Samau Xmnsor ridden by apprentice
Al Belushi wins in Al Ain

Seven horses went to post for the opening 1600m Wathba Stallions Cup for Private Owners Only, restricted to 3-year-olds foaled in the UAE and in private ownership, in Al Ain on November 14, but only two were ever really involved with Tadhg O’Shea attempting to lead from the outset on AF Istintaq (AF Al Buraq x AF Onshoda by Awaj) but his mount had no answer when challenged by debutant Samau Xmnsor (Jibril x Tres Yac by Al Sakbe) about 275m from home.

Having stalked O’Shea, whose mount had the advantage of one previous outing, Omani apprentice Abdul Aziz Al Belushi drove his mount to the front and found a willing partner, always seemingly in control once in front, the jockey opening his account for the season in the process.

Trainer Ibrahim Al Hadhrami, opening his tally for the new campaign, said: “We are very pleased with that. We hoped he would run well, but to win on debut is great and the first two were a long way clear, so hopefully, it will prove a good performance."

Souce and photo: Emirates Racing Authority

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