Tabarak wins the QREC Harwood International Stakes (Gr1 P/A) 

A crowd of almost 30,000 flocked to Doncaster Racecourse, UK, for the final day of the Ladbrokes St Leger meeting where GBP 150,000 Group 1 Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club Harwood International Stakes showcased some of the world’s most accomplished Pure Bred Arabians.

The race staged under the patronage of H.E. Sheikh Mohamed Bin Faleh Al Thani, Chairman of the Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club (QREC), was won by the 5/4 favourite Tabarak, trained by Alban De Mieulle-trained and ridden by former Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winning French ace Olivier Peslier.

The world’s highest rated Arabian racehorse beat off a maximum field of 17 rivals from which Djet Taouy came closest one and a quarter lengths back in second with Al Mouhannad (by Nizam) in third.

Winning trainer Alban de Mieulle said, "I was very pleased with him and it was a good race. I hope we will go next to the Qatar Arabian World Cup at Longchamp but he wouldn’t want the ground to be any softer that it was today."

Winning jockey Olivier Peslier said, "I knew he was a fast horse probably the best in the race – he’s won well. He picked up well at the end of the race even though the ground was too soft for him. He was third in the big race at the Arc meeting last year when the ground was very heavy and we think he needs quicker going."

H.E Sheikh Mohamed Bin Faleh Al Thani presented specially commissioned trophies to the winning connections and QREC Secretary General Sami Al Boenain represented the absent winning owner. Mark Spincer, Doncaster Racecourse Managing Director said, "It has been a great pleasure for us to stage such a prestigious Arabian race and an honour to host H.E. Sheikh Mohamed. I was delighted with the way the Ladbrokes St Leger Day crowd embraced the race and we look forward to establishing the QREC Harwood International Stakes as a valuable addition to the St Leger Day programme."
(14/09/2013)