After Deryan’s first, and some might consider, long overdue, Group 1PA win in Deauville last year, YAS Racing’s French manager Thierry Delegue had admitted that the fear was always that he would stop once in the lead. He had done so before. Mendizabal, who was in the plate that day too, certainly has the horse’s measure. Also aided by a very large pair of blinkers, which he has worn since losing Deauville’s Al Rayyan Cup by a neck to Marid in 2018.
Over three lengths behind at Meydan in third was Mubasher Al Kahalediah. Whether the Obaiya had taken its’ toll, or the fact that not all dirt surfaces are equal, remains to be seen, but Deryan was certainly the best horse on the day in Dubai.
“He did it really well this time,” said winning trainer Didier Guillemin, who was wining the Kahayla for the first time, but had lifted the Al Quoz Sprint with The Right Man in 2017. “He was quite nervous last time when he ran in Riyadh. This time, he was much calmer and we rode him differently, a little further back. I’m extremely proud to win a Group 1 here and to win it for owner Sheikh Mansoor is just amazing.”
It was also a first win in the race for Mendizabal who said: “Last time in Riyadh, I was outside and he didn’t gallop and relax. Today I spoke to the trainer and he said it was important, after (leaving) the gate to stop him and relax behind horses. He galloped and relaxed and after the first corner, I was in the (right spot). Turning (into the straight), I knew I would win."
Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nayan is not only the owner, but also the breeder and wins this race for the second time after Rabbah De Carrère in 2014. A product of his Wathba Stud breeding, Deryan is the second Kahayla Classic winner to be sired by Mahabb, after Manark in 2015. Deryan’s dam Haboob, is a daughter of Akbar and won on her debut over 1500m in France. She was placed behind Gabra in the Qatar French Arabian Breeder’s Cup for three-year-old fillies over 2000m at ParisLongchamp in 2007. Deryan is her sixth, and most successful produce, a full-brother to 2018 UAE President Cup – Coupe Des Europe des Chevaux Arabes (Gr1PA) winner Shahm.