Preparations are in full swing at the Rashid Equestrian Horse racing Club (REHC) for the second Bahrain International Trophy on Friday.
The horses arrived early yesterday morning and are resting comfortably at the REHC stables after their long journey and will begin exercise sessions this morning.
“We are all looking forward to the racing on Friday. The team at quarantine, customs and the ministry of interior have been excellent in facilitating the safe arrival and transportation of the horses. The government guidelines are very clear and the trainers, teams and jockeys are happy to comply. Last year we reached over 60 countries and look forward to reaching even more enthusiasts across the globe,” said REHC executive director Shaikh Salman bin Rashid Al Khaifa.
“It’s anyone’s guess who will come out a winner; all are excellent champion horses with a great deal of experience and under globally recognised trainers and jockeys” said Shaikh Salman.
John Gosden saw Turgenev finish second in the inaugural race in November last year and will be hoping to go one better with Global Giant, who will be ridden by Frankie Dettori for owner Shaikh Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa.
Japanese mare Deirdre (Mitsuru Hashida), whose big wins include last year’s Nassau Stakes at Glorious Goodwood head the group one winners.
Aidan O’Brien is set to saddle 2019 Irish Derby hero Sovereign supplemented by the Coolmore team and last year’s Queen Anne Stakes winner Lord Glitters represents David O’Meara, dual Canadian International Stakes winner Desert Encounter runs for David Simcock – and Saeed bin Suroor calls on 2019 Jebel Hatta victor Dream Castle, a G1 winner in Dubai for Godolphin.
Also in this incredible line-up is Desert Encounter. Andrew Balding and King Power Racing were sixth with Pivoine in 2019 and are back this year with Bangkok – while Lady Wannabe (Fozzy Stack), Certain Lad (Mick Channon) complete the European challenge.
Another contender is dual group 2 Dual scorer Loxley (Charlie Appleby/William Buick) who recorded a decisive victory in the UK earlier this month.
Four spots in the field are guaranteed for Bahraini-based contenders and are confirmed as Port Lions, Simsir (Fawzi Naas), What A Welcome (Hesham Al Haddad) and Coolagh Forest (Haider Ebrahim).
The Bahrain International Trophy is sponsored by Batelco, Bapco and the EDB.