Thaydah Athbah maintained her unbeaten record when winning the £20,000 Group 3PA HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Cup at Haydock Park on Saturday. The Athbah Racing homebred came home four and a quarter lengths ahead of Upstart Crow and Miss Teagan Padgett, with Mayfair and Marco Ghiani a further four lengths back in third.
Watch win Thaydah Athbah and Tadhg O’Shea win the HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Cup (Gr3PA) at Haydock Park below
Ridden by ten times UAE champion jockey Tadhg O’Shea, Thaydah Athbah was the pick of three entries from Athbah Racing and is trained by two-time ARO leading trainer and former five-time ARO leading jockey, Phil Collington. Collington has won all four of the previous runnings of this race, three of which were for Athbah Racing, and three were ridden by Tadhg O’Shea.
O’Shea commented, “
“She’s a very nice filly, Phil has always held her in high regard. This was her first time in Group company, but it was lovely, just a hands and heels ride. She’s going to have stiffer assignments to come, I think the plan is to go to Longchamp, and I think she’s well up to that. She’s a huge filly and I think she’ll only get better with age.
“At Windsor I was left in front way too far out as there was nothing there to really lead her, she was still a big baby, and more so today, I was there probably two, two and a half furlongs to early, I wanted to get her to stretch out today, but she shut down her engines at the furlong pole and pricked her ears, so she’s probably value for more than what she won by. I looked at the screen and she was that far in front. It was like a gallop for her so she’s going to be going to Longchamp bursting with confidence.”
“I’m very pleased with that performance. Watching her there I’d say she could probably do with a bit easier ground, though she won on quick at Windsor. The further she goes the better I think, she’ll have an entry in the Fillies’ Group 1 on Arc weekend and beyond that, she could be an Al Mneefah type of filly.”
Genny Haynes, Arabian Racing Organisation Chief Executive Officer said,
“For over ten years the HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan Racing Festival has generously supported our racing for which ARO is extremely grateful. We are delighted for Athbah, Tadhg, Phil and his team for producing Thaydah Athbah in such good form to maintain their great record in this race, and we hope that she will continue to progress in Group company and uphold the form of UK Arabian racing globally.
“We are also grateful for the support from Haydock Park racecourse and Brendan Waterworth from Racing Welfare who presented the Best Turned Out Award to Oliver Harcourt for Mayfair.”
2023 ARO Leaders (as of 9 September)
Sponsored by Farm & Stable, The Arabian Racehorse and Racing Welfare
Leading Owner Athbah Racing
Leading Trainer James Owen
Leading Jockey Miss Teagan Padgett
Leading Arabian Upstart Crow (GB)
Leading UK Breeder John Elliott
Leading Sire Al Jakbar (FR)
Leading Groom (BTO) Sue Wileman
Next race: LINGFIELD PARK Saturday, September 16 www.wathbastallions.com (0-55) Handicap £4,000