RUSTANG, Milyar and Al Jellaby 1544 won three of the most prestigious races - all three for His Majesty King Hamad Cups - of the Bahrain horse racing calendar yesterday at Rashid Equestrian and Horse Racing Club in Sakhir.
His Majesty King Hamad, His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Premier, Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, His Majesty’s Representative for Charity Works and Youth Affairs and chairman of Supreme Council for Youth and Sports, and Shaikh Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa presented the prizes to the winners.
Rustang, owned by Al Adiyat Racing, trained by Alan Smith and ridden by Frankie Dettori, pipped Shogun by a neck to win His Majesty Hamad Cup for imported horses carrying a cash prize of BD20,000.
Vale Do Sol was third and Eugino fourth.
Milyar, owned by Shaikh Mohammed bin Abdulla Al Khalifa, trained by James Naylor and ridden by Andrew Elliott, beat News Breaker by one-and-one-fourth-length to win His Majesty King Hamad Cup for locally bred horses which also carried a cash prize of BD20,000.
Retort was third and Snake Eagle fourth.
Al Jellaby 1544, owned by Hamad Al Merisi, trained by Yousif Taher and ridden by Abdulla Faisal, beat Kuheilan Aafas 1675 by two lengths to win His Majesty King Hamad Cup for Arabian horses carrying a cash prize of BD7,000.
Kuheilaan Aafas 1708 was third and Al Hamdany 1697 fourth.
Thorkhill Star, owned by Al Adiyat Racing, trained by Alan Smith and ridden by Frankie Dettori, beat Austin Powers by two-and-half-a-length to win the Al Methaq Mile race which carried a cash prize of BD9,000.
Balestra was third and Baltic Knight fourth.
Al Saqlawieh 1733, owned by Al Riffa, trained by Yousif Alboainain and ridden by Quis Al Busaidi, beat Krayaan 1706 by two and half-a-length to win the Shaikha Fatima bint Mubarak Apprentice World Championship (IFHRA) for Arabian horses which carried a cash prize of BD6,300.
Krushan 1710 was third and Al Jellaby 1661 fourth.
Dark Power, owned by Al Adiyat Racing, trained by Alan Smith and ridden by Adnan Jaffar, beat Evergate by three lengths to win the Tattersalls Sprint carrying a cash prize of BD5,000.
Solar Flair was third and Inclination fourth.