The colours of H.H Sheikh Abdullah bin Khalifa Al Thani were next in the spotlight at Toulouse, when his colt ABBES won the Prix Djelfor – Wathba Stallions Cup, a high-class maiden for 3-year-old Purebred Arabians.
Trained by Thomas Fourcy, ABBES dropped in behind the leaders in a slow run race in the early stages. He then sat patiently under Olivier Peslier, waiting for the opening at the top of the straight, and once he had a clear path through, he came with a strong run on the inside to post an imperative win. HADI DE CARRERE (Nieshan), who was making his racecourse debut, came with a strong challenge at the end but was never a danger to ABBES.
By the extraordinary TM FRED TEXAS, who stands under the Al Shaqab banner, ABBES is out of the champion Group 1 PA mare RAQIYA (Amer), and looks to be an exciting prospect for H.H Sheikh Abdullah bin Khalifa Al Thani.