Alawal Stud / Kalikeauba wins Group 3 race - Abu Dhabi Tidjani (Group 3) LaTeste, France. (26.07.2009)

La Teste de Buch: It was a 1-2 finish for Jean-Pierre Totain as this seaside city located on the south shore of the Arcachon Bay witnessed some promising three-year-old Purebred Arabians battle it out in the Prix Tidjani Zayed The Premier, part of the Festival of Shaikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Arabian Horse Flat-races in Europe.
La Teste de Buch: It was a 1-2 finish for Jean-Pierre Totain as this seaside city located on the south shore of the Arcachon Bay witnessed some promising three-year-old Purebred Arabians battle it out in the Prix Tidjani Zayed The Premier, part of the Festival of Shaikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Arabian Horse Flat-races in Europe.

Kalikeauba, a three-year-old owned by Totain himself, won the 1,900-metres Group 3 race from Rahef, owned by Shaikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs.

While Totain once again proved he is the master with Arabian horses, Jean Francois Bernard another ace trainer based here in La Teste failed in his attempt to complete back-to-back wins in UAE-supported races.

After winning the HH The President Cup (UK Derby) with Nayef Al Khalidiah on Saturday in Ascot, the Bernard-trained Sabbat Al Khalidiah was tipped to win Sunday's feature event here, but his hopes ended midway through after being bumped.

For Totain's pair it was a classy finish, and the trainer's move to run Kalikeauba in this 9.5 furlong race paid off. Earlier this month at this same course, Kalikeauba was third over six furlongs and jockey Francais-Xavier Bertras had high hopes over the winner's future.

"It is only his second race but he handled the distance very well and will improve a lot. For some time it looked like he had a battle [from Rahef] but then showed a good turn of foot to win," Bertras said.

Charles Nora, who rode Shaikh Mansour's horse, said, "Rahef was going well but suddenly seemed to panic. At that stage, he seemed reluctant so I did not want to get him & to panic more. But he has a lot of talent and will improve for the better".

Bernard, who won the first race of this series with Simmbad in Duindigt, could not make it two wins in two days after Saturday's Ascot triumph as Sabbat Al Khalidiah was bumped and the young colt also panicked, according to the trainer.

"I will have to look at he replay but my jockey said he became nervous after being bumped early in the race," said Bernard, whose Ascot winner Nayef Al Khalidiah had won this Group 3 race last year.

Mohammad Khalaf Al Mazroui, Director-General of ADACH in a message said, "It is greatly satisfying to see the Festival of Shaikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Arabian Horse Flat-races in Europe enjoying all the success that it has.

"Apart from supporting the purebred Arabian horses that are part of our culture and tradition, people in these distant locations are also getting a taste of the UAE's culture and reading about Zayed the Great, whose centenary we are celebrating this year."

Lara Sawaya, director of the festival, said: "Like in Duindigt, today's race in La Teste was an exciting event and was the feature on the holiday card of races. Some of the best 3-year-olds took part in this race".

"The support that the two races have received so far in the series augurs well for the remaining two races to be held in Frankfurt, Germany and in Dax, France ," she added.

Sorouh Real Estate, Abu Dhabi Sports Council, IAL Art Logistics and Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition (ADIHEX) are also supporting the race series.

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