Arabian Racing Review
Newmarket Derby Wednesday 9th July
by Paul Simmons

Newmarket - The Hydra Properties Challenge Group 1 Derby (4yrs old only) over 1 Mile 2 Furlongs:
They didn’t hang around in this competitive renewal of the Group 1 Arabian Derby with the principals ensuring there was a good pace from the start and as the field powered into the final two furlongs it soon became apparent that odds on favourite Nashwan Al Khalidiah and Simmbad were going the best as they quickened the pace and went for home. Inside the final furlong it was Olivier Peslier who was going best on the Saudi Arabian bred Nashwan Al Khalidiah (Tiwaiq x Rayyan (Bengali D’Albret)) – owned by Prince Khalid Bin Sultan Al Saud - and he showed a devastating turn of foot inside the final half furlong to go clear by two lengths at the line for trainer Monsieur Bernard (landing this race for the second year running for Prince Khalid Bin Sultan Al Saud). Back in second was a brave run from the winners stablemate Simmbad (Njewman x Vert Amande) – also owned by Prince Khalid Bin Sultan Al Saud- who had every chance inside the final furlong but couldn’t match the finishing power of the winner; that said he was ten lengths clear of the field at the line and Prince Khalid looks to have two superb colts for the future. The Georgina Ward trained Mu’Azzaz (Amer x Massamarie) ran a superb race on his debut for owner HH Sheikh Mohammed Al Thani, running in such competitive company he acquitted himself well and fought hard in the final furlong to hold off HH Sheikh Hamdan’s Al Mannsoub.


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