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The Arabian Derby. The Force was with Alsahr

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The Arabian Derby. The Force was with Alsahr

Alsahr, winner of the Arabian Derby 2021, by Tor Wyścigów Konnych Służewiec
Alsahr, winner of the Arabian Derby 2021, by Tor Wyścigów Konnych Służewiec

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After the race for the Janów St., I wrote that in this year’s Derby Alsahr (Mared Al Sahra – Almina by Furiat) and Kenjiy (No Risk Al Maury – King-Ute by The Wiking) will again fight for victory. Indeed, these two horses again, although not with as much advantage as before, crossed the wire in that order, but this time there was no fight between them.
From the start there was a solid pace and on the final straight the force was with Alsahr. He won under Kirghiz Sanzhar Abaev (he replaced the suspended Aleksander Reznikov), unchallenged by two lengths, while Kenjiy defeated Echaron by just as much, who made a small surprise under his trainer Małgorzata Kryszyłowicz, beating the fourth Celebryk at the finish by 5 lengths (previously he lost to him by 2 lengths).

Holding cups from the left: trainer Maciej Janikowski, jockey Sanzhar Abaev, breeder&owner of Alsahr Zbigniew Górski, by Tor Wyścigów Konnych Służewiec
Holding cups from the left: trainer Maciej Janikowski, jockey Sanzhar Abaev, breeder&owner of Alsahr Zbigniew Górski, by Tor Wyścigów Konnych Służewiec

Compared to the race for the Janów St., held at the end (the last 500 m was hellishly fast for Arabians – 32.3 s), the Derby had quite a strong, fairly even pace dictated by Hazim Al Khalediah (Kasir Al Khalediah – WFA Harmony by Djebbel), so this time the final result was determined by stamina, not speed (last 500 m – 35.4 s). This suited Alsahr best, as Kenjiy, tired of the fast pace, was unable to get close to him. Also the more “strong” than fast Echaron could spread his wings and even for a moment it seemed that he would participate in the fight for second place.

The race time of 3’31.7 on a slightly soft track (3.1) should be considered good, only 3.8 seconds worse than Wares’ sensational record, which was 3’27.9 in 2013 under Aleksander Reznikov.

It was the second victory in the Derby in the last three seasons of a horse bred and owned by Zbigniew Górski (Dragon won in 2019). Maciej Janikowski triumphed in the Arabian Derby for the fifth time. Apart from Alsahr and Dragon, the winners were: Sarenka (1978), Europejczyk (1986) and Wilczur (1987).
“Each Derby is a big event. I expected that in such a small group the race would be calm and that nothing unexpected would happen. I did not give Abaev any strict guidelines. I only told him that he had to keep his head open and to ride with full confidence toward the horse, which has already shown that he is both strong and fast”, emphasized Janikowski.

Great joy after winning the Arabian Derby 2021, jockey Sanzhar Abaev, by Tor Wyścigów Konnych Służewiec
Great joy after winning the Arabian Derby 2021, jockey Sanzhar Abaev, by Tor Wyścigów Konnych Służewiec

Let us add that Alsahr has already been entered for the Europa Cup, which will be held during the Arabian Day on August 22nd. Only 13 horses in Polish training were entered: tr Justyna Domańska: Apollo Del Sol (FR); tr Cornelia Fraisl: Hosco De Bozouls (FR), Samonlau ‘OA’ (NL); tr Bartosz Głowacki: Dary Al Khalediah (FR); tr Maciej Janikowski: Alsahr, Dragon; tr Maciej Kacprzyk: Amwaj Al. Khalediah (FR), Nrgizing (FR), Wasma Al Khalediah (FR); tr Małgorzata Kryszyłowicz: Echaron; tr Wojciech Olkowski; General Lady (FR), tr Natalia Szelągowska: Seiful Muliuk (RU): tr Adam Wyrzyk: Grand Dakris.

Alsahr & Sanzhar Abaev, by Tor Wyścigów Konnych Służewiec
Alsahr & Sanzhar Abaev, by Tor Wyścigów Konnych Służewiec

Arabian Derby (Cat. A)

1. Alsahr j. S.Abaev (60.0) number 2
2. Kenjiy j. D.Sabatbekov (60.0) 1
3. Echaron j. M.Kryszyłowicz (60.0) 4
4. Celebryk j. K.Mazur (60.0) 6
5. Hes j. S.Mazur (60.0) 5
6. Hefira Grand j. M.Srnec (58.0) 3
7. Hazim Al Khalediah j. J.Wyrzyk (60.0) 7

3000 m: 3’31,7″ (36,5-34,5-35-34,3-36-35,4).
Temperature: 29°C, clear.
Style: ridden out.
Lengths: 2½-2-5-12-4-4.
Going: very soft (3,2).

Drugie miejsce zajął również mniej liczony michałowski Dragado (Kurier – De Longa po Da Adios), który mógł sprawić dużą niespodziankę już we wspomnianym wyścigu o Nagrodę Borka, ale wtedy, gdy biegł na drugiej pozycji, 50 m przed metą spadł z niego jeździec. O tym jak niespodziewany był wynik Wirgilion – Dragado świadczyły wypłaty w totalizatorze: 92 zł za stawkę 5 zł w grze na zwycięstwo oraz na porządek: 578 zł za 3 zł! (192,5:1) Choć kolejne miejsca zajęły konie mocno faworyzowane: wymieniona już wyżej Jabet Al Khalediah i półsiostra Dragona – Dalma (Mared Al Sahra – Djaima po Nonius) zakładów trójki i czwórki nikt nie trafił!

Wirgilion’s metamorphosis

Janów’s Wirgilion, the son of the great SS Mothil (he won, among others, the Al Khalediah Poland Cup) and Wira, who did not have a racing career, by the Swedish Portmer, after taking the last place three weeks ago in the Borek St. – Wathba Stallions Cup, 1st group. 1800 m, was reborn three weeks later in a similar race – the Traf St. – Wathba Stallions Cup, 1st group, 1800 m. Then he lost to the second mare Jabet Al Khalediah (Haddag Al Khalediah – Jaleelat Al Khalidiah by Tiwaiq) by as much as 18 lengths, and this time he bested her by 4 lengths. Probably the weather conditions and the condition of the running track contributed to this spectacular change in form. Three weeks ago the track was soft (3.5), last Saturday it was light (2.4). The second place was also taken by the less counted Michałów-bred Dragado (Kurier – De Longa by Da Adios), who could have made a big surprise in the aforementioned race for the Borek St., but when he was running in second position, a rider fell from him 50 meters before the finish line. The unexpected result of Wirgilion – Dragado was evidenced by the payouts: PLN 92 for a stake of PLN 5 in the game for victory and for the exacta: PLN 578 for PLN 3! (192.5: 1) Although the next places were taken by strongly favored horses: the aforementioned Jabet Al Khalediah and Dragon’s half-sister – Dalma (Mared Al Sahra – Djaima by Nonius), no one predicted the three and four top horses!

Wirgilion winning the Traf – Wathba Stallions Cup, by Traf Online
Wirgilion winning the Traf – Wathba Stallions Cup, by Traf Online

Traf St. – Wathba Stallions Cup

1. Wirgilion j. S.Vasyutov (58.0) nr 8
2. Dragado j. P.Nakoniechnyi (58.0) 6
3. Jabet Al Khalediah j. A.Turgaev (56.0) 2
4. Dalma j. M.Srnec (56.5) 11
5. Suzana j. K.Dogdurbek Uulu (56.0) 12
6. Atlas j. A.Kabardov (58.0) 3
7. Farhat j. K.Grzybowski (58.0) 7
8. Oficer j. K.Mazur (58.0) 14
9. Escalos j. S.Mura (58.0) 1
10. Pianora j. D.Sabatbekov (56.0) 4
11. Omandor Gal j. S.Mazur (58.0) 9
12. Cyprus j. B.Kalysbek Uulu (58.0) 5
13. Wieża Dumania j. S.Abaev (56.0) 13
Withdrawn: Paquita j. E.Turganaaly Uulu (56.0) 10

1800 m: 2’03,1″ (21,4-32,3-34,4-35).
Temperature: 25°C, Cloudy with clear spells.
Style: easily.
Lengths: 3½-½-4½-3-nose-3-2-2½-6-4½-far (29)-5½.
Going: soft (2,4).

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