Daily Archives: October 24, 2020

Explosive group win for Al Shaqab Racing’s JALELA

In the colours of her owner and breeder, Al Shaqab Racing, JALELA (FR) (Mister Ginoux x Nefertarie) demolished the opposition in the Prix Nevada II, a Group 3 race for Purebred Arabian fillies at Toulouse on Saturday, 24 October.

Quickly up to the lead, she was then settled in behind the leader, GUINESS D’VIALETTES (AF Albahar x USA Des Vialettes), by jockey Jerome Cabre in the mile race on the turf track which read 3.3 (good to soft) on the going-stick. Moving up to join the leader coming out of the final turn, JALELA quickly asserted her superiority, going six lengths off her rivals by the 200m post. The official winning distance was five and a half lengths, with GUINESS D’VIALETTES holding on to second place her trainer Mrs JF. Bernard with Antoine Werle in the saddle. HM AL MAMIKA (General x Al Ryma) finished a further half-length behind in third under Julien Auge. Thomas Fourcy was the trainer of both the winner and the third placed filly.

JALELA is from the first crop of Al Shaqab Purebred Arabian sire MISTER GINOUX. She debuted in the Gr 3 PA Prix Razzia III in July for second place before a fourth place in the Gr 2 PA French Arabian Breeders’ Challenge Pouliches. On her previous run, in the Gr 1 PA Qatar Arabian Trophy des Pouliches on 2 October at Saint-Cloud, she finished a good second behind Al Shaqab Racing’s ALAWSJ. Today, she finally earned her first Group victory in dominant fashion. She is out of the MAHABB mare, NEFERTARIE, who is from the direct family of the foundation French Purebred Arabian mare MANDORE.


Source: Qatar Racing & Equestrian Club

HM JALFANE remains unbeaten with a group victory for Abdullah Bin Fahad Al Attiyah

The finish of the Prix Cheri Bibi (Gr3 PA) was hotly contested. With just 400m to the final post, the seven runners were still all together making it nearly impossible to call the future winner. In the final strides, HM JALFANE (Dahess x Al Musck), running in the colours of Abdullah Bin Fahad Al Attiyah, came with a late run, with Julien Augé in the saddle, to snatch victory by a quarter of a length. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Faleh Al Thani’s homebred A’THEM BAHAR (AF Albahar x Gold Label) finished runner-up for trainer Mrs F. Bernard and jockey Ioritz Mendizabal. Al Shaqab Racing’s homebred ALHAFAR (Al Mamun Monlau x Farh) came in third by further one and a quarter lengths for the same trainer of the runner-up and jockey Jean-Bernard Eyquem.

Thomas Fourcy, who trains the winner, commented: “He gave me a scare on his debut as he sat in last position for a long time. He gave me a bit of a scare today too despite having a better position in running. At one point in the straight, I thought he was going to be last, but when Julien Augé asked him, he responded well like a good horse. In the future, he will be better over 2,000m. It’s a good result for his new owner.”

Bred by Hassan Mousli and Nada Mousalli, HM JALFANE is a son of DAHESS and out of AL MUSCK (Azadi). FLAMME DE SYRAH (Passem), the second dam, produced two Group winners, AL JALFANE (Djouras Tu), winner of three Al Maktoum Challenges (Gr1 PA), and JAWAD AL KHEIR (Kesberoy), winner of the Jumeyrah International Stakes (Gr2 PA).


Source: Qatar Racing & Equestrian Club

Islamic State-Claimed Bombing Hits Afghan Capital, Killing 18

ISLAMABAD – Authorities in Afghanistan say a suicide bomber who blew himself up outside a private Kabul education facility has killed at least 18 people and more than 57 others.

Interior Ministry spokesman Tariq Arian said a man with explosives strapped to his body tried to storm the packed facility late Saturday but was intercepted by security guards and instead set off his explosives outside. Arian expected the casualty toll to increase.

Islamic State terror group said its local IS Khorasan Province (ISKP) branch plotted the attack.

ISKP has routinely carried out bombings at Shi’ite gatherings and places of worship in Kabul and elsewhere in Afghanistan.

The Taliban insurgent group denied its involvement in the violence.

Saturday’s attack came after a roadside bomb hit a minivan in the central-eastern Afghan province of Ghazni earlier in the day. The ensuing blast killed at least nine passengers and injured several others. Women were among the victims, a provincial government spokesman told VOA.

The uptick in Afghan violence comes as a month-long peace dialogue between the Kabul government and representatives of the Taliban in Qatar faces a stalemate over procedural matters.

The U.S.-brokered peace talks, which started on September 12, had raised hopes of a reduction in violence in Afghanistan. But hostilities have since intensified, inflicting dozens of casualties daily on combatants on the Afghan warring sides and civilians.

The Afghan Air Force earlier in the week carried out an anti-Taliban airstrike in northeastern Takhar province that struck a mosque school. The strike killed at least 12 children and injured 18 others.


Source: Voice of America

UAE Rulers congratulate Zambian President on Independence Day

President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has sent a message of congratulations to President Edgar Lungu of Zambia on the occasion of his country’s Independence Day, which is celebrated on the 24th of October.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, also dispatched similar messages to President Lungu on the occasion.


Source: UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The UAE Welcomes Sudan’s Decision to Initiate Relations with Israel

The UAE welcomed the decision of the brotherly Republic of Sudan to initiate relations with the State of Israel.

In a statement today, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation praised the efforts of the United States, the Republic of Sudan and the State of Israel to reach this historic agreement, expressing hope that this step will have a positive impact on the climate of peace and regional and international cooperation.

The Ministry indicated that Sudan’s decision to initiate relations with the State of Israel is an important step to enhance security and prosperity in the region, stressing that this achievement would expand the scope of economic, commercial, scientific and diplomatic cooperation.


Source: UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs