinator, Marion Lachat said:"We would like to thank the French owners and breeders for their support of the races here at La Teste and it was also a great pleasure to meet some of the breeders who have supported our stallions this year."

Entries for the UAE Embassy in London International Stakes (an international conditions race), as well as the handicaps confined to UK trained horses close on Wednesday July 17, whilst supplimentary entries for the four Group races close on Thursday 18 July, all at 12 noon BST.
The Shadwell - Criterium des Pouliches (Gr2PA) , for fillies and mares was won by AL RYMA MONLAU ridden by Julien Auge for trainer Olivier Trigodet and owner-breeder Robert Bourdette, from Aksinya and Jaazmah Athbah in a very close finish. The four-year-old daughter of Runner was a winner of the three-year-old race here last year on her debut and also on her seasonal debut this year when she won the Prix Nefta (Gr2PA) at Toulouse.

´╗┐This is the fillies' second win at this level and Bourdette is keen for her to progress in Group company. How she comes out of the race will determine her next target and whilst he would consider the Hatta International, he may wait for the Prix Nevadour (Gr3PA) back at this track in August, with the ultimate aim being Longchamp in October.
AL RYMA MONLAU wins the Shadwell - Criterium des Pouliches (Gr2PA) 1900m
This was followed by the Shadwell Coupe du Sud-Ouest des Pur-Sang Arabes (Gr3PA) , for four year olds and upwards which produced another tight finish requiring a photo to announce EBRAZ (right) as the winner.

´╗┐This was also a second victory in this race for HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Thani colt, who won in 2017. Ridden on this occasion by Pierre-Charles Bourdot, the six-year-old overcame a poor start and had to come around the field in the home straight, taking the lead within the last 200m. He just held on from last year's winner, Taymour with Melabi half a length behind in third.

His trainer Julian Smart was delighted for his horse saying:"That was very close, it just shows what a good horse he is. As soon as he got to the front, he was pulling himself up. It's lovely to come here and win it again with the same horse. For me it just goes to show that the more time you can give these Arabians the longer their careers can be."
The first Arabian race on the card was the Shadwell - Prix Bengali D'Albret for three-year-olds. This was won by NAJIAH for the Royal Cavalry of Oman, ridden by Ioritz Mendizabal and trained by Frederic Sanchez . Hilal Al Cham and Mansoura Al Cham filled the places.

This was the filly's fourth start of her career and she gives her sire Josco Du Cayrou his first winner of his stallion career under the Royal Cavalry of Oman's banner.

Speaking on behalf of her husband, Mrs Sanchez said that they would now consider taking the filly to Newbury to run in the DIAR International Stakes (Gr3PA) for three-year-olds. A race the Royal Cavalry won last season with Tahirwah.
Win VIP hospitality at #DIAR2019
In a competition launched last month, DIAR has teamed up with the Arabian Racing Organisation and The Arabian Racehorse magazine to give away three pairs of tickets to DIAR 2019 on July 28. To win an exclusive VIP hospitality package which includes lunch and escorted trips to the paddock and the start, either visit The Arabian Racehorse magazine home page and follow the links, or go straight to page 6 of the current Spring 2019 edition of the magazine.
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features photographs from 2017 HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak (International) Best Photographer Award winner & Arabian Racing Organisation Official Photographer
Debbie Burt