AF MATHMOON wins the 2016 Kahayla Classic

Posted on: 28th Mar 2016

AF MATHMOON wins Gr.1PA Kahayla Classic at Meydan (Photo courtesy and copyright of Steven Cargill)

AF MATHMOON wins Gr.1PA Kahayla Classic at Meydan.

AF MATHMOON won the 2016 Kahayla Classic, Gr.1 PA, at Meydan, on Saturday 26th March. The $1,000,000 Purebred Arabian Group 1 PA race attracted a very strong field of champion runners coming from the UAE, Qatar, France and Italy. 
AF MATHMOON becomes the 6th individual winner of this prestigious race for HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum. It was his first attempt at a distance of 2000 m, having previously won over 1400m and 1600 m. The 5yo colt, has won 6 of his 7 starts and finished 2nd in his only defeat. His last win was the Gr.1 PA Liwa Oasis at Abu Dhabi, over 1400m, less than 3 weeks ago. 
It is the first victory in this race for a UAE bred horse; AF MATHMOON was bred by Mr Khalid Khalifa Al Nabooda.
This is the first Kahayla Classic victory for trainer Musabah Al Muhairi and Dane O’Neill’s (jockey) 2nd success in the race, after steering MANARK to victory in 2015.
HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum had previously won the Kahayla Classic 7 times with: NIVOUR DE CARDONNE (2000), BOPP MOON (2003), KAOLINO (2004), MADJANI (2005, 2006, 2007), and MANARK (2015). 
The two other runners carrying the famous blue and white colours were HANDASSA and VERSAC PY who finished 4th and 5th respectively.

 

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