H.H Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Thani’s ASKAR wins Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup

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The H.H Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Thani-owned and bred ASKAR won the Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup (Listed) at San Sebastian, Spain on Sunday 8 September 2019, scoring his third win in a row. Trained by François Rohaut, ASKAR was coming here off two consecutive wins at Pompadour and La Teste, France. The 4-year-old gelding, who is by Munjiz, raced keen in the early stages up behind the leaders before jockey François-Xavier Bertras settled him back towards rear. He made up ground coming up the rail in the final turn and, once in the straight, saw off his rivals to win the listed race for four-year-old and older purebred Arabians by three quarters of a length. The Mrs J F Bernard-trained and Fayos Martin Borja-ridden AMJIZ DE PIBOUL was second while the Antoine de Watrigant-trained and Roberto-Carlos Montenegro-ridden AOUN was third.

ASKAR is out of ABIGAILLE, a daughter of the great matriarch CHERIFA.