Thaydah Athbah a clear winner of the Wathba Stallions Cup Novice at Royal Windsor

Thaydah Athbah and Tadhg O'Shea win the Wathba Stallions Cup Novice Stakes at Royal Windsor © Debbie Burt - Equine Creative Media

Thaydah Athbah and Tadhg O’Shea put in an impressive performance to win the Wathba Stallion Cup Novice Stakes by nine and a half lengths at Royal Windsor on Monday evening (26/6/23). The four-year-old filly was recording her second career win for Phil Collington and Athbah Racing, coasting home ahead of Victoria and Callum Hutchinson, with Coljani partnered by Mohammed Tabti in third.

O’Shea commented,

She’s a very nice filly, I said to Phil it would have taken a very good filly to beat her tonight, she was ultra-impressive. She’s big, with loads of scope, and very straightforward, they’ll be plenty of improvement to come, she’ll be even better going over further.”

Collington said,

It was lovely to see her have a perfect sit and what we talked about before the race was just to see her lengthen up the straight, which is exactly what she did. Tadhg said she really stretched for him, the further she goes the better she goes, it’s another stepping-stone towards Doncaster and the UK Derby which is still very much the objective.”

Phil Collington, Thadah Athbah and Tadhg O'Shea winners of the Wathba Stallions Cup Novice Stakes at Windsor
© Debbie Burt - Equine Creative Media
Phil Collington, Thadah Athbah and Tadhg O’Shea winners of the Wathba Stallions Cup Novice Stakes at Windsor © Debbie Burt – Equine Creative Media

This was the second of eight arabian races sponsored under the banner of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival, which also includes the HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Cup (Gr3PA), which this year has a prize fund increase to £20,000.

Genny Haynes, ARO Chief Executive Officer said,

ARO congratulates Athbah Racing and all of the Collington team on their win with Thaydah Athbah. We are also delighted to see ten times UAE Champion Jockey Tadhg O’Shea riding Arabians.

We are also pleased to see that all the horses that lined up this evening were homebred as the HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival’s Wathba Stallions Cup races are so important to support our breeders, and we are very grateful to the Festival for their continued patronage of our racing in the UK.

Feature Image: Thaydah Athbah and Tadhg O’Shea win the Wathba Stallions Cup Novice Stakes at Royal Windsor © Debbie Burt – Equine Creative Media

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